There’s a plethora of business advice available online, with more and more business blogs, entrepreneur interviews and SME guides appearing every day. To save you the hassle of finding your favourites, we’ve curated a list of the very best business blogs, online magazines and websites for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Add them to your bookmarks to help you stay inspired throughout 2019.
Business Matters is a great resource to glance at when you're having that first cup of coffee in the morning. Covering the latest business news across finance, legal and technology amongst others, the website also has a useful range of advice and opinion pieces which will give you a 360-degree view of everything happening in the business world today.
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If you're looking for guidance on how to successfully manage an ecommerce business, Shopify's blog should be your go-to. The blog also covers topics which are relevant to every business owner, ranging from 'how to make the perfect homepage' to 'how to launch a business while keeping your day job'.
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Real Business' tag line is 'telling the truth about SME life today' and it's clear that articles such as 'sexual harassment in post-Brexit Britain' and 'are we heading towards a free trade world?' show how it's living up to its claim to relay genuine experiences with actionable insight and inspiration. The site provides a collection of high profile interviews, insight, news and industry benchmark reports, along with advice for micro businesses who have less than 10 employees.
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Fast Company offers a great mix of news, opinion pieces and advice for business owners. Along with covering the latest hot topics in business, the website also covers stories and opinion pieces which are relevant to other aspects of life, such as how to take better care of yourself and the latest happenings in pop culture. If there's something relevant happening that may affect those with an interest in business, Fast Company will have a piece on it.
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Sage's blog offers a well-organized and exhaustive collection of articles, guides, and templates for running a business. From categories such as People & Leadership and Trends & Insights, the regularly-updated collection of articles often feature big names in the industry. The articles are also split into 'business types' so you can focus on the most relevant content for your startup, medium-sized or large business.
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Octane Blog is curated by The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of over 12,000 entrepreneurs. You can expect advice and tips from entrepreneurs, experts, and business bloggers. It's an all-rounder if you want insight into entrepreneurship worldwide.
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Covering the latest in tech, finance, and politics, along with offering opinion and advice pieces across strategy and life, Business Insider is another all-rounder to check in on whenever you have a spare moment during your day. The majority of the articles you'll see here are focused on the very latest business news and current affairs, complemented by quirkier pieces such as '40 of the most mesmerizing wedding photos from around the world in 2018'.
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HubSpot's Blog is the perfect one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about running a business. Their recent articles have had a focus on HR and recruitment, but you can expect regular updates across all four sectors of the blog including marketing, sales, service, and trends.
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If you want to browse a selection of articles, videos and podcasts across topics such as growth strategies, starting a business and franchising, then Entrepreneur is a great place to start. There's also a section of articles specifically dedicated to female entrepreneurs, featuring the likes of make-up line founder Bobbi Brown and film studio executive Sherry Lansing.
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The Moz Blog
Moz has fast become a leading authority on everything SEO. Its blog provides tips, insights and guides on how to rank well on Google, often supplemented by contributions from experts such as Neil Patel and Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin.
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iZettle is the 'business owner blog', offering news, hacks and stories from its community of business owners. It's clear that the team behind iZettle understand that startup and SME owners don't always have the luxury of spending hours reading one article after another. Therefore, all of their articles are 5-6 minute reads or less, offering you distilled, no-nonsense pieces covering tips, tricks, and tools that can change the way you approach work.
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If you want to keep up to date with breakthroughs and discoveries across medicine, science, tech and more, Futurism is well worth bookmarking. The blog brings you the 'news of tomorrow', including regular articles on the very latest products and research from across the globe. It's the ideal source of inspiration for any budding entrepreneur.
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Women 2.0 is a media and tech company, and has been an industry leader in gender equality for over a decade. Its blog offers a range of unique resources, articles and advice for readers to encourage diverse and inclusive working environments. It's a must for any business owner who values equality in the workplace.
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Smashing Magazine's articles are primarily targeted towards developers and web designers, covering topics ranging from 'how to learn CSS' to 'designing multimodal interfaces'. With over 2137 published articles and counting, chances are if you're looking for advice on anything techie, Smashing Magazine will have covered it.
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The Decision Lab
This insightful 'behavioural economics' blog is brought to you by a Canadian think-tank. It regularly covers marketing, business, and consumer psychology topics which are relevant, researched, and referenced to a high standard. Overall, this is a great resource for anyone who wants to understand more about the science behind decisions and behaviour.
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With products aimed at increasing website and campaign conversions, Unbounce's blog covers topics across SEO, content marketing and CRO. Expect regular updates on PPC, landing page optimisation and mobile optimisation. Their articles are clear, concise and to the point, and each has easy-to-follow, actionable advice for laymen who want to see a difference in their online campaigns and websites.
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If you're struggling to get your product on shelves, Edison Nation may be able to lend a hand. They upload frequent Q&As with leading inventors and entrepreneurs, along with licensing success stories to inspire the next generation of creators.
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Content Marketing Institute
Founded by Joe Pulizzi, the leading voice of content marketing, the Content Marketing Institute's blog covers everything you'd need to know about content marketing in the form of articles, resources and research insights. You can also find excellent advice on SEO, ROI and design.
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This is an excellent resource to keep coming back to if you're interested in the 'art of living' and how the world works. Articles are generally longer-reads, ranging from 8-20 minutes, and will give you practical insight into how to make better decisions and generally live a better life. Every business owner should bookmark this one, as it's an excellent way to expand your intelligence, connect ideas and think in multidisciplinary ways.
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Mixergy pulls together the wisdom of successful entrepreneurs and mentors into interviews, articles and masterclasses. It makes learning from the best easy - providing business owners with a tool kit of tried-and-tested tactics for making their company a success.
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If you want to keep up with more high-quality articles and insights, it's also worth bookmarking the Knowledge Hub, where we post business advice and articles for small business owners on a regular basis.
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