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We reached out to over 800 of the best business blogs from around the world to share their top tips for starting or growing a business. Below we’ve ranked the top 100 based on their traffic, SEO & social media. We also included 19 other highly commended bloggers at the bottom of the page. If you would like us to consider adding you to the list, please fill out this form. We update the list regularly. The highest possible score is 600. See the metrics we used to calculate the score at the bottom of the page.
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Jeff Bullas

Jeff-Bullas

Bio

Specialty: Blogging

Top tip: Start building an audience online in your area of expertise “before” you need them. This could be a blog or a website. This means growing your social media followers on Twitter and other social networks and your email list.

Website: http://www.jeffbullas.com

Twitter: @jeffbullas

Rank

#1

 

Score

576

James Altucher

James-Altucher

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: It’s OK to fail. Start over. Hopefully before you run out of money. Hopefully before you take in investor money. Or, don’t worry about it. Come up with new ideas. Start over.

Website: http://www.jamesaltucher.com

Twitter: @jaltucher

Rank

#2

 

Score

573

John Jantsch

John-Jantsch

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Marketing strategy is a clear explanation of how you’re going to get there, not where or what “there” is. An effective marketing strategy is a concise explanation of your stated plan of execution to reach your objectives.

Website: http://www.ducttapemarketing.com

Twitter: @ducttape

Rank

#3

 

Score

563

Neil Patel

Neil-Patel

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: When I started my first business I kept trying to do too many things and expand the business even before we had a bit of revenue. This caused me to output mediocre work instead of great work. Eventually clients suffered from it and we lost revenue. If I had to do it all over again, I would just focus on one model within my business. As the revenue growth declines, I would then expand, but not until then.

Website: http://neilpatel.com/

Twitter: @neilpatel

Rank

#4

 

Score

556

Brian Dean

Brian-Dean

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Text can only take your content so far. Engaging images, videos and diagrams can reduce bounce rate and increase time on site: two critical user interaction ranking factors.

Website: http://backlinko.com

Twitter: @Backlinko

Rank

#5

 

Score

543

Derek Halpern

Derek-Halpern

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: If you’re looking to generate traffic for business purposes, you’re better off focusing on practically useful content that activates high arousal emotions. It has given me the best results for the last 5 years, and still gives me great results today.

Website: http://socialtriggers.com

Twitter: @derekhalpern

Rank

#6

 

Score

537

Paul Graham

Paul-Graham

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: The fact that startups need less money means founders will increasingly have the upper hand over investors. You still need just as much of their energy and imagination, but they don’t need as much of your money. Because founders have the upper hand, they’ll retain an increasingly large share of the stock in, and control of, their companies. Which means investors will get less stock and less control.

Website: http://paulgraham.com

Twitter: @paulg

Rank

#7

 

Score

535

Joel Brown

Joel-Brown

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: You must work on yourself continuously, never be satisfied with yourself. Always know that as you invest the time and effort on you that’s the greatest ability that human beings have above animals.

Website: http://addicted2success.com

Twitter: @iamjoelbrown

Rank

#8

 

Score

526

Matthew Woodward

Matthew-Woodward

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Before launching a blog, I put thought into the execution. Having passion is all well & good but there’s got to be some sort of method to the madness!

Website: http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk

Twitter: @MattWoodwardUK

Rank

#9

 

Score

520

Chris Ducker

Chris-Ducker

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: It’s important to acknowledge and appreciate that no one person can handle all of these different roles. It’s about using what you’ve got at your arsenal, to get what you want out of your team building and outsourcing.

Website: http://www.chrisducker.com

Twitter: @chrisducker

Rank

#10

 

Score

518

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Shawn Hessinger

Shawn-Hessinger

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: Create good, quality content that people actually want to see and increase engagement with your fans. Re-share old content that is highly beneficial to reach different audiences within a short span of time. Make sure the content is relevant to your audience.

Website: http://smallbiztrends.com

Twitter: @Shawn_Hessinger

Rank

#11

 

Score

495

Holly Reisem Hanna

Holly-Reisem-Hannah

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Don’t base decisions on fear. All too often people make decisions based on fear and this prevents us from making any real progress. Take smart risks and know that all entrepreneurs make mistakes; it’s how they learn and grow. So jump in and don’t be afraid to get your feet wet.

Website: http://www.theworkathomewoman.com

Twitter: @Holly_Hanna

Rank

#12

 

Score

487

Jill Konrath

Jill-Konrath

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: Drop the “touching base” and “checking in” mentality from your vocabulary entirely. When making follow up calls, become an asset in their decision process. That’s when they’ll really want to work with you!

Website: http://www.jillkonrath.com

Twitter: @jillkonrath

Rank

#12

 

Score

487

Lincoln Murphy

Lincoln-Murphy

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: First, develop your Ideal Customer Profile and research their Desired Outcome (Required Outcome + Appropriate Experience); don’t try to be all things to everyone. This’ll allow you to acquire customers that rapidly get value from what you sell, stay with you longer, buy more over time, and tell their friends.

Website: http://sixteenventures.com

Twitter: @lincolnmurphy

Rank

#14

 

Score

483

Sean Ogle

Sean-Ogle

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: My strategy is all about creating incredibly useful, shareable content – so if I can’t see myself writing 100 unique articles over the next couple years then there’s a good chance I’m not interested in it enough to invest the time and energy into the project. Don’t get me wrong, maybe you’ll be able to, but for me, this one’s a deal breaker.

