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Starting a small business requires a mass of business planning and research. Don’t be overwhelmed though, small business startup is a high-energy stage and what’s needed is the right focus for those energies.

This section covers the basic needs of a successful solo business. You’ll find tips on making the right career choice, working from home, deciding when to start your own business and buying a business, as well as advice on setting business goals and writing a business plan. And if you’re not sure that a solo business is for you, we have a quiz that will help.

Starting an online fashion store? Read this first

15 Apr 15 | Corryn Barakat

You may think you’re ready to launch your sexy, new, online fashion site, but have you thought it through fully? Corryn Barakat shares seven things you need to consider first. Read more

Starting a fashion business

04 Apr 15

Fashion retailing is a hot topic in our forums and in this podcast Elizabeth Formosa talks us through the steps to get it right. Read more

What advice would you give your 18yo self?

01 Apr 15 | Andrew Griffiths

Recently, when reflecting on a 30-year history as an entrepreneur I was asked: “if you were sitting face-to-face with your 18-year-old self, who was just in the process of starting their business, what advice would you give?” Read more

Launch yourself, not your business

25 Mar 15 | Katie McMurray

When you’re launching a new venture it’s easy to get caught up in the service offering and forget it’s you people are wanting to do business with. Read more

Is a detour right for your business?

15 Mar 15 | Lynda Bayada

The road to solo-ship is seldom straight or smooth. So how do you know which detours to take … and which to push through? Read more

Succeeding in your own small café or shop

07 Mar 15

Ken Burgin loves a good café. He can also tell quicksmart if it's a profitable enterprise. Some people simply shouldn't be behind the counter, he tells us who and why. Read more

Want to fly solo? Start here

16 Jan 15 | Vanessa Emilio

If you’re at the cusp of flying solo, it’s an exhilarating and empowering experience. But at times, utterly confusing! Just starting out? Then start here. Read more

Why some creative businesses work and some don't

21 Dec 14

Sophie Andrews is the author of 'Creative Collection’ a practical guide to building a prosperous creative business. In this podcast she shares the key steps to success. Read more

My biz story: From scientist to soloist

19 Aug 14 | Warren Harmer

This article is for people who may one day jump off the metaphorical cliff to enjoy the flight of a lifetime. This is my story, and what I learnt. Read more

Building a scalable product business

06 Jul 14

In this podcast, Tim Dwyer takes time out from his role within KPI's Entrepreneur Brand Accelerator event to explain how a service business can scale through products. Read more

Five must-dos for new consultants

15 Jun 14

John Groarke helps consultants and professional advisors create sustainable, profitable enterprises. In this podcast he shares his top five tips to succeed. Read more

Podcast - Why franchising may suit your business

01 Jun 14

Suzy Jacobs started She Business three years ago and setting up as a franchisor was a no-brainer for her. In this podcast she explains why. Read more

Buying a business? Ask this big question

10 May 14 | Tristan Boyd

Before buying an existing business, ask yourself this one, big question. It could save you a lot of time, money and frustration. Read more

Top ten attributes of a great soloist

16 Apr 14 | Jo Macdermott

Working as a soloist is rewarding but it can also be lonely and challenging. So how do you know if you’re solo-suited? Read on. Read more

Part-time business: How to avoid the pitfalls

19 Mar 14 | Mary Gardam

Building a business on a part-time basis reduces financial risk, but it comes with some drawbacks. Here are my five top tips to help you avoid the pitfalls. Read more

Podcast: Business recovery after a disaster

02 Feb 14 | Tim Reid

In 2009 Dave Stirling lost five businesses in Victoria’s Black Saturday bush fires. Then, after rebuilding, his son was critically injured in a boating accident and was in a coma for months. Read more

Do you have what it takes to start your own business?

