No one knows your business better than you. But a little outside influence and inspiration can go a long way to keep your ideas fresh, and help with decision making. Here are some of the best blogs dishing up advice to help everyone from small business owners to side hustlers, at every stage in the game.
Started by WeWork, the leaders of the US co-working space movement, Creator is dedicated to building a community of entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers through their blog. Access their how-to guides on starting, growing or running a business, read up on work-life balance, or read their tips and stories on innovation. Their recent “40 over 40” series puts the spotlight on the many ways you can have a second act career. Check out 40 over 40: Fascinated by Nature, Bob Fox Makes a Career of Being Green.
This blog appeals to the folks who have started a business on the side of their 9 to 5 job. It’s a great resource for anyone who is thinking about how they can earn money on the side, and for those already doing it. There’s a nice range of podcasts too, including this one: How a former hairdresser turned her side hustle into a 6 figure business – just the kind of story we love to hear about.
The US Chamber of Commerce offers tips on everything from insurance to marketing and new business ideas. Wherever a business is located, the problems and issues small businesses face and solutions to overcome are similar, so this site is a useful resource, regardless of geography. Plus, local chambers of commerce are all about supporting local business, getting them set up and helping them thrive.
With their mission of “Building a better future for the independent workforce,” the Freelancers Union blog is a great hub for freelancers and independent contractors or anyone who is planning to leave the 9-to-5, in order to pursue a passion as a business. You can expect tips on financial independence, ways to avoid working with clients who don’t pay, or how not to overshare with your customers. Recommended reading: How Not to Overshare with your Clients, and 10 Tips for a Successful Working Vacation.
Social media maven and self-described people person Amy Porterfield uses her expertise to help business owners navigate the growingly complex area of self-promotion. Using blogs and tools, including webinars, Porterfield promises to help “get (readers) more traffic, more leads and more sales—for less stress and zero drama.” Very useful for anyone who has an online component to their business, topics include How to Organize and Analyze Facebook ads, and How Can I bet the Expert if I’m Just Starting Out?
Even if you aren’t seeking specific advice at the moment, finding a blogger or two you like and adding them to your weekly reading list can open the door to a wealth of new ideas, inspiration, and solutions to problems you may not have even realized you had.