There’s an overwhelming amount of information available to entrepreneurs. And sometimes it can be really hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially when you’re newly independent. Over the course of your business you’re guaranteed to visit thousands of websites in order to get the answers you need. But which ones will be useful, time and time again?
We’ve pulled together a short list to get you started. Whether you run a tech start-up or a small business, you’ll want to bookmark these 10 picks.
1. Inc. Magazine Guides
An incredibly comprehensive list of short, educational articles on absolutely everything business-related, from starting up to finance to leadership and growth.
Good for: Primers on business basics, boning up on terminology, and step-by-step how-tos.
The largest independent news source dedicated to digital culture, social media, and technology, Mashable is a go-to resource for nearly everyone. It’s like the Hollywood Observer meets Consumer Reports. But its straightforward approach and un-jargoned text make it a favorite even among the least tech-savvy entrepreneurs.
Good for: Getting the down low on anything technology-related or selecting the best technology platform, software, or piece of equipment for you or your company.
(Bonus: Check out our Muse profile of Mashable—it’s also a great place to work!)
3. Social Media Examiner
This blog on all things social media has articles for newcomers as well as digital natives. Plus, it’s current and comprehensive in focus.
Good for: Deciding whether various social media tools will help you achieve your business goals, and getting the most bang for your buck on the tools you do use.
You don’t have to be an official blogger to benefit from Darren Rowse’s site. Even businesses that are just aiming to use a blog as a promotional tool can learn a lot from this encyclopedia of blog-related information.
Good for: Getting the most from the time you spend blogging, writing, and doing other online promotional activities.
5. A Smart Bear
Serial entrepreneur Jason Cohen sold his last start-up in 2007, but he continues to mentor entrepreneurs and participate in the start-up community. His experience and behind-the-scenes knowledge is chronicled on his indispensible blog.
Good for: Compelling and thought-provoking pieces on entrepreneurial life and business best practices.
6. Under30 CEO
A start-up blog aimed at early-stage businesses and young entrepreneurs that runs the gamut from sensational to substantive.
Good for: Lists, run-downs on tools and apps, quick strategic advice.
7. Paul Graham
A legendary venture capitalist and founder of Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator, Paul Graham’s insights extend far beyond the technology and start-up communities.
Good for: Thought leadership from a veteran of the funded start-up world and an experienced perspective on the entrepreneurial industry.
8. Tara Gentile
A champion for “passion-driven” entrepreneurs, Tara teaches The Art of Earning, which helps entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes to kick it up a notch while doing work they love.
Good for: Cheerleading, motivation, inspiration, tactical advice, and a good, old-fashioned kick in the pants.
9. Design Sponge Biz Ladies
A weekly series on this acclaimed design blog spotlights insider advice and instruction on a variety of business topics, like building a wholesale business, promoting events, and using Kickstarter to fund your company or early initiatives. These guest posts, written by a variety of entrepreneurs, make sure you won’t waste time reinventing the wheel.
Good for: Detailed advice from a friendly someone who’s been there, done that.
10. Forbes Woman
A compilation of insights on business, culture, entrepreneurship, and current events from a range of smart women writers.
Good for: Connecting with other women and joining the conversation on the intersection of popular culture and professional women.