Starting a business is no easy thing to do. There’s a lot that goes into the recipe for success. You must not only have knowledge about your trade but you must also know how to be an accountant, marketer and salesperson. Thankfully, there are many resources that exist that can help you learn in every area of business.
Blogs are one of the best and most easily-accessible resources available. Often written by thought leaders and industry experts, they can help you stay informed of the latest news, innovations and updates within various aspects of business. Here are a few small business blogs you should be reading.
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1. The CraftJack Toolbox
Every week, we’re sharing tips specifically for contractors here on our blog. We cover everything from lead generation to how to grow your small contractor business. Our articles are even focused on your trades. It’s a great perk for our CraftJack contractors, we’re here to help you!
2. Duct Tape Marketing
If you look up marketing blogs, you’ll likely be met with a vast array of topics from SEO to advertising. However, if you’re looking specifically for small businesses, you’ll want to check out Duct Tape Marketing. It’s a great resource that covers all aspects of marketing for your business, in a practical way. It is a great go-to for any pro trying to expand their knowledge in marketing their business.
3. Small Biz Trends
Here at CraftJack, we share our top industry headlines monthly. There is plenty of value in following the trends and news not only in your industry, but also as a small business owner. That’s why I’m recommending Small Biz Trends on the list of blogs you should be following. While not specifically directed at contractors, they’ll tell you what the hot topics are when it comes to small business ownership and what advice others may have.
4. Business 2 Community
If you’re looking for many different topics and voices, Business 2 Community might be the right blog for you to follow. The site says to have over 10,000 expert contributors who are contributing articles on a daily basis. Topics range from leadership to the latest marketing innovations.
One blog post I found particularly interesting is on “Why Your Small Business Should Have A Budget.” The article cites that 61% of small businesses do not have an annual budget. If this is you, this might be the perfect read for today!
5. U.S. Small Business Administration
A great resource to have is the U.S Small business Administration website. They offer free resources to help your business be successful and let you know what it will take to stay legally compliant. It’s a great place for people at the beginning stages of their small business or looking for new ways to grow. Keep the U.S. Small Business Administration website on hand and periodically check for new resources.
6. Constant Contact Blog
If you’ve tried email marketing, you may have heard of Constant Contact. This email service is a great resource for business owners looking for marketing tips. They’ll cover a lot of email marketing, so if that’s one area you want to learn more about, this is the place. However, they also cover other marketing topics and trends as well, so this is another helpful marketing blog to follow.
7. Big Ideas For Small Business
You’ll likely see plenty of trends across small businesses, regardless of trade. I enjoy Big Ideas For Small Business as they cover in-depth topics you can use to learn more about business. Authors touch heavily on finance advice, which can be difficult to find. If you don’t have an accountant, add this blog to your “must-read” list.
Blogs are a great way to learn more about starting and growing your business, regardless of trade. Sign up for email newsletters and have them delivered straight to your inbox or contact your account manger who’s always ready to share helpful advice.
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