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50 Great Blogs Small Business Owners Should Be Reading in 2021

By  Ryan Robinson

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There are many business blogs on the Internet. Some of the most established, reputable business blogs have been around for more than a decade. Others have skyrocketed to fame in just the last few years.

You can find business blogs that cover everything on how to start a business, as well as extremely niche blogs that are focused around specific topics like small business financing or B2B sales tactics.

On these business blogs, you’ll find case studies of successful tactics, as well as founder essays about the lessons learned from painful failures. You’ll see content that’s designed to educate and attract new leads for a product or service, and you’ll run into theoretical, philosophical and academic questions about the world of business.

To help you sort through all the noise, we’re sharing our picks for 50 of the best business blogs out there today. They cover a wide range of topics, so we’ve broken them into seven major categories, including startups, sales, people, marketing, growth, freelancing and finances.

Of course, many of these business blogs don’t fit squarely into just one category, so we’ve placed each of them into the category that most closely reflects the content.

Here are 50 of our top picks for the blogs you should be reading in the new year:

Blogs for startups

If you’re just getting started or are thinking about a business, these blogs may be just what you’re looking for.

1. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration was set up by Congress in 1953 to “aid, counsel, assist and protect (…) The interests of small business concerns.” Since then, it has grown significantly and provides a wide range of programs to encourage small enterprise. The website has a large quantity of information on virtually every aspect of operating a small business, as well as details on funding options and requirements for becoming a government contractor.

The business blog is actually relatively hidden on the site — there’s simply so much information provided that crowds it out. Most recent posts provide advice for small-to-medium businesses on topics like financial tips for starting a business from home, training your first employees and the biggest marketing mistakes new entrepreneurs tend to make.

2. SCORE

Backed by the Small Business Administration and supported by a network of 10,000 volunteer business mentors, SCORE delivers low-cost and free consulting services to entrepreneurs who need help growing their businesses or navigating uncharted territory. Its business blog features hundreds of resources covering a wide range of topics applicable to starting up, including advice and contributions from entrepreneurs like Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran.

3. Derek Sivers’ blog

Derek Sivers’ blog uses one of the simplest layouts on the net — on purpose. Sivers has had a varied career, which includes time as a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker and book publisher. He uses his blog, which is more than just a business blog, to demonstrate his fascination with the psychology of self-improvement, business, philosophy and culture.

Sivers often uses his posts to ponder topics at the intersection of work and life. For example, in his essay, Don’t start a business until people are asking you to, he wonders why people try to start a business too early. 

“I meet a lot of people who want to start a business,” he wrote. “Some don’t have an idea yet. I don’t understand this. It’s like wanting to wear a bandage when you don’t have a wound.”

Known for his generosity with his time, Sivers often shares tips and feedback to those who reach out to him. And, in a recent piece of advice Sivers shared with me on the topic of the biggest mistake new entrepreneurs make, he professed, “start now. For an idea to get big, it has to be useful — and being useful doesn’t need funding. If you want to be useful, you can always start right now with just 1 percent of what you have in your grand vision. It’ll be a humble prototype of your grand vision, but you’ll be in the game.”

4. WPBeginner

As its name indicates, the WPBeginner website is designed to be a beginner’s guide to using the content management system WordPress, showing newbie web designers (or anyone setting up their own blogs) how to setup a WordPress site quickly. Its business blog is full of helpful hints, tips and tutorials on how to best set up a WordPress-powered site, as well as how to optimize it for driving in new readers. You’ll find posts covering virtually everything from the best WordPress themes for hotels to more advanced topics involving deep customization.

5. ConvertKit

ConvertKit is an email marketing platform predominantly built for bloggers, podcasters, service-based business owners, course creators and YouTubers. It is not surprising, therefore, that the company has invested heavily in building a business blog that does a great job of teaching people how to make a living online.

It splits their blog into two types of posts. Like all business blogs, it publishes regular articles on various topics relating to building an online business. However, more unusually, it also publishes a monthly issue of its new online magazine: Tradecraft. Each issue focuses on a theme and contains articles related to that theme. Recent themes have included online courses, freelancing and design.

