Reading small business blogs is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest trends that could be affecting your business. But finding trusted sources for this information is no easy feat -- many blogs dish out articles in an unorganized fashion that end up taking precious time away from the people whose time is arguably their greatest resource: business owners.
We've narrowed down the myriad of blog options to 12 that spell out information pertinent to aspiring business owners, new business owners, and seasoned business owners alike.
1. Small Business Trends: Small Biz Trends has 400+ small business experts who "volunteer their knowledge, insights, successes and failures" to the business community. They offer up-to-date news as well as tips and tricks for succeeding in all areas of starting and running a business. Make sure to check out their templates and guides specific to small business owners.
2. BPlans Blog: BPlans' main focus is the early stages of a business, but their blog offers content for aspiring, new, and seasoned business owners. What I love about the BPlans blog is that you can sort their articles based on the stage of your business, then the area of business you are looking for help with. They also offer tools, such as a cash flow calculator and break-even calculator, as well as free financial reports by industry.
3. SCORE blog: SCORE is an association of volunteer mentors that help small business owners and aspiring small business owners with all questions related to their business. SCORE has a blog written by experienced business columnists. They have pages and pages of posts including post on business plan writing, license and permit information, stress management, and customer relations, just to name a few.