Looking for tips on how to run your business? Bring in more customers? Close more sales? Or maybe you’re looking for advice on how to start a business? You’re in luck. We’ve scoured the web for the most helpful blogs for small businesses and put together the list below of the Best Small Business Blogs of 2016.
We’ve divided our list this year into the Best Small Business Blogs, the Best Blogs for Startups & Entrepreneurs, and the Best Digital Marketing Blogs. We’ll start with the best general small business blogs, but if you’d like to skip forward to one of the other categories, go ahead and click one of the handy buttons below.
The Best Small Business Blogs
Editor/Primary Writer: Nellie Akalp
Favorite Recent Article: “Simple Habits to Help You Turn your Business Dreams into a Reality”. Nellie Akalp started 2016 off to a powerful start with a popular post on the CorpNet.com blog detailing habits entrepreneurs can use to turn their business dreams into a reality. Tips like Start the day with a ‘Can-Do’ attitude, connect with at least one person on Linkedin daily and being helpful to other professionals can all help elevate your business to the next level of success anytime of the year.
About the Blog: The CorpNet blog provides business owners and aspiring business owners in depth knowledge to running a successful business. Their content is both motivational and highly informative while being straightforward and concise. If you are looking for a blog that teaches the ins and outs of what you can practice to have a successful business this is one to look into.
Editor: Susan Gunelius
Favorite Recent Article: 5 Small Business Growth Strategies that Work. This post teaches readers about five time-tested and proven ways to grow a business and includes thought-provoking questions.
About the Blog: Women On Business is an award-winning online destination for the news and information women need to be successful in the business world from an international team of contributors. Women on Business, posed to be a powerful network online, has a goal to see that power grow and to broaden the online discussion between today’s male and female business thought leaders.
Editor/Primary Writer: Stephen L. Nelson, CPA
Favorite Recent Article: Your CPA vs TurboTax When is it really OK to do this stuff yourself? We wanted to give people a simple answer that would (hopefully) help guide people on when DIY is truly the better choice.
About the Blog: Evergreen Small Business’ blog content is especially related to the technical aspects of how your business handles its money and assets. If you have business tax questions, Evergreen probably has the answer. Wondering about index funds and asset allocation? Look no further. But this site is more than just finance, branching out to include common small business topics such as problem solving as well. Check it out, you will not be sorry!
Editor/Primary Writer: Gene Marks
Favorite Recent Article: “What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kim Kardashian””
About the Blog: Gene Marks is a blogger that posts on a variety of prominent business sites, including the Washington Post, Forbes, Inc, Huffington Post and Entrepreneur. His own blog gathers all his articles in one place, making it easy to stay up-to-date with Gene’s daily posts. Some posts deal with issues such as cutting your small business accounting costs. Others are from a wider lens, like looking at common ethical mistakes business owners make. If you are interested in engaging a larger business culture and want to be on top of current business news, you need to follow Gene’s blog.
Editor/Primary Writer: Harry Vaishnav
Favorite Recent Article: “This is Why Every Entrepreneur Needs to Go on an Annual Retreat”. The post is about the importance of taking time off to rejuvenate and maintain work-life balance.
About the Blog: SmallBiz Viewpoints covers a variety of small business topics. Some posts are practical and step-based, like a 4 step guide to no-hassle office relocation. But, some posts are bigger picture oriented, like one where Harry asks the questions, “Can Small Businesses Influence Local Charities?” If you want to add a small business blog to your reading list, SmallBiz Viewpoints is a solid option.
Editor/Primary Writer: Various
Favorite Recent Article: Small Retailers Face Big Challenges This articles discusses the information found in a commissioned study by Gfk on issues faced by small retailers.
About the Blog: This blog is more niche based focusing on the retail industry. Communicating incisive knowledge and news in a direct manner. It also features news on up and coming leaders in the industry.
Editor/Primary Writer: Tibor Shanto
Favorite Recent Article: “Decision Makers Want To Deal With Decisive People.” The post speaks to the importance of fully engaging with decision makers, who are much more likely to respond if you are specific decisive and add value rather than wait for an order.
About the Blog: The Pipeline’s content is specifically focused on smallbusiness sales. Tibor has trained hundreds of sales reps and he has some great advice, from explaining how to get more out of your selling time to ways you can focus on communicating to your customer that you are listening to them by asking thoughtful questions. If you are a sales rep or are in sales management, take advantage of Tibor’s experience and knowledge.
Editor/Primary Writer: Variety of Contributors
Favorite Recent Article: “How Top Salespeople Land Hard to Get Meetings.” This article breaks down the methodology of contact marketing with interesting examples of those who use this shadow practice.
About the Blog: The Harvard Business Review covers about every business topic under the sun, from managing people in your business to your work-life balance. Trying to build up a business by working part-time? HBR has some strategies that will help you be successful as a part-timer. Or, maybe your business is trying to develop a new product. HBR will help you avoid the top mistakes innovators commonly make. Take some time to check out the Harvard Business Review and your business brain will thank you.
Editor: Nicole Neinbach Reyhle
Favorite Recent Post: “Why Entrepreneurs Make Star Employees” As small business owners invest in employees for their businesses, considering entrepreneurs can actually help them in their own small business success.
About the Blog: This is a blog every physical retail business should take a look at. This includes practical guides on subjects like packaging and payment processing, as well as forward-thinking pieces on subjects such as retail automation and the above article on why you should hire entrepreneurs.
Editor/Primary Writer: Barbara Weltman
Favorite Recent Article: “Employers on the Cusp of Being Large: What to Do Now For ACA.” This post aims to reduce confusion surrounding the employer mandate and offers practical steps for small business owners to take now.
About the Blog: The Big Ideas for Small Business Blog has a lot of content focused around the legal and more technical aspects of running your business, which is not surprising since Barbara has been a tax and business attorney since 1977. Trying to figure out your estimated taxes, they have a how-to for that. Wondering exactly what you have to do to keep on the right side of minimum-wage rules? Big Ideas has an article for that too. If you have any legal/technical questions about your business that you need answered, the Big Ideas blog probably has the answers you are looking for.
