If you’re looking to start a business, there’s no better time. But being an entrepreneur can be daunting; where do you even begin? Fortunately, there are lots of great resources already online for first time (or serial) entrepreneurs. Here are our 15 favorite bloggers for starting your small business.
Small Business Blogs
1. Gene Marks: Gene is the leading small business expert, with an active readership across his multiple syndication platforms. Gene covers all topics related to small business. His NY Times blog is a great digest of the most significant political, economic, financial and technological trends that affect business management. Follow Gene on Twitter.
Great posts by Gene Marks:
2. Martin Zwilling: Martin is a 30-year executive with experience in all aspects of building a company, including product management, marketing, and software development. He blogs on some of the most interesting trends in startup land. Follow Martin on Twitter.
Great posts by Martin Zwilling:
- 10 Key Outsourcing Mistakes Made By Entrepreneurs
- ‘Customer Experience’ Is Today’s Business Benchmark
3. James Altucher: James covers topics as varied as a background. He’s an entrepreneur, podcaster, best-selling author, and hedge fund manager. He covers all topics associated with being an entrepreneur, from unorthodox and sometimes very personal angles. Perhaps he’s best known for his blunt and honest writing style. Follow James on Twitter.
Great posts by James Altucher:
- The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Starting and Running Your Own Business
- The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything
4. Anita Campbell: Anita is the founder, CEO and publisher of Small Business Trends, a popular blog on (you guessed it) small business trends. Covering all aspects of the small business community from financing, technology, and best practices, Small Business Trends is a great place to get all your SMB content. Follow Anita on Twitter.
Great posts by Anita Campbell:
- Study: Yes, There Are Benefits of Offering Free WiFi
- 85% of Small Businesses Get Customers Through Word of Mouth
Great posts by Joel Libava:
- The Top 10 Franchise Business Ownership Myths that Need to Be Put out to Pasture Once and For All
- The Top 10 Ways to Lower Your Risk When Buying a Franchise
6. Noah Kagan: Perhaps best known for being an early growth employee at Mint.com and Facebook, Noah’s well-versed in the trials and tribulations of marketing to your first customers. He puts out some of the most thoughtful, detailed guides on how to grow your customers (and he’s powered by tacos). Follow Noah on Twitter.
Great posts by Noah Kagan:
- How to Grow a Blog to 100,000 Visitors in Less than a Year
- How Not to Feel Guilty about Charging For Your Time
7. Amy Porterfield: Amy marketed Harley Davidsons and ran content for motivational speaker Tony Robbins before striking out on her own. She specializes in Facebook marketing and published the definitive book on Facebook marketing, Facebook Marketing All-in-One For Dummies. Follow Amy on Twitter and Facebook.
Great posts by Amy Porterfield:
8. Brian Clark: Brian started CopyBlogger in 2006 as a one-man blog and $1,000 in seed cash. Now, Brian’s CopyBlogger is one of the leading thought leaders on content marketing, publishing 5-6 articles per week. Follow Brian on Twitter.
Great posts by Brian Clark:
9. Seth Godin: Seth’s blog is one of the most widely followed, if not retweeted, for small business owners and marketers. Seth’s blog covers all aspects of marketing, but particularly on how technology is impacting our (professional) lives. Follow Seth’s blog on Twitter.
Great posts by Seth Godin:
10. John Jantsch: John is the founder of Duct Tape Marketing. Duct Tape Marketing is one of the leading resources for SMB marketers and marketing consultants. John is also the best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine. Follow John on Twitter.
Great posts by John Jantsch:
11. Neil Patel: Neil is the co-founder of two SaaS companies, Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics (along with Hiten Shah). He writes on online customer acquisition on his blog and consulting service, Quick Sprout. Follow Neil on Twitter.
Great posts by Neil Patel:
- What Sending 62,619,592 Emails Taught Me About Content Marketing
- How to Generate Leads with Social Media
Startups / Entrepreneurship
12. Paul Graham: Paul is the founder of the famous startup accelerator, YCombinator. Paul (or “PG”) can be found on YC’s forum, HackerNews, or on his blog. He writes on startups and his thoughts on scaling a business quickly. Follow Paul Graham on Twitter.
Great posts by Paul Graham:
13. Dharmesh Shah: Dharmesh is the CTO and co-founder of marketing software company, HubSpot. In addition to managing his personal blog, OnStartups, Dharmesh is also active on Inbound.org, a forum for inbound marketers. Follow Dharmesh on Twitter.
Great posts by Dharmesh Shah:
- Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality
- How To Launch A Startup Without Writing Code
14. Steve Blank: Steve is a professor, angel investor, and serial entrepreneur, having founded three companies including E.piphany. Perhaps he’s best known now for being the father of the Lean Startup movement through his Customer Development model. Follow Steve on Twitter.
Great posts by Steve Blank:
15. Mark Cuban: Mark is a real maverick. After making his fortune selling Broadcast.com to Yahoo in 1999, he went on to acquire the Dallas Mavericks. Now, Mark is an active angel investor, perhaps best demonstrated by his role on the entrepreneur television show, Shark Tank. Follow Mark on Twitter.
Great posts by Mark Cuban: