10 Business Blogs That You Need to be Reading
The mathematics professor John Allen Paulos once observed, "The Internet is the world's largest library. It's just that all of the books are on the floor." For business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, it can often be difficult to find insightful online information and intelligent opinions amid the digital clutter.
For your reading pleasure, here are 10 business-related blogs that can provide a wealth of resources related to starting and running a successful operation. Take some time to check these out – you could easily come away richer, both in terms of knowledge and bank account levels!
Beat the Press http://www.cepr.net/index.php/beat-the-press/
Can you believe everything you read in the mainstream news? This blog is authored by Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and it traces how the mainstream media is reporting economic news – or, to be more precise, how objective reporting and fact-based information is often obscured by the leading American media resources.
Confounded Interest http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/
The blog comes via Dr. Anthony B. Sanders, a professor of finance in the School of Management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Sanders mixes the latest data and colorful commentary in highlighting the interaction between housing and the wider economy; he also details the impact by central banks of the global financial environment.
Greg Mankiw's Blog http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/
Professor Mankiw is chairman of the economics department at Harvard University. Although he states that this blog is designed to "keep in touch with my current and former students," Mankiw' insights and concerns on economic matters deserved to be shared by those who have yet to make the professor's personal acquaintance.
Heart of Business Blog http://www.heartofbusiness.com/blog/
Mark Silver, owner of Portland, Ore.-based Heart of Business Inc., presents a uniquely holistic approach to business management. The blog is predicated on a question, "Can every act of business really be an act of love?" – and Silver expertly traces the balance between bottom line and emotional stability in the business setting.
Jim's Marketing Blog http://jimsmarketingblog.com/
Across the Atlantic, British marketing expert Jim Connolly brings more than a quarter-century of insight and experience to the always-evolving marketing world. Connolly is equally at ease helping start-ups and major corporations with his advice and observations.
Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog http://www.nonprofitmarketingblog.com/
Not every entrepreneur wants to set up and run a corporation. For those seeking to pursue the nonprofit environment, one of the most helpful online resources is authored by Kayta Andresen, who is chief operating officer and chief strategy officer of Network for Good, author of "Robin Hood Marketing" and an adjunct professor of communications at American University,
Null Media Blog http://www.nullmedia.com/blog
Veteran high-tech journalist Christopher Null produces this lively blog, which features a line-up of talented writers that offer comprehensive opinions on how to use technology and online marketing solutions as tools for growing a successful business.
Small Business Survival http://smallbizsurvival.com/
Billed as "The Rural and Small Town Business Resource," this site offers a much-needed consideration on the distinctive problems facing entrepreneurs located far from the urban environments. A trio of gifted writers – Becky McCray, Glenna Mae Hendricks and Jon Swanson – is the creative force behind this highly relevant offering.
Thought Leaders Blog http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog
Produced and edited by Mike Figliuolo, the founder and managing director of the Columbus, Ohio-based consulting group Thought Leaders LLC, the blog provides a lively mix of articles from different writers, with subjects ranging from the provocatively playful ("How to Make Rude People Lose Their Minds" and "How to Lead Like Your Mom") to the serious-mindend and deeply cogent ("How to Improve Your Life Through Mentoring Programs").
Women's Business Blog http://www.vickidonlan.com/Womens-Business-Blog/
This blog is authored by Vicki Donlan, a highly influential advocate of encouraging entrepreneurship among women – she is best known as the founder and publisher of the influential Women's Business newspaper. Her blog presents concepts and information designed to bring a new wave of women into take-charge leadership roles. And, yes, there is plenty of great advice here for men to borrow!