Editor/Primary Writer: Variety of Contributors/Writers
Favorite Recent Article: “Women Entrepreneurs Are Becoming America’s MVPs” This article highlights the growing number of female entrepreneurs in America and their impact on the small business community as a whole.
About the Blog: The SBA Blogs address a wide-range of small business topics. There are many contributors, mostly successful small business owners and experts. Some articles are really specific, like one that explains what steps you need to take to start your home-baking business. Others, are more generally applicable to all small business owners, like one article that gives 13 tips for making your business travel low-cost and low-hassle. Check it out. I bet you will find some information that helps you out with your small business.
Editor/Primary Writer: Candice Landau (Managing Editor)
Favorite Recent Article: “Business Startup Tools: A Curated List of Our Favorite Tools and Resources to Build Your Company”
About the Blog: The Bplans Blog classifies itself as a “small business planning resource,” specifically for starting up and growing your small business. If you are just getting started, Bplans has some offline marketing tips for startups that would be great to read. If you are a little further along in the process, Bplans has some tips to maintain/cultivate a strong company culture in the midst of your business growth. Regardless of where you are in the startup process, the Bplans Blog has the info you need to succeed.
Editor: Sara Sugar and Yamarie Grullon
Favorite Recent Article: Inexpensive Customer Appreciation Ideas for 2016 Customer appreciation is important all year round. These 26 inexpensive ideas will help keep you in that mindset in 2016.
About the Blog: ShopKeep, and intuitive cloud based point of sales whose blog focuses on advice geared toward the retail industry. From starting a business to choosing the best POS to useful how to guides. ShopKeep offers compelling and detailed information for small businesses.
Editor: Ivan Widjaya
Favorite Recent Article: Improve Your People Skills: Learn the Lost Art of the “Schmooze” This post offers small business owners and marketers some tips to improve their people skills and master the art of ‘schmoozing’.
About the Blog: Noobpreneur finds its origins as a business blog back in 2008 that has since developed into an award winning resource for small businesses. By drawing on trends in the small business community and sharing insights of experts, professional and small business owners Noobrepreneur helps small businesses grow. Their content covers topics from hiring to doing business abroad and much much more.
Editor/Primary Writer: Andrea Rowland
Favorite Recent Article: “Cut Through the Clutter with These Five SEO Experts”. What’s the truth about SEO? These 5 experts are rarely mistaken.
About the Blog: The GoDaddy Garage focuses on advice for running a website and marketing your business online, but they cover a wide range of small business topics, from hiring to financing your business. Whether you’re selling online, freelancing on the side, or running a brick-and-mortar business, you’re sure to find useful knowledge at the GoDaddy Garage.
Editor/Primary Writer: Brad Farris
Favorite Recent Article: “Stop Leaving Voicemails. Voicemail is dead. Here’s why.”
About the Blog: The Enmast Blog is meant to be a place where small business can come to experience community and find helpful and pertinent information. The blog delivers on its mission statement, providing helpful content, from articles on being the leader your team needs to attracting talented staff for your small business. Brad has some good stuff. Give him a read.
Editor: Francesca Nicasio
Favorite Recent Article: “5 Proven Ways to Drive Foot Traffic into Your Store” This post is full of practical tips and great insights from experts in the industry that can really help retailers succeed.
About the Blog: One of the cool features we love on the Vend Retail Blog is their “Vender of the Week”, in which they interview an individual retailer and dig into the specifics of their niche, what they’re doing in the marketplace, and their take on the business. The Vend blog also offers plenty of article on topics like retail marketing, managing associates, and boosting your sales. Check it out!
Editor/Primary Writer: Joel Libava
Favorite Recent Article: “You Open Your Franchise And This Happens”
About the Blog: The Franchise King Blog provides straightforward, no-spin advice and information for today’s prospective franchise owners. In addition to Joel Libava’s popular how-to articles, you’ll find franchise business news updates and super-useful in-depth articles on all aspects of finding, choosing and researching franchise opportunities. As far as Joel can tell, his is the longest-running blog in all of franchising.
Editor/Primary Writer: Brian Sutter (pictured) and Jason Sentell
Favorite Recent Article: “The Top 5 Inventory Metrics That Will Increase Profits”
About the Blog: WaspBarcode.com’s content is primarily focused around business management systems, such as inventory, asset, time and schedule, etc. They do a good job of using concrete examples to illustrate their content. If you are interested in business management practices and technology, then you should check them out.
Editor: Indeed Content Team
Favorite Recent Article: How Passion Powers Careers, Plus 3 Tips for Recruiting Passionate People. Here are three ways you can attract passionate candidates to your jobs.
About the Blog: Indeed has been the leading source for external hires for years. Their blog focuses on better tools and insights for employers and recruiters. Whether you are a small business owner looking to expand your team or a recruiter working on behalf of another company Indeed provides precise insight into best practices, current trends and tools being used by industry professionals.
Editor/Primary Writer: Isaiah Bollinger
Favorite Recent Article: “The Top CMS Platforms by Usage of 2015”
About the Blog: The Trellis Ecommerce Blog is focused on providing content related to everything an ecommerce business might need to know. Sometimes, it is really practical how-to advice related to a specific provider, like how to upload products to Magento using a CSV file. Other times, it is more general information such as business promotion strategies every business should be using. If you are involved in ecommerce, this is one of the blogs to follow.
Editor/Primary Writer: Laurel J. Delaney
Favorite Recent Article: “TPP Tackles E-Commerce As We Know It Today”
About the Blog: The Global Small Business Blog is the destination of choice for global small business news, considering they are ranked #1 on the topic. Whether you are stumped on export/import procedure and documentation and need a hand or are wondering how to draft a contract in China, the Global Small Business Blog has you covered. It is also a great resource to just keep yourself informed on what is going on in a small business world that is much bigger than just one country.
