SMB owners, businessmen/businesswomen, and anyone about to take the leap into entrepreneurship need to wear different hats and keep up with various trends if they are to see success. We know how tough it is to find accurate and helpful business advice, so we compiled 100 of the most informative, inspiring, and valuable blog posts for SMEs and SMBs.
From social media, technology, SEO & marketing, inspiration and customer service, to best practices, you will find it listed below! Choose from the following categories:
- By William Johnson
Organic reach may continue to fail as Facebook continues to grow according to Brian Boland, a member of FB’s ads product marketing team. Don’t let your content die with organic reach, here are 8 techniques to ensure that every piece of content you post on the largest social network gets maximum exposure.
- By Deborah Shane
LinkedIn the social network for B2B professionals looking to build their personal brand and stand out from the rest of the crowd. That doesn’t mean, however, that simply signing up for a LinkedIn profile is going to cut it. Don’t commit these 15 blunders and get the most out of the B2B social network!
- By Ivan Widjaya
This is the classic question asked by marketers and social media professionals who want to optimize their updates. Fortunately, a lot of research and analysis has been done to answer the question for you – and you’ll find the answers in this lovely infographic.
- Tabitha Jean Taylor
Almost every business has social media pages that regularly pump out updates. How do you stand out? Check out these 4 unusual, unexpected tips that can grow your business in ways you never thought possible!
- By Amy Porterfield
Less engagement means fewer fans seeing your posts, reducing your reach. But it’s hard to increase your reach if your engagement is rock-bottom! How to fix this social media dilemma? Read this post from Amy Porterfield.
- By Laura Roeder
Have a pen and paper handy. This is a very long, info-packed post by Laura, and you’ve got to take down notes! The recent changes in Facebook’s algorithm limit the number of people who see your post. Therefore, every post must have maximum impact to maximize clicks and conversions…and Laura shows you how it’s done.
- By Cyrus Shepard
True, not every business has an audience on Google+. However, last year saw Google+ growing in significance when compared to other social media giants like Facebook. What’s nice about Google+ is that it offers many opportunities to interact with your visitors and customers. Here are 10 ways to take advantage of it.
- By Ivan Widjaya
Perhaps you’re tired of the corporate environment, want to spend more time at home with your family, or have that strong entrepreneurial spirit – and you want to take the leap from employee to businessman. How do you overcome the initial challenges? Check out this short and to-the-point guide from Ivan.
- By Nellie Akalp
Once you’ve nailed down the basics from the post above, here are some tips from Nellie that will help you stay on track. Learn why you should forget about perfection and say “no” even if you’re starting as a small but growing fish in a massive pond.
- By Ivan Serrano
The odds of launching a start-up, a dream of many entrepreneurs, are slim as ABC’s Shark Tank showed. However, it’s not impossible. Here are 5 lessons about start-ups from the show accompanied by a detailed infographic.
- By Sarah Santacore
It’s easy to think of starting a business as a ticket to financial freedom. All the agile, small businesses that rake in the money and make waves in the newspapers, can give you confidence. However, getting a business up and running isn’t a bed of roses. Here are 9 things you have to be prepared for.
- By Brian Horn
Fans and customers are nice, but fans and customers who’re addicted to your product/service and always clamoring for more are way better! Here are 5 ways to keep your start-up addictive…and your customers coming back.
- By Scott Maxwell
SMB owners like you have a secret weapon against corporate giants – just like how David took down Goliath with a slingshot. No, your secret weapon isn’t unique skills, resources, or technology. Read this post and learn how underdogs can get an edge even against large, multi-million pound businesses.
- By Jason Shen
This post, based on Jason’s experience speaking to a woman with an interesting app idea, provides a lot of insight on Minimum Viable Transaction. It’s a concept similar to “sell before you build,” but with a lot of subtleties you should be aware of. Software SMBs in particular will like this article.
- By Ivan Widjaya
You’re a beginner, and you want a business model that’s easy to maintain yet profitable at the same time…and here’s your answer: Pop-up businesses. These businesses are essentially temporary but can earn huge profits in a short span of time.
- By BizPenguin.com
Business owners today no longer have to put up with handwritten, error-filled ledgers for bookkeeping and accounting. Accounting software and tools are around to help you keep accurate records and save time. Here are tips on how to get the most out of your accounting tools.
