Top 10 Most Practical Blogs for Entrepreneurs

Top 10 Most Practical Blogs for Entrepreneurs

Monday October 24, 2005

With
more and more people jumping on the business blogging bandwagon, it’s
getting to the point that there is far more out there than you could
ever hope to read on a regular basis. To help you filter that infoglut
down to a more manageable level, here is my list of the ten most
practical blogs for entrepreneurs.

NOTE: Blogs come and go, and several of the blogs originally
listed here have either been discontinued or become relatively
inactive. I’ve moved those to the honorable mention section because
they earned the honor at the original time of this post, but I’ve added
some of my new favorites in their place.

  • Small Business Trends – Anita Campbell looks at the latest trends affecting small businesses and entrepreneurs. A must-read for entrepreneurs.
  • Just for Small Business
    – Full of thought-provoking tips for small business owners from Denise
    O’Berry, I like this blog because the topics are often unexpected – not
    your usual small business fare.
  • WorkHappy.net
    Carson McComas lives up to this blog’s subtitle of "killer resources
    for entrepreneurs" by providing links and reviews of "killer"
    applications and other resources to help entrepreneurs work smarter,
    not harder.
  • Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch delivers 2-3 small business marketing tips weekly in easily digestible, actionable bite-size chunks.
  • The Entrepreneurial Mind
    – Jeff Cornwall, Director of the Belmont University Center for
    Entrepreneurship, looks at trends in small business and
    entrepreneurship and their impact on individual business owners.
  • BizzBangBuzz
    – Pittsburgh attorney Anthony Cerminaro delivers excellent commentary
    and some original posts on the challenges facing emerging growth
    companies, with particular emphasis on legal issues.
  • Business Opportunities Weblog
    – Dane Carlson mixes links and commentary on legitimate business
    opportunities with his thoughts and personal experiences regarding
    entrepreneurship.
  • Go BIG Blog
    9-time serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter, founder of the Go BIG Network,
    a networking site that helps growth-oriented entrepreneurs connect with
    investors, suppliers, co-founders and employees, uses his "no-BS"
    approach to tell entrepreneurs the way it really is that you won’t read
    in the books.
  • Young Entrepreneur Journey – Michael Simmons, bestelling author of The Student Success Manifesto explores what he calls "Extreme Entrepreneurship". It’s a new blog, but the content is already outstanding.
  • Startup Spark – Ben
    Yoskovitz provides a steady supply of business tips, plus some in-depth
    discussion of things like entrepreneurial passion, social
    entrepreneurship and dealing with business failure. Startup Spark also
    hosts the new Carnival of Entrepreneurs.

Winners receive bragging rights and a semi-permanent home in
my blogroll (see the bottom right side of the page). I say
semi-permanent because I will be keeping this list up-to-date, so those
of you who are on that list, keep up the good work if you want to keep
that front-page link! No slacking. :-)

A list like this inevitably sparks some controversy, so before I get hit with a flurry of e-mails or a rant on Fark or Slashdot
about what an idiot I am for overlooking a particular blog, let me
explaing a little about my methodology. It might be easier to explain
what is not in this list and why. Consider this my Honorable Mentions:

  • Blogs by famous entrepreneurs – Entertaining and informative
    though they are, they tend to be mostly about that entrepreneur’s
    business and whatever other topics they find interesting. I stuck to
    blogs that are more generally relevant and practical for entrepreneurs.
    I’ll probably do a separate list of these, though at some point. Some
    of my favorites in this category are Mark Cuban, Anita Roddick and Seth Godin.
  • VC blogs – Blogging has become very popular among
    venture capitalists, and many are worth reading, particularly if you
    are (or are planning to become) a venture-funded entrepreneur. But the
    VC blogs also tend to look more at the VC side of things and also tend
    to include a lot of personal musings about other topics. A good read,
    but perhaps not for the time-constrained entrepreneur not interested in
    venture capital. I’ll also probably do a separate list of these, but
    for now, some of my favorites are Torsten Jacobi, A VC Blogs, VentureBlog, Southeast VC and VCball.
  • Aggregator blogs – The blogs on the list all feature a
    substantial amount of original content by the author and commentary on
    links to other sites and stories. If you just want a list of good
    articles for entrepreneurs, I highly recommend Small Business Brief and Business Know-How.
  • Too new to tell – A lot of bloggers seem to lose
    interest after a few months, so I’ve stuck with blogs that have been
    established and consistently posting for six months or more. Some of my
    favorite new blogs to watch include Young Entrepreneur Journey, Home-Based Business Blog and Venture Voice.
  • Blogs about business blogging – There are easily ten
    great blogs out there about how to earn money with a blog or how to use
    a blog to support your business. Some of the best are ProBlogger, Blog Business World, Business Blog Consulting and Buzz Marketing with Blogs.
  • Niche topics – I stuck mostly to blogs that are
    generally applicable to most entrepreneurs, not specific types of
    business. If you’re into these topics, check out eBay Seller Central, Candle Making Blog and Home Party Plan Blog.
  • Number 11+ – There are more than ten blogs that meet
    these criteria, but 10 is that digestible magic number (and also the
    limit on the size of my blogroll in our content management tool), so 10
    it is. I do have a larger list that includes some great blogs that just didn’t quite squeeze into the top 10, but may in the future.
  • MIA – There are some great blogs that have languished
    into inactivity for whatever reason. I only included blogs that have
    been very consistent in their posting, but I highly recommend reading
    the archives of Entrepreneur’s Life and re:invention.
    I’d love to see these people posting again. Also, some of the original
    honorees on this list have either slipped into inactivity or changed
    their focus:

    • Home Office Voice
      – Internet entrepreneur Martin Neumann shared his experience and tips
      for building a web-based business. The site was discontinued and then
      relaunched, but it has changed focus significantly – it’s now a list of
      site/tool reviews and the archives aren’t on the site. Still useful,
      but not what it once was.
    • Sacred Cow Dung
      There are a number of really good blogs out there by venture
      capitalists about the VC market, entrepreneurship, and so on, but
      Christian Mayaud’s blog is for me the one that most consistently
      provides content that is actionable, not just informative. Sorry to see
      him stop posting. Great archives.
    • Escape Velocity
      Flemming Funch chronicles the ups and downs of life as an Internet
      entrepreneur. Flemming still posts occasionally, and the archives are
      well worth reading.
  • About.com blogs – It just wouldn’t look right to
    include the other About.com guides on this list, though I certainly
    think many of them deserve to be there. Consider adding Small Business Information, Small Business: Canada, Online Business, Consulting/Freelance and Marketing to your list. Also check out our business channel
    for blogs on specific industries and general business topics. And if
    you want to learn more about blogs, including how to read them more
    easily and how to create them, check out our Weblogs topic.

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