Top 10 Blogs that Founders should be Reading for Growing a Business
“The first thing you need to decide when you build your Blog is what you want to accomplish with it, and what it can do for others – to be successful”
Topics: Startup Management, Growing your Business, Communication, Work Smarter, Productivity, Accounting, Wiz4.biz
Being a Founder of a Startup often means feeling unappreciated. You have to be the prime source of ideas (ie, what to put in Blogs). You’re the glue holding everyone together while translating you Vision into executable actions of Growing a Business.
A Brief History of Blogging. Initially, blogging involved a personal Web Log, in which a person would journal about their day. From “Web Log” came the term “Blog.” Like most new innovations on the Internet, many entrepreneurs saw a Marketing potential in having a Blog, and blogging took off from there. A Blog can also be a business alone itself.
Blog vs Website. Many people are still confused over what constitutes a Blog over a Website. Part of the problem is that many businesses use both, integrating them into a single web presence. But there are two features of a Blog that set it apart from a traditional website: 1) Blogs are updated frequently & 2. Blogs allow for reader engagement
These Blogs are great Resources – packed full of great advice on everything from marketing, picking a team, leadership, and more.
1. Successful Startup 101 [Startup Management]
offers comprehensive guidance on running an entrepreneurial venture. You’ll find a dedicated “Management” section, helpfully broken down by category.
2. Techcrunch [Startup Management]
covers everything startup-related. Sure, you might have to sort through a few entries on the latest thing Mark Zuckerberg said or governmental updates that could affect entrepreneurs, but once you do, you’ll find articles on startup management tools, best management practices & more.
3. 500 Startups [What makes a Startup work]
is run by a team that’s invested in over 500 companies (to date, the real number is over 1,600). After being involved in so many different organizations, this team delivers when it comes to insider insight on what makes a startup work. If you’re a Founder, skip the General Blog Feed. Click on “Tips & Trends” for information that’s more likely to be relevant to your needs.
4. Startup Nation’s [Growing your Business]
tagline reads “Everything you need to build your business”. Inside the site’s dedicated “Manage your Business” section, you’ll find well-researched articles on finance, management/operations, analytics/performance, team motivation, strategy & startup culture.
5. Intercom’s blog [Communication]
is a fantastic resource, whether or not you use the company’s customer communication suite. Check out the Intercom Blog if you manage a customer support team. The Blog’s focus on customer success gives it plenty of unique insight into the way groups should be managed.
6. Joel.is [from a Serial Entrepreneur]
is the personal Blog of Joel Gascoigne, CEO and co-founder of Buffer. Joel focuses on the lessons he has learned in his startup journey, making it required reading for Founders who want to better understand the inner workings of a successful startup.
7. Clarity.fm [Productivity]
is a site made up of business experts who are willing to share their advice with callers (I’m one of them). And because the nature of the professionals found there is so broad, the site’s blog is similarly wide-ranging. In addition to finding articles on Recruiting & Managing talent in your startup, you’ll find great Productivity advice that’ll help Founders & their Team get more done on the job.
8. Work Awesome “Work Smarter, Live Better”
The site describes itself as “a Blog for people who want to do awesome work, by being awesome at what they’re passionate about. They share useful articles about starting things, completing things, and trying new things – and being ‘awesomely productive’ when doing so.” You’ll find all that and more, with articles on business, management, work / life balance and more.
9. Freshbooks [Accounting]
As with Intercom’s Blog, it doesn’t matter if you use Freshbooks or another Accounting suite; you’ll find value on its Blog. Though many of the site’s articles cater to solo entrepreneurs and freelancers, take a look at articles found in the “Growing a Business” section for important considerations on how small startups can be managed effectively as they scale.
- www.Wiz4.biz by it’s CXO Peter, Goal is to be the best single source for Starting & Growing your Business. Besides being an Advisor to Startups – from > 40 years in business – he loves to write Executive Summaries to help you “define” your business & present to funders.
Comments: Certainly, these aren’t the only worthwhile Blogs for startup Founders. If you’ve got another Blog to add to this list, leave me a note in the comments below.
Quotes about Blogs
“25% of Search results for the world’s top 20 largest brands are links to user generated content and 34% of Bloggers post opinions about products & brands. Are you going to be the Spokesman for the user?
“A Blog gives your Organization a humane social voice”
“Informative Blogs are good for keeping up with the Trends in you Field”
from Inc.com Zine 3/17 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
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