As today’s businesses become increasingly tech-centric with e-commerce, cloud-based platforms, mobile, etc., it’s created a need for entrepreneurs to be on top of technology.
It could even be argued that those who fail to implement technology are at a significant disadvantage and will only find it more difficult to compete in the future. For those who are a bit behind the times, here are four great blogs that cover tech and show small business owners how to use it as a tool for growth.
This site offers “tech insight and news for small business” and contains information on everything from utilizing CRM software and app integrations to payment processing systems and social media marketing.
Whether an entrepreneur is just starting out or has been in the game for years, Small Biz Technology will show them how to use technology to streamline and simplify nearly every aspect of operations to run a 21st century business. A section of the blog that’s particularly helpful is the owner, Ramon Ray’s favorite tools, which includes links to content on website building, sales and marketing software, helpful tech tools, and services.
As the name suggests, this is a resource that focuses on information technology and how it relates to business. Some key areas of this blog include cloud computing, mobility, big data, social media, enterprise apps, and IT management. Each section contains an extensive list of articles and interviews with experts that are designed to give readers an inside edge.
This resource differs from many others because of the of the level of depth it provides – and because it veers away from standard, generic content that saturates much of the Internet these days. There’s even a research center where small business owners can find free whitepapers and webcasts on some of the hottest IT topics. The bottom line is that IT Business Edge is for entrepreneurs who take technology seriously and looking to stay on top of trends.
3) Xero Blog
Xero is a company that specializes in accounting software designed to help business owners save time and manage financials. On the Xero Blog, visitors can find information to help with accounting and technology, as well as general business tips to operate with a higher degree of efficiency.
Whether it’s discussing how bookkeepers can use the cloud to their advantage or which payment acceptance platforms are best for entrepreneurs on the go, this resource helps clarify the topics that are most important to today’s business owner.
Also, the clean aesthetic of this blog and grid layout make it easy to navigate and allows visitors to quickly find what they’re looking for.
Mashable is one of the Internet’s premier sites for everything tech, social media, and pop culture. Since its conception in 2005, this site has become wildly popular and is “a leading global media company that informs, inspires, and entertains the digital generation.” And while their topics run the gamut, Mashable has a nice collection of posts for small business owners – and as might be expected, there’s a heavy emphasis on technology.
For instance, this blog talks about which cloud platforms are best for running a small business, online networking, getting funding, and developing a social media presence just to name a few. All the while, Mashable puts their witty and hip spin on things, which tends to make it popular with millennials.
In this day and age, entrepreneurs who lag behind technology trends usually face an uphill battle and are more likely to struggle. Fortunately, these blogs can be a huge help and will educate small business owners on how they can use tech to their advantage to get ahead.
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