31 Jan 14 | Michelle Kvello

Ever thought about casting off the shackles of the nine to five and ditching the boss? Before you resign in a blaze of glory ask yourself these ten questions. Read more

Podcast: How to use transparency as a marketing strategy

22 Dec 13 | Tim Reid

Find out how Daniel Perry from Handyman Startup uses transparency as a marketing strategy to grow his business and how content marketing and podcasting has helped other tradies with their businesses. Read more

All you need to know about copyright – Part 2

21 Dec 13 | Vanessa Emilio

When can you use someone’s copyrighted material? What if someone infringes your copyright? This article answers more of your copyright FAQs. Read more

Tips for buying an existing business

19 Dec 13 | John Corias

Purchasing an existing small business can be less risky than setting up a new business, but only when you take these precautions. Read more

All you need to know about copyright – Part 1

14 Dec 13 | Vanessa Emilio

What is copyright and is your work protected? What about work you post on the internet? This article answers your copyright FAQs. Read more

Great un-expectations: Discoveries from my first year in business

13 Dec 13 | Mary Gardam

No one’s first year in business goes quite as they expect, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s the surprises or ‘un-expectations’ that can be most valuable. Read more

Financing options for micro businesses

30 Oct 13 | Claire Whiteley

Establishing a new business – or growing your current one – usually requires extra funds, but how do you find them? Read more

A guide to your website Privacy Policy

19 Oct 13 | Vanessa Emilio

Who needs one, what should it include and how can you create it? Here’s your essential guide to website Privacy Policies. Read more

Three reasons you shouldn’t copy Terms and Conditions

03 Oct 13 | Vanessa Emilio

When creating Terms and Conditions for your website, you might wonder why you can’t just copy those of a similar business. Here are three key reasons. Read more

Up & Away: Business advice from young entrepreneurs

18 Sep 13 | Jodie McLeod

Small-business success is possible at any age. Here, three young business owners share their inspiring start-up stories, challenges and small business advice. Read more

A guide to website Terms and Conditions

11 Sep 13 | Vanessa Emilio

What are they, who needs them, who can create them, and what should they cover? Here’s your essential guide to website Terms and Conditions. Read more

Podcast: How Matthew Michalewicz founded and sold a software company

04 Aug 13 | Tim Reid

In 2005, Matthew co-founded SolveIT Software, an Australian software company, which he grew from zero to more than 150 employees in seven years, before selling the business for plenty! Read more

Beware ‘confusingly similar’ trade marks

17 Jul 13 | Jacqui Pryor

Have you noticed a business name or logo that’s similar to yours? Whether you have or haven’t registered it as a trade mark, you need to know about the ‘confusingly similar’ rule to avoid trade-mark infringement. Read more

Operating your business as a company

06 Jul 13 | Michael Quinn

Registered companies are the most common and well understood entities for carrying on a business. But is this structure best for your business in terms of costs, tax and legal obligations? Read more

Five trends your solo business can’t ignore

27 Jun 13 | Michelle Kvello

Adapt or die has never been a more relevant mantra for businesses in today’s ever-changing world. Here are five trends that you must be aware of to ensure your business survives. Read more

Should I register a business name or a trade mark?

26 Jun 13 | Jacqui Pryor

What is the difference between a business name and a trade mark, and do you have to register both when starting your business? Chances are, the answer will be ‘yes’. Read more

Six steps to small business success

14 Jun 13 | Bree Vreedenburgh

When starting or reviewing your small business, use the following six steps to steer it in the right direction and maximise your potential for success. Read more

The entrepreneur’s biological clock

12 Jun 13 | Paul Wallbank

Is there a certain age at which entrepreneurs are past their prime? I don’t think so. Here’s why. Read more

Up & Away: Marc Wittenberg, perfume bottle designer

06 Jun 13 | Jodie McLeod

Marc Wittenberg’s line of work is about as niche as it gets. He shares his insights on why being unique is so important in business, and how to do it. Read more

Operating your business as a partnership

11 May 13 | Michael Quinn

If you are starting a business with one or more others, choosing a partnership business structure might seem like the logical option. But there are both advantages and disadvantages you must be aware of before making the choice. Read more

Podcast: Tim Reid explores the Flying Solo story

05 May 13 | Tim Reid

Today, Flying Solo is 57,000 plus members strong and growing daily! Robert Gerrish, the co-founder of Flying Solo, shares the Flying Solo story with Tim Reid. Read more

How the latest changes to IP laws could affect your business

27 Apr 13 | Jacqui Pryor

The Australian intellectual property (IP) system has undergone its biggest overhaul in decades. Here are some key changes and their implications for small businesses. Read more

How do you know the right time to start?