Website: http://www.seanogle.com

Twitter: @seanogle

Rank

#15

 

Score

472

Ana Hoffman

Ana-Hoffman

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is in DNA of all great business people. It’s what you do AFTER you fail that will separate you, a future small business success, from the other 80% of businesses that will crash and burn – for good.

Website: http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com

Twitter: @AnaTrafficCafe

Rank

#16

 

Score

469

Jamie Turner

Jamie-Turner

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: You have to be a little crazy to be an entrepreneur. After all, what sane person would leave a job with a predictable paycheck to start something that has a pretty good chance of failing? I’ll tell you who would do that — the dreamers, the visionaries, the radicals, and the people who see something but who say, “I can make this better!” Hats off to those people — they’re the ones who make the world work. Trust your instincts, even if they’re a little bit crazy.

Website: http://60secondmarketer.com

Twitter: @AskJamieTurner

Rank

#17

 

Score

453

Meredith Wood

Meredith-Wood

Bio

Specialty: Finance

Top tip: Always put finances first. Get a handle on all important financial documents before even starting. Offer a barter with a bookkeeper or an accountant so you make sure you have someone watching your finances from day one. Too often, startups waste money by not tracking spending and thinking wisely about financial investments. Don’t let yourself start a business cash poor because of your inability to make the “not so fun stuff” a priority.

Website: https://www.fundera.com

Twitter: @Mere_Wood

Rank

#18

 

Score

449

Jamie Spencer

Jamie-Spencer

Bio

Specialty: Blogging

Top tip: If your blog is aimed around professional readers and business people you might have more potential traffic from LinkedIn and Google+. If your target reader is more visual it might make more sense to focus exclusively on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for promoting your blog.

Website: http://setupablogtoday.com

Twitter: @setupablogtoday

Rank

#19

 

Score

444

Nellie Akalp

Nellie-Akalp

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: If you want to have success and be successful, you can’t make success your goal. The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work towards being significant and the success will naturally follow. If you have the vision, drive, and determination you can and will accomplish your small business goal!

Website: http://blog.corpnet.com

Twitter: @CorpNetNellie

Rank

#19

 

Score

444

Matthew Toren

Matthew-Toren

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: You wouldn’t set up a physical shop without a business name and logo, so why would you do it online? Your business needs to be identifiable and have a professional look that appeals to the people you are targeting.

Website: http://www.blogtrepreneur.com

Twitter: @blogtrepreneur

Rank

#21

 

Score

440

Mark Glucki

Mark-Glucki

Bio

Specialty: Technology

Top tip: Show you’re an expert in your field by publishing unique content on your blog at least once a week. Not only will this help with SEO and online discoverability, but your customers and prospects will get true value from your expertise. It will be well worth the extra effort.

Website: http://www.mts.ca

Twitter: @gluekey

Rank

#22

 

Score

428

Sujan Patel

Sujan-Patel

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Focus on pre-launch marketing & start blogging early. For pre-launch, build a landing page as early as possible and describe your solution for a problem you’re solving for your target customer in as few words as possible. Blogging helps build credibility and trust with your potential customers (& email list).

Website: http://sujanpatel.com

Twitter: @sujanpatel

Rank

#23

 

Score

424

Marko Saric

Marko-Saric

Bio

Specialty: Blogging

Top tip: Some of your content might have been published a year ago but still gets traffic and ranks in search engines. Revisit your older content, update it, make sure it is still relevant and correct.

Website: http://howtomakemyblog.com

Twitter: @MarkoSaric

Rank

#24

 

Score

423

Kristi Hines

Kristi-Hines

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: When it comes to blogging, don’t choose quantity over quality. It’s better to start with one amazing blog post per week and promote it like crazy than five mediocre ones.

Website: http://kristihines.com

Twitter: @kikolani

Rank

#25

 

Score

420

Martin Zwilling

Martin-Zwilling

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Top entrepreneurs spend more time putting the right team in place to accomplish their objectives than they spend on any other components of their job.

Website: http://blog.startupprofessionals.com

Twitter: @StartupPro

Rank

#26

 

Score

417

Phil Rozek

Phil-Rozek

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: The best thing you can do is gather the kind of competitive-intel that you can use to get ahead of your competitors, and to ignore the useless facts that only allow you to ape them.

Website: http://www.localvisibilitysystem.com

Twitter: @philrozek

Rank

#27

 

Score

404

Joel Libava

Joel-Libava

Bio

Specialty: Franchises

Top tip: One option-if you’re on the hunt for a franchise to buy, is to buy an existing franchise. An already-operating franchise business. It’s one way to go, and there are definite advantages.

Website: http://www.thefranchiseking.com

Twitter: @FranchiseKing

Rank

#28

 

Score

400

Nick Loper

Nick-Loper

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Find your why. I think once you do that, it just makes doing the work so much easier.

Website: http://www.sidehustlenation.com

Twitter: @nloper

Rank

#29

 

Score

393

Becky McCray

Becky-McCray

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Lots of small towns have old school buildings sitting empty. Harveyville, Kansas, made a creative conference space and artistic residences out of an old school. I’ve also heard of school buildings used as a product warehouse, a youth scout council headquarters, a business incubator with commercial kitchen, and work crew housing.

