Entrepreneur Jason Fried offers the most fundamental of all small-business advice: how to get good at making money:
One thing I do know is that making money is not the same as starting a business.
For entrepreneurs, this is an important thing to understand. Most of us identify with the products we create or services we provide. I make software. He is a headhunter. She builds computer networks. But the fact is, all of us must master one skill that supersedes the others: making money.
You can be the most creative software designer in the world. But if you don’t know how to make money, you’re never going to have much of a business or a whole lot of autonomy.