The Top 7 Blogs for Entrepreneurs
Time is money. Nobody understands that better than U.S entrepreneurs and business owners. When asked on Reddit about the most painful problems they face on a day-to-day basis, most business owners complained about time — time to meet deadlines at a neck-breaking pace, time to collect payments from clients, time to keep the company books up to date.
Still, entrepreneurs and business owners know the importance of keeping up with the latest developments in entrepreneurship and learning from successful business leaders. For those that can't afford sitting down to read an entire book, here are the seven best blogs for entrepreneurs.
1. Seth's Blog
Efficient and effective are the best words to describe the blog posts from marketing expert Seth Godin. He has authored several bestsellers on marketing, such as Permission Marketing and Purple Cow, and on entrepreneurship, such as Tribes and The Icarus Deception.
At Seth's Blog, you can find tips on many business topics, including how to create additional revenue streams from freelancing, why it's important to maintain high quality at all times, and how to purchase advertising. Most of Godin's posts take less than five minutes to read, but they are guaranteed to get you thinking about key issues in entrepreneurship.
2. Occam's Razor
In his book Web Analytics: An Hour a Day, Avinash Kaushik provides a step-by-step guide on successful web analytics strategy for your business website. And as search engines tweak their search algorithms on a rolling basis and emerging social media companies rule the Internet, some data and processes require constant revision.
At the Occam's Razor blog, Kaushik provides analysis of important web analytics and digital marketing topics for entrepreneurs, such as how to use social media as a business. Unlike other bloggers, Kaushik backs up all his claims with actual data (he's a self-professed "web analytics ninja," after all!), utilizes plenty of screenshots (particularly useful for users of Google Analytics), and provides actionable takeaways. (See also: 5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging)
3. Guy Kawasaki's Blog
Known as the father of evangelism marketing for his work with Apple in the early '80s, Guy Kawasaki is a prolific businessman and author. With 1.69 million followers on LinkedIn and 1.46 million followers on Twitter, Kawasaki is a thought leader in entrepreneurship, marketing, and PR.
While Kawasaki's blog skews a bit towards tech startups, his writing is still applicable to other industries. For example, he provides insights on the importance of scale in business, guidelines on how to excel at a conference panel, and tips for making your pitch rock.
4. 500 Hats
A member of the famous "PayPal Mafia" (he was the Director of Marketing at PayPal from 2001 to 2004), Dave McClure is a prominent entrepreneur and angel investor. McClure knows his stuff and helps run a fund that makes investments ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 in startups. At his blog 500 Hats (one of the most-read blogs by venture capitalists, according to the Wall Street Journal), he provides an inside view into the world of venture capitalism and angel investing.
For those looking to launch or optimize their startup, developing a good understanding of what investors are looking for in a startup is essential for survival. Startup owners can learn what makes investors tick at McClure's current and previous blog (Master of 500 Hats).
5. Gary Vaynerchuk's Blog
Owners of family businesses will find Gary Vaynerchuk to be an inspiration. In just five years, he took his family wine business from a respectable $3 million revenue operation to a $60 million revenue powerhouse.
Vaynerchuk is a big fan of no-nonsense advice and his blog is proof of that. Every single one of his posts provides an estimate of how long it will take you to read it (most reads are under four minutes). In addition of his blog, check out his #AskGaryVeeShow on YouTube in which he answers questions about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship submitted via Twitter.
6. Kabbage Small Business Blog
When you're a small business owner, you have a lot of questions. A great place for finding the answer to many of those questions is the Kabbage Small Business Blog. (Disclaimer: Until December 2015, I contributed to this blog.) What makes this blog stand out from others is that it caters to minority small business owners, offering advice on finding funding options and providing success stories from peers.
From determining when you have enough money to hire your first employee, to how to improve your business credit score, to where to find grants for women-owned businesses, the Small Business Blog covers a wide variety of topics relevant to small business owners of all backgrounds.
7. Brian Solis
A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Brian Solis keeps an eye on the latest technological developments and their effects on business and marketing. Solis constantly seeks ways that businesses can leverage technology to improve the customer experience.
On the Brian Solis blog, you will find tips on how to deliver a better customer service experience, such as to stop making unsupported assumptions about your customers and to deliver a consistent customer experience across all channels. This is key because, after all, without customers you won't have a business.
What are your favorite blogs on entrepreneurship?
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