Lately, it seems like small business blogs are a dime a dozen.
But with all the noise online, how is a small business owner supposed to distinguish the bad blogs from the good, and the good blogs from the exceptional? Since we care just as much about your business as you do, we’ve put together the ultimate list of small business blogs for retailers to follow. Take a look below. You can thank us later.
- Fit Small Business
The Fit Small Business blog features in-depth articles for just about every topic related to owning a small business. Rely on them to give you the information you need without the unnecessary hype or heavy jargon. Check out the Fit Small Business blog for informative articles about starting a small business, hiring for (and managing) that business, and how to pay yourself and your employees. They also have some great how-to guides that we personally love.
- Retail Minded
One of the most comprehensive and reliable payment websites out there, Pymnts brings you news, opinion, and solid research. From mobile payments to POS systems, you’ll want to make sure to have this website bookmarked. You can also sign up for their newsletter for informative articles sent directly to your inbox. While you’re at it, stay abreast of this year’s payment trends with The Six Things That Will Define Payments In 2016.
- Small Biz Technology
Small Biz Technology is a media company and website that educates small business owners on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their business. Founded by small business expert Ramon Ray, Small Biz Technology covers everything from acquiring customers and nurturing these relationships, to payment trends and technology tools to better spend your time and money. Check out one of their more popular posts about 9 things every small business owner must do at the start of the year.
- Retail TouchPoints
Retail TouchPoints is an online publishing network offering content focused on optimizing the customer experience across all channels. Visit Retail TouchPoints for easily digestible material about retail technology trends and merchandising advice. Blog posts on topics such as the influence of digital channels on brick-and-mortar stores will keep you in the know.
This blog is exactly what its name suggests, small business advice from small business expert Melinda Emerson. Emerson has made a name for herself by providing a wide range of small business advice. Though not necessarily targeted at retail merchants, Emerson’s knowledge is applicable across industries. Our favorite blog post on SmallBizLady is her list of 10 Must-Read Business Books for 2016.
Capterra is the blog to visit when searching for business apps and software information. Read up on articles covering topics such as the latest and greatest free task management apps. Capterra provides you with an abundance of retail advice, everything from tips on employee scheduling to optimizing email campaigns. It’s simple navigation also makes their content a breeze to read.
- Retail Info Systems News
Retail Info Systems News (RIS) covers the convergence of the business of retail and information technology, touching on all aspects of retail technology. Find information on choosing a POS system, technology trends, and the latest on retail industry news. Check out one of our favorite pieces from RIS: Four Ways to Gain Sales Support for Mobile POS.
- Small Business Trends
If you have small business questions, Small Business Trends most likely has answers. Covering topics such as digital marketing and finance, they also provide useful guides and templates to help optimize your time and resources. For a quick peak into what they offer, check out their article on local SEO and your business.
Run by a payroll startup, the Gusto blog provides advice on payroll, employee benefits, and taxes. So if making financial decisions makes you nervous, Gusto can help. Get reading by checking out their post on The Top 3 Financial Mistakes New Companies Make (and How to Avoid Them).
- The Point of Sale News
No list would be complete without one of our personal favorites: The Point of Sale News. An online magazine for the POS industry, this blog is one of the most comprehensive POS resources out there. Covering both restaurant and retail POS systems, you can also find information on choosing a POS and purchasing hardware. Take a look at what they have to offer with 5 Reasons Small Businesses Should Adopt Mobile Payment Technology.
- Mobile Payments Today
If you’re looking to learn more about payments than just what POS system to adopt, Mobile Payments Today will help you connect the dots of mobile payments to the world around you. For those who have taken an active interest in payment technology, we promise it won’t disappoint. By the way, did you know that the mobile POS market is expected to increase by 400 percent by 2019? Just one of the many tidbits of wisdom you’ll find on this blog.
- Business 2 Community
Described as an “open community” where business professionals can establish themselves and network with others, Business 2 Community boasts over 10K contributors on dozens of business topics. Consider them your one-stop shop for quick and easy answers related to social media, digital marketing, finance, and technology. Take a look at this article about online marketing tools to get a sense of what they’re all about.
- Street Fight
- Software Advice
One of the most reliable resources on small business software out there, Software Advice provides detailed reviews and research on thousands of software applications. Their resource section is a mix of well-researched blog posts and informative infographics. Check out their list of 5 must-have retail POS software features to streamline your business.
Where is the best place to find financial-related content? That’s right, Kabbage! They’re an online platform that loans small businesses cash when they need it. They also host a stellar blog. You’ll find useful tax advice here and information on what type of loan is most appropriate for your business.
If you’re looking for reliable information on how to prioritize EMV migration or mobile payments in your small business, check out Ingenico’s blog. As makers of payment hardware you can trust the information they provide is both thorough and reliable. Check out their expertise in Challenges and Benefits of EMV Migration Explained.
- Evergreen Small Business
Described as a “practical how-to blog for small businesses,” Stephen Nelson is a CPA and tax expert. His blog — Evergreen Small Business — features LLC formation kits and a variety of comprehensive tax and finance-focused ebooks. Nelson also posts free small business content covering subjects such as outsourcing payroll.