Editor: David Fairhurst, Tina Jones, Nathan Stevens
Favorite Recent Article: “Google Search Quality Guidelines”
About the Blog: Intelligent Retail believes the future of retail is multichannel, and proposes that savvy businesses in the 21st century sell both online and off. Their blog covers topics such as digital marketing, local search, and more. Any retail business looking to expand their web presence should give this one a look.
Editor/Primary Writer: Gusto Framework team
Favorite Recent Article: “Where Does the Money Go? A Payroll Tax Primer for Small Businesses” A deconstruction and explanation of the different payroll taxes out there.
About the Blog: Framework is the new kid on the block. A resource center established by Gusto. It includes resources and tools to help businesses thrive. With guides on culture building, payroll and more. Framework is definitely worth checking out.
Editor/Primary Writer: Deborah Petersen
Favorite Recent Article: “Failure is the Mother of Innovation”. Smart start-ups know you often have to fail before you succeed. Isn’t that the point of taking risks?
About the Blog: Insights by Stanford Business isn’t all about small businesses, but our readers will want to focus on the Entrepreneurship section. There you’ll find plenty of next-level articles that will help guide you to success, especially if you’re starting a company and trying to go big. You’ll learn all about how to build you’re team, how to identify a winning idea, and how to take risks and come out on top.
Editor/Primary Writer: Holly Magister
Favorite Recent Article: “Quick Business Valuations”
About the Blog: Exit Promise has a lot of content about how to sell a small business, as well as many free resources to help you start and grow a small business. Need to raise some capital for your business startup? Exit Promise has you covered. Or, maybe you already have a business but are looking to increase your profits. If you are selling your business and feel overwhelmed, Exit Promise has you covered there too. In other words, if you own a small business, Exit Promise is just a good all-around resource.
Editor: Suzanne Robertson
Favorite Recent Article: Triple D Towing: How a SmartBiz SBA Loan Saved This Small Business Owner Thousands of Dollars. Small business owner Milton Martinez shares how he is saving thousands of dollars and expanding via an SBA loan.
About the Blog: SmartBiz is a small business blog that offers intuitive small business tips and much more. Some of their content is more inspirational such as their piece on the difference between a boss and a leader. They also host great tips in the areas of hiring, finance and particularly great content on small business loans. If you are looking at getting an SBA loan SmartBiz has just the information you need.
Favorite Recent Article: 10 steps for making a huge impact on your customer service. This blog lists some simple steps that a company can adopt to improve their customer service.
About the Blog: The Zoho Blog focuses mostly on software and cloud based management for your business. Zoho themselves offer a suite of products and are leaders on the cloud and devices. This blog provides engaging content on customer service for small business owners.
Editor/Primary Writer: Cate Costa
Favorite Recent Article: “Entrepreneurs Beware: You Must Ask the Right Questions to Get Useful Answers”. This blog talks to new business owners about the importance of phrasing market research questions properly if they want to get data that is useful.
About the Blog: New Venture Mentor is an Entrepreneurship blog that has helpful info covering a variety of specific and general business topics. In one article, Cate provides some practical advice on how to price your product. In another, she looks at the bigger picture, tackling the question “Will Entrepreneurship Ruin Your Passion?” Another cool thing about the New Venture Mentor blog, is that all the posts are also Youtube videos. So, if you do not like to read or just have other things to do, you can put on the video and listen/watch while you are working on other things.
Editor: David Nilssen, Guidant Financial CEO & Co-founder
Favorite Recent Article: Top 5: 2015 Small Business Financing Trends and 2016 Predictions. This post offers insight into current and future business financing trends that will impact entrepreneurs’ access to capital over the next year.
About the Blog: Guidant Financial Blog strives to provide relevant information that will help entrepreneurs make informed decisions and position them for future success. From hiring tips to small business success stories. Guidant provides tremendous information that can small business owners can utilize to their advantage whether just starting out or an established and growing business.
Editor: Veronica Wasek
Favorite Recent Article: How to avoid making a mess in QuickBooks Online QuickBooks Online tutorials, videos, and tips for getting your bookkeeping done in as little as 5 minutes a day.
About the Blog: 5 Minute Bookkeeping offers an insightful source of bookkeeping content. You can find a wealth of knowledge on QuickBooks on this blog. There are detailed tutorials, tax tips and more. If you want to become get some valuable knowledge on better bookkeeping practices take a look at 5 Minute Bookkeeping.
Favorite Recent Article: “Make Your Next Store Event One to Remember” All you need in order to host a successful event is proper planning, access to marketing channels to promote the event, and a dash of creativity.
About the Blog: Want to learn how to launch an online store and make more money online? SnapRetail is all about online marketing tactics and tips that can boost your bottom line. That includes how-to guides like their article on “How to Sell on Facebook” as well as in-depth looks at questions such as how much to charge customers for shipping. If you want to elevate your eCommerce business, this is a key blog to follow.
Editor: Fuse Financial Partners
Favorite Recent Article: Is there a Tiger in Your Office? 5 Things your Business Dashboard Must Do Business metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are vital to making good management decisions. This blog explains how to create the metrics that will guide your growth for years to come.
About the Blog: Fuse Financial’s blog is operated by a group of financial and business experts who have all been or are currently business owners. Their content covers financial strategy, accounting, hiring methods and more. Fuse Financial should definitely be on your radar if you want interesting and detailed content.
Editor/Primary Writer: Becky McCray
Favorite Recent Article: “Tips For Running Your Home-Based Business”
About the Blog: The Small Biz Survival Blog is specifically focused on providing helpful and practical information for the rural and small-town small business owner. Making your first hire? Check out the Small Biz Survival First Hire Guide. Hitting retirement and looking to sell your business? Check out this 6 part series on how selling your small-town business is liking selling a home. Whatever your small-town business needs, Small Biz Survival will probably have the information you need.
Editor/Primary Writer: Shawn Hessinger
Most Shared 2015 Post: “Tips to Help You Control Your Small Business Finances” This article offers concise advice on steps that can be taken to better manage cash flow and monitor a businesses fiscal health.
