Every business owner knows how important it is to stay up to date in the latest trends, especially those which will benefit your own business. Being a business owner means you’re not going to have someone guiding you as you make your way through the business world, but it doesn’t mean you’ll have to do it alone. With the invention of this little thing we fondly call the Internet, it’s become far easier to get advice regarding specific topics, which happens to include information on how to run a business. Bloggers, people who consistently write about different topics for specific audiences, have become key sources for information. The bloggers who maintain an active presence in the business world are able to keep up with the latest trends and in turn, share them with their readers. They also tend to share advice which can benefit your business and increase recognition amongst your targeted audience. Since there are so many business-oriented bloggers, it can be difficult to find a blog which works for you. As a starting point, here are five entrepreneur-oriented bloggers, who can help you with successfully building your own business!
Melyssa Griffin started out as an expat working in Japan, but felt she wasn’t accomplishing what she really wanted. She began a blog focussed on creating new ideas and trying new strategies, before launching a graphic design studio through her blog. The graphic design studio took off and she relocated back to California to further focus on her new career. With no previous business experience, Melyssa learnt the ins and outs of the business world and moved on to online education where she now teaches people aspiring to be entrepreneurs how to start and grow their business. Through her website, Melyssa offers online courses, free webinars, a Facebook community, and much more.
Rich20Something is the brainchild of Daniel Dipiazza, who built the blog from scratch in his basement. With his honest personality and ability to connect with his audience, Daniel was recognized by renowned outlets such as Time Magazine, Fortune, and Business Insider. He has since gone on to successfully start three freelance businesses, which all began with zero start-up capital and have made over six-figures in revenue. With blog posts tailored toward making money for and by yourself and starting a business from nothing, Rich20Something has been able to help guide entrepreneurs to build a business they can be proud of.
As her creativity dwindled, Natalie Sisson decided it was time to leave her high-paying job after eight years. Instead of finding a new job in the same industry, she took off to another country, started her own business, and began to play World Championship Ultimate Frisbee. With the position of cofounder printed neatly on her resume, Natalie turned her blog into a six-figure lifestyle business, all run from her laptop and smartphone. The Suitcase Entrepreneur offers opportunities to learn about habits, tools, routine, and mindsets through online programs, workshops, and retreats. Natalie aims to show people success can be achieved alongside personal happiness, so you can your ideal lifestyle while making money with a job you love.
A self-proclaimed “purebred entrepreneur”, Gary Vaynerchuk started out small and moved onto bigger things. At the tender age of 7, Gary successfully started a lemonade franchise before making a small fortune by selling baseball cards and toys. As he became more familiar with the Internet, he marketed his father’s liquor store online, renamed it Wine Library, and grew the company from $3MM to $60MM. Now familiar with marketing online, Gary co-founded VaynerMedia in 2009 with his brother, all without the aid of start-up funding. Nine years later, the company has more than 800 employees and has worked with several notable companies, such as PepsiCo and Johnson and Johnson. Gary Vaynerchuk’s blog addresses topics such as the impact of content, navigating the e-commerce world, and how to email market properly. In addition, Gary discusses personal growth and development while building a business empire.
Pat Flynn had a job he loved, until the downturn in the economy caused him to be laid off. The worst part? It was only a few months before his wedding. Fortunately, he had built a website long before the downturn and managed to turn his website into an income stream. What began as a way to share strategies to help grow an online business, Pat has since become the person to talk to if you want advice that has been properly tested. Unlike other entrepreneur bloggers, Pat publishes his income report each month to show which strategies have worked for him and which he doesn’t advise trying.
Of course, these are just a few of many. There are many other entrepreneur bloggers out there who have achieved just as much as those mentioned in this post. All business-oriented bloggers have advice which stems from their personal journey as an entrepreneur and can share what they have learnt from their experiences. Building a successful business takes time, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a little help along the way.