Website: http://smallbizsurvival.com

Twitter: @BeckyMcCray

Rank

#30

 

Score

392

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Daniel Newman

Daniel-Newman

Bio

Specialty: Technology

Top tip: Use content to tell a story not to promote a product. Before you can sell on social you have to be social on social. It takes time and commitment, but the effort can have a huge payoff.

Website: http://millennialceo.com

Twitter: @danielnewmanuv

Rank

#31

 

Score

386

Stuart Walker

Stuart-Walker

Bio

Specialty: Niches

Top tip: Pick a niche you both love and know well that is also profitable, it will make the whole process a lot easier for you. The more specific and focused your niche is the better. Trying to be broad and appeal to “everyone” actually usually leads to you appealing to no one.

Website: http://nichehacks.com

Twitter: @NicheHacks

Rank

#32

 

Score

374

Red Akrim

Red-Akrim

Bio

Specialty: Technology

Top tip: One of the best tip i can give for growing your business is to listen to your customers, analyse their behavior, see what they like and adapt your business accordingly.

Website: https://www.cloudswave.com

Twitter: @akrimred

Rank

#33

 

Score

372

Melinda Emerson

Melinda-Emerson

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: I have met many entrepreneurs who fall into the success trap. Once they start making real money, that’s the most important thing to them. Don’t let money or success change you; neither will give you peace or make you happy.

Website: http://succeedasyourownboss.com

Twitter: @smallbizlady

Rank

#34

 

Score

364

Lauren Hooker

Lauren-Hooker

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Blog. It’s a fantastic, organic way to drive traffic, build trust with your audience, and market your products and services.

Website: http://www.elleandcompanydesign.com

Twitter: @laurenelizhook

Rank

#35

 

Score

363

Bill Ross

Bill-Ross

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Your first marketing dollars should be spent understanding who your users are, and what they find valuable – don’t guess or assume. This step is key to defining and executing successful marketing campaigns; both digital and traditional.

Website: http://linchpinseo.com

Twitter: @billross

Rank

#36

 

Score

353

Lisa Barone

Lisa-Barone

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Never let the business become more important than your health. Have set work hours. Get yourself in a schedule that you can live with (emphasis on the “live). The number one mistake I see new entrepreneurs make is that they sacrifice their lives and their health for this thing they’re trying to create. Be smarter than that.

Website: http://overit.com

Twitter: @LisaBarone

Rank

#37

 

Score

346

Cendrine Marrouat

Cendrine-Marrouat

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Commenting on other blogs in your niche is a great tactic to increase the visibility of your own blog. For example, you get to connect and build relationships with other writers, tap into a new audience, and create opportunities for guest posting.

Website: http://socialmediaslant.com

Twitter: @cendrinemedia

Rank

#38

 

Score

345

Chris Winfield

Chris-Winfield

Bio

Specialty: Productivity

Top tip: I think it all comes down to four simple words: Start. Listen. Execute. Improve. So many people get hung up on things being perfect so they never start. Get started…start talking to your customers and really listen to them. Make progress everyday. You’ll make a ton of mistakes and that’s okay. Just focus on getting a little bit better each day.

Website: http://www.chriswinfield.com

Twitter: @chriswinfield

Rank

#39

 

Score

343

Ian Brodie

Ian-Brodie

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Get the right offer for the right audience first. You can have mediocre marketing and content as long as you have something your audience desperately wants. But even genius marketing can’t save a crappy offer your audience doesn’t care about.

Website: http://www.ianbrodie.com

Twitter: @ianbrodie

Rank

#40

 

Score

338

Rich Schefren

Rich-Schefren

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Here is the undeniable truth: All success is the result of a process. Here’s another one: Whether you want to believe it or not everything you do is a process.

Website: http://www.strategicprofits.com

Twitter: @richschefren

Rank

#40

 

Score

338

Diana Mackie

Diana-Mackie

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: Encourage your customers to share photos or updates about being at your business or using your products, then reshare or repost! Social media users love attention like this! Resharing also bolsters your brand, it’s the best and most authentic kind of social proof there is, and simultaneously encourages more of your customers to share even more images or posts too!

Website: http://blog.fundinggates.com

Twitter: @fundinggates

Rank

#42

 

Score

328

Gael Breton

Gael-Breton

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Focus on collecting emails as your #1 goal. Put it over traffic, put it over sales even. Email is your 2nd chance at making the sale if you fail at converting the first time.

Website: http://www.authorityhacker.com

Twitter: @gaelbreton

Rank

#42

 

Score

328

Daniel Goh

Daniel-Goh

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: While this may be the best time ever to start an online business, it’s important that you’re putting the right measures in place to ensure your business is ready for the future.

Website: http://www.youngupstarts.com

Twitter: @youngupstarts

Rank

#44

 

Score

327

David Newman

David-Newman

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: If you find marketing hard, you’re doing it wrong! Small business marketing success is all about implementing strategies that you find easy, effortless, and enjoyable. Because those are the ones you’ll DO. And only action creates results.

Website: http://www.doitmarketing.com

Twitter: @dnewman

Rank

#45

 

Score

325

Ivana Taylor

Ivana-Taylor

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Focus on 5 things first. Who is your ideal customer? What is the problem that you are solving for this ideal customer? What is their perceived notion of how this problem is solved? How does the rest of the world tell them that this problem is solved? How do YOU believe this problem is solved? These 5 questions get to the core of your business, your purpose and will guide you in completing your most basic marketing plan.

