Issue #37: What is your Operating Handbook?

My wife and I have been adjusting to life with a new corgi puppy this week and thus my writing time has been much more limited. But I wanted to ask one question of you.

What resources, articles, books, podcasts, newsletters do you go to for great information and content on running a small business? I’m looking not only to make the podcast better, but conducting general research on what exists out there for guiding small company operators.

Would love to hear about any resources you’ve found most useful. Please forward them along either by emailing me at alex.e.bridgeman@gmail.com or messaging me on Twitter at @aebridgeman


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Capital Notes

  • I didn’t find too much the last two weeks as I’ve been focusing on other upcoming projects, so I only have two resources this week.
  • Liberty had a great interview with David Kim, author of Scuttleblurb, that I found really insightful into building a reader-supported business.
  • This aviation story about a pilot getting sucked partially out of the cockpit of a British Airways flight is astonishing.

If you found an interesting article, podcast, or interview that I missed, please let me know, I’m always looking for interesting stuff.

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