How does a busy small business owner stay current with their industry while learning valuable marketing, sales, and social media advice? By reading blogs targeted to the issues and questions that are forefront in a small business owner’s mind!
What’s the best part? This advice is offered to you free – all it’ll cost you is a little bit of your time. But if you make reading blogs a part of your routine, whether it’s in the morning as you eat your breakfast, or on your cell phone while you take your lunch break, you’ll be able to stay in the know when it comes to your industry on a weekly, or possibly even daily, basis.
To make it easy for you, we’ve rounded up six fantastic blogs for you to follow that offer great tips for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and startups. Be sure to check them out for great advice on how you can grow your local business’ exposure and profit.
Small Business Blog: Small Biz Survival
The Small Biz Survival blog is billed as a ‘rural and small town business resource’ and was named in the Small Business Influencer Top 100 for 2011 and 2012. The blog has also been featured at Alltop Small Business and Alltop Rural. You’ll find that Small Biz Survival is a great source for staying current with the latest trends and news affecting small business owners.
Small Business Blog: LKR Social Media
Jill Hoffman, Senior Director of Marketing & Media at Scott’s Marketplace, says, “I think Laura Roeder has a good blog for social media – she makes it simple and has an e-newsletter/video program to ‘create online fame.’” The LKR Social Media blog touches on all social media mediums to help small businesses reach their full potential.
Small Business Blog: Grow Smart Biz
If you’re looking for a good resource to turn to for mobile marketing, small business, social media, and management advice, Grow Smart Biz is it. Past blog posts have included, “6 Ways to Build Your Company’s Brand,” “10 Ways to Stay Competitive in 2013,” and “How to Run a Successful Facebook Contest without Getting Banned.”
Small Business Blog: Small Business Trends
When you want a blog that covers a variety of topics, from startups and green business to finance and interviews, Small Business Trends is a great option. Past blog posts have included, “5 Areas You Must Audit on Your Website,” “Microbusiness Economic Trends: Into the Future,” “Why Twitter Should Be Your Best Friend at a Tradeshow,” and “Write Better Job Descriptions and Build a Stronger Team.”
Startup Blog: A Smart Bear
This blog, recommended by Scott Curry, Founder and CEO of Scott’s Marketplace, focuses on startups, small businesses, and marketing. Written by Jason Cohen, a founder of four companies, the blog posts feature great, real-world advice on a variety of topics. Past blog posts have included, “Why ‘Saving Money’ and ‘ROI’ are Probably the Wrong Way to Sell Your Product,” “How Should a Startup Founder Value Her Time?” and “10 Things I’ve Never Heard a Successful Startup Founder Say.”
Startup Blog: OnStartups.com
Are you an entrepreneur or hoping to be one soon? If so, you’ll want to check out OnStartups. This blog is not only filled with advice for entrepreneurs, but resources to help you succeed, like suggested books and a Q&A section where you can leave your own startup-related questions.
Bonus blog to follow: Scott’s Local Business Corner. Yep, that’s us! Our blog covers topics geared toward a small business owner, including local business success stories, social media marketing tips, small business advice, sales and marketing tips, and more! Subscribe to our blog here.
Tell us: What are your favorite small business blogs?