If you want to get ahead in this world, you need to be ahead of the curve. You’ll not only need to study hard and work hard, but you need to focus these efforts in the right direction.
Working in both corporate America and at home, I’ve seen a lot in my career. Often business websites give generic advice or rewrite fluffy articles just to get clicks (i.e. Harvard Business Review). This generic advice does nothing to actually help you in business.
We’ve sorted through the noise to bring you the best business blogs and websites that provide legitimate insights, tips, and information you can use throughout your career.
Whether you work for a corporation, run a small business, or work for yourself, these sites have the actionable information you need.
Forbes is a print and online publication started in 1917 with original articles on finance, investing, leadership, marketing, and general industries. I’ve been published in Forbes, and if you can get past the annoying thought of the day that’s set up to artificially raise click through rates, you’ll find a wealth of valuable information. Here’s a thought for today, Forbes, focus on your readers and not your own wallets!
Founded in 1979, Inc. is a weekly print magazine and online publication that focuses on small businesses and startups. In 1981, it was the first publication to ever feature Steve Jobs on the cover, and its Inc. 500 list is of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. is a badge of honor for startups to appear on. This is a great site to learn about rising stars in the business world.
8. You Exec
You Exec is a relative newcomer, but Owen Sadeghpour is dedicated to providing actionable tips to executives looking to climb into and survive the c-suite. Rather than generic listicles and clickbait, You Exec has an email newsletter that provides actionable strategies. One example is an executive who recommends giving a unique gift to a coworker as a marketing strategy. Every time someone asks him/her about the gift, you’ll be brought into the conversation and improve your personal brand. Now that’s how you play office politics!
Brian Clark’s Copyblogger blog is one of the most influential copywriting and content marketing blog on the planet. Since its inception in 2006, it’s been referenced in Forbes, Marketing Land, Kissmetrics, Hubspot, and just about every other marketing blog online. If you want to improve your company’s (or your own) online presence, this is the resource to start with.
Speaking of content marketing, the OPEN Forum by American Express is the gold standard for it. The company wanted to attract more business customers, so it created a blog and recruited the top business writers to contribute to it. You’ll find actionable information on very specific subjects in a variety of niches that’ll help you build your business. And of course when you do, AMEX is hoping you’ll use its business cards to fund your successful venture.
5. Fast Company
Fast Company is a print and online publication focusing on technology, business, and design since 1995. I’m published in Fast Company, and I’ve always found it to be a useful resource for keeping up with what’s happening in the business world. The staff keeps track of the most innovative and creative people, companies, and ideas, and being featured on its cover is an achievement many business leaders dream of.
Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist blog is a valuable resource for anyone looking to navigate the modern business world. You can find a wealth of information both on her personal blog and the Brazen website. In addition, she has a book, webinars, and several ebooks. Like the OPEN Forum, it has detailed information on a variety of important business niches and can help you resolve some really complicated issues you’ll encounter in the business world.
Created in 2009, Business Insider is an online publication focused on life both in the boardroom and out in the real world. It even has articles on politics, product reviews, and editorials on a wide range of subjects. If you’re looking to see how your business fits in with the rest of the world, Business Insider has some wonderful insights.
Entrepreneur has been publishing news stories about entrepreneurship, small business, and business management since 1977. It maintains a list of the top 500 franchise companies and is a valuable resource for budding entrepreneurs. However, in a twist of irony, the company has attracted criticism for aggressively defending its trademark on the name Entrepreneur, which means it often finds itself suing the very entrepreneurs it serves. If you’re interested in meta-irony, it also hosts several articles advising entrepreneurs on how to fight back when getting sued. Talk about playing both sides.
Bloomberg is a privately held financial software, data, and media company that was founded in 1981. Its analytics are top notch, and it even bought BusinessWeek in 2009. If you need an overall look at the markets and economy, look no further than Bloomberg. It’s one of the most trusted business publications in the world. In fact, in 2012, the editors of Bloomberg were among the first to validate my claims of force-placed insurance causing foreclosures. There’s no better place to find the information you need on any aspect of any industry you’re looking for.