You will encounter conflicts and difficult people – that’s guaranteed. There’s no way to avoid conflict and difficult people 100% of the time, but you can always turn these encounters around favorably. Read this post and learn how.
Your life and your business will move according to the decisions you make. Decisions are not created equal, some are more important than the others. So how do you make good decisions…especially those that matter? Read on and find out.
- By Gina Abudi
A project manager’s duty is to help their team through the stages of a project, ensuring that every member performs at their best and meets objectives and deadlines. Here are the different stages of team development and the important steps a project manager should take in every stage.
- Charlie Harary
Entrepreneurs get pulled from all directions, making it difficult to manage their time and focus on the tasks at hand. Here are 4 ideas that can increase your efficiency, improve your time management, and help keep your sanity.
- By Josiane Feigon
Shifting to an inside sales organization was an easy step to take for many established companies and businesses. However, setting it up properly is a different story. Many high-level executives have unintentionally set up their inside sales teams for failure, and here are the 8 reasons why fall flat on their face.
Things You Should Never Ask Job Applicants
- By Steven Cook
Interviewing job applicants, with the growing complexity of the laws involved in employment, can be likened to navigating a minefield. Don’t accidentally blow yourself up, here are the things you should never ask an applicant.
- By SweetProcess.com
We’ve all heard how outsourcing is essential for an entrepreneur’s success, but how many have actually done it? Probably not as many as we’d hope or expect, and there are many reasons why. One of them is the fear of hiring the wrong guy for the job. Check out this post with Cody McLain and learn how to get over this outsourcing challenge.
- Alex Price
Your business rocks and you’ve maximized your local market share. What’s the next step? For many businesses, exploring other English-speaking markets is the way to go. But don’t dive in head-first; there are many pitfalls in taking your business abroad. Alex Price outlines the 4 biggest barriers and how to work around them.
• By Steli Efti
Selling may not be your strongest suit but it’s a necessary ingredient for a start-up’s success. Steli’s post shows how to focus on things that matter and find the right people, allowing you to go from sales exploration to execution, and all the way up to scaling your sales campaigns.
- By Arline Ramirez
Global expansion was an exclusive domain of multi-national companies decades ago. Today however, even SMBs / SMEs can expand internationally even without the deep budgets that big corporations have…and here are 4 steps to take advantage of this opportunity.
- By Deimar Guitierrez
How well you do in your industry depends on how well your business and employees adapt to market changes and evolving conditions. With that in mind, encouraging creativity and innovation should be a priority of every SMB owner.
- By Susan Fowler
How do you motivate yourself and your people? Chances are you’ve consulted Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for answers…and didn’t like the outcome. Read this eye-opening article by Susan and learn what really drives you and your employees.
- By Chelsea Leigh
The business landscape has always been about beating the competition. It was very tough for SMBs to compete decades ago. But today’s ever-advancing technology (and its ever-decreasing cost) has enabled start-ups and small businesses to go toe-to-toe with corporate giants and multi-national companies.
- By Matthew Toren
This article explains that you can learn a lot from these tech-savvy guys, especially on how to get the most out of your PC.
- By Don Campbell
Online reviews are valuable – good reviews show how awesome your offerings are while unfavorable reviews show you how to improve. With that in mind, you want to pick the customer review management service that allows you to accurately capture reviews and respond to them appropriately.
- By Ivan Widjaya
Gone are the days when you have to shell out big money upfront for a business software tool. Even cash-strapped entrepreneurs today can get all the tools they need without going into debt thanks to SaaS. Read this post to learn what SaaS is and what SaaS solutions to pick for document collaboration, productivity, billing, and more.
- By Miranda Marquit
Solopreneurs aren’t busy creating the next multi-national corporation. Instead, they busy themselves with building income streams that support their lifestyle. If that sounds cool and you want to become a solopreneur, here are the 5 important tools you should have in your arsenal.
- By Chelsea Leigh
No business wants to be a victim of cybercrime, but it’s surprising how many businesses don’t take the necessary steps to keep their assets safe. Here are the most rampant types of cybercrimes and how you can safeguard your business from such attacks.
- By Joey Lopez
Technology and innovation are tools that every business must have – but acquiring the latest tools shouldn’t be your end-goal. Apps, software suites, etc. alone don’t build businesses, relationships do!