About the Blog: Small Business Trends is about providing information, breaking news, and sound advice for the small business owner. Are you a newer business looking to land your first big client, Small Business Trends has some tips to help you out. Or maybe you have been in business for awhile but you are worried about payroll. If so, check out these payroll filings that will help keep your business tax compliant. In other words, you will find something that relates to your business on the Small Business Trends blog. Check it out.
Editor: Bradley Daves
Favorite Recent Article: “The Rise of the Retail Moment”. In-the-moment marketing speaks not to the size of the shopper interaction, but to the depth, reach and emotional impact of the connection.
About the Blog: Ready for some high-level retail insights? Medallion Retail is stocked with fresh takes on new developments and opportunities in the retail industry. That extends from big picture topics like what they call the ongoing “retail renaissance” to in-depth looks at the little things, such as shopping bags and retail displays.
Editor/Primary Writer: Meredith Wood
Favorite Recent Article: “From Homeless Mother to Hometown Hero: This Entrepreneur’s Guide to Growing a Business from Absolutely Nothing”
About the Blog: Fundera Ledger’s focus is funding, finance, and small business. The Fundera Ledger offers articles ranging from an extensive guide on business funding to an article on whether or not joining a Professional Employer Organization and is worth it. If you need some wisdom concerning any aspect of your small business funding or finance, put Fundera Ledger on your list of “blogs to check out.”
Editor/Primary Writer: Tracey Wallace
Favorite Recent Article: How to Set Up a Customer Loyalty Program and Increase Lifetime Value 150%.
About the Blog: BiBigcommerce provides retail news, analysis and success strategies for scaling brands. The team works with brands including Solange’s Saint Heron, Toyota, Martha Stewart and CamelBak to determine industry best practices for growth. They also keep a close eye on industry trends and news, reporting why these changes will or will not affect the retail industry as a whole.
Editor/Primary Writer: Lynda Bekore and Edwin Bevens
Favorite Recent Article: “4 Warning Signs that Your Small Business Needs an Accountant”. Poorly managed finances or bookkeeping can lead to some nasty surprises, so it’s important not to put off getting the help of a professional accountant.
About the Blog: Whether you are looking for creative ways to repurpose old content or need some grooming and clothing tips for entrepreneurial males, Small Biz Club has you covered. Small Biz Club has a variety of other content as well, related to startups, leaderships, growth, sales/marketing, finance, tech, and more. If you are interested in small business info, Small Biz Club wont disappoint.
Best Entrepreneur & Startup Blogs
Whether you’re trying to escape the office grind or reinvent it on your own terms, the following blogs on entrepreneurship and startups are all excellent resources.
Editor: Kate Erickson, John Lee Dumas
Favorite Recent Article: How to Set & Accomplish Your Biggest Goals
About the Blog: After conducting over 1,200 interviews John discovered the #1 thing that sets successful entrepreneurs apart: their ability to set & accomplish goals. Since this discovery, they’ve spent thousands of hours as a team creating valuable posts; downloads; and their first physical product, The Freedom Journal, in order to help give our audience a guide that will help them accomplish the goals they set.
Editor/Primary Writer: Tim Ferriss
Favorite Recent Article: Real World Blueprint for a $5 Million week: An interview of Ramit Sethi, owner of the blog iwillteachyoutoberich. The article has Ramit, a financial guru, go in dept about a recent success and his plan for it’s execution
About the Blog: Four Hour Work Week’s blog covers various topics from marketing, gadgets, entrepreneurship and even dance. His entrepreneurship section features many how to articles which detail strategies that can be implemented by startups and entrepreneurs. The blog contains interviews, advice and more.
Editor/Primary Writer: Sean Ogle
Favorite Recent Article: “Step by Step: How to Setup Your First Blog”
About the Blog: Location 180 is all about how to build a business that can be run remotely and from any location. Whether giving personal advice on how to establish a healthy workout routine in the midst of a busy life or technical advice related to getting started with affiliate marketing, Sean’s posts are well-written, interesting, and helpful. Give him a read and see what you think!
Editor/Primary Writer: Mark Suster
Favorite Recent Article: “Why on Earth Would Anybody Post Business Videos on SnapChat” Explore the benefits to businesses who utilize SnapChat to reach their audience. It also highlights the criticisms for those who oppose the concept and offers insightful counters with video examples.
About the Blog: Mark Suster has gone from entrepreneur to VC, which is how he manages to offer advice from both sides of the table.Subjects range from the utilization and benefit of current tools and general advice on how startups can prepare for success.
Editor/Primary Writer: Daniel Goh
Favorite Recent Article: “7 Reasons A Small Business Should Hire Advisors”. CEO of ExecRank John Aspatore contributes an article that stresses the importance that having the right advisors can have on the success of any small business, and shares some ways that proper help can propel a business to the next level.
About the Blog: Young Upstarts is an edgy and modern blog that has content for today’s entrepreneur and small business owner. The content is both quirky and useful, like their post that references the movie Jurassic Park to convey 5 important lessons for startups. But some of the content is just straight and to the point, like their explanation of 4 ways that you can reduce the risk of injury in your workplace. Take a look.
Editor/Primary Writer: Nick Loper
Favorite Recent Article: “Clarity.fm: Start a $100 per Hour Consulting Business in 5 Minutes”
About the Blog: The Side Hustle Nation blog is about how to start your entrepreneurial career, even if you can only work part-time to do so. That’s what Nick Loper did, and his passion is to help people have the same opportunity. Wondering how to build a money-making blog from the ground up? Nick tells you how. Are you an artist who is looking to monetize your art and get your first 1000 true fans? Nick has an article on that too. Check him out. You won’t be sorry.
Editor/Primary Writer: Michael Hyatt
Favorite Recent Article: Are Your Friends and Coworkers Killing Your Energy? This piece highlights the effects others can have one energy and thereby performance. It details the significant nature of peers and friends on performance.
