The Successful Solopreneur

The Successful Solopreneur is an exclusive column by Christina M. DeBusk, small business and health & wellness writer. DeBusk pens this column to provide other solopreneurs the tools (and encouragement) needed to successfully build and grow their own one-person businesses. In addition to regularly contributing to Businessing Magazine, DeBusk has also been published by Country LivingWoman’s Day, and many other publications, with more than 4,500 content-related projects completed to-date.

9 Little-Known Success Quotes that Belong on Every Solopreneur’s Wall

As a solopreneur who is also a writer, a lot of people envision that my days are spent relentlessly tapping away at my keyboard, letting my words flow from my mind to my fingertips with amazing vigor before ultimately winding up a full-length manuscript that is proudly displayed on my once stark-white computer screen. While that’s a nice thought, there have been far more … [Read more...]

4 Simple Personal Safety Tips for the At-Home Entrepreneur

Between the years of 2000 and 2017, the largest number of active shooter incidents (42 percent) occurred at places of business according to data provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Of these 105 business-based shootings during this time frame, 65 happened at businesses open to pedestrian traffic and 10 occurred at shopping malls. But what was most shocking to me … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Kill Your Home Based Business

Whenever someone asks what I do for a living and I tell them that I work from home as a freelance writer, the response is generally somewhere along the lines of: “Wow! That must be nice to work from home. I wish I could do that!” While I agree that there are a lot of perks to having a home based business—such as no long commute and always being around to collect deliveries … [Read more...]

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...]