Crowdsourced Business Advice on Quora (Part 2)

Our last post introduced the concept of “crowdsourced” business advice with Quora. To recap, Quora is a site that allows users around the world to ask questions about any topic to seek real-world answers. Answers are upvoted by the community so the best responses rise to the top of the results.

As promised, we’ve curated a list of posts in Quora for your review.

There are 11,300 questions posted under the Quora topic “Small Business Advice”, and 241,000 followers. It’s a true wealth of information. There are related topics suggested that are more specific as well, such as Small Business Marketing, Entrepreneur and Startup Advice, and more.

General advice aside, there are lots of posts you can find about a simple topic such as CRM (customer relationship management) software. Do you have the need to be more organized with keeping track of customer or sales activities? There are many free or low-cost tools with which to achieve this but how to find the best one? Try Quora to get ideas.

Here is a handy list we feel will help small business owners the most:

  1. What is the best way to promote a small business using the internet?

  2. How do I generate B2B leads?

  3. How can outsourcing help small businesses?

  4. What are the most productive ways to spend time on the Internet?

  5. What are the most effective and proven time management techniques?

What do you think? Have you found value from reading or writing on Quora for your small business?
 

Let us know!

Crowdsourced Business Advice: Part 1

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I love Quora. It’s a great way to get sucked into just learning a bunch of things about really random topics, which I guess I could say is my hobby.

What is Quora, you ask? Here is their official description:

Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge. A vast amount of the knowledge that would be valuable to many people is currently only available to a few — either locked in people’s heads, or only accessible to select groups. We want to connect the people who have knowledge to the people who need it, to bring together people with different perspectives so they can understand each other better, and to empower everyone to share their knowledge for the benefit of the rest of the world.”

And

“Quora has content you will feel good about having read. Quora helps you understand why the world works the way it does, why people behave the way they do, and what we can all do to make the world better. Quora provides a personalized feed of insightful answers to questions you hadn’t realized you should ask.”

I love this to just satisfy my own general curiosity about the world, but listen up: it has some pretty good info for you small business owners too. So, today’s random topics that I could imagine disappearing into for an hour or so are:

What habit/decision has saved you a large/huge amount of money?

Or

Who are some famous people whose careers got ruined because they are jerks?

Or

What's the best way to know what other people really think of you?

See what I mean? This post kicks off a series we are going to do highlighting “crowdsourcing” real world business advice for small businesses. Stuff like this What was the biggest mistake in your first entrepreneurship venture?

Next post: Best advice for an entrepreneur from Quora: A Curated List