Website: http://diymarketers.com

Twitter: @DIYMarketers

Rank

#45

 

Score

325

Andy Sernovitz

Andy-Sernovitz

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Look for the people who are already talking about topics similar to yours in forums, blogs, and Meetup groups. They don’t have to be famous, just passionate, talkative, and curious.

Website: http://damniwish.com

Twitter: @sernovitz

Rank

#47

 

Score

315

Dan Western

Dan-Western

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: When you’re setting goals for yourself, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like.

Website: http://wealthygorilla.com

Twitter: @wealthygorilla

Rank

#48

 

Score

309

Tibor Shanto

Tibor-Shanto

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: My main concern with the way some people “do” Active Listening, is that all too often it is really Selective or Filtered listening. Specifically they are actively listening for those things that fit their solutions, their narrative. And if they don’t hear it they try to steer the conversation in that direction.

Website: http://www.sellbetter.ca

Twitter: @TiborShanto

Rank

#49

 

Score

307

Gene Marks

Gene-Marks

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: If you’re going to set up an accounting system for the first time then cough up a few bucks and involve a CPA. He or she will advise you on the necessary accounts. This way you can be sure that it’s done the right way and the system will grow with your company. Remember – do what you do best and bring in experts to do what they do best.

Website: http://www.marksgroup.net

Twitter: @GENEMARKS

Rank

#50

 

Score

298

Lynda Bekore

Lynda-Bekore

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: When funding your new or growing business, don’t invest or raise money until you’re sure what your profit model will be and how your product will generate revenue. If possible, try not to rely too much on outside funding. Bootstrapping is usually more effective in the long run, because you retain complete control and you always know where your revenue stream is coming from and how long it will last.

Website: http://smallbizclub.com

Twitter: @lynbek1

Rank

#51

 

Score

292

Gee Ranasinha

Gee-Ranasinha

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Spend time on crafting and defining your company’s Value Message. Not so much *what* you’re offering, but *why* you’re offering it. Your business should have a clear narrative as to why it exists, that your target audience can embrace. This is as much to use as the essence of all customer-facing value moving forward, as it is for you to personally use as a kind of internal business compass.

Website: http://kexino.com

Twitter: @kexino

Rank

#52

 

Score

283

George Meszaros

George-Meszaros

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: One founder is not ideal, unless you are ready to make a herculean effort. Two is best, as we learned from Jobs and Wozniak, Larry and Sergey and Yang and Filo. Anything over three is almost always too many. It’s true you could have four, five or even more, but you’ll end up pulling your hair out trying to make collective decisions.

Website: http://www.successharbor.com

Twitter: @successharbor

Rank

#53

 

Score

273

Barry Moltz

Barry-Moltz

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: We actually can’t sell anything to anyone. We need to be there when people are ready to buy. This is why a systematic and ongoing sales and marketing process is critical.

Website: http://barrymoltz.com

Twitter: @barrymoltz

Rank

#54

 

Score

265

Holly Magister

Holly-Magister

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: Finding a trustworthy, business-savvy banker to work with you while launching your business is a great idea.

Website: http://exitpromise.com

Twitter: @ExitPromise

Rank

#55

 

Score

261

Dre Beltrami

Andrea-Beltrami

Bio

Specialty: Branding & Visual Marketing

Top tip: Spend the time to define the foundational elements of your brand, including your brand mood & personality, exactly what you’re brand is all about, and who your perfect reader/client is before you try creating a unique brand identity. Branding really boils down to knowing exactly who you are. A killer signature style + consistency = brand recognition and online visibility. It’s all about setting yourself up for success, baby!

Website: http://thebrandedsolopreneur.com

Twitter: @drebeltrami

Rank

#56

 

Score

258

Sarah Santacroce

Sarah-Santacroce

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Along with blogging I’d also start building my E-Mail list from Day 1. And I’d choose a tool with growth in mind. When I first started out I chose Mailchimp because it was recommended for small business owners. And I still recommend it to some clients, because it is a good tool. But for me it wasn’t enough anymore, because my list rapidly grew and became the centerpiece of my business. I changed from Mailchimp to Aweber and 5 years later to Active Campaign (and lost a lot of subscribers in the process, which is inevitable). So my advice: start building your list from day 1, but don’t choose the cheapest tool available. Consider the different options and then choose a tool with growth in mind.

Website: http://simplicitysmallbiz.com

Twitter: @sarahsantacroce

Rank

#57

 

Score

254

Brad Farris

Brad-Farris

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: James Dyson made 5,126 failed vacuum prototypes over 15 years before hitting on the design that eventually became a success. Talk about a huge cost of success! Does he think any time was wasted? No. He says, “But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure.ö

Website: http://www.enmast.com

Twitter: @enmastbusiness

Rank

#58

 

Score

250

Jacob Curtis

Jacob-Curtis

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Leverage social media prior and during your grand opening. There’s already a natural curiosity that comes with a new venture being started, especially for local brick and mortar businesses. Leveraging social media during your grand opening provides a major opportunity to not only generate additional buzz but also gain your first loyal customers.

