The 12 Best Small Business Magazines for New Entrepreneurs
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There’s some pretty awesome content available to small business owners and those hoping to make that leap to one day reach that status. Whether you prefer to hold a physical magazine or catch up online, there are loads of websites, blogs, podcasts and videos right at your fingertips covering all sorts of small business topics.
But sometimes having lots of choices can be overwhelming, especially when you’re strapped for time. Dedicating a specific time of day or day of the week where you can read through your favorite small business magazines can help you stay focused during the work day, while also giving you time to stay in-the-know about changes in your industry.
Check out our list of small business magazines and resources worth looking into.
The SBA’s blogs
Although the SBA’s blogs aren’t a magazine, they are absolutely worth reading or subscribing to considering the SBA’s No. 1 purpose is to help small businesses. The blog provides updates on policy changes that could affect small businesses, while also providing a goldmine of information for entrepreneurs. Posts cover a variety of topics, including qualifying for government grants, finding the right franchise, marketing myths and more. The best part is that it’s absolutely free and essentially covers all industries. The SBA’s blogs are great for any entrepreneur in any stage of their business.
SBA Small Business Resource Guide
If any organization should produce a publication that offers tips about navigating the waters of entrepreneurship, it’s the SBA. Its Small Business Resource Guide, published quarterly, is another product from the SBA that’s free to download on the SBA website. This comprehensive guide is great because it offers content that caters to experienced, novice and wannabe business owners regardless of their industry. Articles highlight entrepreneurial success stories, and provide information on things like raising capital, contracting, counseling and training. It also lists local directories.
Cost: A subscription provides eight issues for $19.99 (although you can pay $9.97 through Amazon, which offers 10 issues per subscription) versus the cover price of $5.99 per issue.
Inc. magazine has been around for nearly 40 years and has done a pretty good job of offering fresh and relevant content. Both its print edition and website offer content for startups, businesses looking to expand, and those that have been in the game for a while. Along with providing practical information, such as the best payroll service for your small business, it also steps outside the box and covers topics that are business-adjacent (such as 3 Ways to Overcome a Bad Procrastination Habit, for example). You can sign up to get a daily newsletter delivered to your inbox or, if you prefer auditory content, subscribe to its podcast, Inc. Uncensored.
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Cost: The annual subscription price for both the print and digital edition is $10.99, or $9.99 for either the digital edition or the print edition alone. The in-store cover price is $4.99 per issue.
This business magazine’s title is very clear on who its target audience is: entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur aims to address all the challenges of entrepreneurship and guide readers with important information and insight. The website has video stories on business growth strategies, life lessons from experienced entrepreneurs, motivational content and even podcasts. Its Women/Entrepreneur channel offers online courses for women and allows them to book consultations with qualified experts on various topics, including brand strategy, becoming a public speaker or launching a side business. Its Green/Entrepreneur channel offers content on the cannabis industry, including opening a dispensary and the challenges that come with operating a cannabis-related business.
Cost: An annual subscription costs $10 (plus sales tax), which includes both the print and digital versions. The magazine is “published monthly, except combined issues that count as two.”
Wired magazine is very tech-focused, making it a great publication for those working in up-and-coming and current tech industries. Wired offers great content that is cutting-edge and has been a go-to source for all things tech-related since its inception 25 years ago. You can also subscribe to Wired’s newsletter at no additional cost so the latest tech news is delivered right to your inbox. If you enjoy forward thinking and embracing new technologies, this is definitely the business magazine for you.
Cost: A one-year subscription is currently being offered at a 68 percent discount. This offer provides 14 issues for $20 (compared to $5.99 per issue in-store).
At 101 years old, Forbes magazine is pretty much an American institution. Aside from keeping you abreast on all business-related topics, Forbes is also known for its icon lists, such as “World’s Billionaires” and “30 Under 30.” Forbes also highlights standout businesses on its “Most Innovative Companies” and “Small Giants” lists. Its small business channel showcases stories on creating business plans, tips for creating DIY Facebook page, and how to build a million-dollar business without employees. You can also sign up for one of four Forbes newsletters: Innovation Rx, Next Step, Overworld and Passport. According to its press page, Forbes is No. 1 in the business category C-suite individuals (a corporation’s most important senior executives).