- By User “You Don’t Say”
End-users are the weakest link in IT security. They don’t have the sophisticated knowledge and experience of IT guys – and they’ll click any link and login to just about any page if not warned. Here’s how to create a easy-to-understand yet secure environment for your users.
- By Susan Gunelius
Who says IT is men’s specialty!? Take a look at this infographic and see how women changed history and today’s technological landscape. Be inspired and show your tech prowess to the world!
- By Jesse Aaron
Google Analytics does a lot of heavy lifting as far as big data is concerned – and you can use this tool to make informed decisions on improving your site, brand, effectiveness of campaigns, and more. All you have to do is familiarize yourself with Google Analytics’ dashboards.
- By Eric D. Brown
The world of business intelligence and big data is complex. Eric sheds light on the difference between the two and how they can serve your business.
- By Ted Levin
Apps have crossed a lot of borders – from gaming, entertainment, education, and now they include business applications. Here are the top 10 business apps for Android that will improve the way you track deadlines, communicate with employees, create and edit documents, and more.
- Mary Warner
- SEO & Marketing
Every business needs email marketing, especially start-ups and SMBs that seek to maximize their online exposure. But how do you determine if you’re on the right track? Here are the 5 email marketing metrics you should always keep an eye on.
- By Eileen Lonergan
Launching your website is a huge hurdle, but it’s not the finish line. Look at the websites of big brands and industry experts. They’re always changing because these successful organizations know that their website is always a ‘work in progress’.
- By Don Sadler
Blogging 2.0 – or visual blogging – is the new trend, evidenced by the rise of image-based social networks like Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, and more. Don’t be left out, learn why you should add more memes, photos, infographics, and other visual elements to your content…or risk going unnoticed.
- By Ross
If you don’t have a website yet, get one – PLEASE you need it! If you do, read this article by Ross and arm yourself with 10 web design techniques to make your virtual home stand out.
- By Henneke
What’s the “About” page all about? It’s about you and your company, right? Wrong! It’s one of the most visited pages of a website yet few give deep thought to their “About” page. Don‘t make the same mistake, and turn this page into a lead-generation machine!
- By Pat Flynn
Many approach business blogging very competitively – “It’s me versus them!” Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Yes, these bloggers could be your competitors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build real relationships with these guys and grow each other’s audiences far more effectively.
- By Naomi Dunford
There are a lot of ways to market your site and business on the internet. Naomi lists ten and, if you don’t want to do any of them, at least reading this article will give you an idea why you’re still single even if you want to get married.
- By FirstRound.com
Caryn Marooney, Head of Tech. Communications for Facebook, shows you the RIBS test for your marketing message and how to determine your company’s personality through brand lens exercise.
- By OkDork.com
Who doesn’t want visitors to their website!? And it’s even better if the traffic is laser-targeted. How do you get tons of targeted traffic without going broke? There are many ways, but this technique from OkDork is one of the better ones.
- By Tim Peter
Snackable, sharp, and shareable content – these are the three trends that should drive your digital marketing this year. Tim shows you some nice examples of snackable, sharp, and shareable content from various sites and how you too can do it.
- By Nikole Haiar
You’ve done all the heavy lifting, tweaked every corner of your site, and all that’s left for you to do now is hit the “Go” button. But before you do, make sure you haven’t left anything embarrassing or damaging to your company. Here are 12 checks you should do before launching your small business website.
- By Jolynn Oblak
There 2 basic types of marketing – but inbound marketing is tailor made for SMBs. Learn how to leverage inbound marketing techniques to grow your customer base and slash your costs at the same time.
- By Adam Connell
Growing your online presence is always a challenge with all of the noise and competition on the internet. How do you cut through the crowd and make sure your audience gets your marketing message? Adam asked 43 experts, and their answers are in the infographic.
- By Gail Oliver
A tagline is a statement that goes right below your brand/logo and clearly states what your business is all about. It’s an important aspect of one’s brand yet many SMB-owners still take it for granted.
- By Neil Patel
You’ve published an awesome piece of content – info-packed, free from spelling and grammar errors, and flows smoothly. Now what? Worry not! Here are 17 advanced techniques for content promotion from Neil Patel.
- By LocalVisibilitySystem.com
Google isn’t on a warpath against duplicate content like people used to believe. But know this: there are many kinds of duplicate content – some are OK and others are bad for your business. Learn the 12 types of dup-content that can get you in deep waters.