Website: http://www.jacobcurtis.com

Twitter: @jacobkcurtis

Rank

#58

 

Score

250

Stephanie Chandler

Stephanie-Chandler

Bio

Specialty: Business Book Publishing

Top tip: Build a solid web presence. This includes having a professionally designed website with a blog (WordPress is a great platform option), plus social media integration. You don’t need to leverage ALL of the social media sites, but most businesses can benefit from a presence on two or more (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook are the top three for most).

Website: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com

Twitter: @bizauthor

Rank

#60

 

Score

248

Stephanie Burns

Stephanie-Burns

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: Working for a company that makes a difference helps staff members to feel happier in the workplace, achieve more job satisfaction, build cohesion amongst their co-workers, and improve motivation.

Website: http://www.chic-ceo.com

Twitter: @StephanieABurns

Rank

#61

 

Score

242

Craig Wortmann

Craig-Wortmann

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: Create a one-sentence description of your business. Sounds simple, but it’s not. Starting a business means telling everyone you know (and many you don’t) what you do. Start a sales conversation by a clear, descriptive, and short sentence about what you do. The purpose of this sentence is simply to pull people in to a sales conversation by creating a very small foundation on which to build.

Website: http://www.salesengine.com

Twitter: @salesengine

Rank

#62

 

Score

240

Denise O’Berry

Denise-O'Berry

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: Conserve your cash and bootstrap as much as you can. Your business can’t survive without cash flow. If you don’t have cash flow in your business, you don’t have a business. Here are five things you must do to manage the cash flow in your business. 1. Understand how cash works in your business. 2. Don’t sell yourself short. 3. Remember, you are not a bank. 4. Save cash for a rainy day. 5. Prepare (and use) a Cash Flow Budget.

Website: http://www.deniseoberry.com

Twitter: @deniseoberry

Rank

#63

 

Score

237

LaRae Quy

LaRae-Quy

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Mental toughness helps us push through those moments we’re not sure we can keep moving forward. That is when we have a breakthrough, and when we do, we grow and learn a lot more about who we truly are and what we are capable of doing.

Website: http://www.laraequy.com

Twitter: @LaRaeQuy

Rank

#64

 

Score

233

Barbara Weltman

Barbara-Weltman

Bio

Specialty: Finance

Top tip: Separate your business life from your personal life. This means setting up a separate business bank account and having a separate business credit card. Doing this makes recordkeeping easier, enabling you to know how well (or poorly) your business is doing and to report your income and expenses properly for tax purposes.

Website: http://www.barbaraweltman.com

Twitter: @BarbaraWeltman

Rank

#65

 

Score

229

Jeff Cornwall

Jeff-Cornwall

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: If you listen to the market, it will tell you what it really wants your business to be.

Website: http://www.drjeffcornwall.com

Twitter: @theentremind

Rank

#66

 

Score

219

James Carbary

James-Carbary

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: If you want to own a business (and not let the business own you), you need to create a process for everything. Every task you perform, big and small, should be documented. When you have processes in place, you can build a team of people to execute the work….giving you the freedom that entrepreneurship provides.

Website: http://www.sweetfishmedia.com

Twitter: @jamescarbary

Rank

#67

 

Score

215

Darren Slaughter

Darren-Slaughter

Bio

Specialty: Construction Marketing

Top tip: You may hate your job, you may hate what you do, but don’t start a business if you don’t have a passion for it, because it’s going to be hard and you are going to have to love it to grow it.

Website: http://darrenslaughter.com

Twitter: @darrenslaughtr

Rank

#68

 

Score

214

John Baldoni

John-Baldoni

Bio

Specialty: Leadership

Top tip: Manage your time. No one else will. Set yourself a strict schedule of when you will work. As well as when you will not. Initially you may do much of the work yourself. Sooner than later you will need to prioritize and that means delegating tasks to others. Determine what you do best and do it. Delegate everything else.

Website: http://www.johnbaldoni.com

Twitter: @johnbaldoni

Rank

#69

 

Score

204

Richard Ruff

Richard-Ruff

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: Sales success tends to be built on a foundation of saying “yesö to customers in order to garner those initial sales. But as a salesperson develops a relationship with the customer and becomes engaged in larger and more complex opportunities, always agreeing and continuously saying yes poses a challenge. It’s difficult to continue to add value simply by agreeing with everything the customer says.

Website: http://salestrainingconnection.com

Twitter: @saleshorizons

Rank

#70

 

Score

203

Erin Smith

Erin-Smith

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Research is crucial, but don’t waste your time researching the things that won’t make or break your business. Spend your time learning your numbers, but make quick decisions when it comes to things like web hosting, and email providers. Too many people starting do it the opposite.

Website: http://www.thestartersclub.com

Twitter: @thestartersclub

Rank

#71

 

Score

200

Doug & Polly White

Doug-Polly-White

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: We recommend that the first step for most entrepreneurs is to sell something. Put in place the minimum amount of infrastructure that you can get by with and focus on generating revenue.

Website: http://www.dougandpolly.com

Twitter: @letgotogrow

Rank

#72

 

Score

195

Kevin Jordan

Kevin-Jordan

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Interview members of your target audience and ask them what keeps them up at night. Pay attention to what they say–if you can find a way to help them with the problems they mention, you’ll have all the customers you want.

Website: http://redpointmarketingconsultants.com

Twitter: @RMCVirginia

Rank

#73

 

Score

193

Shameer Shah

Shameer-Shah

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: A right-thinking, creative frame of mind is all it takes to achieve anything you desire. Being persistent in business will only make it easier to achieve your goals. Business is a domain that is unpredictable, but so is life. We don’t know the end result, but if you have a clear vision of the journey and what it is that you want out of your business then you are pointed in the right direction to achieve that success.

