As a small business owner, there’s no better way to learn about your business and customers than everyday experience. But every business owner can benefit from the advice and experience of those that have come before them, and that’s where retail blogs can be helpful. Take just a few minutes each day to read an article or two on these blogs and you might be surprised at the industry updates and inspiration they provide. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to check out.
SmallBizDaily. This online site provides endless inspiration for entrepreneurs, covering a wide range of topics from industry trends to marketing and money. Articles are written by a variety of experts in a range of businesses, so you can be sure you’re reading articles written by those who have valuable insights.
American Express OPENforum. Even if you don’t use an American Express for your business, this site is great to check out for helpful small business tips on topics like money managing, small business trends, planning for the future and much more.
Blogtrepreneur. This site was founded by two brothers with nearly 20 years of assisting small business owners with starting, managing and growing successful ventures. Check out the site for recommendations on tools and resources, retail product reviews and much more.
Penelope Trunk. The founder of four startups, most recently Quistic, which provides online courses for career management, Penelope Trunk shares career advice alongside work-life balance tips and much more.
Patriot Software Payroll Blog. This blog is especially helpful if payroll is not your area of expertise. You don’t have to be a user of Patriot Software to benefit from the helpful articles on payroll tips and regulations, tax topics, compensation and much more.
Internet Retailer. If your small business includes an e-commerce site, Internet Retailer is a must-read. In addition to the website, the company produces e-mail newsletters, a monthly magazine, conferences and trade shows and research guides, covering a huge variety of e-commerce and e-retailer topics.
Industry Blogs Specific to You. Possibly the most important blogs to check out each day are those that focus directly on what your small business sells. Find a blog or an association of like retailers, so you can benefit from their expertise and resources. You may also want to become involved in the association by becoming a member and doing some blogging of your own!