Life is so fast-paced that it’s easy to get caught up in the perpetual fetter of “the next thing that needs to get done.” We forget the importance of taking some time out of our busy day to just think. I find that one of the best ways to clear my head and reprioritize my workday is to read. However, finding the time to do so can be difficult. Business blogs are a great way to get some quick and effective reading done without having to download books to your Kindle, your smart phone, your Audible account, or even worse having to lug around a bunch of paper.
We think your time is better spent running your business. As Traverse City’s last remaining truly local community bank, we have taken the guess work out of “what to read”, and compiled a list of the top 10 best business banking blogs out there to make your life that much easier!
Best Business Blogs
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business but can’t figure out how to cut the cord to your current J-O-B? This blog is for you! Covering topics from how to financially prepare, finding the right talent, even how to acquire the best real estate for your new venture, this blog is full of great information for helping you take a step into the unknown.
Personal financial wellness is paramount for everyone, but most importantly for those brave souls who choose to start a business. We may be a bit biased (finances are kind of our thing), but while this blog is not totally geared for entrepreneurs, the teachings it contains and the deep questions it will make you ask yourself about money, are well worth the quick detour.
Seth Godin is first and foremost, a teacher. He shares his entrepreneurial wisdom with the masses via his blog. He gained firsthand experience starting two companies that he eventually sold to Yahoo! His blogs are insightful and inspiring, covering topics from marketing, to personal growth and development. He also has written several books that are great for those who still want that longer and more traditional reading experience.
You probably know that in today’s small business world, marketing is make or break. You also probably know that duct tape can fix anything. Ergo you can probably figure out what Duct Tape Marketing’s blog is meant to do. This blog covers every dimension of the marketing world from CRM tools, to industry trends, and of course the all-mighty social media. It also links to a pretty helpful podcast if you’re into that kind of thing.
Our friends the “Buggles” once told us, “Video killed the radio star”. Fast forward 40 years and our friends at TechCrunch are informing us of what is currently killing the video star, albeit with less melody. This blog is all things tech; everything from how technology can address the workplace mental health crisis, to how you can adapt your business for “smart shoppers”.
Do you remember peer reviews in grade school? Imagine those, but instead of your classmates’ paper on The Grapes of Wrath, you’re reviewing a personalized feed of impactful Q&A from other business owners just like you. This is the raw and unencumbered truth about owning, starting, growing, and maintaining a successful business.
Living in the era of technology, it is becoming harder and harder to have an original voice. So many people copy and paste content and market it as their own. Don’t be that person. Use this blog to learn tips and strategies for setting yourself apart. Your businesses originality is often times its bread and butter; grab a butter knife and start spreading!
Millennials are here, and according to USA Today 49% of them want to start their own business. That’s 37.7 million millennials for those keeping track. If you happen to be one of them and would like sage advice on running a business, leading people, and polishing your professional skills, this blog is for you!
What do you do if you want to start a business but you don’t even know how to read a balance sheet? You need to learn the foundational basics of business of course! This blog is a healthy mix of Q&A, best practices, advice, and real life stories from those who have navigated the challenges that come from starting a business from the ground up.
I’m sure you’ve heard of crowd-sourcing, but have you heard of crowd-curating? This blog is an online community of entrepreneurs sharing business ideas and best practices. The best part however, is that your fellow entrepreneurs vote and comment on the articles validity, accuracy, and relevancy. If you are the kind of person who likes to read all the customer reviews before making a purchase, or in this case choosing a blog to read, this one is for you!