Website: https://www.businessbanter.com

Twitter: @shameerdshah

Rank

#74

 

Score

179

Irene Lane

Irene-Lane

Bio

Specialty: Eco Travel

Top tip: Do your homework to understand what issues or concerns are already being covered (about your topic) and, more importantly, what’s not being answered. You’ll quickly have 100 blog topics and then, when you post to Twitter, for example, you can tag who gave you the idea for the post.

Website: http://greenloons.com

Twitter: @GreenloonsEco

Rank

#75

 

Score

174

Amanda Littlejohn

Amanda-Miller

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: I believe that I’m only productive because I compartmentalize my time, a habit I picked up when my children were very young and I was growing my business while working from home.

Website: http://www.amandamillerlittlejohn.com

Twitter: @amandamogul

Rank

#76

 

Score

170

Elinor Stutz

Elinor-Stutz

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: Listen to Your Inner Voice. Consistency and authenticity in all you do to include values and principles for conducting business need to be seen and heard. This is the essence of your personal brand. Your unique ideas will transform into a branding program designed to attract your desired clientele.

Website: http://www.smoothsale.net

Twitter: @smoothsale

Rank

#77

 

Score

165

Kendra Lee

Kendra-Lee

Bio

Specialty: Sales

Top tip: Sell your offering first then create it. Too often new business owners spend all their time on creation only to find that their target market wants something slightly – or entirely – different.

Website: http://www.klagroup.com

Twitter: @KendraLeeKLA

Rank

#78

 

Score

161

Judy Robinett

Judy-Robinett

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: There are three critical tasks for mgmt of a startup: the First prototype, First Customer, First outside $. In seeking capital, understand the investors objectives and focus on your exit. This puts you in the high potential entrepreneur category. Persistence wins.

Website: http://www.judyrobinett.com

Twitter: @judyrobinett

Rank

#79

 

Score

154

Rachel McDermott

Rachel-McDermott

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Know your ideal customer. Discover who they are by talking with them, one-on-one. Everything about your marketing – attracting customers, upsells, consumption – depends on this single step. Get it right and your business grows, get it wrong and you’ll struggle to attract the success you want.

Website: http://www.hooktowin.com

Twitter: @wisetoweb

Rank

#80

 

Score

149

Laurel Delaney

Laurel-Delaney

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: Many people believe that the best way to find customers is to look for them or do it the old-fashioned way by picking up the phone and calling them. That’s a mistake. In the digital age, customers from around the world should find you. And they can, provided you create a sustainable positive online presence.

Website: http://www.globalsmallbusinessblog.com

Twitter: @LaurelDelaney

Rank

#81

 

Score

142

Cate Costa

Cate-Costa

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: Understanding your market – who they are, where they are, what motivates them to spend – will help you feel more confident in building your business. It’s also an integral part of your planning if you do decide to become an entrepreneur.

Website: http://www.catecosta.com

Twitter: @cate_costa

Rank

#82

 

Score

134

John Ellison

John-Ellison

Bio

Specialty: Design

Top tip: Start with real human needs. Emerge with empathy. Design in collaboration. Tell the story like your life depends on it. Repeat.

Website: http://writings.john-ellison.com

Twitter: @iamjohnellison

Rank

#83

 

Score

131

Daren Lowch

Daren-Lowch

Bio

Specialty: Web Hosting

Top tip: Every business is unique. I don’t expect others to tell me what to do, but I always get references. I read about what and how are other business owners doing. Blog like BizHumm.com is very useful where there are a lot of takeaways. Then I start testing things out and decide which is best to my business. From there, I grow bit by bit.

Website: http://www.bitcatcha.com

Twitter: @DarenLowch

Rank

#84

 

Score

125

Benjamin Beck

Benjamin-Beck

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: I see too many businesses that hire someone to create content that they then try to promote to a niche that they do not understand. Creating the right content for the right audience leads to much more authority being built for your site to help you outrank your competition.

Website: http://benjaminbeck.com

Twitter: @ben_beck

Rank

#85

 

Score

123

Eder Holguin

Eder-Holguin

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: Research your market, your competition, your ideal target market and validate your main value proposition. Getting fast and real feedback will save a lot of time, money and will allow you to make changes to your product quickly. Most new entrepreneurs spend a lot of time trying to build a business just because “they” think is a great idea.

Website: http://ederholguin.com

Twitter: @ederman1

Rank

#86

 

Score

116

Utkarsh Sharma

Utkarsh-Sharma

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: We are India-based e-commerce platform development business firm, providing affordable business development and marketing solutions to startups, SMEs and small stores.

Website: http://www.technophile.in

Twitter: @AskThePanda

Rank

#87

 

Score

100

Dan Black

Dan-Black

Bio

Specialty: Leadership/Management

Top tip: To be successful in business you first need to be able to lead yourself successfully. Start with the person in the mirror and you will thrive in life and business.