17 Apr 13 | Emma Grey

If you’re wondering when is the right time to begin a new project, face a new challenge or even start a business, the following signs will help you decide. (Hint: it might be sooner than you think.) Read more

Running your business as a sole trader

12 Apr 13 | Michael Quinn

As the simplest form of business structure to set up and relatively inexpensive to start and maintain, being a sole trader definitely has perks. But is it really right for your business? Read more

Up & Away: Secrets to business success

11 Apr 13 | Jodie McLeod

What is the main thing you did in your business that you credit for getting it where it is today? Five successful business owners share their secrets. Read more

Podcast: A cool cafe in a not so cool part of town

24 Mar 13 | Tim Reid

This is the story of a brave 25 year old entrepreneur who recently graduated from a Marine Zoology university degree to live his passion – COFFEE! Read more

Structuring your new business

12 Mar 13 | Michael Quinn

You’ve decided you want to start your own business. One of the key decisions you now need to make is which structure will work best. Read more

Podcast: From $10 an hour to six-figure business owner

10 Mar 13 | Tim Reid

Four years ago (at age 22) George Ryan was working 55 hours a week for a lumber yard, making $10/hour to provide for his wife and daughter, and had no sort of higher education. He decided he hated his job, and intentionally set out to start an internet co Read more

Up & Away: Paul von Bergen, owner of Billabong Retreat

07 Mar 13 | Jodie McLeod

A retail business gone bust and an unhealthy relationship with money led Paul von Bergen to rebuild his life through yoga, and to open a yoga retreat. But is living the dream all it’s cracked up to be? Read more

Four things I learnt from starting my business

31 Jan 13 | Dan Norris

When starting my new business recently, there were four key things I learnt – and did – that really kicked it off to a flying start. Here they are. Read more

Podcast: Franchising – Is it for you?

27 Jan 13 | Tim Reid

In this podcast, Tim Reid talks to Greg Nathan, a leading franchise consultant in Australia, about the dos and don'ts of franchising. Read more

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31 Dec 12 | Advertorial

Get this! We’ve taken all we know about running your own business and printed it on PAPER! It's like an eBook, but cooler. What a gift! Grab yours now. Read more

Podcast: How to start a business in 54-hours

23 Dec 12 | Tim Reid

Imagine walking in to a room full of budding entrepreneurs with a vague idea for a new business, then 54 hours later having that idea validated and a team behind it ready to take it to market. Well that’s exactly what happened to Joshua Rea. Read more

Up & Away: Eddie Machalaani, Bigcommerce

20 Dec 12 | Jodie McLeod

Bigcommerce co-founder and co-CEO Eddie Machalaani talks to Jodie McLeod about growing your business and how to achieve online retail success. Read more

Written agreements: Things to keep in mind

13 Dec 12 | Jacqui Pryor

Every business owner will likely be party to various written agreements in the course of running their business. Here are some important points to consider before signing the dotted line. Read more

Crowdfunding for small business: Getting started

16 Nov 12 | David Solomon

If you’re considering crowdfunding as a way to finance your business project, here’s how to get the ball rolling. Read more

Trade mark infringement explained

15 Nov 12 | Jacqui Pryor

How do you know if your trade mark is being infringed, and what should you do about it? Read on for the answers. Read more

The seven deadly small business start-up sins and how to avoid them

01 Nov 12 | Michelle Kvello

Starting a new business is a daunting step. Here are the seven expensive mistakes that every small business start-up needs to avoid. Read more

Up & Away: Matt Barrie

25 Oct 12 | Jodie McLeod

CEO of Freelancer.com Matt Barrie talks to Jodie McLeod about starting a business, how to be a successful entrepreneur and the touchy subject of offshore outsourcing. How can small Australian businesses survive in the global economy? Read more

Crowdfunding for small business: An introduction

24 Oct 12 | David Solomon

Everyone from creatives to entrepreneurs and charities are using crowdfunding to kick-start their ventures, so it’s no wonder micro business owners want a piece of the action. Here are fundamentals of crowdfunding for small business. Read more

International trade mark registration tips when exporting products

20 Sep 12 | Jacqui Pryor

You may have registered your trade mark in Australia, but that won’t protect your brand in other countries if exporting your products. Follow these tips for international trade mark registration and be on the safe side. Read more

