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The Solopreneur Guide

  • Should a Millennial Run Your Social Media Program?
    Who is the best person to manage your day-to-day social media content? Many small businesses turn the responsibility over to someone on the team who is young and hip, roughly between the ages of 18 to 25, also known as the Millennial or Generation Y…
    - 16 Oct 12, 1:05pm -
  • Do You Have an Agile Online Marketing Plan?
    If you’ve paid any attention to the changes within the marketing world, especially online, you’ve seen ongoing stories of new and emerging social media networks and new and updated search engine algorithms. How are you adjusting your marketing st…
    - 14 Oct 12, 7:03pm -
  • Facebook Fan Pages vs. Branding Sites
    The population in the virtual nation of Facebook is approaching the 1 billion mark. Even with some recent news where Facebook admitted that some of these profiles were fake there still is a sizeable population on the social network. In a recent surve…
    - 28 Sep 12, 10:11pm -
  • 6 Sources for Creating a Consistent Flow of Marketing Content
    Frequency and consistency are keys to creating successful marketing campaigns. If you want the market to get to know you, you have to “touch” them regularly with quality content. This can be very difficult for solopreneurs, and small and medium-s…
    - 21 Sep 12, 5:14pm -
  • 5 Facebook Stats You Probably Didn’t Know About Marketing Your Business
    Sure, Facebook is the king of the social media hill now, but just a few years ago, many business owners thought it was another fad for business use. Do you still feel the same way? Let’s take a look at five recent Facebook stats included in HubSpot…
    - 13 Sep 12, 5:30pm -

Solopreneur.biz

  • Are You Committing the Cardinal Sin in Social Media Marketing?
    “Thou shalt not be boring.” That’s rule #1 in content and social media marketing in this day and age. Your currency on the web, whether we’re talking about blog posts on your own site or social media shares, is the attention of your readers.…
    - 24 Mar 15, 1:00pm -
  • You, Inc: What It Means to Incorporate Your Solo Business – And a Few Alternatives
    Many – if not most – solopreneurs begin business life without taking the extra step of creating a formal corporate structure for their businesses. But at some point along the line, you might begin to wonder if incorporating makes sense, perhaps a…
    - 17 Mar 15, 1:00pm -
  • 5 Surprising Reasons Why Affirmations Aren’t Making You Successful
    Do any of the following statements sound the least bit familiar? “Your mindset is all that matters.” “Keep positive thoughts front and center – don’t let yourself think negatively!” “Like attracts like – think only of what you want, n…
    - 11 Mar 15, 1:45pm -
  • How to Evaluate New Apps and Tools for Your Solo Business
    Whether you’re an early adopter or a late-to-the-party person, if you’re a solopreneur then you know: technology isn’t optional anymore. But nothing can cause more anxiety in a busy solopreneur’s life than the prospect of having to choose a n…
    - 4 Mar 15, 1:00pm -
  • How to Start a Meetup for Local Solopreneurs in Your Area
    The phrase “I don’t get out much” could apply to so many of us solopreneurs! Modern technology and the internet have made it so easy for us to do our work from the comfort of our own home offices that quite often, we simply don’t have a need…
    - 25 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
  • 4 Reasons to Vision Your Way to Solopreneur Success
    If you’ve ever taken a road trip, chances are pretty good you followed at least some of the following steps before you left home: Filled up the car’s tank with gas and checked the air in the tires … Checked the weather forecast and packed accor…
    - 18 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
  • Your All-Purpose 8-Step Launch Plan for 2015
    Is there any subject more confusing, more frustrating, or more daunting to the solopreneur than the prospect of launching a new product or service? Just a simple, straight-forward Google search for “launch plan advice” can be overwhelming to even…
    - 11 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
  • The Dangers of Newsjacking
    Newsjacking, in case you haven’t heard the term before, is the act of “tagging along for the ride” on an issue or current event that’s gaining traction in the world for the purposes of marketing your business. Here’s an example: If Kim Kard…
    - 4 Feb 15, 1:10pm -
  • How to Capture More Leads on Your Business Website
    What’s the number one thing your website needs? Did you answer “more traffic,” or “more comments on my blog posts”? A lot of very smart business owners might. They’d be wrong, though. In fact, the only thing your website needs to do is to…
    - 28 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • How to Know When to Leave a Social Media Site
    Resolved: In 2015, let’s stop wasting time on social media marketing channels that don’t actually work. By “work,” I mean “produce results that are favorable to your business and/or help you reach your business goals.” But how do we separ…
    - 21 Jan 15, 1:00pm -

