10(+1) Must-Read Articles on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

There are millions of articles on small business and entrepreneurship and you’ll definitely read a few hundreds of them before and after starting your own business. The one important thing you’ll learn is that not all of those pieces are good and many of them repeat the same ideas. Today I’ll try to help you save a lot of time by offering a list of the top articles on these topics. These are my personal favorites and I’ve successfully applied the knowledge I got from them myself. Therefore, I can guarantee that these pieces can help entrepreneurs and business owners of any level.

Top Articles on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Everyone Needs to Read

How to Start a Business

I believe that this is the first article any aspiring business owner should read. Personally, I wouldn’t call this particular piece the best how-to guide for starting a business. However, it lists the preliminary steps that are often glossed over in step-by-step business starter manuals. This article speaks about taxes, legalization, financing, and other ‘gory’ details that are essential for your future company’s very existence.
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The Best Small Business Opportunities for 2018

Another category of articles on small business and entrepreneurship you’ll have to read when you consider starting your own company is ‘best business ideas’. I advise looking at them as a source of inspiration even if you already have some kind of idea. These suggestions can help you define it more clearly or inspire you to add some extra services that will help you succeed. This particular article is my favorite at the moment because it’s very up-to-date. You should always look into the current trends and market statistics to identify the areas that can bring most profit.
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12 Free Business Plan Templates for Startups

I advise everyone to read this particular article because it lists vitally important resources for those who want to start a new project. The art of developing a good business plan that will impress your potential financiers is complex and takes a lot of experience to master. So, using templates developed by experienced professionals is the best way to make a good impression even if this project is your first.
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7 Common Misconceptions Young People Have About Entrepreneurship

This piece is my current favorite in the ‘mistakes to avoid’ category of articles on small business and entrepreneurship. I must note that the title here is a fail because ‘huge mistakes you mustn’t be making ever’ is the main theme covered by the author. That’s exactly what you should take away from reading this text as the misguided ideas listed here are the reasons for many bad choices entrepreneurs make. Note that people of any age and experience level can make those mistakes.
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24 Tips and Strategies to Connect with Leaders and Influencers in Your Field

Nearly 50% of all articles on small business and entrepreneurship mention leveraging influencers to boost your business. However, none of them explain exactly how to do this. This piece does and it offers so many ideas that everyone will find what they need.
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How Will Venture Capital Change in the Next Decade?

This is not one of the common articles on small business and entrepreneurship. However, it’s extremely important for businesses, and especially startups of today. This piece is a prediction of the eventual niche market collapse and the rise of venture capitalism. Use this chance to decide where you can and want to go with your business.
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How to Network Like a Pro: 10 Ways to Make a Long List of Meaningful Connections

Networking is a vital element of success in today’s world. And this article is one of the best I’ve ever read on this subject. It’s clear, to-the-point, and extremely helpful. Even if you are an experienced networker, you’ll definitely learn something interesting from it.
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Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change

Clayton Christensen and Michael Overdorf are the authors of this brutally detailed and objective piece on change in the business and its possible devastating effects. If you don’t know these names, they are some of the most renowned personalities in modern economics studies and business consultancy. This will be a difficult and lengthy read, but the lessons it teaches are invaluable. I advise going over the Harvard Business Review and its archives to uncover more gems like this one.
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Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong

This is one of my favorite articles on small business and entrepreneurship of all timers. I love how it tactfully but efficiently breaks down one of the most damaging philosophies for small businesses. If you have to deal with customers on a daily basis, this is a must-read as it explains how this approach actually ruins your relationship with them. I’m also sure you’ll appreciate that this piece is witty and features some real examples. Both are things sadly lacking in the majority of business articles.
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16 Strategies to Keep Your Small Business Organized in 2018 and Beyond

In this article, Neil Patel (who should be your main source of info on all things marketing) offers some highly efficient ideas for organizing your business and boosting productivity. He also lists a variety of solutions that can help you achieve this. You can use them or search for similar programs.
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16 Great Small Business Magazines Every Entrepreneur Should Read

This is my extra addition to the Top 10 list and I believe it’s one of the most important ones. This piece provides you with the names of resources that feature most recent articles on small business and entrepreneurship. These are the magazines you should follow to stay up-to-date on all relevant news.
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  • Mark

    March 22, 2018

    This is a great idea, what a nice thing to do Daniela. Thank you very much.

  • Busy Mum

    March 23, 2018

    Some excellent links here. Much appreciated.

  • Annalise

    March 23, 2018

    It’s nice to see a professional offering others good advice! When I first started looking into beginning my own business, though it was a few years back now, it did feel at times as if those who were already successful were less than keen on imparting with their knowledge. This is very much appreciated. A great site as well.

  • Daniela Bucatele

    March 25, 2018

    Thank you all. It’s great to get some feedback as it allows me to see what you all want to be reading about. Annalise, several clients still mention this, and I think some professionals don’t like the idea of giving away trade secrets! However, we all have different goals and objectives, and can all learn from one another. Your local chamber of commerce and the internet are always two great places to access for such initial help.

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