Website: http://danblackonleadership.info

Twitter: @dbonleadership

Rank

#88

 

Score

99

Jesse Torres

Jesse-Torres

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Don’t fear failure. Often people are taught that failing is bad. Yet without failure few entrepreneurs would know the way to success. Entrepreneurs seldom get it right the first time. But having the ability to keep moving by making adjustments improves the odds of success.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/6260457

Twitter: @JSTORRES

Rank

#89

 

Score

91

Cynthia Cavoto

Cynthia-Cavoto

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: SMM involves a lot more than fooling around on Twitter or Facebook. Successful SMM strategies heavily rely on algorithms, testing, research, and analytics. Absolutely, creating excellent content is CRITICAL, yet there is a lot more involved in creating excellent content – it isn’t like journalism in which the WHOLE concentration is on good writing and investigation.

Website: https://firebrandsocialmedia.com

Twitter: @CynthiaCavoto

Rank

#90

 

Score

90

Tony Woodall

Tony-Woodall

Bio

Specialty: Goal Achievement

Top tip: Write Goals Down, Be Specific, Set Deadlines, Create Action Plans, Track the Action Plan Daily, Reward yourself for successes. Do Again!

Website: http://goalgettingpodcast.com

Twitter: @GoalsPodcast

Rank

#91

 

Score

87

Erica Key

Erica-Key

Bio

Specialty: Blogging

Top tip: When you decide to start a business, some nights, your passion for doing what you love is going to be the only thing that keeps you going. Make sure no matter what business you decide to launch you have a fiery passion for it.

Website: http://eatingwitherica.com

Twitter: @EatingWithErica

Rank

#92

 

Score

84

Hannah Becker

Hannah-Becker

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: Don’t listen to the naysayers. When starting a new business, plenty of people will criticize you. They are just jealous that you have what it takes to start something out of nothing and they don’t. Stick to your guns – ignore the critics and follow your entrepreneurial dream.

Website: http://www.themotivatedmillennial.com

Twitter: @MotivatedGenY

Rank

#93

 

Score

75

Rhett Power

Rhett-Power

Bio

Specialty: Leadership/Management

Top tip: The best advice I can offer is to make time to work on your business instead of always working in your business. Take the time to think about the critical areas customer experience, product development, finance and how you can make them better.

Website: http://www.inc.com/author/rhett-power

Twitter: @rhettpower

Rank

#94

 

Score

72

Mike Sansone

Mike-Sansone

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: There is a difference between intended audience and attending audience. Focus on your core customer and ideal prospects, rather than targeting and engaging with anyone and everyone. Building numbers on social media or email lists is not always profitable.

Website: http://smallbizlift.com

Twitter: @mikesansone

Rank

#95

 

Score

71

Tracy Moore

Tracy-Moore

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: The buying process has evolved and so should your marketing strategy and tactics. It does not take a large marketing budget to be a successful, but it does take some know-how, creativity, insight and consistency.

Website: http://www.marketingeyedallas.com

Twitter: @TracyMooreMktg

Rank

#96

 

Score

59

Yura Bryant

Yura-Bryant

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: A successful business is one that identifies a need/ want and provides products/ services that produce valuable solutions rather than just answers.

Website: http://entrepreneurialambitions.com

Twitter: @YuraBryant

Rank

#97

 

Score

57

Dr. Chris Stout

Chris-Stout

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: I have found that then most common denominator to successful startups, regardless of what area, is to understand a problem and then build a business to fix it. It’s pretty simple/elegant. Corollaries to this is to always live in beta with iterative rounds of rapid prototyping.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/drchrisstout

Twitter: @DrChrisStout

Rank

#98

 

Score

54

Jasmine Crockett

Jasmine-Crockett

Bio

Specialty: Lifestyle/Fashion

Top tip: Be consistent. You want to be cohesive in your branding, your message, and your writing. Keep your message the same across all of your platforms so you don’t confuse your audience on what your blog is about. You need to also have a schedule to at least blog 2-3 times a week to keep a consistent audience. One blog post a month doesn’t help anyone and you’ll lose your audience quick.

Website: http://jasminescrockett.com

Twitter: @jasmincrockett

Rank

#99

 

Score

47

Donna Phelan

Donna-Phelan

Bio

Specialty: Finance

Top tip: Take the time to write a formal business plan for financing. This focuses you into critical thinking on all aspects of your business, including financial projections, sales and operations. Even if you are not currently seeking financing, you need to get prepared, strategically and financially, for that possibility.

Website: http://www.donnamphelan.com

Twitter: @donnamphelan

Rank

#100

 

Score

44

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Highly Commended

Below are 19 other highly commended bloggers who may break into the top 100 in the months to come.

Amy Farr

Amy-Farr

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: While it is important to find a mentor who has experience in entrepreneurship, it is just as important for the person to genuinely care about you as a person. That way, you know they have your best interest in mind. Surround yourself with people who believe in you; ignore the ones who don’t.

Website: http://www.bettermarketingbyfarr.com

Twitter: @AmyFarrNews

Andrew Majorski

Andrew-Majorski

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Stay true to the vision you have for your business and build that brand out! Passion, mixed with good SEO and Social Media Marketing, can take you a long way in today’s digital world. Even the smallest of companies can reach a large audience with the right message.

Website: https://archetypelifestyleblog.wordpress.com

Twitter: @andrewmajorski

Andy Cabistan

Andy-Cabistan

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: One simple word: communication. In the startup world, anything that can go wrong will go wrong when communication is not effective. But, when you make sure that your message is clear to all the people involved in your startup, it will build the confidence of your team and reduce the amount of things going wrong. Even if you feel like you are repeating yourself, keep doing it, until you make sure that everyone gets the point.