6. James Clear’s Blog

James Clear himself states that the central question driving his work is how to live better. This writer, entrepreneur and travel photographer has been sharing his thoughts online for nearly a decade. In many ways, his site is much more than just a business blog, with posts covering how to create better habits, stronger creative thinking, increased physical performance, optimal health and lifelong learning. Of course, the core thesis is that any business in its formative stages will grow immeasurably if its owners improve on these aspects of their personal lives, too.

7. Entrepreneur on Fire

Entrepreneur on Fire is best known for its podcast, a runaway success that features interviews with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs. As of today, there have been more than 1,700 episodes of the podcast, a daily broadcast where host John Lee Duma chats with successful entrepreneurs, detailing their journeys and lessons learned. The blog is complementary to the podcast, expanding on the audio content and sharing behind-the-scenes material.

8. Altucher Confidential

James Altucher is a well-known entrepreneur, angel investor and prolific writer. After getting his start with a side hustle building websites while working his first job out of college, Altucher sold that company for $15 million and promptly went broke. He has started 20 companies, 17 of which failed, but Altucher continued to learn from each failure. In his worst moments, Altucher became horribly depressed, but upon hitting rock bottom, he realized that his successes in life only happened when he choose to invest in himself. Now, Altucher runs a popular podcast, The James Altucher Show, alongside a business blog where he writes about investing, entrepreneurship, self-publishing and choosing yourself.

Blogs about sales

Need to revitalize your sales team or just find new ways of doing things? Check out the ideas found in these blogs.

9. Close.io

Close.io is a sales CRM for startups and small businesses. Its business blog, therefore, focuses solely on sales topics that provide in-depth guides, videos, tutorials, case studies and real-world breakdowns of the world’s best sales strategies. It’s full of tips, techniques and templates for every sales situation. Close.io’s aim is to provide actionable sales advice to their readers, including a daily 60-second sales motivation video.

10. LeadFuze

LeadFuze is a lead generation software platform. Its business blog publishes weekly posts that cover lead generation strategies, sales skills and sales terminology. LeadFuze also produces a podcast.

11. HubSpot Sales Blog

HubSpot is a high-profile inbound marketing company. It produces three distinct business blogs on marketing, sales and customer success. The blogs are large, publishing multiple posts per day from a large number of contributing and staff writers. They feature extensive coverage on every topic. The sales blog, for instance, publishes posts covering virtually every imaginable aspect of sales. It now contains a library of nearly 2,500 posts.

12. Sales Hacker

Sales Hacker is a company that provides thought leadership, webinars, conferences, online courses, sales training and digital partnerships. The thought leadership is its business-to-business sales blog, which delivers sales tips, tactics, strategies and technology from the industry’s top thought leaders. Articles cover sales, market development, customer success, sales ops and leadership.

13. Jill Konrath’s Sales Blog

Jill Konrath is a speaker, author, and major thought leader in the world of sales. Her business blog is syndicated to numerous top publications. She sends a newsletter each week to 145,000 people interested in her sales wisdom. The main topics she writes about are prospecting, success mindsets, working smarter, winning deals and more.

14. Open View Sales Blog

Openview Labs covers more than just sales, describing itself as providing, “insights, actionable advice and founder interviews aimed at helping you grow your expansion stage software company.” Its business blog contains thousands of articles over a range of sales topics. The sales section contains posts that aim to give actionable advice on topics like becoming a successful sales development representative, how to align marketing and sales at a startup, and more.

15. Grant Cardone’s Blog

Entrepreneur and bestselling author Grant Cardone works with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to find sales opportunities and customize their sales processes to make them more effective. He also offers online sales training beyond just his business blog via the Grant Cardone Sales Training University. His vast library of free content and videos discuss every imaginable sales and customer service topic.

16. Filling the Funnel

Filling the Funnel is the blog from sales pro John Barrows, who provides sales training for both teams and individuals. Unsurprisingly, the majority of Barrows’ posts focus on problems that salespeople encounter and how they can improve the situations. Topics recently blogged about include how to get meetings with decision-makers, the best ways to qualify leads and the walk-away close.

Blogs about people & culture

Want better insights into what potential customers and clients are thinking and doing? These blogs can help shine a light.

