You should never stop learning, especially as a business owner. There are always new topics to learn and skills to perfect. Thankfully, you no longer have to sit in a classroom for solid advice. From podcasts to online courses, there is no shortage of free ways to learn online.
YouTube is a platform many successful entrepreneurs use to share their knowledge and expertise. Business News Daily talked to business owners about what accounts and celebrities they follow on YouTube for business advice, knowledge and inspiration. Here are eight accounts every business owner should follow.
1. Marie Forleo
Marie Forleo is a life coach, motivational speaker and author. According to her YouTube channel, the mission of her videos are to "help you realize your greatest potential and use your unique talents to change the world."
"I love the Marie Forleo YouTube account – her videos are funny, engaging, and teach real lessons," said Stacy Caprio, owner of Her.ceo. "She also interviews experts, and their insights are always worth watching as well."
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2. Noah Kagan
Noah Kagan is an American businessman who has worked for Facebook and Mint and is the founder of Sumo Group. He makes videos about how to start and grow a business.
"Noah gives actionable and practical advice on how to market your startup, from Facebook ads to SEO to Google AdWords," said Zach Hendrix, co-founder of GreenPal. "Simply put, this is one of the best free YouTube channels you can watch if you wanted to start your own small business or your own e-commerce business."
Gary Vaynerchuk is one of the most popular entrepreneurs, authors and internet personalities. He's the founder of VaynerMedia and VaynerX and is known for his digital marketing and social media expertise.
"The controversial entrepreneur with millions of followers delivers value to entrepreneurs every single day," said Marcus Karoumi, marketing manager at Page Anchor. "He might be a bit cliche sometimes, but once you start watching his videos, you can't stop being inspired! He especially delivers value to those who are in the early stage of starting a business."
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4. Tom Bilyeu
Tom Bilyeu is an entrepreneur, co-founder of Quest Nutrition and host of the podcast "Impact Theory." The show's mission is "to free people from The Matrix. Said another way, we want to end the poverty of poor mindset." Episodes feature well-known guests and provide motivation and advice.
"Tom is an unbelievable host to my all-time favorite podcast," said Michael Leonard, creator of Inspire Your Success. "Not only does he have the most world-class guests, but he also picks their brain to deliver tons of value. I love how [he] focuses on mindset [and] on how the guests had to overcome obstacles in their personal and business lives."
While the TED Talks channel isn't a single YouTube celebrity, it has inspiring content in abundance. The channel provides the best ideas from the TED Conference, and a new video is added every weekday.
"Entrepreneurship is all about ideas and making ideas into reality," said Brock Blake, CEO and founder of Lendio. "TED Talks is all about ideas articulated. If you love to learn, then you probably love TED Talks. You can find a talk on virtually any topic, and most of them are fantastic and packed with inspiration."
Valuetainment is hosted by Patrick Bet-David, entrepreneur and CEO of the PHP Agency. His show tackles complex leadership, management and entrepreneurial ideas. It posts news videos four days a week, including motivational videos, case studies and how-tos.
"Patrick does a great job of presenting quality information for entrepreneurs at different stages," said Boyd Norwood, president of SEO.com. "He gives real advice based off his own experience and helps entrepreneurs set proper expectations for how much work is involved."
Dr. Neeta Bhushan is a best-selling author, social entrepreneur and leadership coach. Her channel is designed to take the serious conversations about entrepreneurship and make them fun.
"Neeta Bhushan's videos are really funny yet on point, highlighting the most common cliches about entrepreneurial culture," said media connector Natasha Zolotareva. "It's both: [It's] entertaining but also gives a feeling of 'I'm not alone in this as an entrepreneur.'"
8. Neil Patel
Co-founder of Neil Patel Digital and bestselling author Neil Patel's YouTube account provides marketing and SEO advice for businesses.
"One who stands out is Neil Patel, mostly because his videos provide actionable insights," said John Matyasovsky, digital marketing specialist at Add Positions. "While some of his methods are questionable and should not be taken as gospel, he separates himself from other internet entrepreneurs by giving useful tips that marketers can execute themselves."