Christina DeBusk 

Regular Contributor


3 Things Attending a Tony Robbins Event Taught Me About Business

As a writer and speaker who specializes in personal development and health and wellness content, I’ve spent a lot of time reading the words of wisdom offered by one of the most well-known motivational speakers ever: Tony Robbins. In fact, I just finished one of his earliest books, Awaken the Giant Within, a few months ago, which happens to be right around the same time my … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Sink Your New Small Business

No one starts a business just to fail. Yet, if you look at data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding new business survival rates, you quickly realize that your probability of staying open continues to decline over time, with the sharpest drops occurring within the first three years. What are some of the reasons that all-too-many new businesses fail, … [Read more...]

How Life Led 5 Solopreneurs Right Into Business Ownership

When I meet other solopreneurs, I love hearing about how they got into business. Especially when it wasn’t something they planned to do, but more an action they felt compelled to take based on their life experiences. That’s how it was for me. If you told me 10 years ago that I would be in business for myself today, I would’ve laughed one of those deep belly laughs that ended … [Read more...]

How to Start a Business as a Solopreneur

There are almost 25 million ‘nonemployer establishments’—a.k.a. businesses with no paid employees—operating in the United States today according to the Census Bureau. Though I became one of them seven years ago, I remember when I started like it was yesterday. I had no real experience running a business. Sure, I’d helped various family members at their companies for years, … [Read more...]

3 Networking Options Perfect for Solopreneurs

Working as a solopreneur often means working alone. In fact, since I have no employees, it’s not uncommon for me to go days (sometimes weeks) without actually speaking to anyone other than family and friends. I’ve completed entire projects with clients I’ve never met on the phone or by video, conversing primarily via email or on project management sites. Though this makes it … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Improve Yourself as a Solopreneur This Year

In my pre-solopreneur life, I attended trainings regularly. Since I was in law enforcement positions at the time, this was a must to stay current on legal changes that impacted the way I did my job. I also went through what I remember as an intense training period when I first started writing. I literally spent 16 hours a day, sitting in front of a little netbook (my neck … [Read more...]

8 Traits Every Successful Solopreneur Possesses

“I want to go into business to fail” said no solopreneur ever. In fact, it is the hope for great success that keeps many of us going day in and day out, even when it feels like things just aren’t going our way. While sometimes success is achieved, in part, by luck—such as by being in the right place at the right time—the reality is that having certain traits is by and large … [Read more...]

How to Market Your One-Person Business Without Breaking the Bank

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced as a solopreneur is marketing. Because I didn’t know much about business ownership before deciding to write for a living, I had only envisioned days sitting at my computer, doling out article after article. It never even entered my mind that I’d have to spend a decent amount of my time also getting people to hire me. However, I quickly … [Read more...]

3 Super Simple Ways I’ve Grown My Business as a Solopreneur (And You Can Too)

As a solopreneur, you wear many hats. You’re both employer and employee, which also means that you are bookkeeper and accountant, appointment scheduler and marketer, customer service representative and tax preparer. And that’s just a few of your roles. At the end of the day (the incredibly long and sometimes extremely tiresome day), it’s not uncommon to have very little … [Read more...]