Website: http://www.turbee.co

Twitter: @AndyCabistan

Aniekan Whyte

Aniekan-Whyte

Bio

Specialty: Lifestyle

Top tip: Discovering your life’s vision is where your business starts – your business is the vehicle to accomplishing your life vision and goals. By realizing: Who am I? How am I wired (talents/skills/passion)? and what’s my assignment (what I call your message)? only then will your business have purpose and destination.

Website: http://www.aniekanjoshuawhyte.com

Twitter: @ANIEKANWHYTE

Brook Borup

Brook-Borup

Bio

Specialty: Productivity

Top tip: Don’t get bogged down or burnt out in your small business. Open your mind and learn to delegate so you can make proactive deliberate decisions for your business. If you think Money is a factor… IT’S NOT! Affordable options are available if you work smart and think creatively. There is a person, product or hack for any business pain!

Website: http://myclonesolution.com

Twitter: @myclonesolution

Christopher Evans

Christopher-Evans

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: When starting up, self invest 15% to 30% of all sales into a CD to make sure net worth stays up. Market daily to attract customers. Make sure revenues stay ahead of expenses.

Website: http://axiomfinity.blogspot.com

Twitter: @axiomfinity

Claudia Chery

Claudia-Chery

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: You must conduct research! Read books that are relevant to your business. Do extensive Google searches. Talk to people about your business ideas. Ask your first customers what they think about your product. Take what you learn, tweak your product, then move forward.

Website: http://www.greenviewcne.com

Twitter: @greenviewcne

Cynthia Sperko

Cynthia-Sperko

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Know your target audience based on your favorite client. For example, Marcie hired you for a job. You really enjoyed working with Marcie and would like to work with her again. Play detective so to speak, and market your business to the places that interest Marcie.

Website: http://www.cynthialsperko.com

Twitter: @clsperkophotos

Dan Glickberg

Dan-Glickberg

Bio

Specialty: Food

Top tip: Always, always, always do more listening than talking. You’ll learn more from others than listening to yourself repeat the same pitch over and over again.

Website: http://www.danglickbergfood.com

Twitter: @danglickberg

Emily Davis

Emily-Davis

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Do something every day to get you closer to your business goal. The one thing you can control is the task at hand, and that will take you one step closer toward your ultimate goal.

Website: http://www.emilyshandmadesoaps.com

Twitter: @emilyssoaps

James Kemp

James-Kemp

Bio

Specialty: Marketing

Top tip: It’s all about the customer. If you don’t have a product that gives them a gain or solves a pain the best marketing in the world won’t help.

Website: http://growthhq.co.nz

Twitter: @jaaims

Jason Kiesau

Jason-Kiesau

Bio

Specialty: Success Skills

Top tip: Work toward mastery of Success Skills 1 & 2; Self-Management and Relationship Building. Self-management is our ability to know our strength; celebrate them and be confident in them. It’s also understanding our weaknesses and opportunities for growth and managing them so they don’t hold us back.

Website: http://jasonkiesau.com

Twitter: @jasonkiesau

Jeannene Herber

Jeannene-Herber

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Your business is your baby. Parents are well known for constantly bragging about their beautiful babies. Brag about your business to anyone who will listen, they could be your next customer. Parenting also requires sacrifice, so does running a startup.

Website: http://luckyskygraphics.com

Twitter: @LuckySkyGraphic

Jeff Whittle

Jeff-Whittle

Bio

Specialty: Leadership

Top tip: There is no greater sin than wasting time.

Website: http://blog.whittleandpartners.com

Twitter: @jeffwhittletx

Jim Zumpone

Jim-Zumpone

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: Love what you do! Let your passion for the business drive everything. Whatever you are going to be doing, make sure it is something you would do even if monetary gain was not involved. If you are passionate (and become expert) in your chosen field, the money will come!

Website: http://www.zipperjunction.org

Twitter: @JimZumpone

Lisa Edwards

Lisa-Edwards

Bio

Specialty: Entrepreneurship

Top tip: Be Patient! Building a new business is like making popcorn the old fashioned way. Remember when you had to wait for the oil to get hot before the first kernel would pop, then the second, etc. You gotta wait for the oil to get hot!

Website: http://livingwellforsuccess.com

Twitter: @Living_WellSucc

Merri Cronk

Merri-Cronk

Bio

Specialty: Franchises

Top tip: Do your research! With franchise ownership, you don’t have to guess. The franchisor creates the systems and processes the franchisee implements. Research is the power to understanding how to find the right franchise fit to maximize your success!

Website: http://franchisingtexas.com

Twitter: @FranNetCenTX

Michaela Logue

Michaela-Logue

Bio

Specialty: Startups

Top tip: Understand fully and determine what your brand identity is. Who are you as a business? What need does your business fill in the market? Who is your customer? Be extremely specific about these few items when building your plan on how to share your message to the public. When this is established, write a 5 sentence mission statement that becomes the key focus for your new business going forward.

Website: http://www.coachmichaelalogue.com

Twitter: @coachmichaelal

Terri Maurer

Terri-Maurer

Bio

Specialty: Small Business

Top tip: Successful marketing plans do not have to be overly complicated.

Website: http://www.maurerconsultinggroup.com

Twitter: @tlmaurer

Scoring Details

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