Inspired Home Office

  • Just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s not working
    Being actively involved in democracy, engaging with our government and policy-makers on a daily basis can be a furiously frustrating process. The challenges you are taking on are so dangerous and important and serious that almost everything you do ca…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 6:43pm -
  • Sleeping near a forest fire
    It isn’t exactly the kind of situation you go looking for, pitching your tent mere miles from a forest inferno, sleeping on the ground zipped up into a sleeping bag. But it exactly what is happening in America right now. On the precipice of danger,…
    - 46 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 5:01pm -
  • Dream Bigger: Inspiration and encouragement for activists and adventurers
    An invitation Four years ago, I heard a little whisper tell me I would walk an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain. The trail is five hundred miles through forest, fields, and villages—to a city called Santiago de Compostela. Now. I like natur…
    - 93 days ago, 25 Jun 17, 8:29pm -
  • An action a day and a postcard giveaway!
    The giveaway is closed, but read the comments for excellent, fun ideas for fitting action into your life. When Erika Leaf, creator of Democracy Postcards at Collective Vision, sent me a pack as a gift, I loved them immediately. They’re full of ins…
    - 8 Jun 17, 11:47pm -
  • Strange bedfellows: The odd, yet heartening new age of American politics
    The first time I read about environmentalists and hunters working together to preserve habitat in the Pacific Northwest, it was a head scratching moment. On one side, the planet protectors believed in the purity of unspoiled nature. On the other, hun…
    - 23 May 17, 11:38pm -
  • 6 months down: A reminder for tender-hearted activists
    You’re making a difference. It’s been exactly six months since the election, and change feels glacial. If you’re making calls and being engaged, it may feel like you’re shouting into a vortex. Like nothing is happening. However. Your voice is…
    - 16 May 17, 9:23pm -
  • The power of vision in daunting times
    Kate had a vision. My 12-year-old niece loved her dog and chocolate-crested gecko, but a cat was what she wanted most of all. “No,” her parents said. “We already have animals.” “But we don’t have a cat,” she replied. “Cats scratch fu…
    - 12 Apr 17, 5:14pm -
  • When resisting makes you weary
    A good friend confessed to me yesterday, “I just can’t anymore. I can’t listen to what’s going on and still stay sane. I feel guilty, but I’ve got to pull back.” Maybe you’re feeling it too. People are mentally exhausted, fearful, and d…
    - 26 Feb 17, 6:00am -
  • Insight from a 300-year-old tree
    I’ve been going to the woods lately because it’s a simpler, quieter place than what’s in the news. Walking helps me find grounding inside. On a recent walk, I asked for guidance and insight about what we’re facing lately. I spent the first h…
    - 8 Feb 17, 4:08pm -
  • Self care in uncertain times
    It was a beautiful day of walking across the hot, high plains of Spain. Perfect in every way—except that I was out of water, running a low-grade fever, and feeling homesick on this endless, shadeless stretch of trail. It wasn’t perfect at all. In…
    - 23 Jan 17, 7:46pm -

