solopreneur

No water cooler banter for you, business owner, just the hard graft and isolation of being the sole person in the business
I recently saw a social media challenge to explain your profession as badly as possible, with the idea that people have to guess what you do just from reading the description. So a personal trainer's description would be "I make 'eat less, move more' really complicated." And a DJ would be 'I manipulate sound waves so that people twitch and ingest ethanol'. Descriptions that make your profession a bit tougher to fathom. And it occurred to me that this is a game I've played before. Only it wasn't a game.
Three times in one week I was described as an entrepreneur in the media and I suddenly looked at what I was doing and rather than simply running a small business as a solopreneur I saw that there was more to it.
The entrepreneur has been lauded as the saviour of faltering economies, has its own social class and has even become a sex symbol. While these business leaders have dominated our consciousness, a quieter relative has been beavering away in the background, shirking the limelight.
Ah, it's that tax return time of year, rolling round once more. Hands up if you have been studiously avoiding completing your accounts and submitting your return?
As a business and enterprise coach I am frequently asked about the kinds of skills and qualities I think new business owners need to develop. Now, everyone is different and we all come with a unique skill set. But there are three skills I believe to be universal if you are going to flourish as a freelance, self employed person or entrepreneur.
At the age of *cough* 38, I am living the dream. I am living the dream of the life I want NOW. But it took me a long time to realise it, accept it, and let go of the dreams of my 20's. I am sure I am not alone when I mention the word "checklist" - ring any bells?
Working alone as a solopreneur means there are no pats on the back after an awesome brainstorm, no validation from colleagues on that amazing piece of coverage you just got, and no certainty of pay at the end of the month, either.
Let's go right back to being pregnant with my twin girls, vomiting into a newspaper on a train as I headed down to a client meeting 4 hours away. Or, let's take a peep at me editing copy for a magazine using my smart phone from the maternity ward whilst nursing two babies.
As is true for most solopreneurs, Jeanna did everything herself when she started her business. She now realizes that she was not conscious of "being productive" during her start-up phase...
In just a few days, the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving. Where has 2013 gone? Once the Christmas / Hanukkah holiday season
This three-article series is a Think and Grow Rich-type exposé that draws from the experiences of entrepreneurs in the "expert
Can procrastination ever be positive? There are certain circumstances when it is "acceptable" - even wise - to procrastinate! But we first need to think of this behavior in terms of the neutral definition of deferring or delaying action in the list above. We can then ascribe a positive attribute to it, depending on the situation.