How I built a successful online business. Pic by Andrew Morfeww

I’ve been kind of a serial, organic entrepreneur my whole life. If I came across a problem, and inspiration struck, I would start a new business; working long hours, pouring time and energy into bringing a new product or service into the world.

Satisfying? Rewarding? You bet. But more often than not my startups ended up with… mixed results.

Pursuing different ideas on a semi-regular basis is a fun way to be an entrepreneur. There’s always a period of sheer excitement that comes with working on a ‘great new venture’. But what I learned is that it often takes time to fully understand an idea. By which I mean,

Save money shopping. Pic by Ken Teegardin

Finding the best deals on Amazon (regardless of whether it is for the home or business/office) is about gathering & analyzing sales, coupon and price data to empower informed buying decisions aimed at saving money and spending wisely.

There are a whole bunch of well established price tracker websites that monitor changes in prices for products over time. These can help shoppers decide if they're getting a good deal or not by providing a price history with which to compare the current price.

Deals & Discounts on Home Office Equipment

I'm starting a side hustle and I want to kit out my home office with everything I need to get my business up and running cheaply - from deals on a desk and chair to PC (or laptop), printers, stationery... you name it.

The trick to finding the best deals is not necessarily to shop around, but to know the price of all the items you need on a big online retailer, like Amazon. It's actually quite easy to do this. We've all heard of price trackers, like RankTracer right?

WAH with your own freelance writing job. Pic by Evelina Ander

Believe it or not, it is entirely possible to hire yourself as a freelance writer and turn that part-time job into a successful business that earns decent money and gives you the freedom to work from home (or anywhere you want).

The Internet has an insatiable demand for content, making freelance writing one of the most popular WAH (Work At Home) job choices for thousands of bloggers and journalists around the world. This is because virtually every aspect of digital marketing relies, to some degree or another, on great underlying content.

The best software for online business. Pic by Guy Sie.

We've put together a dream team list of the best software and services designed to help start and grow a small (online & home) business easily and cheaply, with as little admin and effort as possible.

To improve your chances of successfully starting an online business (especially if it's an eCommerce store) it's vital to select not only the best individual software solutions (& services), but also the ones that work and integrate seamlessly with each other.

Unfortunately, it's not always easy to do this.

Small Business Accounting Software Reviews. Pic by Matthew Hine

Bookkeeping, taxes, accounting, and a host of other financial and administrative tasks are vital to keep your small business running smoothly and profitably - even if you hate having to spend countless hours doing it.

In order to stay competitive, companies (in particular, home businesses or small businesses without the resources to hire a dedicated accountant) need to make use of cutting-edge online accounting systems (i.e. cloud based) that offer huge potential for integrations that can save a lot of man-hours.

SEO Guide. Pic by Dinukshan Kuruppu

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important because it can mean the difference between capturing high page rankings in Google, for relevant keywords, and remaining undiscovered and anonymous.

Web traffic is the lifeblood of any blog or business that relies on the Internet to generate leads and make sales. Organic traffic from search engines is generally the largest (and most valuable), single source of traffic making it a vital component of any successful online venture.

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With more and more people becoming involved in order fulfilment here's going to be a need to ensure that deliveries are completely safe and untouched (i.e. being guaranteed no-one has touched sensitive legal or banking documents, or sneezed on your food).

Design and market a smart lockbox that will only open with a code given to the customer upon purchase (and comes with an app linking order numbers to codes). When your package arrives, tap or scan in the code to unlock.

This ensures that even if a delivery gets misplaced no-one has access to it until it arrives at your door.