Whether you’re looking for some inspiration, hiring tips, or help with a tricky sales situation, blogs are some of the first places you can go to get answers.
There’s no shortage of small business blogs out there. In fact, there are so many blogs to choose from that it can be hard to know which ones to read.
In this post, we’re sharing 10 great blogs all small business owners should read.
Small Biz Survival
Small Business Bonfire
Big Ideas for Small Business
Duct Tape Marketing
Small Business Trends
1. Small Biz Survival
Becky McCray started the Small Biz Survival blog to cater specifically to rural entrepreneurs and business owners. As someone who lived in a small town her whole life, she wanted to connect with other small town entrepreneurs around the world.
The blog is divided into three main categories — dreaming, doing & growing, and leveling up. It tackles everything from finding the best resources, hiring, being isolated from industry peers, and competing against competitors in bigger cities. She even cowrote the book on small town businesses.
Kabbage is a digital financial technology company for small businesses based in Atlanta, GA. Considering its business model and target audience, it has developed a handy accompanying resource center that helps readers navigate the ins and outs of managing the finances and banking aspects of their business.
In keeping with the organization’s guiding principles of helping growing companies, its blog is broken into four parts that match essential aspects of business — “Start,” “Finance,” “Grow,” and “Manage.”
3. Small Business Bonfire
Billed as a collaborative community of entrepreneurs with actionable resources and guides, Small Business Bonfire offers quick reads and in-depth pieces on everything from marketing automation to the top choices for standing desks. The blog has been active since 2011, when founder Alyssa Gregory wanted to add a more personal touch and consistency to the business and marketing content available online.
Today, the blog boasts thousands of articles, tens of thousands of followers across social media, and even a popular newsletter that comes with a free one-page marketing plan template when you sign up.
4. Big Ideas for Small Business
Run by attorney, author, and public speaker Barbara Weltman, Big Ideas for Small Business is a comprehensive, multimedia resource guide that provides new blogs and other content pieces regularly. The homepage includes a daily “Idea of the Day” that tackles a hot topic in business or the news, as well as reading guides and book recommendations for growing businesses to find more in-depth information — including several of Weltman’s own.
5. Duct Tape Marketing
With more than 30,000 monthly website visitors, Duct Tape Marketing shares actionable small business sales and marketing tips and advice. Topics range from content marketing and social media to SEO, PPC, and lead generation.
John Jantsch started the blog. He’s also a keynote speaker and best-selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, The Referral Engine, and SEO for Growth.
6. Small Business Trends
Small Business Trends is a long-running, wide-reaching news site that’s produced more than 23,000 pages of business-related content since 2003. Founder Anita Campbell has grown this entrepreneurial community with blogs sourced from trusted journalists, experts, and editors.
In addition to its main blog site, SBT also hosts the popular BizSugar resource network, a Reddit-like community for sharing content, networking, and hosting live events to keep small business owners engaged and on top of the latest trends.
7. Marie Forleo
Marie Forleo is a motivational speaker and author who runs a few multimillion-dollar businesses, including Marie Forleo International, B-School, and MarieTV. All of the content she writes is centered on female entrepreneurship and personal development. Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, and Oprah, among many others, have featured her work.
8. Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk — or “Garyvee” for short — is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and five-time New York Times Best Selling author.
Vaynerchuk has an entire team at VaynerMedia, his 600+ person social media agency, in charge of helping him produce content geared toward entrepreneurs. This includes DailyVee, where he films short documentary-style videos highlighting his day-to-day life as a busy CEO and internet celebrity. He also blogs, runs a podcast (The GaryVee Audio Experience), and hosts a business advice Q&A show called #AskGaryVee.
Vaynerchuk famously got his start working in his family’s wine business where he started one of the first YouTube shows in 2006 called WineLibraryTV.
MarketingProfs is an in-depth blog and resource for all manner of business-to-business marketing needs and guides, supporting more than 650,000 members. With regular updates in blog content and thrice weekly newsletters, it provides consistent information and helpful tools to readers.
Beyond content, it offers training resources for marketing teams of all sizes through an additional-cost PRO account. For those looking for more direct contact with experts, MarketingProfs also offer numerous live online events to connect with fellow marketing professionals and learn from the best.
As the name suggests, Noobpreneur is a handy, central resource for all subject matter related to growing your small business — with a particular focus on introductory guides and articles. Topics range across the business space from marketing to business development, technology and investment opportunities, and even trends in the news — like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) or fluctuating rent prices for business spaces.
These 10 blogs tackle everything from getting started and building a winning team to leadership, sales, and marketing.
What are your favorite small business blogs?