There are thousands of blogs written for small to medium businesses (SMBs) — so many, in fact, that you couldn't possibly read every single one. Some entrepreneurs shy away from blogs altogether because they simply don't have the time.
However, selective reading can actually save you time.
When you choose the right types of writers to follow, you can learn from their mistakes and avoid many of the growing pains associated with launching and expanding a business. You can also discover new opportunities and insights to help make your company more competitive, but where do you begin?
It ultimately depends on what challenges you're currently facing. Below is a list of 10 worthwhile blogs that can help you with everything from incorporating your company to securing funding to attracting new customers.
Let's take a look:
1. SBA Business Blog
If you’re in the early stages of launching a new business, this is a great place to start. The SBA Blog covers everything from drafting business and marketing plans to creating LLCs. It’s an invaluable resource that can help you get your product to market as quickly as possible.
2. I Will Teach You to Be Rich (IWTYTBR) Blog
Although Ramit Sethi originally launched IWTYTBR for college students struggling with debt, he expanded his articles to cover everything from business idea generation to employee recruitment to launching on a shoestring budget.
3. Evergreen Small Business Blog
Have questions about tax codes, asset allocation or angel investing? The Evergreen Small Business blog offers a ton of actionable steps to help you get your finances in order.
Whether you run a brick-and-mortar retail store or an e-commerce portal, having a website is essential for long-term success. The WixBlog walks you through the ins and outs of developing an online presence as you move forward.
5. Social Triggers Blog
With each new post, Derek Halpern takes his readers through the psychology of why we buy what we buy. Social Triggers should be your go-to resource if low customer conversion rates continue to limit your business’s growth potential.
6. DIY Marketers Blog
It doesn't matter if you run a seasonal business, a one-person operation or a nonprofit – you don't need a huge budget to compete with the big boys. DIY Marketers helps you identify affordable marketing opportunities that you can implement entirely by yourself.
7. Straight North Blog
Although search engine optimization (SEO) falls under the broader marketing category, it truly is a unique industry. The Straight North Blog is where you should turn if low search rankings are preventing you from generating the traffic your business rightfully deserves.
8. Social Media Hat Blog
If you're like most business owners, you probably have a hard time keeping up with all of the social media platforms that come and go on a daily basis. Social Media Hat can help you navigate the ever-changing landscape — while still keeping your sanity intact.
9. Location 180 Blog
Many business owners yearn for a lifestyle that allows them to live abroad and work remotely. Sean Ogle is an expert in location-independent entrepreneurship that fuses exotic travel with long-term business growth. Be sure to check out his posts on Location 180.
10. 4-Hour Workweek Blog
Timothy Ferris’s blog complements his best-selling book of the same name. In the 4-Hour Workweek, he teaches you how to automate your business so that it continues to grow without you needing to stay actively involved.
Want More Must-Read Blogs for Your SMB?
No list could ever be 100 percent exhaustive. The online world is full of amazing resources for every business, niche and market under the sun — but hopefully the above blogs are enough to get you started.