For women going it on their own as business owners, news, advice, and a sense of community can be as close as the nearest blog. But since the topic of women at the helm is as complex and full of nuances as the business world as a whole, it makes sense to bookmark a few. With that in mind, you can get started with our hand-picked quintet of blogs.
Best Overall Reference: Women On Business
This collection of crowdsourced content has it all: solid information to help women entrepreneurs of all types run their businesses effectively, a deep catalog of posts, and good coverage of "soft skills" topics like negotiating, interpersonal communications, and organization. While it includes a good dose of sponsor-provided content, these evergreen pieces of lasting value are on-topic, well written, and make for a comprehensive reference.
Sample posts: When Should You Publish a Press Release?; 5 Tips for Building an Emergency Fund for Your Business; Tax Credits, Grants and Loans for Women Entrepreneurs.
Best for Venture Capitalists and Founders: The Conversation
This robust blog features advice on venture capital, leadership and key lifestyle issues. It also includes content for a group that doesn’t often get addressed in public forums: women who are venture capitalists ("funders"). Its posts are informative, clearly written and include engaging personal stories from women founders and investors.
Sample posts: Taking parental leave as a founder; Four common mistakes founders make during the VC fundraising process; A deep dive into the challenges of raising your first venture capital fund.
Best for Home-based Solopreneurs: The Work at Home Woman
The work-from-home job market has been rife with scams since long before "remote work" became a phenomenon. Work at Home Woman stands out as a source of truth. Since its founding in 2009, Forbes has named it twice as one of the top career websites. Founder and editor Holly Reisem Hanna strives to "help individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls with job leads, ideas, and reputable information." And she delivers: Sections address remote jobs, starting a blog, and side hustles. Posts offer thorough explanations of business ideas and how to get started, including costs, marketplaces and more.
Sample posts: How to Make Money With 3D Printing; 11 Work From Home Jobs That Pay Daily; 10 Remote Jobs That Pay $30 Per Hour or More.
Best Paid Subscription: ForbesWomen
This subset of Forbes’ Leadership section offers trustworthy coverage of news, personalities, and business ideas. It’s in-depth and meaningful, though a little difficult to browse by topic. The mix includes inspirational examples of high-achieving women entrepreneurs such as Venus Williams and yes, Taylor Swift. Rates include a monthly $6.99 plan.
Sample posts: What Is Net Worth And Why Should I Care?; 4 Cutting-Edge Brands Reinventing The Mobile Pop-Up; Claudia Goldin Wins Nobel Prize In Economics For Studying Women At Work.
Best Motivational Site: Marie Forleo.com
When you could really use a "you can do it" note, click here for encouragement and perspective. Along with her paid courses, Forleo offers plenty of worthwhile, free videos, podcasts and of course, a healthy blog. You’ll probably find your favorite motivational speaker or business figure among her "must watch" content, with the spotlight shining on Oprah Winfrey, Brene Brown, and Arianna Huffington, among others.
Sample posts: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How to Make Massive Profits with a Small Business; Asking for Help Is Hard — Do It Anyway; Brutally Honest Business Advice.
Keep these sites bookmarked for those moments when you could use some fresh inspiration — or you just want to feel part of a larger community. And consider them as your invitation to take an even deeper dive into the world of blogs for women entrepreneurs like yourself. You’ll be in good company.
Did You Know?
12.3 million: the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S.
40%: percentage of women-owned U.S. businesses
$1.8 trillion: revenue generated by U.S. women-owned businesses per year
Source: "Women-Owned Businesses: Statistics and Overview," Fundera
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