4 Must-Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs

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As much as I’m grateful you read my blog, if you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, my blog sure as hell better not be the only one you read!

Over the last 1/2 year, I’ve scourged the far-corners of the internet, looking for actually-useful blogs about entrepreneurship.  My criteria for reading other blogs are the same criteria I hold my own work to here:

1. Written by someone who has actually done the things they write about.

2. Give an in-depth, non-breezed-over look into the difficulties and failures surrounding being an entrepreneur.

3. Has a true dedication to helping readers understand how they too can be successful.

Here’s six of the top entrepreneurship blogs I’ve found, and what I like about them (and in some cases, where they could be better), evaluated on the above criteria.

1. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

by Ramit Sethi

Workman Publishing Author:  Ramit SethiGreat posts from this blog: The Failure of the Last Mile, “I did all of the right things…and look how it turned out”, Why earning more is better than saving more

Why I Like It:

Ramit is a best-selling author who writes awesome material.  When you dig into his thousands of posts, you find all sorts of highly-actionable content on entrepreneurship and self-improvement.  Ramit has done the things he writes about (he talks about how he set up a system as a high school student to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to pay for Stanford).  Ramit’s approach is highly focused on research-backed solutions and extreme optimization, with an emphasis on understanding issues from a psychological perspective.

The only area I think this blog could improve is that Ramit never really talks about his early years, and how he got started.  I think the best way to relate to an audience is to be very open about the trials and tribulations of our early years.  Sure, Ramit’s blog is old (around since 2005) and he has a lot of great content notwithstanding, but I do think that his not focusing on intimately discussing the beginning of his career is one of the blog’s weaknesses.

 

2. Mixergy

by Andrew Warner

Andrew WarnerGreat posts from this blog: Teespring interview, Understand.com interview, Nick Sarillo interview.

Why I Like It:

Mixergy has a great array of video interviews with successful entrepreneurs including Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Paul Graham (Y Combinator), and Andrew Mason (Groupon).

Andrew’s interviews bring out the nitty-gritty details of these successful entrepreneur’s lives, such as how they got started, and the problems they continue to work with as they grow their business.

There’s also interviews with more “down to earth” entrepreneurs as well, such as an interview with the founders of Teespring.

It’s difficult to get an in-depth look into the successes and failures of one entrepreneur…with Mixergy, you get it with hundreds of entrepreneurs.

 

3. Leaving Work Behind

by Tom Ewer

Tom EwerGreat posts: My Kindle Failure and Future Plans for Success, 7 Stories: Joys, Trials and Tribulations of my Journey to Date, Monthly Income Report November 2012

Leaving Work Behind is great because of its transparency: the writer, Tom Ewer, writes about his transition from office work to making money doing freelance writing and developing info products.

You can see his focus on honesty and being straightforward though the titles here…the article about his mishaps with launching a Kindle ebook is a classic.

As Tom’s blog focuses on freelancing, some might think that his advice and experience applies only to those interested in freelancing careers.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Tom’s experiences are reminiscent of any entrepreneur’s, and the fact that he’s so open about his experience makes this a must-read for entrepreneurs of any kind.

4. The Altucher Confidential

by James Altucher

James AltucherGreat posts: How I screwed Yasser Arafat out of $2mm (and lost $100mm in the process), 100 rules for being an entrepreneur, 8 alternatives to college 

James Altucher’s blog is one of the best out there.  Not only is he extremely open about his career (he went from being worth millions of dollars to being worth next to nothing), his writing style is hilarious and engaging (and yes, he did actually screw Yasser Arafat out of $2mm…definitely go read that article).

Altucher also has interesting views on life, such as actively encouraging high school students not to attend college (read “8 alternatives to college”).

There’s a lot to be learned from Altucher’s story, and his collection of articles will keep you engaged for hours and hours (it has for me!).

Which entrepreneur blogs have been the best for you?

Let me know in the comments below which entrepreneur blogs you’ve been reading, and what you think of the blogs I listed here!

 

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