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.
by Ramit Sethi
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.
by Andrew Warner
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.
by Tom Ewer
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.
by James Altucher
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!