17. Science of People

This site’s name describes the focus of its business blog. Run by bestselling author and behavior investigator Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People describes its number-one goal as helping you be more successful at work, in life and in love. Recent blog topics include a deep dive on the science of personality, how to create a winning morning routine, increasing your productivity and more.

18. Chris Winfield’s Blog

Chris Winfield has been an entrepreneur most of his adult life, experiencing both successes and failures. After a failure in 2013, he took a good look at his life, examined his life’s learnings and experimented with ways to improve his state. He uses his business blog to share what he’s learned along the way — about how to work less, earn more and get more out of each day. His blog posts concentrate on personal development, productivity, and often profile successful people he’s gotten to interview through his new show on Entrepreneur.

19. Help Scout Blog

Help Scout provides help desk software. Its business blog covers a range of topics related to customer service, human resource management and growth. Some of their most popular posts dive into how you can address cross-cultural customer support, maintain health as a digital nomad and correctly outsourcing support.

20. Mark Manson’s Blog

Mark Manson is a New York Times-bestselling author, blogger and internet entrepreneur. He’s considered one of the world’s top personal development bloggers, and he writes in a blunt, no-nonsense fashion about happiness, self-knowledge, habits and relationships. Some of his articles are gated for premium subscribers only.

21. Savage Thoughts

Wistia founder Chris Savage has been blogging for years about his experience as a founder and CEO. His posts touch on a range of topics, from company culture to growth strategies and product development. His transparency is refreshing and makes for valuable articles.

22. Indeed

With Indeed being predominantly an online job site, it’s appropriate that its business blog is primarily about employment, job seeking and human relations. The main categories for posts are chronicles of the best places to work, case studies in successful teams, employer branding, HR best practices and small business hiring.

23. Creator by WeWork

WeWork provides a variety of options for startups and solopreneurs that need a workspace, from private office space to desks in shared spaces. Its business blog, Creator Magazine, focuses on profiling enterprising people, innovations, inspiration and business tips. It also provides a number of how-to guides about starting a business, employment and how to deal with HR issues.

Blogs about marketing

If you need some fresh marketing ideas, you’ll find them here.

24. Copyblogger

Copyblogger is one of the premier content marketing blogs on the web. Over more than a decade, it’s developed a tremendous archive of posts to help you develop your online marketing efforts. You can also join its premium community, My Copyblogger, for free and gain access to a large resource library.

25. Ahrefs SEO Blog

The Ahrefs SEO blog exists to help readers get better at SEO and marketing. Its in-depth content provides a mix of detailed tutorials, case studies and opinion pieces from industry experts on topics such as SEO, content marketing and social media marketing. Recent posts have covered a comprehensive list of back-link checking tools, the changes in SEO this year and how to create viral loops that boost email signups.

26. BuzzSumo’s Content Marketing Blog

BuzzSumo is probably best known for its blog post analysis tools. Its blog, appropriately titled “Data Driven Marketing Insights,” takes this further by looking at lessons learned in the blogosphere. Typical topics covered on this business blog are around how to create successful content, blog writing best practices and how to get more shares for your posts.

27. Sumo

Sumo provides a number of (predominantly) free tools that website owners can use to improve their sites’ marketing performance. Its business blog covers a broad range of topics that are all designed to help marketers and founders improve their online marketing efforts. Sumo founder Noah Kagan is a frequent presence on the blog, sharing his own experiences in the world of business. Recent topics covered on the Sumo blog include growing a YouTube channel, how to come up with killer blog post idea and what makes a high-converting email opt-in.

28. Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics is another renowned site for those involved in the content marketing space. Its product is a customer engagement automation platform, while the Kissmetrics business blog focuses on analytics, marketing and testing. The company has built up a huge library of detailed posts, with some of the most important categories being analytics, blogging, branding, conversion optimization and more.

29. Duct Tape Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing, founded by John Jantsch, helps small business owners with their marketing. Unsurprisingly, their business blog aims to deliver simple, effective and affordable small business marketing advice and tactics, with a bias toward online marketing. It also produces a podcast discussing ways that small businesses can improve their marketing.

