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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

  • 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…
    - 19 days ago, 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…
    - 26 days ago, 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,…
    - 54 days ago, 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…
    - 82 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…
    - 90 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…
    - 19 Nov 17, 10:11am -
  • Hopeful post-election thoughts from one year 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

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 -


  • newCan someone be a collector and be uncluttered?
    An uncluttered collector, by definition, takes pride in his or her collection and displays it fully and respectfully.Post written by Erin Doland
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Reader question: Should I sell my stuff in storage?
    Reader Tonie wrote in with this question: I’m living overseas and I have items in storage such as china plates, crystal glasses, and Charles Babb paintings (about 12 of them). Everything else I sold — all my furniture, my car … ContinuedPost wr…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Reader suggestion: Use it up!
    Consider a "Use it Up" challenge where you find a stockpile of something and do not allow yourself to buy more of that type of item until you use it up.Post written by Erin Doland
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Uncluttering and firearms
    Editor’s Note: Regardless if you are for or against the possession of firearms, there may be an occasion where you may run across them while uncluttering and organizing. Generally, this would be when you are cleaning out a space that … ContinuedP…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Creating a minimalist workspace — from Zen Habits
    Tips for creating a minimalist workspace by editor Leo Babauta.Post written by Erin Doland
    - 4 days ago, 19 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • The Real Cost of Financial Clutter on the Road to a Remarkable Life
    Trent Hamm, author of the blog The Simple Dollar, presents an inspiring column on financial uncluttering as part of our month of sharing.Post written by Erin Doland
    - 7 days ago, 16 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Functional furniture: Sobro coffee and side tables
    We’ve talked about multi-purpose functional furniture in several other posts. The most recent piece I’ve seen is the Sobro Coffee Table. It has a refrigerated drawer perfect for keeping cool beverages handy. It has built-in Bluetooth speakers, LE…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Overwhelm yourself
    The results of gradual accumulation are pretty staggering and a great way to take inventory of your stuff is to lay it all out and overwhelm yourself.Post written by Matt
    - 9 days ago, 14 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Reader question: Keeping track of vendors
    Reader Jean wrote to us with this question: How do you keep track of your vendor information? If you are a home owner, it is necessary to keep track of who you bought products and services from. It is important … ContinuedPost written by Jacki Holl…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Mar 18, 2:00pm -
  • Is ‘trading up’ your space worth it?
    A family moves from a 6,000 sq. ft. home into an RV and learns valuable life lessons.Post written by Erin Doland
    - 11 days ago, 12 Mar 18, 2:00pm -