There's a big world of small-biz blogs out there, as many blogs as there are topics to cover. Perhaps that's because small businesses come in just about every shape and even size. Depending on the industry, a small business can have one to 500 employees, according to the U.S. government's Small Business Administration.
As a small-business owner or employee, you may have to do a lot on your own. We've gone looking for a wide variety of exciting, recognized, and super helpful blogs that cater to your different needs.
Online marketing is probably the no. 1 topic, but don't forget offline marketing, data crunching, keeping track of business expenses & cash flow, and yes, taxes. Whether you want to make a splash on Instagram or form an LLC, if you're an entrepreneur you should check out these sites and blogs:
Collaborative place for hands-on tools
Why you should follow: It's a treasure chest of tools, templates, ideas, and strategies to grow your business into an empire.
Confidence, credibility, and connections
Why you should follow: Alyson Stanfield steers creatives over to the business side, turning even introverts into powerhouses. Learn it all, from promo to building relationships with galleries.
Social media is never opt-out
Why you should follow: Jenn Herman serves up fun, in-depth social-media how-to's, especially for Instagram. Follow her and get more followers yourself.
Ideas and help for entrepreneurs and startup founders
Why you should follow: Martin Zwilling's well-followed blog dives into the the nuts and bolts of topics such as business operations, mentoring, advisory boards, funding, and how to file a patent.
Roadmap to content marketing
Why you should follow: Barry Feldman's got the skinny on what your small business needs to know about content marketing, from SEO to nailing email list-building.
The impact of innovation on business and culture
Why you should follow: Solis is a futurist, so we should take heed. He trains his vision on helping businesses, celebrities, and startups grow "from the inside out."
A library full of marketing resources
Why you should follow: John Jantsch, called "the world's most practical small business expert" gives advice that goes where no man has gone before. You can even learn what a "Facebook dark post" is.
Power up your brand
Why you should follow: Deborah Shane poses refreshing questions, such as "Are You Too Aggressive in Your Job Search?" Once a musician, she now consults with entrepreneurs and entertainers.
Empowerment and Encouragement
Why you should follow: Charlotte Freeney's bubbly combo of inspirational self-help and strictly business to help women unleash their inner entrepren-hers. Bring it on.
Helping leaders connect, collaborate, and create
Why you should follow: Role model Jesse Stoner takes you through the self-examination you need to become a leader. She also dispenses practical marketing advice.
All things online marketing and PR
Why you should follow: Focusing on social, online marketing, and data analytics, these experts teach you to crunch the numbers and crush it.
Essential training for small business
Why you should follow: Aussie Hazel Theocharous's focuses on creating strong systems and structures for your business, reminding us to be both creative and consistent. Her emphatic tone drew us in.
Tech insight and news
Why you should follow: Ramon Ray's blog is indispensable for small businesses, From email to security, the tech info you need is here.
Entrepreneurship and business ideas for the part-timer
Why you should follow: Want a piece of the gig economy, but not as a singing telegram? Well, now you can sell cupcakes. While aceing "Craigslist arbitrage." Live your dreams with Nick Loper as your guide.
Achieve business excellence
Why you should follow: Contrarian views, such as "I Hate Motivational Bull----." Success takes more than belief, he states, but passion and work at a high level. Can't argue there.
PR and brand-ambassador expert
Why you should follow: For her creative ideas, like putting animated GIFs in your social profiles. Lots of knowhow about offline marketing efforts such as trade shows and events.
Finding focus, moving forward
Why you should follow: If you're in flux, you'd do well to absorb Catherine Morgan's wisdom on job interviews, branding, and relaunching yourself.
Why you should follow: Marc has been called "Canada's marketing superstar." You can republish his pithy High Five business articles. And, he's got a Web TV show.
Build your career without leaving the house
Why you should follow: A host of opportunities for women who work at home, whether they're moms or just prefer the view. Holly Reisem Hanna shows you how to attain the flexible lifestyle.
Twitter marketing strategy
Why you should follow: Because of her laserlike focus on that most tricky of missives: the tweet. Listen to her to become a Twitter ninja who could beat The Donald.
What your business should be doing online
Why you should follow: This friendly blog by Matt Mansfield somehow makes content marketing feel less intimidating. His small-biz guides are chockfull of instruction. Pull up a chair and stay awhile.
Big Ideas for Small Business
Why you should follow: Barbara covers business taxes, overtime rules, and lending. Solid real-world stuff to help plant your feet firmly in green turf.
The world of small-biz taxation
Why you should follow: Put on your green visor-CPA Michelle Long's award-winning blog is for the accounting and bookkeeping set.
Positive change, growth, and inspiration
Why you should follow: John Frazier has succeeded in the worlds of both banking and entertainment, A thought leader, mentor, and advocate, he'll help you forge your own path.
For women ready for a new life
Why you should follow: Laurel Delaney gets women's dissatisfaction and readies them to take control of their futures. Her insights into business and gender are gold.