There are a ton of blogs out there talking about small businesses, startups and entrepreneurship but a bunch really standout from the crowd. These bloggers are all also active on twitter, which is a great way to engage them and see what else they are reading, thinking and talking about.
Below are some of the top blogs and their twitter accounts to follow when it comes to entrepreneurship and small business. These sites are sure to make you think, teach you some things and overall help your business and your life.
Hands down some of the best interviews on the web with awesome entrepreneurs. According to the site, there are 823 interviews so far. Andrew Warner was the co-founder of a company that reached $30+ million in annual sales and created Mixergy as the site he wished he had when he was starting out.
Seth Godin – Twitter: @ThisIsSethsBlog
Seth Godin is simply a legend. He has founded multiple companies and authored 12 best selling books and counting. He is one of the most respected figures in the world on marketing and leadership. His blog is followed by 100’s of thousands of people and his style of short, concise posts is truly unique. You won’t find comments or him personally active on twitter but you will see that just his blog updates are plenty to get you thinking.
QuickSprout – Twitter: @NeilPatel
Neil Patel has founded two companies, Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. KISSmetrics is his focus today. By the age of 21 he was named one of the top influencers on the web by the Wall Street Journal and one of the top entrepreneurs in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine. QuickSprout is his way to communicate what he has learned with a very straight forward approach. He has built a strong following on the site and is active in engaging with readers.
I Will Teach You to be Rich – Twitter: @Ramit
Ramit has become one of the leaders of personal finance through his blog. However, as you read it, you will see that it goes way beyond personal finance and into entrepreneurship and life. As he says “I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a community focused on personal finance and entrepreneurship for college students, recent college grads, and everyone else.” His content is specifically catered to young people and he should know how since he only graduated Stanford in 2005.
Chris Brogan – Twitter: @ChrisBrogan
Chris Brogan is a leader on communication, social media, and new media. His blog is straightforward, witty and was around before most people knew what a blog was. Chris is also a New York Times Bestselling author of books like The Impact Equation and Trust Agents (cowritten with Julien Smith), Social Media 101, and Google Plus for Business.
The Rise to the Top – Twitter: @therisetothetop
The Rise to the Top is “The #1 Badass Show, Resource & Community For Mediapreneurs.” The blog is generally in video format with guests and interviews talking about marketing and small business. If you’re looking for some entertainment and maybe something besides text this is a great start.
Copyblogger – Twitter: @Copyblogger
Copyblogger teaches people how to create killer content online. Copyblogger has created a massive following and is out to help you sell more stuff through the free content you create on your site. With content being so important in today’s online world you can never have enough ideas for what to write about or how to write it so you can stand-out from the crowd.
Small Biz Trends – Twitter: @smallbiztrends
This site offers up news, advice, and tips for small businesses. On a daily basis you will find new content with tools to help you build a foundation for your business. The founder Anita Campbell is a leading small business expert but she has also brought in a team of experts to help deliver diverse and useful content on the site.
Penelope Trunk – Twitter: @Penelopetrunk
Penelope is the founder of Brazen Careerist, a leading community on career management and development. Penelope does not focus on just entrepreneurship but her thoughts on life and business will help you live a more balanced and succesful life. Anyone looking to better understand themselves, become a better leader, and be more productive should follow her site.
Zen Habits – Twitter: @Zen_Habits
With all of the clutter and craziness that starting a business brings, it’s good to have someone talking about simplifying everything. This is what Leo Babauta does with Zen habits. Leo helps people focus on what’s important and finding happiness. It also happens to be one of the Top 25 blogs and Top 50 websites in the world.
LifeHacker – Twitter: @LifeHacker
It’s simple: Lifehacker is tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done. Today, being productive can be a challenging task with so many tools out there trying to help you. Lifehacker cuts through it all and showcases some of the best ones.
Tim Ferriss – Twitter: @tferriss
Author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Body. His blog is an “experiment in lifestyle design” and will cover topics like dieting, thinking, training, cooking, and more. If nothing else he will surely spark some ideas and make you think.
OnStartups – Twitter: @Dharmesh
Dharmesh Shah is the founder of the popular and successful internet marketing software company, Hubspot. At OnStartups he talks about entrepreneurship and startups in a fun but very informative way. He is looked at as a leader in internet marketing and startups especially in the software space.
AVC – Twitter: @FredWilson
Fred Wilson is a venture capitalist in New York City. He is the Managing Partner of two venture capital firms, Flatiron Partners and Union Square Ventures. AVC is his own blog about venture capital and building businesses. It’s a must read for anyone interested in technology, startups, and financing.
HBR – Twitter: @HarvardBiz
Harvard Business Review is Harvard’s own publishing platform that covers business, leadership, management, and more. Most of the content is created by Harvard professors and faculty which leads it to be thought provoking and will challenge how you think about things.
You might know Mint as one of the leading tools to manage and organize your personal finances. However, they also produce a great blog that covers money, family, style, and more tools for your life.
theDailyMuse – Twitter: @DailyMuse
TheDailyMuse is a career search and advice community with the goal “to provide engaging job search, smart career advice, and long-term professional development.” They cover a variety of topics like entrepreneurship, career and lifestyle aimed at helping you find the right fit in your professional life. You will also see consistent updates about job openings from their partners.
Art of Non-Conformity – Twitter: @ChrisGuillebeau
Chris Guillebeau is a writer, world traveler, entrepreneur, and lifelong learner.As he says the mission of his site is “to help people live unconventional lives, make their own choices, and change the world.” His writing is inspirational but also unconventional as he would say. You’ll find titles like “a brief guide to world domination” or “why you should quit your job and travel around the world.”
Wise Bread – Twitter: @WiseBread
Wise Bread is a collection of writers and entrepreneurs who specialize in saving money, cutting costs, and budgeting wisely. The cover finances on everything from your personal life to your business everyday.
Blog Maverick – Twitter: @mcuban
This is Mark Cuban’s personal blog about anything and everything. It’s often focused on his business thoughts and since he has never been afraid to voice his opinion the blog is often controversial. The site is not updated as often as some of the others listed here but when he does write it’s guaranteed to spark a reaction both good or bad.
Duct Tape Marketing – Twitter: @Ducttape
This site has developed a huge following over the years with founder John Jantsch leading the way. The site offers small business marketing advice and tips in a practical way. John has developed numerous marketing products for small business owners and regularly speaks on the topic.
Both Sides of the Table – Twitter: @MSuster
Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. His blog provides an in depth look at some of the deals he does and his thoughts on venture capital. He is also the host of This Week in Venture Capital, a weekly web television series designed to help entrepreneurs better understand the world of Venture Capital.
FeldThoughts – Twitter: @bfeld
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Brad to co-founded Foundry Group and is also a co-founder of TechStars. His blog talks about his thoughts on investing, business, and life as an entrepreneur.
Richard Branson’s Blog – Twitter: @RichardBranson
Who wouldn’t want insight into one of the most innovative entrepreneurs out there? Richard Branson runs his own blog on the Virgin website and it’s always filled with inspiration and his thoughts.