Entrepreneurs come in all forms, and so do the blogs that inform them. Whether your focus is starting a business, marketing it effectively, or developing an active community, you’ll find at least a few blogs here that will be sure to provide you with plenty of inspiration.
1. WorkHappy.net boasts “killer resources for entrepreneurs” and definitely lives up to it. This blog provides a lot of information about using technology to improve your business, but also includes more general info about topics such as marketing, SEO, and productivity. WorkHappy.net has over 9,600 subscribers. You can also follow founder Carson McComas on Twitter (@Carson).
2. Startup Nation is written by a fairly large roster of experienced business bloggers and writers, and covers every aspect of running a business. Definitely worth checking out are their “Step by Step” advice guides, which cover several important topics in a (you guessed it!) step by step format.
4. Escape from Cubicle Nation is written by Pamela Slim, a former corporate manager turned coach who works with frustrated cube-dwellers who want to start their own businesses. Her blog is full of practical advice as well as in-depth posts about motivation and other aspects of life as an entrepreneur. You can follow Pamela Slim on Twitter (@pamslim).
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5. IttyBiz is written by the always entertaining (and wonderfully foul-mouthed, er, penned? Typed?) Naomi Dunford. Dunford has made it her mission to help small businesses succeed, and there is a ton of useful advice on her blog that any smart entrepreneur, whether they run an “ittybiz” or a large business, would be wise to heed. You can also sign up for free marketing courses. Be sure to follow Dunford on Twitter Entrepreneur.com’s Daily Dose provides news of interest to entrepreneurs as well as information about marketing, starting a business, and technology.
6. Entrepreneurs at About.com is written by technology entrepreneur and consultant Scott Allen. The blog covers the latest business-related news as well as tips for entrepreneurs. Allen’s About.com site also features advice about nuts-and-bolts topics such as choosing a business, getting started, and how to manage every facet of your business. You can also follow him on Twitter (@scottallen).
7. It seems like, whether we planned it or not, we’re all web workers now, so the WebWorkerDaily blog is a must. WWD provides the latest advice, tips, and gadgets to help you succeed as an online business person, with a focus on improving your productivity. Follow them on Twitter (@webworkerdaily).
8. I kind of think of Seth Godin as the Yoda of the business world (I know, I know, I’m a geek…) so he’s definitely someone you should be reading. His books are full of thought-provoking insight, and his blog offers plenty of the same. You can follow his blog on Twitter (@thisissethsblog), but it’s just a Twitterfeed of his blog posts; Godin doesn’t Tweet.
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9. The Closet Entrepreneur (the DIY source for entrepreneurs) is a fun blog that includes everyday hacks for your small business (for example, recording a phone conversation without spending money on special equipment) as well as plenty of useful advice for common day-to-day issues. You can follow founder Tomas Carillo on Twitter (@tomascarillo).
10. Whether you work as a writer, designer, coder, or marketing professional (and sometimes, we are all of those things!) Freelance Switch is definitely worth a read. It has a very strong following– over 19,000 people subscribe to the Freelance Switch feed. The blog itself is fantastic, providing plenty of useful advice for freelance entrepreneurs. The site also includes a jobs board, podcast, and forums. Freelance Switch is on Twitter, too (@freelancesw).
11. Small Biz Survival is all about being an entrepreneur in a small town or rural setting. Truthfully, though, any entrepreneur can benefit from reading this team-written blog. Their posts often focus on customer service and community-building-two things that every entrepreneur needs to excel at to thrive.
12. Guy Kawasaki’s How to Change the World is for the dreamer inside every entrepreneur. While he occasionally covers more typical issues, Kawasaki writes most often about the big picture and the art of entrepreneurship. Kawasaki is also on Twitter (@guykawasaki).
13. For information about eCommerce, you should be reading Get Elastic. Get Elastic is a great source for news and information about eCommerce, email marketing, SEO, and social media marketing. This blog has a following of just under 10,000 RSS subscribers. You can follow Get Elastic on Twitter, as well (@getelastic).
14. If you’ve ever searched for anything even remotely related to internet marketing, chances are pretty good that the name Yaro Starak has turned up. His blog, Entrepreneurs-Journey, has almost 70,000 subscribers, and is one of the “go-to” resources for those who want to make money online. He also founded the Blog Mastermind program, runs seminars, offers eBooks, and produces podcasts. He’s everywhere, including Twitter (@yarostarak).
15. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur is for anyone who’s trying to start a business with little to no cash, and with more inspiration than experience. (Sounds like the vast majority of entrepreneurs to me!) Author Michael Michalowicz offers great advice and a light-hearted take on the entrepreneur’s life in his book, his blog, and on Twitter (@tpentrepreneur).
16. ReadWriteWeb is a great source for internet and technology news, but they also feature many posts on starting and running a web business. It has a huge following, with approximately 275,000 RSS and email subscribers. Check them out on Twitter as well (@rww).
17. Performancing is all about helping you, as an entrepreneur, build and run a successful blog. There’s plenty of good info here about social networking, marketing, and affiliates. They also provide blogging jobs boards and forums.
18. Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog provides a pretty equal mix of inspiration and practical advice. Carlson is also on Twitter (@danec).
19. Duct Tape Marketing is all about marketing and branding for small businesses. It has a large following (approximately 132,000 RSS subscribers) and also maintains a Twitter presence ((@ducttape).
20. On Startups is all about, you guessed it, starting a new business. There are plenty of useful posts here on all facets of starting a business. The blog has just under 15,000 RSS subscribers, and can also be found on Twitter (@dharmesh).
21. While not technically considered an “entrepreneur blog,” Men With Pens is a blog that is based around providing excellent customer service, communicating clearly, and, to a lesser extent, developing your brand. Pretty useful information for any entrepreneur, don’t you think? Besides that, the Pen Men are anything but boring; opinionated and informative are two words that describe nearly every post on their blog. For a little extra fun, you can also follow them on Twitter (@menwithpens).
22. Young Entrepreneur Blog is a great resource for entrepreneurs of any age. It provides helpful articles, profiles of successful entrepreneurs, and an “Entrepreneur University,” which provides all of their “how-to” articles in one convenient place. You can also follow them on Twitter (@thebizguy).
23. Strategy Stew is full of articles about marketing, trends, branding strategy, and other ways of getting your name out there. You can also follow founder Ivana Taylor on Twitter (@strategystew).
24. Small Business Trends provides updates and information about the trends affecting small business. The blog has a readership of over 112,000 RSS readers. You can also follow them on Twitter (@smallbiztrends).
24. Sparkplugging. Well, this one’s a no-brainer, right? 🙂
I hope these blogs inspire and inform you. Do you have any favorite blogs for entrepreneurs you’d like to share?