30. Mailshake

Mailshake is an online tool that helps marketers generate leads, build relationships and promote their content. Its business blog covers topics related to how to generate leads and successfully send cold emails. It also takes an occasional deep-dive into content marketing. Recent posts have been on topics like improving your email deliverability, how to land quality guest posts and the core principles of a great cold email.

Blogs about growth

If growing pains have got you down, you’ll want to check out the ideas and guidance found in these blogs.

31. OptinMonster’s CRO Blog

As its name suggests, the OptinMonster Conversion Rate Optimization Blog is designed to provide practical tips and step-by-step tutorials on how to boost your site’s conversions and hit your growth targets. The posts on this business blog are a mixture of case studies, tutorials and articles on various aspects of A/B testing, growth tactics, content marketing, email marketing and lead generation.

32. Teachable’s Blog

Teachable is a platform that allows you to create and sell online courses. Its business blog has a general focus toward course creation. The most common posts cover influencer launch case studies, audience-building tactics that actually work and how to create content that converts visitors into paying students.

33. Selz FounderU

Selz aims to make it easy for you to create and run a professional online business. It provides entrepreneurs with tools with which they can build an online store and sell their solutions. Selz’s business blog teaches many of the skills necessary to succeed in online sales. FounderU has published a slough of articles on growth strategies, product design, email marketing, social media marketing and more.

34. Nir and Far

Bestselling author and entrepreneur Nir Eyal describes his blog as being about the intersection of psychology, technology and business — making it more than just a business blog. He calls his content lessons in “behavioral design,” and believes behavioral design to be the art and science of helping people get the most out of life. He recommends three posts that are about how to hack happiness, how to manufacture desire and lessons learned in kicking bad habits.

35. Conversion XL

The CXL blog provides practical ideas on the essentials of conversion optimization. In fact, it claims that its business blog is the world’s most popular conversion optimization destination. This content delivers actionable optimization advice, up-to-date research and detailed process maps on both conversion optimization and data-driven growth.

36. The Daily Egg

The Daily Egg is the blog for Crazy Egg, the heat map software that helps you visualize where your visitors are engaging with your pages. As well as daily blog posts, The Daily Egg includes tutorials and webinars on website conversion-related topics. The top categories covered on the blog are conversion optimization, landing page design, content marketing and creating a great user experience.

Blogs about freelancing

Freelancing can be challenging. These blogs can help.

37. Freelancer’s Union

Freelancers Union aims to promote the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education and service offerings. Its business blog focuses on topics that are of particular interest to freelancers. Examples of recent posts include how to stay ahead of your taxes as a freelancer, how to be a better writer and tips when it comes to getting clients to share their budget.

38. The Sparkline by Fizzle

The Sparkline is Fizzle’s blog for independent creatives and entrepreneurs — or, as they describe it, for “creatives, makers, artists, hackers, bloggers and internetters willing to dig in and care about the what and why of independent business.” The company publishes in-depth articles every Tuesday on topics like content creation, marketing, product making, social media and more.

39. Millo

Millo provides a huge quantity of free information to assist freelancers and creatives. It packages this in a variety of media, including guides, a mastermind, podcasts, a newsletter and blog posts. The business blog has more than 1,000 articles on topics like how to start freelancing full-time, finding high-quality clients, using contracts that keep your work safe and more.

40. CareerFoundry

CareerFoundry provides online mentoring courses in UX design, UX fundamentals, UI design, web development and iOS development. Its blog focuses on the same topics, as well as career change. Recent posts cover topics like UI design principles, gauging the demand for app developers in your local market and how to become a web developer.

41. Paul Jarvis’s Blog

Freelance designer and entrepreneur Paul Jarvis has helped other people to build their freelance businesses since 1999. Now, he’s a designer, author, teacher, software creator, podcaster and more. Paul runs three online courses for creatives and those wanting to grow their online audiences. He first publishes his blog posts to his weekly newsletter, The Sunday Dispatch, before uploading some of them to his business blog. Each of his articles are designed to demonstrate different components of running a profitable service-based business.