- By Mike Templeman
Perhaps you’ve heard of a million reasons not to start your own business – non-existent social life, financial risks, sleepless nights, and the list goes on and on. Well, here are 20 reasons from Mike that should convince you to take the leap…and it’s not just about your financial security.
- By Catherine Clifford
Entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger these days. Just take Mark Zuckerberg – the man who started Facebook at 19 years old – as an example. If you’re of an older generation, looking up to Zuckerberg for inspiration might not be the best idea. But perhaps Charles Flint, who started IBM at 61, and many others will inspire you.
- By Ivan Widjaya
Sir Richard Branson, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of today, left school at 15. His secret to success? Dyslexia! Learn how this condition affected Sir Branson’s business life and how he used it to his advantage.
- By Jonathan Michael
Running a business shouldn’t stop you from unwinding and enjoying good movies. Here are 10 movie recommendations from Jonathan Michael – movies that will entertain, soothe, and get your creative juices flowing.
- By Matthew Toren
Read this interview and be inspired by the mom-and-dad duo that turned $700 – and the need for sleep! – to a million-dollar business.
- By Brian Horn
Kids may not know a lot, but they can be the best of teachers if one only knows how to listen. Brian’s son Jackson, who suffered from a learning disability, taught his father 5 lessons that you can apply in your career and business.
- By David Waring
Want to learn how to run a business but prefer videos over blocks of text? This post by David has got you covered. Here are 25 of the best Youtube channels for SMB owners – tackling a variety of topics like social media, business psychology, SEO, motivation, and more.
- By Ryan Carson
Your smartphone can be a boon – or a bane. In Ryan Carson’s case, it’s the latter as he often finds himself checking his phone repeatedly but not long enough to do anything productive. If that sounds like you, read this post by Ryan Carson and give his recommendation a try.
- By Andrew Warner
$700 in cash and a pick-up truck might not be the first things that come to mind when talking about start-ups. However, Brian Scudamore of 1800GotJunk used these exact tools (and wits) to build a $150M junk removal service.
- By Michael Hartzell
“Visualize who you want to be” – is one of the most common pieces of advice for people seeking direction and success in life. And if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you should know what one looks like.
- By Penelope Trunk
Knowing what you’re willing to give up will help you recognize what you truly want…and when you take that step, it’s clearer how to make time for everything that matters to you. Read this post by Penelope and learn how to do just that.
- By Derek Halpern
This is a short post, but one that will leave you smiling and thinking: “Why haven’t I thought about that before?”
- By Marty Zwilling
“If you’re the smartest people in the room, you’re in the wrong room!” This witty quote holds true especially for business people. Read why you should always surround yourself with people who’re smarter than you.
- By Gene Marks
You may not have a million dollars in savings, but let’s pretend that you do. What are you going to do with it? According to a survey, two-thirds of SMB owners would spend it on tech or marketing. How would you spend $1M and why?
- By Steve Blank
You may think that start-ups are a smaller version of large companies, but they are not according to Steve. The difference lies in customer development and how it affects a start-ups tactical day-to-day process.
- By Adrian Swinscoe
There’s a reason why successful businessmen emphasise building online communities around their businesses. As Zimbra’s Rob Howard showed in this interview, communities can be an excellent way to drive customer feedback and provide effective support.
- By Jamie Thomson
This is a nice follow-up read to the post above. Jamie Thomson shares 5 very actionable steps on adding more value to your online community – and creating an army of loyal fans and happy customers.
- By Adrian Swinscoe
It’s not the big flops or fails that drive customers away from your business, usually it’s the little annoying things that make clients go nuts. So one of your agents can’t answer the customer’s question? Your newer customers getting better deals than existing ones? You could be losing valuable clients!
- Buddy Boor
Creating a brand new business website takes a lot of decision-making, and it’s guaranteed that, at some point, business goals will clash against user experience and expectations. Read this article and find the sweet spot of achieving your site’s business goals while creating a pleasant user experience.
- By Jackie Huba
Want your existing and future customers to spend 14% more? The answer is simple: provide excellent service! Not only does it increase your customers’ spending, it’s a sure-fire way to spread your marketing message through word of mouth!
- By Business-Opportunities.biz
This is a really cool post especially if you shop at Costco for business and office supplies. Short and to the point, this post can save you money and help you find deals you wouldn’t know about.