About the Blog: An entrepreneurial blog that looks at public influence, development, productivity, leadership and more. There is also a weekly podcast available on the site. This blog has diverse content and contains intelligent insight
Editor: Marie Forleo
Favorite Recent Article: How To Grow Your Business & Find Time For The Creative Work, Too
About the Blog: Marie Forleo features insightful and inspirational content geared towards the entrepreneurial spirit. Marie’s articles are based more on behavior and mentality. There is a strong focus on knowing your strengths and the best ways to utilize them to be more successful.
Editor/Primary Writer: Chris Brogan Blog
Favorite Recent Article: “The Secrets of My Success” This article sheds light on how Chris Brogan got where he is. A lot of it centers around communicating and connecting with people of varying backgrounds.
About the Blog: Chris Brogan’s Blog focuses greatly on innovation and insight. Drawing much on his experience as an accomplished entrepreneur and nuances in running and succeeding in business. If you value comparative insight from someone who has faced the challenges of an entrepreneur take a look at this blog.
Editor/Primary Writer: George Meszaros
Favorite Recent Article: “Why Some Businesses Fail While Others Succeed”
About the Blog: Success Harbor is a resource for entrepreneurs that covers many different topics. If you are wondering if your startup is a good idea, check out their article, How to Prove That Your Startup Idea is Right. If you are wondering about how to make your website as search engine friendly as possible, reference their article, What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About SEO. If you are an entrepreneur, you need to check out Success Harbor.
Editor: Holly Reisem Hanna
Favorite Recent Article: Ways to Earn Income in 2016 There is absolutely no excuse for you NOT to earn money from home this year! With advances in technology, more jobs are able to be done from home and startup costs for launching your own business are little to nothing. If you’re ready to FINALLY work from home — here are some resources you MUST check out!
About the Blog:This blog is dedicated to providing women who are looking for legitimate work or to start and operate a home based business. The blog covers various categories from time management, scam prevention finding your niche and more. It is a great source of content for entrepreneurial women.
Editor: Brian Solis
Favorite Recent Article: The Embrace: Creating Experiences that Nurture Attention into Engagement Brian Solis reminds us that in every business, we are working with human beings, not just customers and employees. No one aspect of business is good enough anymore. People have experiences. They also share experiences. We should design them to be incredible and shareable in every step of the customer/employee journey.
About the Blog: Brian Solis’s blog consist of compelling content on customer engagement and emerging technology influence on business culture and marketing. This blog is also host to some great guest post and is definitely worth a read.
Editor/Primary Writer: Fred Wilson
Favorite Recent Article: Small Ball A term in basketball describing a play tactic where you trade speed and precision for power. The article references the use of the strategy with VC businesses and entrepreneurs.
About the Blog: By Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson. This blog contains a multitude of topics. The section on. Fred has a clear apprehension of entrepreneurship as well as finance. A great source for eclectic information.
Editor: Adrian Swinscoe
Favorite Recent Article: “A degree of humility always succeeds in business – Interview with Michael O’Leary of Ryanair” This interview with Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair discusses how it came about and what Ryanair has done, why it is doing what it is doing and what it plans to do to improve its customer experience.
About the Blog: Adrian Swinscoe is a true expert in the customer experience, and his blog reflects that knowledge. He offers insights into concrete ways businesses can improve their customer experience and interviews business owners who have gone the extra mile to offer the best customer support possible.
Editor/Primary Writer: Gary Vaynerchuk
Favorite Recent Article: Three Pieces of Advice to Build Confidence for Public Speaking Gary Varnerchuck discusses some general tips to help in public speaking. Citing his natural adaptation to the stage he share genuine advice to help up and coming speakers and entrepreneurs.
About the Blog: Gary’s audience is tailored more towards entrepreneurs. With an appreciative writing approach you can definitely find worthwhile knowledge here. Whether you are a new entrepreneur or an established one take a look at this blog for keen advice.
Editor/Primary Writer: Martin Zwilling
Favorite Recent Article: “When Will Siri Make That Dinner Reservation for You?”
About the Blog: The Startup Professional Blog is focused on providing helpful content for startups and fledgling businesses. Some of Martin’s content is more big picture, like his article that explains several steps logical business thinkers can take to be more creative. Some content is more specific to one area of your business, like his article, 10 Modern Ways to Kickstart Your Business Website. If you are a startup or relatively new business, the Startup Professional Blog might have just the information you need to help your business grow.
Editor: David Skok
Favorite Recent Article: Recruiting: The Third Crucial Startup Skill
About the Blog: The for Entrepreneurs blog was created by David Skok, a five-time entrepreneur turned VC at Matrix Partners. It offers in-depth, tactical advice on the key issues founders and their teams face in building a successful company. A favorite post from last year, Recruiting: The Third Crucial Startup Skill, shares how early- to mid-stage companies can build out their recruiting processes to find and sell the best candidates in what has become one of the toughest markets ever for top talent. An all-time favorite post of David’s: SaaS Metrics 2.0 – A Guide to Measuring and Improving What Matters is often cited by entrepreneurs as a critical tool in the growth and management of their companies.
Editor/Primary Writer: Erik Emanuelli
Favorite 2015 Post: “How to Double the Visits to Your Site, Without Doing Internet Marketing!”
About the Blog: NoPassiveIncome addresses a variety of topics, focusing specifically on online marketing. Some of the posts are comparative in nature, such as one of the newer ones on the site which compares GetResponse and ConstantContact. Other posts are more general, like one article that gives tips to writing a blog post in a short amount of time. Check it out and see what you learn.
Editor/Primary Writer: Seth Godin
Favorite Recent Article: Learning From Rejection Don’t just accept rejection when faced with it, learn from it. Understand the meaning behind the rejection and what you can do to avoid that in the future. Improve the quality of your brand and keep pushing forward.
About the Blog: This blog focuses on marketing and leadership development. It is highly acclaimed and written by none other than Seth Godin who has authored 18 books which have been best sellers across the planet. If you enjoy great information in the area of digital marketing this is a blog to look into.
Editor/Primary Writer: Melinda Emerson
Favorite Recent Article: “”How to Never Run Out Of Cash” This post explains the importance of always having cash to keep your business afloat in a world where cash on hand might seem obsolete.
