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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 Inc.com’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 Inc.com 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 -

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

  • Please help us share the AoCC with more people
    Numbers equal strength. Last month, my social media team and I created an ambitious, 15-point plan to double the number of AoCC subscribers. Our plan includes: a new website and website copy professional marketing branding and logo design social medi…
    - 14 Jul 18, 10:47pm -
  • Heartening: A community stands with neighbor detained by ICE
    Pablo Villavicencio is married to an American citizen and has two young daughters. He has a pending green card application, no criminal history, and is a tax-paying member of his community in New York. He was delivering pizzas to an Army base, as he…
    - 10 Jun 18, 3:01pm -
  • Insights from the immigration AoC checklist special edition
    Short version: In the wake of the special edition of last week’s AoC Checklist on immigration, we’re recommitting to centering and amplifying marginalized groups in our actions. Long version (1,100 words, 4-minute read): Given that the AoC Checkl…
    - 3 Jun 18, 5:41pm -
  • Climbing the hill: What helps you persevere?
    This week, one of the actions on the Americans of Conscience Checklist is to ask someone you respect how they persevere through difficult times.  If you want to share their answers—or your own—I invite you to write a comment below. Here’s my…
    - 13 May 18, 3:01pm -
  • Gratitude and perseverance in activism
    We’re thanking 13 people this week in the Americans of Conscience Checklist. Why? It’s more than politeness. Science tells us that the act of expressing gratitude benefits our nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system. Conveying sincere…
    - 29 Apr 18, 3:03pm -
  • Encouragement for weary hearts
    For all appearances, it would look like we can’t win this. We’re up against practically unlimited corporate and lobby money. We’re up against a team of well-connected people with motives for profit and power. We’re up against misogyny, racism…
    - 1 Apr 18, 5:22pm -
  • Insights from a 5-day silent retreat
    Last week, I spent five days with some friends doing a silent meditation retreat. Held at a serene monastery, it provided my heart with ample space to open, my body room to hike into the hills, and my soul a place to rest. I feel the news. Like some…
    - 4 Mar 18, 2:03pm -
  • Creating Resilience: 20/20 Potlucks for a Cause
    I’m so excited to share this guest post from Janet Hardy of Norwich, Vermont. I’m obsessed with creative ideas and strategies to help us stay enthusiastically engaged. Janet’s creative solution inspired me to plan my own 20/20 next month! Find…
    - 25 Feb 18, 1:59pm -
  • January reflection questions and inspiration
    The lights were bright up on the stage, making it hard to see the sixty-or-so people gathered at a local coffeehouse. Sitting on my right, a Republican. On my left, a very liberal Democrat, a staunch conservative, and an Independent. For a half hour,…
    - 28 Jan 18, 8:07pm -
  • 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…
    - 31 Dec 17, 6:50am -

The Small Business Blog

  • Why effective lead management can help small businesses grow
    Growth and expansion is important in any business, but it is especially true for small business who might only just be starting out in their industry. It’s important to hit the ground running and lay strong foundations in the market for your busine…
    - 20 Jul 18, 2:09pm -
  • How business support services can help small businesses grow
    When you stake your claim in a market for the first time as a small business – whether as a sole trader or with a couple additional staff members – it’s always immensely gratifying to watch your business grow and expand. Growing as a small busi…
    - 19 Jul 18, 1:35pm -
  • How To Become A Self-Employed Permanent Makeup Artist
    Ever contemplated permanent makeup artist as a career choice? Congratulations! You have just begun the journey towards being a specialist in the permanent cosmetics industry-an exciting and rewarding profession. And, for your information, did you kno…
    - 16 Apr 18, 8:04am -
  • 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 -

Unclutter

  • new2018 Gift Giving Guide: Stocking stuffer edition

    - 23 hours ago, 20 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • 2018 Gift Giving Guide: Experience gifts
    The memories created by unique experiences are gifts treasured for the rest of your life. If you are planning on giving an experience gift, don’t just put cash in an envelope and write, “Treat yourself to [experience gift] on me!” … Continued…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • 2018 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts for children
    Every year we get parents asking us how to stop the excessive gift giving of well-meaning family members. It is a challenge! Here are some tips. If you have babies, create a baby gift registry if you haven’t already done … ContinuedPost written b…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • Unclutter your refrigerator before Thanksgiving
    My wife calls the process of clearing out the ingredients available in the refrigerator as "creative cooking."Post written by Matt
    - 6 days ago, 15 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • 2008 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts of clutter
    It's the holiday season, and we all need a little smile. Similar to our Unitasker Wednesday posts, we think you might enjoy our favorite gifts of clutter.Post written by Sue Brenner
    - 7 days ago, 14 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • 2018 Gift Giving Guide: Consumable gifts
    Consumable gifts when done correctly, can be some of the most appreciated presents we receive. When poorly executed, it can actually lead to more clutter. Here are some tips to choosing the best consumable gifts for the people on your … ContinuedPo…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • 2018 Gift Giving Guide: Charitable gifts
    Today begins our annual Holiday Gift Giving Guide. Over the next few days, we will share numerous articles on uncluttered giving that can be used this season. Most of these ideas also will apply to gift giving throughout the year, … ContinuedPost w…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • What to do with pajamas during the day?
    A "S" hook or a wall hook can provide a clutter-free place for pajamas to live during the day.Post written by Erin Doland
    - 12 days ago, 9 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • Interesting way to hide powercords
    Finding ways to hide them and get them into a manageable arrangement is always a struggle. Post written by Matt
    - 13 days ago, 8 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • It came from your clutter: homemade bagpipes
    In this edition of “It came from your clutter,” something that came from my family’s clutter — a sheep stomach and tubes of wood fashioned into bagpipes. Back in the early 1990s, my husband was deployed to the former Yugoslavia … ContinuedP…
    - 15 days ago, 6 Nov 18, 3:00pm -