There’s a phenomenal amount of business advice available on the internet – and the majority of it is free. However, that’s not to say all of it is good. To save you the time of trawling through the garbage, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite business blogs and websites for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Add them to your bookmarks and be inspired.
Moz has become an authority on search engine optimization (SEO) since launching in 2004, providing a range of tools to help companies grab those all-important top spots on Google. Its blog is a font of actionable tips and invaluable insights, featuring contributions from numerous search experts, including Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin and online marketing guru Neil Patel.
Delivered by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of over 12,000 entrepreneurs, Octane Blog is a brilliant resource for any business owner. The blog features articles from seasoned entrepreneurs, guest posts from esteemed business bloggers, snippets from the best business books, and reports and insights into the state of entrepreneurship worldwide.
Having founded four startups, Penelope Trunk has experienced all of the ups and downs that come with building a business. In her deeply personal and brutally honest blog, Trunk offers guidance on topics such as productivity and cashflow management, intertwining them with posts about Asperger Syndrome and the challenges that it’s brought both herself and her family.
On top of its popular ecommerce platform, which is used by thousands of online retail businesses around the world, Shopify provides an array of useful advice through its blog. While a large proportion of the content is geared towards ecommerce companies, a lot of it is relevant to businesses in all sectors, with guides on everything from branding to social media marketing.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say Neil Patel is a legend in the digital marketing space. Co-founder of analytics platforms Kissmetrics, Crazy Egg and Hello Bar, Patel can list Amazon, HP and NBC among his high-profile clients, and is cited by Forbes as one of the top ten online marketers. His blog is an essential read for anyone looking to grow their business on the web.
By the age of 35, Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multimillion-dollar companies. He then became an angel investor – and lost everything. Rather than giving up, Michalowicz started again, determined to find better ways to grow strong, healthy businesses. Now running his third million-dollar company, he uses his books and blog to offer guidance to fellow business owners.
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As a serial entrepreneur and early investor in Twitter, Uber and Facebook, you could say Gary Vaynerchuk knows a thing or two about business. A highly accomplished and sought-after public speaker, Vaynerchuk also finds time in his busy schedule to maintain a successful blog, where he shares marketing tips and key learnings from his various entrepreneurial endeavours.
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A must-read for marketers and entrepreneurs, John Jantsch’s Duct Tape Marketing blog is a great accompaniment to his popular book, Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide. The blog is full of practical marketing tips, designed to help businesses succeed online, and also features discussions on topics like SEO, social media and lead conversion.
Sales and marketing giant HubSpot supports many businesses with its range of software products, which includes content management, web analytics and SEO tools. However, the company’s blog is a valuable resource in its own right. Spread across three separate blogs – marketing, sales and customer success – it covers the key topics affecting most businesses in the digital age.
There’s nothing like learning from the best, and they don’t come much better than Sir Richard Branson. The Virgin founder may have had his fair share of failures, but he’s still widely regarded as one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs. Offering reflections on his business and philanthropic projects, Branson’s blog also features posts from Holly and Sam, his daughter and son respectively.
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