Some of the best resources for small business owners are blogs. ‘Blog’ is Internet-speak for ‘web log’ – an online journal, diary, or personal communication space. They can be public or private, and cover any topic. In addition to more traditional forums, such as magazines, corporate web sites, trade publications, and television programs, blogs offer a slightly different take on the small business. Log in this week for a list of Forbes.com’s top small business blogs.
- All Business Blog Center (allbusiness.com/2984958-1.html, or go to www.allbusiness.com and click on “Business Bloggers”)
All Business bloggers offer a variety of tips, hints, tricks, and more from many professionals and small business entrepreneurs. You can search by categories like News, Women in Business, Retail, Sales, and Green Business. Download business forms for free, check out the interactive blogger map to see where your bloggers write from, and email questions to the experts. The site hits on so many topics, it might seem overwhelming, but it means there’s something for everyone here.
- Entrepreneurial Mind (www.drjeffcornwall.com/)
Jeff Cornwall is director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Nashville’s Belmont University. His blog covers pretty much everything entrepreneurial including entrepreneurial myths, exit planning, how to learn from mistakes, ethics and values. Look for Cornwall’s use of golf as a metaphor for operating a business as well as posts by Belmont students involved in entrepreneurship classes.
- BusinessWorks (businessworks.blogspot.com)
This blog is excellent for newbies to the entrepreneurial world. It details Harish Keshwani’s process of creating and building a business, from concept to IPO. Read about brainstorming sessions, navigating a regulatory environment, researching competition, and developing a business plan. It’s like watching the startup grow, post by post.
Tune in next time for three more of the Forbes top small business blogs. Looking for a small business opportunity? Request your free personal assessment to see which business is right for you.