About the Blog: The Succeed As Your Own Boss blog has a wide-variety of helpful small business info. The content is structured conveniently under headings related to each stage of small business startup. Some content is for early on in the small business process, like figuring out what kind of business you should start. Other articles are for specific areas of managing your business that are perennially applicable, like “What You Need to Know About Your Small Business Taxes.” If you need help with your small business, Melinda probably has probably already addressed it in one of her posts. Check it out.
Editor/Primary Writer: Dr. Jeff Cornwall
Favorite Recent Article: “Entrepreneur Makes Best of Opportunities in Food Industry”
About the Blog: The Entrepreneurial Mind is a video blog where Dr. Jeff Cornwall, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, interviews various entrepreneurs to learn their story and get their advice for other entrepreneurs. Are you a high school student with entrepreneurial aspirations? If so, check out Jeff’s interview with Riley Vergara-Cruz, who started a princess party business while still in Highschool. Wondering what it is like to take your business global? Jeff talks with Courtney “Coko” Eason about how she took her music business global. Check the Entrepreneurial Mind out, you will hear some good stories and get some sound business advice.
Editor/Primary Writer: Pete Sveen
Favorite Recent Article: “Top Entrepreneur Podcasts for 2015” “I love podcasts and think they are going to continue to grow in popularity. This list includes a few podcasts that will help and inspire entrepreneurs.”
About the Blog: Pete Sveen launched Think Entrepreneurship in 2008 to share his experiences in business and inspire others to set out on their own as entrepreneurs. That includes tips on organizing, staying focused, and making every day as productive as possible.
Editor/Primary Writer: Various
Favorite Recent Article: “Google acquires Synergyse, will integrate the Google Apps training service ‘later this year” This article covers Google’s acquisition of Synergyse, a startup located in Toronto. It gives a background of Synergyse and the roll it will play at Google.
About the Blog: Venturebeat is geared toward current events that effect small business. News oriented and useful for up to date information that will effect industries across the board and impact small businesses.
Editor/Primary Writer: Richard Branson
Favorite Recent Article: “How To Manage Business Relationships” The main theme of this article is the importance of business relationships. It goes into detail on how these relationships are needed in to grow and develop in business.
About the Blog: Richard Branson’s blog is very much about living life and entrepreneurship. Some of Richard’s articles directly discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur, which he argues is more of a lifestyle than it is a career. But, Richard is also an issue guy, and is not afraid to look at what is going on in the world and put in his two cents, like he does on climate change, the political landscape, and the war on drugs. Follow Richard; your business and your world will thank you.
Best Digital Marketing Blogs
What does every business need? Customers. How do you get them? That’s a much tougher question, so I’ll let the following experts answer that. If you’re trying to grow you business online, you won’t want to miss these bloggers.
Editor: James Scherer
Favorite Recent Article: “How to Make your Website a Conversion Machine.” In true Wishpond blog style, this article is a valuable, free and comprehensive resource. We give readers the four main strategies they need to implement to maximize the chance of someone who visits their site actually converting on it.
About the Blog: The Wishpond Blog explores all sides of running a successful digital marketing effort. That includes articles on how to drive viewers to your website and how to reliably convert your website visitors from there. They’re an especially great resource if you’re looking at how to make the perfect landing page, with numerous examples of their expertise in practice.
Editor/Primary Writer: John Jantsch
Favorite Recent Article: “How to Outrank Your Bad Reviews”
About the Blog: The Duct Tape Marketing Blog focuses on content related to small business marketing. One of their newer posts explains how to build a steady stream of leads for less than $100/month. Another one, gives you 10 ways to use one piece of content. If business marketing is your thing, Duct Tape Marketing should be one of your go-to blogs.
Editor/Primary Writer: Lisa Jenkins
Favorite Recent Article: “5 Twitter Tools to Boost Your Productivity”
About the Blog:The world’s largest social media marketing resource, Social Media Examiner helps millions of businesses discover how to best use social media to connect with customers, drive traffic, generate awareness and increase sales. Social Media Examiner regularly publishes up to date, in-depth how-to articles, that share tips, tricks and tools you can use to grow your business with social media.
Editor/Primary Writer: Adam Tanguay
Favorite Recent Article: “Apply Marie Kondo’s “Rules of Tidying” to Your Website”. You might have heard about the tidying craze that’s sweeping the nation. Now it’s time to apply it to your website.
About the Blog: This one is about exactly what the name implies: inspiration. Specifically, inspiration when it comes to doing business online. That can mean drawing in potential customers via search traffic, social media, or a strategic email marketing campaign. Or it can involve hiring the first employee to help your eCommerce operation, or what your new company can do to bring money into the business. If web is a priority for you (and it should be), you’ll definitely want to check out the Weebly Inspiration Center.
Editor: Mike Farrell
Favorite Recent Article: “How Storytelling Can Help Your Social Strategy” The post discusses the importance of properly contextualizing your brand within a narrative, and gives you 9 tips for better storytelling.
About the Blog: How can local businesses attract customers online? The Likeable Local Blog covers that question from every angle, whether that be social media, content marketing, paid advertising, or something else. For frequent updates on how to drive local traffic to your business, you’ll want to keep an eye on Likeable Local.
Editor: Susan Baroncini-Moe
Favorite Recent Article: The 15 Best Analytics Tools for Every Small Business analysis of analytics tools that are super useful for small businesses in assessing their digital marketing efforts.
About the Blog: Business in Blue Jeans offers content geared more towards helping small businesses establish a strong foundation in their online presence but is also a good source of general small business information and recommendations. If you are a small business looking to grow online you should be reading Business in Blue Jeans.
Editor/Primary Writer: HubSpot Content Team
Favorite Recent Article: “You Can Still Reach People Using Ad Block Software”. How to get past the ad shield? Read on to find out.
About the Blog: HubSpot’s blog has long been a go-to for articles on how to run your sales and marketing in the digital age. Their experts on both topics, and publish a constant supply of fresh articles. Whether you’re looking to up your email marketing game, learn how to convert more of those prospects into completed deals, or help your clients with their marketing, the HubSpot blog is a great resource for small businesses.