Up and away: Alexia Sinclair

30 Aug 12 | Jodie McLeod

Photographic and digital artist Alexia Sinclair tells Jodie McLeod about the multilayered business of being a professional artist. Read more

Five things soloism has taught me

28 Aug 12 | Jayne Tancred

Today marks four years since I left the corporate jungle, so I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learnt from my soloist adventure so far. Here are a few of my highlights. Read more

The Flying Solo Story: How it all began

01 Aug 12 | Robert Gerrish

In this podcast, recorded in August 2012, Brendan Tacey from Aspire Radio talks to Flying Solo founder, Robert Gerrish. Read more

Correct use of registered trade marks: Know your rights

26 Jul 12 | Jacqui Pryor

So you’ve registered a trade mark, but now what? Do you fully understand your rights relating to registered trade marks and how you can or cannot use ithen Read more

Transitioning from full-time work to working for yourself

19 Jul 12 | Kathryn Hocking

The transition from full-time work to working for yourself is filled with a mix of excitement and nervousness, especially when breaking away from your employer. Read more

Five things to remember when registering a trade mark

13 Jun 12 | Jacqui Pryor

Registering a trade mark can be a tricky business for soloists. Get it right first go with these essential tips. Read more

Five benefits of registering a trademark

24 May 12 | Jacqui Pryor

Why should you consider registering a trademark? Here are just some of the benefits only a registered trademark can bring your business. Read more

The easy-entrepreneur boom

07 Feb 12 | Robert Gerrish

It’s a wonderful thing that we live in a time where the lure of the entrepreneur is at such a high. But is ease of access coming at the cost of creating businesses with staying power? Read more

How to launch a business for under $1000

26 Jan 12 | Kathryn Hocking

Is it possible to brand, market and launch a new business for under a grand? I did it – and so can you – in ten easy steps. Read more

Think differently: lessons from Steve Jobs

18 Oct 11 | Jayne Tancred

The recent passing of Steve Jobs got me wondering what the rest of us mere mortals could learn from such a visionary businessman and creative genius. Read more

Three key lessons for small business

11 Oct 11

In his interview with Robert, Roland Hanekroot provides some food for thought on purpose, control and time management. Read more

Get a multi-million dollar attitude

31 Aug 11 | Lucinda Lions

Who better to share inspiring business tips than someone who built a multi-million dollar business with just $50 in his pocket? Read more

Business legal issues for start-ups

08 Jan 11 | Richard Stewart

One of the most daunting aspects of starting a new business is unravelling all the business legal issues that could affect you and your new venture. Read more

Step-by-step guide to importing from China

08 Nov 10 | Matthew Edwards

If you’re looking to get a product manufactured in China, you’ll need to understand the process and timelines involved. This step-by-step guide covers the basics of importing from China. Read more

Stop with the stopgaps

02 Nov 10 | Jayne Tancred

Lots of soloists in start up mode make cheap and cheerful choices, stopgaps, with the intention of switching to something more sophisticated later. Read more

Business lessons from cake baking

20 Oct 10 | Robert Gerrish

In this short video, Julia Bickerstaff shares some analogies between baking a cake and building a business. Read more

Chinese suppliers: Do your due diligence

24 Sep 10 | Matthew Edwards

When considering potential Chinese suppliers, careful planning and due diligence are needed in order to protect your business and investments. Read more

Importing from China - tips and advice on where to start?

20 Aug 10 | Matthew Edwards

Importing from China could save you thousands of dollars, but can also be daunting and risky. Here’s what you need to know to get started. Read more

What stops you starting your own business?

13 Jul 10 | Peter Crocker

A friend recently completed his first successful year as a solo business owner. His synopsis: “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” Well, there are lots of reasons that stop people starting their own business. Read more

The 7 deadly sins of buying a small business

20 Oct 09 | Craig Reid

Are you looking at buying a small business? Perhaps you are a business owner looking to snap up an additional business or are craving an escape from the rat race. Either way, there are seven sins all potential purchasers must avoid… Read more

What makes you start your own business?

