5 blogs every start-up founder needs to follow
Blogs are an excellent way to keep up with the latest trends in all things entrepreneurship.
In fact, there’s no better resource for getting to grips with a lot of the skills you need to master as a start-up founder, such as digital marketing and online accounting.
In this article, we’ve pulled together our pick of the five blogs every new business owner should follow. Spend some time on these sites and you’re sure to learn skills that will help you take your business to the next level.
Paul Graham’s essays
Paul Graham is legendary in the tech world for being one of the founders of Y Combinator, one of Silicon Valley’s very first start-up incubators which has funded over 1000 start-ups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.
Very few business owners are lucky enough to make it onto Y Combinator, but luckily for the rest of us, Graham has captured a good chunk of his wisdom in his essays.
Delve into the hundreds of articles on Graham’s site for his unique insights into the world of launching a new business, gaining customers, and getting investment.
Seth Godin’s blog
Seth Godin is one of the most influential voices in marketing, having published 19 bestselling books and coining terms marketer teams around the world use every day, like “permission marketing” and “purple cow”.
His blog is a treasure trove of wisdom and insight into marketing, leadership, storytelling, and much, much more.
Remarkably, Godin updates his blog every single day – and has done for several years running. Each post is just a few paragraphs long, but manages to provoke thoughts and insight into building a brand and running a business you won’t find anywhere else.
LessAccounting’s blog is an exceptional resource for first-time business owners. Each in-depth post is full of excellent advice around the operational aspects of running a business, from improving cash flow to chasing clients for unpaid invoices.
If you’re looking for solid advice on the not-so-glamourous (but essential) aspects of running your first business, there’ no better resource than LessAccounting’s blog.
Hubspot is one of the most popular CRM systems on the market, and its blog is an absolute goldmine of up-to-date insight and advice on inbound and outbound marketing. You’ll find some of the best content on the internet on topics as far-ranging as social media marketing, setting sales goals, and customer service.
In short, Hubspot’s blog covers everything you need to know about growing your business. We’d recommend any first-time business owner follows it closely.
Last but not least, we’d recommend that every start-up founder follows the Backlinko blog.
In our opinion, this is hands-down the best resource for learning SEO online – an absolutely essential skillset for any entrepreneur launching a business today.
Brian Dean – the man behind Backlinko – is one of the best search engine marketers in the world, and he shares his expertise through the extremely detailed guides on Backlinko.
Spend the time to go through the articles on Backlinko and you’ll go through a crash course on everything you need to know about SEO in 2019, from content marketing to copywriting and optimising your website for SEO to sending the perfect outreach email.
Follow these blogs for five unique perspectives on the essential aspects of running a business, from top-level strategic insights all the way through to actionable tips on growing and operating your business. And for the best chance of success, be sure to listen to keep up with our pick of the five best podcasts and books for start-up founders.
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