When it comes to starting a business, every aspiring entrepreneur looks for information and inputs through various resources, but finding the right kind of information and good advice is quite a tedious task and can get pretty frustrating as well. There are a whole lot of blogs out there publishing content about making money online or starting a new business, but most of them repeat what others have already written or said. Not every one is an expert and when it comes to a newbie in the business world, differentiating between good advice and blah blah ain't that easy.
So today we bring you the right experts with the right information who know what they're talking about and can make things a lot easier for those who are still skeptical about quitting their job to start their own business or for those who have recently launched their business and are looking for someone to show them the right path.
Entrepreneur is a highly resourceful and popular website for business owners, on their blog you will find original content that makes you wonder about things that may not even cross your mind. Not only do they have amazing in-house authors, but also publish commendable articles by experts and business owners across the web.
One of my recent favorite from this blog is: Reid Hoffman's 10 Rules for Entrepreneurial Success.
The Closet Entrepreneur
Tagline: The DIY source for entrepreneurs!
This blog is written by Tomas Carrillo who is a freelance consultant for business owners around the world. The articles on this blog does justice to the tagline that Thomas has chosen. He writes wonderful how-to articles, like creating that perfect Twitter background, PowerPoint designs, WordPress tips and even organizing your office space. "My aim is to help you with all the nitty gritty details that keep you from working on your business." he says.
Here's an interesting post from this blog: Create A Twitter Background Using PowerPoint.
Under 30 Entrepreneur
Tagline: Live The Dream
This blog publishes variety of content covering topics like recession, creativity, investments, freelancing, motivation, useful tools, informative resources, small business, interviews of experts, guest posts by experts, expert webinars and lots and lots more.
An article that I bookmarked from this blog: 10 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read From 2010.
Tagline: Become Remarkable
Every business owner must aim at building a striking personality of his/her business, which can be achieved by branding it the right way. This blog provides information and advice on how a business owner can build an online reputation and make the most out of social media to brand oneself and achieve recognition.
An article that can crop ideas in your head: Be A Brand in 2011.
The author behind Quick Sprout is Neil Patel, who is also the co-founder of Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Neil has worked with quite a few corporations to help them make more money through internet and has been chosen as top 100 bloggers by Technorati. I like the angle that Neil chooses for his articles which are refreshing and I also love the way he incorporates real life examples of real people to put across his views and ideas.
Here's something that you must read on his blog: What Interviewing 31 Sales People Taught Me About 'Sales'
Tagline: By entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs.
If you are seeking advice on funding a business, kick starting a business, creating that perfect website, loans, franchise, marketing tips, social media and inspiring examples then this blog is perfect to find that sort of information. "It's our belief that everyone can - and should - own a business, whether full-time or part-time. Our mission is to help you do just that!" describes their about us page. They feature articles by other entrepreneurs who have been there, done that and know what they're talking about.
A fascinating article by Startup Nation: What Your Business Could Learn From American Idol
Tagline: Let's ditch mediocrity and pursue remarkable lives of adventure entrepreneurship, giving and fun!
Cody McKibben is the author of this blog who believes that there is more to life than mediocrity and has passion for breaking free from 'conventional template lifestyle'. He runs this blog to help others gain the courage to take risks and make the most out of whatever life throws at them; his mantra is to "strive for excellence in a career that you're passionate about" and his writings clearly reflects his ideology.
Tagline: Where ambitious upstarts mix.
This blog is written by Andrew Warner who wanted to help other ambitious entrepreneurs achieve what they seek. He loves business and invites other business owners to share their stories, ideas and tips via interviews and live events. His blog has beautifully combined brains of other inspiring experts or business owners to help others reach their goal and keep their passion alive. "The Mixergy mission is to give you alternative to the "know-it-all", professional gurus." he says.
Check out this inspiring interview with Gary Vaynerchuk.
Erin Blaskie is a speaker, strategist, entrepreneur and lifestreamer who claims to have a hot and passionate love affair with the internet. Her podcasts are a huge success that covers topics like social media, internet marketing, entrepreneurship and business tips.
Check out her latest article: How To Get More Facebook Fans
Tagline: Entrepreneur turned VC.
Mark Suster is an entrepreneur turned VC who focuses on early stages of technology companies and writes highly insightful articles on venture capital, market analysis, social media and provides valuable advice on entrepreneurship and startups. He also writes on other blogs of similar niche, so if you hear the name Mark Suster, then do try to read what he has to say.
Here's one of my favorite reads from his blog: The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur - A Cautionary Tale
Life Without Pants
Tagline: Perspective on life less restrictive
Matt Cheuvront is a very straight forward man who likes to live life without restrictions (hence the name of his blog). A young entrepreneur who writes articles with a hint of humor and wittiness, he prefers to share his own experience through his articles, and likes to call himself an idealist realist who "isn't going to tell you that you have to take the leap today, that planning is okay, and that there may not be anything wrong with exactly were you're standing right this minute." So if you are looking for encouragement...then this is the blog for you.
Here's a thought provoking article by Matt: The Problem With Idealism (Let's Cut The Bullshit, People)
With this I wrap up my list of favorite bloggers who are a great source of encouragement, motivation and right knowledge for aspiring entrepreneurs. I would love to know about your favorite blogs belonging to this niche...and if you think that your blog fits the list, then do let me know, I'd love to learn about them.