There are countless blogs and websites that offer a wealth of useful information, advice, and inspiration for small business owners. If you’re reading this, you already know that Summit Financial Resources’ Small Business Blog is dedicated to helping you maintain the financial health and well being of your business as you navigate the road to success.
We’re a small and growing business too, and we include blogs as part of our strategy for staying on top of what’s happening in the marketplace and how it might impact our clients and our business. We didn’t realize how challenging it would be to pick just 10 of our favorites, but here is a sampling of the sites we check in with for news, trends, how-to’s, ideas, and insights.
HBR has something for virtually every small business owner and entrepreneur. The Leadership Blog features insights from business thought leaders, while The Leading the Way blog presents essays from HBR’s corporate learning program. We’re fans of the Management Tip of the Day, an easy-to-digest one-paragraph summary of select HBR magazine articles.
We often site statistics and recommend resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s site in our blog. The SBA is a virtual treasure trove of in-depth information on starting and running a small business, including articles and multiple blogs organized by business category.
LinkedIn’s blog platform features content from subject matter experts as well as other LinkedIn users and curates articles based on your professional profile and connections. This makes it a viable source for industry-related news and information that users are sharing as well as advice on everything from launching a business to establishing best practices.
Seth Godin, the renowned author of multiple books on entrepreneurship and marketing, offers daily wisdom on issues ranging from the ever-changing business world to communicating effectively in the social media era. Thought provoking, insightful, and often amusing, each post sheds light on the big picture of how small businesses can innovate and thrive.
Entrepreneur and Forbes
Both of these business-savvy publications post blogs chock-full of breaking news, advice from thought leaders, and resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The sites also target articles to specific types of businesses, such as Entrepreneur’s blog for minority-owned businesses.
Hosted by an industry-leading inbound marketing company, HubSpot’s blog is a rich resource for information related to organic search marketing and its relevance to any small business marketing strategy. It’s a valuable tool for building or improving web content, understanding the latest shifts in social media marketing, and attracting and retaining customers.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
NFIB is a small business association with over 300,000 member companies, and their blog provides practical information, analysis, and commentary on key issues that impact small business owners. Expect to find content that addresses common challenges entrepreneurs face and offers solutions or advice ranging from ways to up your marketing game to how changes in overtime regulations may affect your productivity.
Venture capitalist Mark Suster is a former entrepreneur who founded and sold two companies and worked in consulting prior to turning VC to invest in passionate entrepreneurs. He has a knack for simplifying complicated ideas and takes a straightforward approach to sharing his views on what it takes to succeed.
This site is a popular online destination for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and those who do business with them. It provides up-to-the-minute news, information, and advice covering issues that every small business owner should be aware of. In addition to its own editorial staff, the site has hundreds of vetted contributors who volunteer their knowledge, successes, and failures.
Hosted by Sure Payroll, this is one of a number of helpful blogs authored by payroll software providers. The site taps industry experts and thought leaders to provide useful content on all things payroll-related as well as an array of day-to-day management and operational issues encountered by small business owners.
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