The Small Business Blog

  • Online Accounting Among Top Tips for New Entrepreneurs
    Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea. Then there are tasks like hi…
    - 53 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 2:27pm -
  • How the Best Hotels Win Repeat Bookings
    Follow these golden rules to build a reputation as a caring bed and breakfast, boutique hotel or national chain, to win repeat bookings. Convincing guests to stay at your hotel for a second or third time is up to eight times cheaper than winning a br…
    - 62 days ago, 26 Jul 17, 3:53pm -
  • Brighton: The Silicon Valley of the United Kingdom?
    We are all aware that the digital revolution has been fully embraced throughout the United Kingdom. As the digital age continues to evolve, there are always some locations which tend to stand out from the rest. One shining example of such technologic…
    - 97 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 9:59am -
  • How to choose a business bank account
    Business banks accounts can offer a wide variety of features and incentives that can make the day-to-day operation of your business that much more smooth and hassle-free. Here we take you through some of the things to consider when choosing your busi…
    - 4 May 17, 3:53pm -
  • Building customer loyalty for small businesses
    Building customer loyalty is an important process for a small business. It helps encourage first-time customers to come back, builds a strong customer base, and can make you stand out from your competitors. So how should you go about achieving custom…
    - 4 May 17, 1:08pm -
  • Creating a unique office space
    Designing your office right is a vital part of creating a well-functioning business. To help you get it right from the outset, we talk you through some workspace design tips for your office. Designing around a theme One of the more important things t…
    - 21 Apr 17, 7:39am -
  • Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business
    There are some very generous tax breaks and reliefs that encourage investors to back your business. 85% of equity crowdfunding is through Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). Also it is common for angels to…
    - 28 Feb 17, 1:21pm -
  • Are there any Pitfalls in Cloud Computing
    Considering cloud computing but you’re concerned about the pitfalls, like security and flexibility? What is cloud computing? Cloud computing is a method of managing and storing data in the same way you would on your computer or local server but via…
    - 16 May 16, 2:40pm -
  • Benefits of corporate hospitality for small businesses.
    For some small businesses corporate hospitality can often be overlooked as an unneeded jolly. In this article we will be examining how in fact this can be an easy preconception and that corporate hospitality can actually bring a wealth of benefits to…
    - 22 Mar 16, 11:23am -
  • 10 Steps to Survive a Business Disaster
    In business, it sometimes pays to take a risk. But in the face of natural disasters, like floods and fires, or criminal activity like cyber hacking, your Recovery Procedure Plan needs to be as safe as houses. After all, everything is on the line. The…
    - 21 Mar 16, 11:10am -

Unclutter

  • newTackling office desk clutter
    Recently I moved into a new office at work, much to my former office mate’s delight. With two desks, two bookshelves, a filing cabinet and a large printer/scanner all crammed into a small room, he and I felt like we … ContinuedPost written by Dav…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Being mindful: National Situational Awareness Day
    Did you know that tomorrow is National Situational Awareness Day? September 26th was officially proclaimed in 2016 as the day that we should take a few minutes to really think about and be mindful of our surroundings. What is situational … Continue…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Thinking ahead about simplifying the holidays
    As the days get shorter here in the Northern Hemisphere and the nights get chillier, I start thinking about the upcoming holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. And this inspired me go to my bookshelf and take another loo…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • More ways to sell and donate your stuff
    Once you’ve done your uncluttering, the final step is to get the unwanted things out of your home or workplace. I’ve written before about the many ways you might do this, and Dave has provided suggestions, too. But now I’d … ContinuedPost wri…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Reader Question: Secret collecting behaviour
    Reader Luna wrote to ask us this unique question: My husband keeps collecting things, especially newspaper and magazine cuttings and he keeps them in separate files. Most of the cuttings are of no use. He does not want to throw … ContinuedPost writ…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • What squirrels can teach us about organization
    The next time you see a squirrel running around, give it an appreciative smile. That’s your fellow organizer right there. As summer yields to autumn, these little fuzzballs are busy gathering nuts that will sustain them during the winter. Scientist…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Are you ready to succeed?
    Last week, I spoke about turning to experts when you want to achieve something, and to develop a plan. Now that you have the plan (in my case, lose weight and eat more healthily), you need to make sure you … ContinuedPost written by Alex Fayle
    - 8 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Celebrating success: a Bullet Journal experiment update
    The first two weeks of September are always the busiest in my day job and usually I get to launch day exhausted, facing a hundred little crises, and with a knot in my stomach because I have not had time … ContinuedPost written by Alex Fayle
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Organizing for disasters: supplies that work and some that don’t
    Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been devastating to so many, and my heart goes out to anyone affected by these storms. My dad lives in Florida, so I followed Irma-related news pretty closely. (Thankfully, my dad is fine.) I got … ContinuedPost writ…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Brussels Sprout Prep Tool
    All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! For those of you who, like me, enjoy Brussels sprouts, the Chef’n Twist’n Sprout Brussels Sprout … Continue…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 2:00pm -