The essentials of running an online service business

- March 2, 2013 3 MIN READ

With thousands of articles to choose from, the resources on Flying Solo can be both inspiring and overwhelming!

To help narrow it down, we asked our Editor, Kelly Exeter to sift through and find the gold. What follows is her qualified view on what are must-read tips, tools and topics for those running an online service business.

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Tips to help your business flourish

It’s easy to assume all of us have the same problems. But we don’t – the challenges we face change depend on where we are on our business journey. This article breaks down the six stages of the average business lifecycle and suggests further reading to address the problems most prevalent at each stage – 28 great tips in all.

Sticking with the ‘six’ theme, we’ve picked out the most popular business building ideas from 2016 – those that most resonated with our community – and grouped them into a couple of bite-size summaries. Killer Tips Part 1 and Killer Tips Part 2

That’s a total of 40 tips! More than enough to get you off and running.

Tools to save you time, money and hassle

There are so many amazing online tools out there that will help you run your business better – from accounting and word processing to file storage and customer relationship management. So many, in fact that it can be impossible to know which to choose!

For a helpful overview, check out these seven digital marketing trends that will give you the edge.

This post shares 10 of the best iPad apps for small business while this one covers the best apps for those of you who are always on the road.

What about options for accounting in the cloud? Find out the difference between MYOB and Xero here while the 5 best add-ons for Xero are broken down here.

This post shares 12 useful tools from survey forms to screen grabbing while these 8 tools will allow you to track your business’s success.

Resources to keep you ahead of the game

Resources that will give your business a significant boost include blogs, podcasts and books. Here’s our take on 5 of the best small business podcasts , and 5 super-helpful business blogs.

When it comes to books, a great place to start is Flying Solo: How to go it alone in business and 20 Simple Shortcuts to Small Business Success which were penned by the Flying Solo team, so naturally we think they’re a worthwhile investment! Meanwhile, no less than 23 books have been reviewed in this ‘Members’ Must Reads’ series.

Still hungry for food for thought?

Here are some more of our favourites. Five reasons running an online business is harder than I thought is an affirming piece for times you may feel discouraged. This article explores how energy is more valuable than time. And for those not quite ready to take the plunge full time, perhaps you can explore the joy of starting a side business.

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