Many people dream of running their own business and being their own boss. However, with success comes an immense amount of responsibility. Between the long hours, piles of paperwork, and never-ending labor, you begin to feel overwhelmed.
Luckily, there is a great community of experts willing to ease your mind and share their advice via Twitter. Many business owners have started using social media for business tips and advice.
These online gurus can help you make your frozen yogurt shop into an international chain. We’ve compiled this list, in no particular order, of the top 10 experts in small business experts.
Some of these mentors will give direct advice, while others may inspire you to build your business into a Fortune 500 company. Either way you should definitely check out their profiles!
Jon Ferrara: @Jon_Ferrara
Jon Ferrara is the founder of Nimble LLC, a web-based social customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Ferrara’s tweets discuss small business issues, leadership advice and search engine optimization tips. He remains ambitious and continues to strive for further success,
Robert Herjavec: @robertherjavec
During the early 90’s, when the dot com craze was about to take off, Herjavec created a small tech business called BRAK systems. This company is now worth 100 million dollars. According to Herjavec, his only regret in life is that he didn’t dream bigger.
Mark Cuban: @mcuban
Everyone knows Mark Cuban as the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks. But, Cuban started out as a small business owner. After working at Your Business Software, Cuban left to start his own company, MicroSolutions. Cuban has since become a successful entrepreneur with his hands in many different markets. His cool factor is enough to attract people to his profile.
Tony Hsieh: @Zappos
Tony Hsieh, an Internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist, is the CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com. He is a talented and successful digital business owner, and is well known as an influential figure on Twitter because he offers tips on social networking. Hsieh believes in taking risks, and it has worked well for him so far.
Anita Campbell: @smallbiztrends
Anita Campbell is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication. Campbell hosts Small Business Trends Radio, where she interviews other small business experts. She also publishes Selling to Small Businesses. Campbell has created an empire and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Melinda Emerson: @Smallbizlady
Melinda Emerson was named Forbes number one Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs. She is also the host of Small Biz Chat and author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months. She is known as the expert for start-ups and using social media for business. She is a go-getter who has never been afraid to try something new.
Rieva Lesonsky: @Rieva
Rieva Lesonsky is the CEO of GrowBiz Media, a consulting company that specializes in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media, Lesonsky was Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s the type of person that dreams big, then makes it happen.
Richard Branson: @Richardbranson
If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than Richard Branson. Branson started with a small record store and now owns Virgin Group, a company comprised of 400 businesses. This man has done a colossal amount of work to get to where he is now and always remembers his humble beginnings. Not only is Branson immensely successful, he’s also a crazy thrill seeker that everyone wants as his or her best friend.
Becky McCray: @BeckyMcCray
Becky McCray is a small town liquor storeowner and cattle rancher in Oklahoma. She used her experience in small business to create smallbizsurvival.com. McCray tweets about the concerns that surround starting and maintaining businessess in small towns. She doesn’t just talk about the issues surrounding small-town businesses and entrepreneurship in a limited market, she lives them.
Neil Patel: @neilpatel
Neil Patel is the co-founder of the popular sites KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg. Patel is a blogger, entrepreneur, and investor. Entrepreneur Magazine has named him one of the top web influencers. On his Google+ page, he describes himself as “kind of a big deal.”
These are our top choices for business leaders you should be following on Twitter. If you think we have left anyone out let us know!
We would love to know, who do you follow for small business advice?
By Alicia Duran | Creatine Marketing