- The Retail Doctor
- Merchant Maverick
Merchant Maverick isn’t just any software review site, but one that compares software for more than a dozen different categories (POS software, email marketing, CRM, etc.). Their wealth of knowledge easily translates over to their blog, serving up a hearty dose of software advice such as 10 Surprising Benefits of an iPad POS System.
- Razor Branding
Authored by Jaci Russo, a brand strategist with more than 20 years of experience, Razor Branding is an outstanding resource for any small business looking to improve upon (or start defining) its brand. Learn what and what not to do to reboot or jumpstart your brand with articles such as Generational Branding Made Easy.
- National Retail Federation (NRF)
You’d expect a topnotch blog from the world’s largest retail trade association in the world, and the National Retail Federation (NRF) does not disappoint. Find up-to-date news on everything from consumer trends to loss prevention, merchandising and marketing. They also have an expansive library of resources to help you out with everything from holiday planning to buying guides. Check out one of their more popular articles: How Exponential Change in Technology Will Transform Retail.
- Payments News
This blog is your go to for daily news on innovation and electronic payments. The team at Payments News monitors the news of the day across the wide-ranging field of electronic payments. If you’re looking to stay up-to-date on payment news, this should be your first stop. Brief news releases covering topics such as the rollout of Android pay, are short and easy to digest, often pulling directly from press releases.
For financial questions and advice, NerdWallet is the blog to follow for everything from credit cards to investing to insurance. They feature an extensive number of posts on EMV, along with informative articles on POS systems. The breadth of content they cover is wide, so make sure not to miss out on some of their more popular posts such as 5 Online Legal Tools to Help You Start a Business for Less.
- Kizer and Bender’s Retail Adventures
- Payment Facilitator
A website covering payment topics globally, here you’ll find solid news regarding mobile payments, EMV, and payment security. If you’re interested in a broader scope when it comes to payment information, you’ll enjoy the content on Payment Facilitator. They take a deeper dive into payment-related issues with articles that cover subjects such as why merchants are afraid of mobile payments.
If your business has taken the leap and started selling its goods online, you’ll appreciate Wiser, whose blog is dedicated entirely to ecommerce. So what makes them the perfect company to author content on this subject? As a pricing engine that re-prices products in real time, they live and breathe ecommerce. So turn to Wiser for any of your ecommerce and pricing strategy questions. Isn’t it about time that you learn the difference between dynamic pricing and price discrimination?
- Progressive Grocer
- Mobile Commerce Daily
Founded by three former Entrepreneur Magazine writers, SmallBizDaily combines decades of reading and writing about entrepreneurship with real-life experience. Their goal is to share their “unique take” on all things small business. 5 Tips for Preventing Burnout as a Small Business Owner is one of our favorite posts from this dream team.
- Bizness Apps
- Find Accounting Software
Through the belief that better business is possible with better software, the Find Accounting Software blog helps those looking to purchase software find their best match. Struggling recently with whether to make the move to cloud-based or onsite software? Check out Why Your Cloud Versus On-Premise Software Decision is Easier than You Think.
- Retail Customer Experience
Cloudswave was founded in 2012 to help small businesses get the best bang for their buck when purchasing software. The Cloudswave blog publishes software and leadership-focused content. One of our personal favorites is their Ultimate List of the Top 100 Free Business Software.
- We Rock Your Web
- Multichannel Merchant
Even if you haven’t incorporated ecommerce into your business, Multichannel Merchant is the place to keep your eye on for trends and information on how adding an online presence to your store could affect your business. 5 Ecommerce Trends That Will be a Game Changer in 2016 can get you started.
If you’ve already adopted a POS system, welcome to the world of cloud tech! But what do you really know about the magical world of cloud computing? Maybe you know a lot, or maybe very little. Either way, CloudWedge is where you can stay informed of all things cloud tech related — topics such as cloud computing security holes to watch out for.
- Pet Business
Don’t let the name of this blog fool you, much of this content is applicable to a number of industries. The layperson might not think technology when they think pet shops, but if you’re in the business of pet care, we know you know differently. Pet Business can help you stay up to date on industry news and business and marketing trends. Checkout their blog post on EMV compliance to make sure your store is covered.
Forrester is a research and advisory firm that works with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies to drive growth. Though targeted at much larger companies than your traditional brick-and-mortar stores, their blog highlights interesting news and trends in the retail sector. Take a look at one of their more eye-opening articles on how it is no longer socially acceptable to not be social.
- Digital Transactions
If you need a little push towards, or a little more convincing on why you should start accepting forms of mobile payment, Digital Transactions can give you that nudge. Read up on why shoppers favor retailers that accept mobile wallets, as well as the latest news on EMV compliance.
Business apps can be amazing resources to your business. As an online marketplace for business apps, GetApp’s blog is full of content that can helps you distinguish the mediocre from the exceptional in the world of apps. Don’t miss one of our favorite posts: Top 10 Apps That Will Transform Your Content Marketing Efforts.
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