42. The Freelancer by Contently

Contently is a New York-based technology company that operates three blogs, using the “Contently” name creatively. Its freelancer blog aims to inform and educate about all facets of the world that is freelancing. The company also has two other web properties: Contently.com focuses on brands-turned-publishers, while Contently.org (aka the Contently Foundation) helps journalists transition to the enterprise world.

43. 99U

99U’s mission is to empower the creative community. Its business blog tells stories of how creative leaders master their crafts and shape their industries. 99U has interviewed a large swathe of creative leaders who share their tales on the blog. The other articles on its site focus on curating your career, collaborating with a distributed team, honing your creative process and becoming more productive.

Blogs about finance

Finances are a struggle for many small businesses. Fortunately, there’s lots of sound advice and plenty of shared experiences in these blogs.

44. Smart Passive Income

SPI owner Pat Flynn has built a high-profile online presence over the past few years. Pat uses his blog to teach his tested strategies for running an online business and optimizing it to generate passive income. He teaches his readers different business models for creating additional sources of income by using a variety of formats — blogging, podcasting, writing books and teaching online courses, to name a few. Pat’s monthly income report shows a behind-the-scenes look at the financial side of running a business blog.

45. Fundera Ledger

Fundera’s mission is to provide small business owners with the capital they need to grow. Its business blog is appropriately named the Fundera Ledger. It provides news, advice and actionable strategies for small business owners to earn more, spend less and tap into the capital they need to grow their business. This content is split into posts that fall into the categories of starting up, managing and growing a company.

46. Making Sense of Cents

Making Sense of Cents is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s personal finance and lifestyle business blog. She initially created the blog to help her improve her own finances and to grow her side income. At one point, she had $38,000 of student loan debt, which she’s managed to fully repay. Michelle’s blog has won numerous awards since its 2011 debut, and it is featured on many big-name websites. The bulk of her posts are on topics relating to saving money, making money and paying off debt.

47. The Busy Budgeter

Rosemarie Groner’s The Busy Budgeter focuses on helping readers learn how to spend money on only the things that they care about, while eliminating spending on the things that don’t really matter in life. She places a strong emphasis on structuring life around the simple things, believing that having less means you’re more likely to enjoy it all. Recent posts on her business blog emphasize the money-saving theme and cover topics like cooking on a budget, how to make a birthday special without extravagant spending and the basics of understanding unpaid medical bills.

48. Grow by Acorns

Grow aims to give its readers practical ideas that can be applied to transform your finances and, in turn, your life. This business blog provides a mix of financial news, how-tos, interviews and what it calls Money 101. Money 101 content emphasizes the basics of financial planning — budgeting, saving, investing, dealing with credit debt and getting started in real estate — all with a connection to personal finance.

49. Mr. Money Mustache

Mr. Money Mustache, aka Peter Adeney, lives the ultimate frugal lifestyle and was able to retire before 40. He now uses his business blog to talk about how he and his wife made that happen. Both Peter and his wife retired several years ago to focus on raising their family through a combination of living off of investments and living a lifestyle more than 50 percent less expensive than that of their peers. The Mr. Money Mustache blog shows how you can live a frugal but enjoyable life.

50. Incredibly

Incredibly creates content that helps readers manage their small business capital. The content on their business blog tends to be written around one of three areas: Evaluating capital needs, accessing the right funding and intelligently putting capital to work. Their blog is the educational arm of Credibly, a small business lending platform. Recent posts include a deep dive into how to write a business plan, employee management and cash flow.

Reading will only take you so far

Each of these well-established business blogs will give you great insights, advice and tactics for growing (and managing) your business. However, your success will be measured only by the actions you take—not the number of articles you’ve read.

Bookmark these blogs, refer back to them when you’re in need, and keep pushing forward with your business every single day. And if you want more to choose from, check out the original list of 102 on the QuickBooks Resource Center.

This list is excerpted from an article that originally appeared on the QuickBooks Resource Center and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

Disclaimer: In order to make Wealthtender free for our readers, we earn money from advertisers including financial professionals who pay to be featured on our platform. This creates a natural conflict of interest when we favor promotion of our clients over other professionals not featured on Wealthtender. Learn how we operate with integrity to earn your trust.

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