Why spend hours digging the Web just to stay up-to-date when you can have the critical information you need to run your business delivered directly to your inbox through RSS feeds or some of the many e-newsletters out there? Most e-newsletters are offered through free subscriptions, but don't get too carried away as managing your inbox could quickly become a thirty minute daily chore. My advice, limit your subscriptions to between five and ten feeds or e-newsletters that bring what you believe is the most useful news or information aligned with your interests. I will give you a dozen, all of which I currently or at one point in time subscribed to and found useful. Here they are:
1. ABC eWeekly Newsletter (weekly)
What list would be complete without our very own eNewsletter? Small and independent business owners who want to be in-the-know on small business trends, strategies, product reviews and other information critical in helping to run a business should sign up for the ABC eWeekly - which focuses on the issues and events small business owners need to see -- conveniently delivered this to your inbox every week.
2. Small Business Trends eNewsletter (bi-monthly)
Small Business Trends updates you on trends affecting the small business market.
3. Fast Company Fast Take (weekly)
Fast Take keeps you up-to-date on the latest from the magazine, Web-exclusive articles, event highlights, resources, as well as discussions.
4. AllBusiness.com Retail Solutions (bi-weekly)
AllBusiness.com's Retail Solutions is a comprehensive newsletter servicing as a one-stop shop for any entrepreneur trying to succeed in retail.
5. Small Biz eNewsletter (weekly)
For entrepreneurs and small-business owners, a way to keep up-to-date with each week's offerings on Small Biz Online from Business Week magazine.
6. Seth Godin's eNewsletter (weekly)
Anyone interested in the latest in marketing, Godin is the author of nine books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing and new media.
7. BizSugar's Top 10 This Week eNewsletter (weekly)
Have the top 10 most voted for stories on BizSugar.com sent to you each week.
8. PCMag.com Small Business Update (delivery varies)
Designed to bring you reliable information that can help you make better decisions, buy smarter, stay on top of technology in your business, and get more out of the Web.
9. MyNewCompany - Small Business Made Simple (monthly)
A monthly small business newsletter filled with startup information, tips, resources, products and services hosted by MyNewCompany.com, an informational resource site for startup businesses.
10. Logoworks - Inside Small Business Newsletter (monthly)
Each month you'll receive a short newsletter full of helpful ideas and information you can use to help your small business run more effectively, including articles on marketing, finance, employees, customer service, legal advice, and more.
11. GreenBiz.com - GreenBuzz (weekly)
The #1 online news and information resource for aligning environmental responsibility with business success. Over 8,000 resources, including news and feature stories, reports, checklists, case studies, and links to organizations, government agencies, and recognition programs.
12. Fresh Inc. Weblog (daily)
Fresh Inc. brings the Inc.com Weblog to your inbox. Each new posting will be delivered to you directly after it hits the Web.
So with these twelve recommended e-newsletters and of course our own at America’s Best Companies, you should have enough information at your fingertips to never again have to do another Google search for small business help. :)
If I’ve left out any good ones, please feel free to add to the list.