- By Bruna Martinuzzi
Learn how to control your emotions to shape yourself as a better leader.
- By Jasmine Henry
Planning and executing a content strategy is a tough task. Keeping up with your strategy and improving it overtime is even tougher! Here are 10 things marketers and business owners fail to include in their content marketing strategy. Don’t commit the same mistakes.
- By SBA
It’s possible that two-heads would serve your small business better than one, but this isn’t always the case. Entering a partnership is a big commitment that requires attention to detail and upfront planning.
- Siddaiah Thirupati
Consistency and posting frequency is one of the keys to successful blogging, and achieving that takes planning. The first step is to create an editorial calendar – Siddaiah shows you exactly how to do it and how you can benefit from it.
- By Ivan Widjaya
You’re out of funding! Perhaps the investors pulled out or the loans aren’t enough to cover your start-up – the point is you need to get creative to fund your business. Here are 8 unique ways to get the capital you need for your biz.
- By Chelsea Leigh
Outsourcing is often talked about in the business world. It’s a love-hate relationship others don’t even consider it while some treat it as one of the best business tactics around. So which is which? Read this article and weigh up the pros and cons.
- By Eileen Lonergan
Women and mums thinking about diving into entrepreneurship should read this interview by Eileen. From tips for managing the home office, resources to use when building a website, and all the way to managing kids while meeting a deadline, it’s all here!
- By Ivan Widjaya
When it comes to business talks, increasing profits, retaining customers, and social media marketing are some of the most common topics. But what about giving back to the community? According to Ivan, giving back is what made him and his business better…maybe it can have the same “magical” effect for you!
- Murray Newlands
Introverts might not be as sociable as your typical entrepreneur, but if you’re one, don’t lose heart! You can still communicate effectively even if you don’t like talking too much. Here are 5 ways to make introversion work for you and your business.
- Murray Newlands
To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to wear many hats and have a variety of important skills in your arsenal. The following 5, however, are the most essential according to Murray…and for very good reasons.
- Josiane Feigon
Business owners try to create offices/work environments today that allow more efficient and collaborative work to happen, the driving force behind the open work environment. The quiet open work environment, however, might not be the best for sales people. Here’s how to work around it.
- By Tabitha Jean Naylor
Going green is good – not just for minimizing the carbon footprint you leave behind but for generating leads and customers for your business too. Here are 8 small, but effective ways to go green and care a bit more for our environment.
- Nellie Akalp
If you’re too busy to meet a friend, too busy to answer your old man’s call, too busy to launch that side project you’ve always thought about…if you’re too busy to do anything, read this post. Identify what type of ‘busyness’ you’re caught in, and how to fix it.
- By Prerna Gupta
Want to save an hour or more each day? Prerna shows you 4 simple secrets and strategies used by successful and productive people.
- By Bryan Kramer
The marketing world used to be segmented between B2C and B2B, separating audiences, specialties, and segments for a more thorough and targeted marketing effort. Today however, such distinctions are unnecessary according to Bryan, not when marketing calls for an H2H or human-to-human approach.
- By Jason Cohen
Jason is the founder of WP Engine, and he gets tons of business proposal emails everyday…and none have materialized. If your startup business development deals are always getting shut down, perhaps you’re suffering from the problem Jason refers to in this post.
- By BrandAutopsy.com
Increasing your prices is one of the ways to fuel the success of your company. However, many businesses only take this route as a last ditch effort to drive sales. It shouldn’t be! Learn how to use price increases to find long-lasting growth.
- By Mark Suster
Passion and authenticity are two of the most important attributes that Mark looks for when speaking to entrepreneurs he may consider funding someday. Learn why and how passion and authenticity should influence the way you approach your business.
- By Andersson Horowitz
SaaS solutions are instrumental in the rise of solo and even cash-strapped entrepreneurs. Learn the key difference between SaaS and traditional software solutions, and how it can affect your organization. Read this especially if you plan on investing in SaaS organizations.
- By Paula Eder
Productivity is not just about getting things done…it’s about getting stuff done and feeling good about it! And optimizing your work rhythm can increase your productivity and maximize your enjoyment during working hours.
- Tiffany C. Wright
Finding the right combination of operation cash flow and external capital is essential for an SMB’s growth…and this is the part where most businesses stumble. Here are 5 methods you can use to get the financial fire-power you need to keep your business running.