Editor/Primary Writer: Ivana S. Taylor
Favorite Recent Article: “The Ultimate List of Low Cost DIY Marketing Tools”
About the Blog: DIYMarketers creates a variety of content focused on helping small business owners find creative and low cost marketing ideas that they can quickly put to use in their business. If you’re not pulling in as many customers, follow this process to tweak your marketing message or maybe you’ve got a big presentation coming up and you’re looking for a presentation tool that will knock them off their feet, DIYMarketers has you covered.
Editor/Primary Writer: Rachel Strella
Favorite Recent Article: “Any Business Can Be Social: Here’s How!”
About the Blog: The Strella Social Media Blog focuses specifically on how to leverage social media to promote your business. Wondering whether or not using YouTube is worth it? Rachel talks about that in her article, YouTube: A Game-Changer. Want to do a better job leveraging your Linked-In profile? Check out Strella’s article, “3 Easy Ways to Become a LinkedIn Master.” If you have a social media question, odds are Strella’s Social Media Blog covers it.
Editor/Primary Writer: Lisa Sicard
Favorite Recent Article: “Make Your Facebook Feed Work Absolutely Wonderful For You”.”This is one of my favorite posts from the past year because many people did not know about many features of their Facebook accounts. I received lots of social shares, comments etc on this post. We often think because we know something that everyone else does but in reality they may not.”-Lisa Sicard
About the Blog: Inspire to Thrive has a variety of content, specifically centered around blogging and online marketing of your blog. The information is practical and helpful, whether giving you a step-by-step process for revoking a Google penalty or giving you tips on how to keep your email marketing mail from being flagged as spam. Check Inspire to Thrive out and become a more successful blogger and online marketer.
Editor/Primary Writer: Mike Allton
Favorite Recent Article: “Blog Promotionology, The Art & Science of Blog Promotion”
About the Blog: If you want information on online marketing, the Social Media Hat has you covered. Interested in increasing your site traffic? Social Media Hat teaches you how to build a natural backlink profile for more page hits. Wanting to build a better mailing list? Social Media Hat tells you how. Check them out and you will have your business’s online marketing presence whipped into shape in no-time.
Editor/Primary Writer: Darren Shaw
Favorite Recent Article: “The JSON-LD Markup Guide To Local Business Schema.” This post explains the benefits of JSON-LD for small business websites and gives detailed instructions on how to set it up.
About the Blog: The Whitespark Blog offers plenty of great marketing insights, especially for local business. Want to get an event listed in search results? Trying to build up online citations for your business? Add review stars, special hours, and more to your search results? Whitespark has answers to all of these questions, making them a go-to resource for useful local marketing tips.
Editor: Bonnie Harris
Favorite Recent Article: 5 Simple Things to Remember for your Marketing Plan. Marketing plans don’t need to be complicated. Here are the 5 necessary components of good one.
About the Blog: The Wax Marketing Blog takes a broad look at marketing trends and strategies and how your business can capitalize on them. That means tips on branding, different advertising channels, digital marketing insights and much more. Take a look.
Editor/Primary Writer: Susan Payton
Favorite 2016 Post: “7 Ways to Repurpose Old Content”
We write tons of content, but after a few days or weeks, no one’s paying attention to it. But by leveraging the great content you’ve already created and turning it into completely new content (through different media types, like video, infographics, and ebooks), you can get more bang for your buck.
About the Blog: The Marketing Eggspert Blog focuses on content marketing and social media, and covers topics like creating sharable content and using social media to promote an event. There’s also great content on SEO and branding. Check it out and become an online marketing eggspert yourself.
Editor/Primary Writer(s): Felicia Crawford, Blog Manager
Favorite Recent Article: “Match Your Local SEO to Your Business Type with the Local SEO Checklist”. Is your local business visible to potential customers online? If the answer is anything other than an enthusiastic and confident YES, then this local SEO checklist is for you. Miriam Ellis is here to help you identify which key points of your local SEO plan you’ve taken care of, and which still need some love.
About the Blog: The Moz Blog has a lot of useful content centered around how to best leverage the web to market your business. Some information deals with general website issues, such as whether you should use relative or absolute URL’s for your site pages. Other posts, deal specifically with how to leverage an individual product/service for your business marketing, like their article on using Buzzsumo to generate content ideas. Whatever your online marketing need, odds are Moz has an article that will help you out.
Editor/Primary Writer: Cami Bird
Most Shared 2015 Post: “Why Are Your Yelp Business Reviews Disappearing?”
Favorite Recent Article: The LocalVox blog focuses on small business online marketing, and specifically small business online marketing to local customers. For example, one of LocalVox’s articles gives you a step-by-step guide for setting up your Yelp for Business listing, which boosts your business’ social profile and helps with local SEO. Another article, gives you a tutorial on how to use Facebook Marketing to increase your local business. If you are looking to increase your local visibility and customer base, LocalVox is a must-read.
Editor: Brandon Olson
Favorite Recent Article: Content Curation 101: How to Get Curated Content Right. This post addresses one of the biggest marketing challenges: creating content in a super efficient way.
About the Blog: The AWeber blog is all about applying email marketing to best serve your business. They offer advice on running email campaigns, updates on current developments and how they apply to your marketing, and tips on starting and maintaining a email list. If you want your email marketing to reach it’s full potential, you’ll want to take a look at AWeber’s blog.
Editor/Primary Writer: Don Purdum
Favorite Recent Article: “3 Human Strategies That Will Explode Your Digital Marketing”
About the Blog: Unveil the Web has a lot of interesting and helpful information related to online marketing and general business practices. Some articles are really big picture, like one where Don talks about how important it is to have an overall vision for your business marketing strategy. Other articles are more technical, like one that explains a unique 11 step process to creating a dynamic and conversion friendly website. If it relates to online marketing, odds are Unveil the Web has something to say about it.
