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The Solopreneur Life

  • Follow Your Solopreneur Dreams
    John Greenleaf Whittier said “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.” It’s interesting that 5 of’s 12 regrets deal with not following your dreams. Don’t wish away your life. Follow your Solo…
    - 21 Apr 17, 8:03pm -
  • The Solopreneur Life Membership
        I’ve spent the last couple of years researching and looking at various business models, tweaking and testing to see if they could be run by one person without a team or employees… I came up with 24 proven Solopreneur business models… Eac…
    - 18 Apr 17, 9:03pm -
  • Can You Improve Your Solopreneur Mindset?
    Some people are naturals at Solopreneurship. They know how to generate business as easily as eating their breakfast. They seem to have a great business mindset. For others, they struggle with business and it could be because they don’t have that sa…
    - 13 Apr 17, 11:59pm -
  • Solopreneur Mentors
    The Best Solopreneur Mentors Are The Ones You Can Model Modeling is the key to shortening the learning curve. The old saying “it takes 5 years to get a new business off the ground”, is certainly true, but there is a HACK to this timeline. If you…
    - 12 Apr 17, 6:31am -
  • Do You Have a Good Business Model? Use This Assessment to Find Out
    Business model is a term that a lot of people talk about, but few are able to explain thoroughly. For example, how often have you heard people say, “Apple has a great business model.” Super. Why is it great? The authors of “Value Proposition De…
    - 11 Mar 15, 2:22pm -
  • My Top 10 Newsletter Items So Far for 2015
    Today I studied the most-clicked-on items in my newsletter for 2015. I compiled a Top 10 and thought you’d like to see it. *Sigh* a story from that had a Taboola-style headline (I hate Taboola) ranked number-one. But I was happy that four s…
    - 10 Mar 15, 6:35pm -
  • Forks In the Road for Solopreneurs
    I‘ve been thinking about the forks in the road that we face in our solopreneur lives. Some of the forks are big ones, and making the wrong choice can have huge ramifications for our businesses. For example, should I quit my job — or not? Other fo…
    - 8 Mar 15, 6:56pm -
  • How to Create Lead Magnets That Convert
    Every online-marketing pro talks about the importance of growing your list. They’re right, of course. But if you’re a solopreneur who provides client-facing services, how do take your website traffic and turn it into new business? Specifically, h…
    - 21 Feb 15, 6:21pm -
  • This Easy List-Building Tweak Has Boosted My Newsletter Opt-In Rate 345 Percent
    Six weeks ago I made an easy list-building tweak. Since then I’ve experienced a 345-percent increase in the number of newsletter signups I receive per month at my website. And if you’re like me, you’ll want to kick yourself when you learn how s…
    - 16 Feb 15, 5:50pm -
  • How to Write the Perfect About Page: Prove You’re Not a Gangster
    If your business gets leads and clients online, then the one and only objective of your “About” page is to eliminate any suspicion that your website is a front for organized crime. I’m not kidding about this at all. You know that you’re not a…
    - 9 Feb 15, 6:31am -

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 -

  • 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

  • New Year Activism Challenge for Americans of Conscience
    Resolve for the cause I know, I know. Everyone does resolutions they promptly forget in a matter of weeks (or days?). Still, I propose this challenge for the cause of perseverance, not just habit. 2020 elections are three years away. November electio…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Dec 17, 6:50am -
  • December reflection questions for activists
    A time for thoughtful questions When I worked with college students, we always paused at the end of a volunteer service project to explore its meaning. Whether we walked adoptable dogs, painted houses, or planted trees, we’d openly share our reacti…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Dec 17, 2:35am -
  • Happy anniversary, Americans of Conscience!
    One year ago today, I showed up late for a meeting in a basement. “Please come,” a friend had said in invitation. “It’ll help you feel better.” My coffee order took forever. I wasn’t sure where the meeting was. I wandered around the coffe…
    - 59 days ago, 19 Nov 17, 10:11am -
  • Hopeful post-election thoughts from one year ago

    - 70 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 6:30pm -
  • Celebrating and reflecting on a year of growth
    When I worked with college students engaged in volunteerism, we always stopped at the end of a project to talk about what the experience meant to them. Whether it was walking adoptable dogs or planting trees in a sanctuary, we’d share impressions a…
    - 80 days ago, 29 Oct 17, 11:38pm -
  • A challenge: Do this single radical, democratic act
    You know the guy… There’s a man in my life. His name isn’t important, but when I describe him, you’ll probably think of someone you know like him. He’s white. He’s conservative. He watches FOX News. And when he talks about politics, his f…
    - 83 days ago, 26 Oct 17, 4:25pm -
  • 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…
    - 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,…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -


  • newHome office in a box
    If you are strapped for space and you need a workspace for you house or apartment, you may want to check out the CI Desk from Creative Industrial Objects.Post written by Matt
    - 2 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 8:00pm -
  • newAsk Unclutterer: Dealing with a prolific gift-giver
    A reader who goes by the name of Overwhelmed wrote in with this dilemma. I am newly married and my mother-in-law and I have a strained relationship. She tends to show her affection by buying things and she goes way … ContinuedPost written by Jacki…
    - 7 hours ago, 17 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
  • Organize your medicine chest
    Last year we shared some advice on organizing a medicine chest. Now that cold and flu season is upon us, I want to revisit the topic with a few more best-practice tips and tricks. As Erin previously stated, don’t store … ContinuedPost written by…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
  • Making your resolutions a reality
    On either the last day of the old year or the first day of the new year, many of us created lists of resolutions. If you’re like me, getting organized appeared in some fashion on this list. For example my … ContinuedPost written by Erin Doland
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 8:00pm -
  • The only way past is through it
    In a recent interview with Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project, author Greer Hendricks hit the nail on the head when it comes to overcoming procrastination. When faced with a task she doesn’t feel like doing she reminds herself that “the ……
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
  • The inefficiency of a cluttered car
    Whether you work out of your vehicle or you have a few children to tote around, make sure your vehicle is clutter free.Post written by Matt
    - 5 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 8:00pm -
  • How consistent are you?
    I have a great app, called TimeHop, that reminds me each day of what I’ve posted on social media one year ago, two years ago, and so on. The other day it reminded me of a word I’d chosen to … ContinuedPost written by Alex Fayle
    - 5 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
  • Ask Unclutterer: Where can I donate stuffed animals?
    Reader Darlene recently asked the following question in the comment section of the post What to do with those old toys: I have bags of slightly used stuffed animals. I’ve found most places like hospitals and day care center don’t … ContinuedPos…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
  • Take-out menu filer
    Every time you get a take-out menu, put it in a binder for easy access.Post written by Jerry Brito
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
  • More little changes that make a big difference
    In his post about simple living and labour-saving devices, Unclutterer PJ stated that technology in the service of simple living can help us save time. Unclutterer Jeri showed us that certain tools can help make organizing a little bit easier … Con…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 3:00pm -