CNBC Make It
As one of its taglines says, CNBC Make It aspires to be “the home for dreamers, doers and game changers.” Launched in March 2016, CNBC Make It, is a “storytelling platform fueled by the entrepreneurial spirit.” This is a great resource to frequent and subscribe to if you’re a startup or have been dreaming of leaving your 9-5 job. Content isn’t solely dedicated to aspiring entrepreneurs, instead offering plenty of news and feature content that is both inspirational and practical for any stage of your entrepreneurial journey. There are relatable stories about little-known entrepreneurs, as well as a healthy helping of celebrity-focused content, such as Donald Glover’s rise from YouTube comic to Emmy Award-winner, and 20-year-old Kylie Jenner joining the “three commas club.”
The Wall Street Journal’s business section
Cost: An annual digital subscription is currently being offered at $19.50 per month for six- or 12-month subscriptions, which cost roughly $5 per week. The digital version gives you access to WSJ.com, as well as its apps, podcasts and Premium Benefits Program. An annual subscription for both print and digital access is currently being offered at $22.50 per month for six months or $31.50 per month for 12-month subscriptions.
The Wall Street Journal covers a wide range of subjects with columns covering politics, the economy, life and arts, world news, business and more. You can find entrepreneur-specific content in its business section which includes content for specific industries, C-Suite content, podcasts, forward-thinking-tech articles and more. Interested in established business and franchise opportunities? WSJ has a business search tool (powered by BizBuySell) that lets interested parties search for businesses that are up for sale.
Cost: An annual subscription to Fast Company includes eight issues for $19.99, which comes out to 70 percent in savings.
Fast Company gives brands “direct access to the most creative business leaders, decision-makers and influencers responsible for driving positive change and innovation nationwide.” It offers stories that target entrepreneurs, as well as employees of varying career levels. Most of its stories are tech-focused, but offer ideas and inspirational pieces for expanding business owners and those looking at new ways to help their business succeed. According to its website, Fast Company readers include opinion leaders (70 percent), early adopters (64 percent), business decision-makers (62 percent), tech influencers (58 percent), C-level executives (44 percent) and entrepreneurial spirited individuals (39 percent).
Cost: A three-month introductory special is currently being offered at $9.99 per month for the All Access subscription (which includes digital and weekly print editions), increasing to $39.99 per month after those initial three months. All Access includes Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Live. Digital access costs $9.99 per month for the first three months and costs $34.99 per month thereafter. The digital access is only for Bloomberg.com and subscriber newsletters.
The digital and print versions of Bloomberg provides insight into the ways global leaders, executives and influencers impact the world. The website has loads of categories such as markets, opinion, technology and videos and podcasts.The Startups channel offers tips on launching a successful startup and features unique stories about small businesses around the globe. The newsletter offers about 15 different subscriptions, depending on what subjects you’re most interested in. Lastly, you can also choose your desired delivery frequency.
Cost: An annual subscription includes 11 issues for $14.95 or 22 issues for $28.50.
Money magazine is more finance-focused than business-focused, offering content on investing, saving and managing your money. The financial lifestyle magazine’s feature columns include travel, investment, retirement, everyday money, real estate and career stories, among others. Check out Money’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business columns for articles relating to entrepreneurship. You can also sign up for Money’s newsletter, read stories online or download the Money app.
Home Business magazine
Cost: An annual subscription is $15 for four issues or $25 for two years (or eight issues).
Home Business magazine’s print and digital versions offer a variety of stories aimed at helping entrepreneurs launch or excel in their home-based businesses. The print edition is published quarterly and you can access the online version anytime at no additional cost. Both versions feature informative stories that cover a wide range of home-based-business topics such as how to be successful at home. HBM also has podcasts, videos and a free newsletter subscription. If you like to read up on home-based business topics frequently, you may want to save your money on the print editions and just visit the website as often as you like.