Last week, we brought you the first 5 of our 10 can’t-miss blogs to help build your small business. This week, we give you the rest. As we mentioned last week, reading a handful of ‘coffee’ blogs each morning is a wonderfully productive way to ease into the first hour of your work day.


Boasting a network of over 15,000 idea ‘spotters’ worldwide, Springwise is truly a globally-inspired blog. The daily blog features 3 new business ideas in one of twenty-plus business niches, from Automotive to Style. With Springwise, regardless of what sector of business you’re in, you can stay up-to-date on the best innovations on Earth.

NY Times’ You’re The Boss

The sub-header on this site says it all, “The Art of Running a Small Business”. This blog brings the panache of the venerable New York Times to small business case studies and guides to everything from social media marketing to taxes.

Duct Tape Marketing

While the world of Duct Tape Marketing is much larger than the blog, this daily dose of marketing wisdom from long-time marketing coach John Jantsch is cheaper and probably more practical than hiring his team of professionals to overhaul your small business’ marketing efforts.


My favorite recent blog from Copyblogger is entitled “The 5 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language”. I love it because (#3) it is so indicative of the blog’s goals. Copyblogger aims to make you (#1) a better writer with better content all with the intention of generating new (#5) traffic for your small business website. Dig deeper, and you’ll find a 20-part free (#2) internet marketing course. Certainly subscribe to the blog, but spend some time clicking around the site too; you’ll be instantly (#4) hooked.

Mike Blumenthal Blog

We live in a Google world, that’s for sure. Let Mike Blumenthal be your tour guide. Click over to your Gmail account and glance across the top of the page: Search, Images, Mail, Drive, Calendar, and the list goes on and on. While, it can be hard to navigate and maximize all the tools Google has to offer, Mike seems to know what’s new, what’s broken and what’s fixed before anyone else.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, and may your small business continue to thrive in 2013.