Do you need to learn “How to Use Social Media Effectively?” Are you looking to “Attract More Customers with These Five Tricks?” The answers to these questions and more are buried somewhere in the ever-expanding blogosphere. At Independent We Stand, we strive to bring small business owners the most up-to-date news, tips and how-tos from experts in all industries – but we’re not alone. Here are some of the best small business blogs out there, along with some of their must-read posts.
1. Duct Tape Marketing
Must-read post: How to Systematically Build Personal Brand Authority
John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best-selling author. He’s also an expert blogger. Duct Tape Marketing, based on his small business marketing system by the same name, breaks down marketing strategies and tactics in a way that small business owners can relate to and implement. The blog covers important topics like social media and automated marketing and features guest bloggers every week. It’s no wonder Forbes previously named Duct Tape Marketing one of the 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs.
2. Financially inKleined
Must-read post: How to Improve Your Web Ad’s Chance of Going Viral
As a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek, Karen Klein writes about the most pressing challenges, opportunities and trends that small business owners face every day. On her blog, Financially inKleined, she links to all of her work in one central place, making it easy for small business owners to find the most recent news that they need to know. Karen has covered big issues like the impact of Obamacare on small businesses and the ins-and-outs of licensing.
3. Small Business Trends
Must-read post: The Number One Social Media Mistake Companies Make
Small Business Trends is a one-stop news and tutorials shop for small business owners in any industry. The site organizes posts into several categories including marketing and social, management, technology and advice. It also shows visitors which posts are the most popular on the site – so you know what your peers, and your competition, are reading. The posts are written by a team of relevant experts, like TJ McCue, for example, who recently wrote “30+ Ways For You To Use YouTube Effectively” and also contributes to Forbes. You can also sign up for Small Business Trends’ newsletter to get its diverse and relevant content sent right to your inbox.
4. Small Biz Survival
Must-read post: One Downtown Building Gives Life to Many New Retail Stores
Small Biz Survival isn’t just about starting and maintaining a small business – it’s about doing so in a small or rural town. Founder Becky McCray, an entrepreneur from a small town, knows what makes small and rural towns unique and what helps small businesses survive there. She and her team of contributors highlight small town businesses across the country and share their advice from one small town to another. They even let small town businesses brag about their success and innovation in blog’s weekly Brag Basket.
5. Small Biz Daily
Must-read post: Ready to Start a Business? Ask Yourself These Questions
Small Biz Daily promises to offer “ideas, insights, information and inspiration for entrepreneurs.” The site contains a wealth of information organized into categories like management, money, trends and women. It also contains a unique feature known as the Loan Center. Sponsored by Fundera, the Loan Center helps small business owners search for funding for their business needs. Whether you’re still planning to start a business or in your 20th year of operation, Small Biz Daily will have something for you to read.
These blogs don’t just bring more content to the small business community; they bring fresh perspectives, unique experiences and up-to-date news to business owners and the people who support them. Make sure to follow these sources to see how the latest news in technology, marketing and regulation will impact your small business.