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Best Resources for Small Business Advice

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Entrepreneurs are independent people, which can make it difficult to ask for advice – much less take it.  But listening to the advice of established entrepreneurs and other business professionals can be the difference between success and failure.

When you seek business advice, you can learn from others’ triumphs and mistakes, learn proven marketing and business strategies, avoid potential pitfalls and find the shortcuts to success.  If you’re considering trying something, it’s probably been tried before, and you can learn from others’ experiences.  Listening to advice is free; and at the end of the day, you don’t have to take it.  Put your business on the fast track to success with the following 10 resources for small business advice.

1. SCORE

SCORE, or the Service Corps Of Retired Executives, has a lot of great small business advice on its website.  But the true value of SCORE lies in free business mentoring from retired successful business professionals.

2. Penelope Trunk

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The career advice columnist presents unconventional business wisdom on her blog.  It’s a great resource for sparking inspiration and innovation.

3. Derek Sivers

Learn from a self-described “minimalist” and entrepreneur, who infuses life philosophy with business advice on his blog.  Two must-reads are “Delegate Or Die” and “Semi-experts.”

4. Small Business Trends

This award-winning blog covers just about every business topic imaginable, including specific situations such as which social media sites are hot and how to cut business costs.

5. Wayne Liew

Take advice from a self-taught entrepreneur, who entered the internet marketing industry at the tender age of 16.  Start by reading about how to run an international business for cheap and 10 ways small businesses can launch a social media marketing campaign.

6. Startup Nation

Don’t let the name fool you: any business can glean powerful advice from this online resource, no matter what stage it’s in.  Founded by entrepreneurs Jeff and Rich Sloan, Startup Nation is one of the premier small business advice destinations on the web.

7. Inc.

My favorite feature about Inc. is that it often incorporates real-world examples from real small businesses and entrepreneurs into its stories.  Thus, instead of getting advice from an expert, you get specific problem solving solutions from other businesses you can relate to.

8. Entrepreneur

This online portal for the popular magazine is an excellent small business advice resource.  I use it to find out about emerging services, strategies and technologies that can help me grow my business.

9. New York Times  Small Business Blog

Read this blog daily, or at least weekly, to solve common small business conundrums with expert advice – and real-world examples.  Topics include the best places to invest your marketing dollars and how to make a good hire.

10. Mixergy

Mixergy lets you learn from proven entrepreneurs with interviews and online courses.  Some are premium (paid), some are not; and all are well worth your investment.  Start with this post on bootstrapping.

And of course, the last but not the least…

11. Business2Community

This site is just rich in resources that are helpful to small business owners created and written by other business owners and other experts in their fields. Another thing that’s great about this place is the community of users who are keen to share their ideas with you.

So what’s your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below.

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