Most people have dreamed of starting a business, whether it’s a doggie day care facility or a marketing consulting firm. But, faced with the challenges of financing, marketing, and actually getting your idea off the ground, they rarely follow through on their entrepreneurial dreams.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of starting a business, there’s no need to put your plans on the back burner. Take a look at these great blogs for advice and insight on launching your own independent business.
Springwise – Want to start a business, but not sure what that business is? Springwise is your source for inspiration, featuring crowdspotted tips on innovative new business concepts popping up all over the world: everything from custom mail-order pizzas to a daily deals site for sports fans. Browse through the archives, segmented by industry, date, and country, to see if there’s a trend you can capitalize on.
Toilet Paper Entrepreneur - This blog for would-be and existing entrepreneurs offers a wealth of advice on topics including hiring and firing, getting clients, and “the kick in the ass,” as well as a series of video interviews with successful entrepreneurs. The site also includes a series of free resources for entrepreneurs including 54 PR Tips for Entrepreneurs and an Entrepreneur Check List.
Start-Up Nation - A site for part- and full-time entrepreneurs in the early stages of business growth, this site offers a wealth of articles on topics such as registering a trademark and essential apps for business owners. The site also features a “Braintrust” video series, in which small business expert bloggers discuss and debate business strategy and entrepreneurship-related news.
Business Opportunities Blog - Online for more than a decade, this blog reports on new trends in small business and opportunities for entrepreneurs, with listings on franchise offerings and profiles of unique small businesses — including a dairy farm that powers its machinery with cattle manure. With nearly 20,000 posts in the archives, you’re sure to find something to inspire you here.
PowerHomeBiz – This site caters primarily to business owners working out of their homes, and to individuals interested in starting a home-based business. There’s a wealth of advice on home-based business concepts (10 pet-related small businesses, for instance), and tips on financing, marketing, and the other practical matters of launching and growing a successful home-based business.
Did we miss your favorite blog on starting a business? Share your suggestions in the comments.