14 Sep 09 | Peter Crocker

I always had a desire to work for myself one day. But for me, when it came to taking the plunge, it was a total knee-jerk reaction with no inkling of a business plan. Is that the norm or the exception when you start your own business? Read more

Run your own business: There are no downsides

23 Mar 09 | Sam Leader

I realised how lucky soloists are when having a conversation with a friend who couldn’t decide whether or not to leave her job to run her own business. Read more

Freelancing: Ready to work for yourself?

26 Feb 09 | Bronwyn Simmonds

Before going solo, I imagined freelancing was similar to flying like a bird. That sense of being uninhibited, boundless and the sky being the limit. No more instant coffee or people stealing your food out of the fridge were additional perks. Read more

Corporate redundancy: A survivor's story

23 Oct 08 | Jack Fraenkel

Are you facing corporate redundancy and wondering whether now is the time to start your own business? This story could be just the motivation you need for flying solo. Read more

Starting my own business: If only I'd known!

16 Sep 08 | Grant Hyman

I'm not a big believer in crying over spilt milk. However I’ve recently been considering what I might like to have known before starting my own business. I look forward to learning from your own comments on the topic! Read more

Mistakes made by start up micro businesses

31 Jul 08 | Heather Smith

In my work life, I come in contact with a lot of start up micro businesses and have discovered some of the mistakes they have made. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to learn from them, and hopefully avoid the same mistakes ourselves. Read more

Why start your own small business?

25 Feb 08 | Peter Crocker

When talk turns to starting your own small business, there’s never a shortage of peopleo tut-tuting to themselves... “Most small businesses fail you know.” “Never go into business with family.” “Don’t borrow from friends.” And so it goes on. Read more

Thinking of starting a small business?

01 Oct 07 | Sam Leader

We know this newsletter’s readership includes a number of individuals who would love to fly solo, but aren’t. If you’re thinking of starting a new small business, then this one’s for you. Read more

Business start up tips: Things I'm glad I did

05 Jun 07 | Peter Crocker

In a previous article on business start up tips I listed four things I wish I'd done from day one of my solo business. This time, on a more positive note, I'm looking at five things I'm glad I did. Read more

Business start up tips: Things I wish I'd done

15 May 07 | Peter Crocker

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, isn't it? I've been in my solo business for five years now and in looking back, can see four simple business start up tips that I wish I'd implemented from day one. Read more

Handling fear in your new business ventures

22 Feb 07 | Linda Anderson

So you've taken the plunge and are going it alone. Good for you! Commonly, though, new soloists find they get the nerve to start their own new business ventures, only to find that once they're up and running, new anxieties are taking their place. Read more

Overcoming fear of running your own business

23 Jan 07 | Linda Anderson

It's normal to experience fear of running your own business before starting up. Even those with a strong desire to do their own thing feel this fear, and need to overcome it to move forwards. Read more

Setting up your own business

10 Oct 06 | Barb Clews

The earlier you are aware of your rights and obligations when setting up your own business, the better. Here's an overview of things to consider before starting. Read more

Four questions to ask if you want to work for yourself

15 Aug 06 | Barb Clews

How do you turn your dreams of going it alone into a reality? Here are four questions dealing with self-analysis which will help you discover whether you have what it takes to work for yourself. Read more

Seven learnings from starting my own business

31 Jan 06 | Diane Lee

I had always been interested in starting my own business, but if you're a teacher, communicator, manager, writer and editor what can you actually offer that people need? I learned the answers in my first six months of starting my own business. Read more

Is now the right time to start your own business?

03 Nov 05 | Peter Crocker

How do you know exactly when the time is just right to take the plunge and start your own business? The answer is surprisingly simple: never. Read more

Ten tips on how to start your own business

26 Oct 05 | Megan Tough

If you want your new solo business to flourish, it makes good sense to review these tips on how to start your own business. Read more

New business ventures: Expect the best, but watch your back

08 Sep 05 | Paul J. Morris

As soloists we need to let positive energies drive our new business ventures. However at the same time we need to watch our backs. Read more

The joy of starting a side business

02 Sep 05 | Peter Crocker

“Ditch the corporate job and go it alone” they say “Life is not a rehearsal!” But realistically, it’s hard to chuck in a good job. Have you considered starting a side business? Read more

Crucial questions for small business start ups

06 Jul 05 | Robert Gerrish

New small business start ups require plenty of planning. Here are five questions that all aspiring small business owner’s need to consider. Read more

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