Editor/Primary Writer: Cendrine Marrouat
Favorite Recent Article: “Has Blogging Reached a Point of No Return?”
About the Blog: The Social Media Slant has a lot of content centered around how to make the most of your social media presence. There are some especially good infographics, like one on keyboard shortcuts for all the major social media sites. If you need some social media help, Social Media Slant has you covered.
Editor/Primary Writer: Phil Rozek
Favorite Recent Article: “60+ Questions to Troubleshoot and Fix Your Local Reviews Strategy”
About the Blog: Local Visibility System is about helping your small business get the local press it needs, which is reflected in their blog content. If you need to improve you business’ local SEO, the blog has you covered with an article explaining how to accomplish that by building city pages. If you want to increase your Google presence, the blog has an article explaining how getting a google business view photo shoot can help do that. If you are a business that primarily deals with local clientele, you do not want to overlook the Local Visibility System blog.
Editor: Stephen Murphy
Favorite Recent Article: “Understanding Social Intent (Or, Why Your Social Posts Keep Tanking”. All about your audience intent so that you post the right content to the right places.
About the Blog: Red Bamboo Marketing is all about helping you become a better marketer. Their focus is on digital, with articles on topics like how to launch a successful website, hone your social strategy, and a multi-part series of articles on the pillars of marketing operations. If you’re looking to learn how to lay out a marketing strategy, put your marketing plan into practice, and track your performance so you can adjust your marketing efforts, Red Bamboo offers a great resource.
Editor: Marta Bright
Favorite Recent Article: Top Small Business Trends for 2016 There are five new, big trends–including millennials and mobile–that small businesses will face in the coming year and beyond
About the Blog: The Insightly Blog is principally digital marketing and tech based. Offering reviews of products and software and tips on better social media. With content that is always relevant and up to date Insightly knows how to reach small businesses as they themselves offer a powerful CRM made for small businesses.
Editor/Primary Writer: Johnny
Favorite Recent Article: “5 Most Engaging Types of Twitter Posts”
About the Blog: The Mass Planner Blog aims to offer comprehensive social media marketing information to help entrepreneurs and marketers up their social media game. You can learn everything you need to know about marketing on your favorite social platforms. Also, if you follow their blog, you’ll be the first to know the latest marketing trends to incorporate in your strategy. The blog is constantly updated with fresh information and it’s a must if you’re serious about learning social media.
Editor/Primary Writer: Ron Sela
Favorite Recent Article: “How to Improve Your Blog Writing Skills in a Week”
About the Blog: Ron Sela talks about the ins and outs of marketing, especially focused on the small business space. Whether it is mobile marketing, blogging, or navigating the social media marketing world, this blog talks about it. Ron stays on top of current marketing trends and can help you do the same. Give him a read!
Editor/Primary Writer: Rachel Parker
Favorite Recent Article: “What IS Quality Content … Really”. As the content universe becomes more and more crowded, we need to find ways to stand out. Given that 99% of content created is utter crap, the best way to rise above the noise is to raise our quality bar. In this post, I share the defining elements of quality content and challenge readers to up their quality game in 2016.
About the Blog: Ping is an online marketing blog that covers a variety of topics, specifically those related to digital marketing (video, audio, etc). A lot of the content is actually podcasts and videos, covering things like how to do content marketing on LinkedIn and how storytelling can be leveraged to create great marketing content. Check out Ping and see what you can do to streamline your online marketing tactics.
Editor/Primary Writer: Gee Ranasinha
Favorite Recent Article: “Why “Good Enough” Leads To Marketing Mediocrity”. To all intents and purposes “Good Enough” is fit for purpose. But is that enough? Is Good Enough sufficient to win? Can a mentality of Good Enough gain traction to change the status-quo? Can it produce something that will reinvent and revitalize your business? Your job? Your future?
About the Blog: The Kexino Marketing Blog covers a variety of marketing topics, both digital and traditional. Gee looks at marketing from a broader perspective, explaining how marketing is about creativity, inspiration, and imagination, and not just technology. But, Gee does not shy away from using technology for marketing either, as his article on how your website needs to be mobile-friendly in order to encourage a higher Google Search Rank illustrates. Give the Kexino Marketing Blog a read. You won’t be sorry.
Editor/Primary Writer: Jonny Ross
Favorite Recent Article: “54 leading digital marketing experts give their predictions for 2016”. This comprehensive three-parter summarizes the ‘hot topics to look out for in 2016’ as predicted by over 50 of the industry’s leading worldwide digital experts. Explores how themes like social proof, big data and content shock, as well as Jonny’s prediction about the importance that onsite SEO techniques like structured markup and schema will play an important role in digital marketing campaigns in 2016.
About the Blog: Jonny’s content focuses primarily on leveraging digital marketing vehicles, specifically social media, to increase your business presence and brand online. Jonny deals with a variety of topics, from how to grow your email marketing list to website content creation ideas. If you need some advice on how to leverage your online marketing for your business, check out some of Jonny’s articles.
Editor/Primary Writer: Sarah Santacroce
Favorite Recent Article: “ 5 Habits to Finally Get Something Out of LinkedIn in 2016”. New year, new resolutions. Here are 5 Habits to Finally Get Something Out of LinkedIn in 2016
About the Blog: Looking for tips and tricks to improve your business? Look no further. The Savvy Biz Blog has a variety of info to help you do just that, from 6 Key Factors to Successful Marketing to How to integrate Pinterest with Your Website. When Sarah is not an expert, she brings in people who are, to ensure you get the best information. Check out the blog and increase your business Savvy.
Editor/Primary Writer: Diane Seltzer
Favorite Recent Article: “Web Design Best Practices on Small Business Marketing Tools Redesign”
About the Blog: When asked what her blog was about, Diane responded that it was about “Featuring a variety of tools and resources for small businesses looking to make a big impact on a small budget.” Small Business Marketing Tools delivers on that promise, having everything from marketing plan templates builders to how-to content such as “How to Increase Foot Traffic for Your Business When it really Counts”. You will not regret taking some time to check out this blog.