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.

7 Gift Ideas for the Solopreneur in Your Life

Christmas. Birthdays. A business anniversary. There are many good reasons to give a gift to the solopreneur that you’re honored to call family or friend. The problem is, solo business owners and operators aren’t always easy to buy for. We tend to walk a different walk than everyone else. This sometimes makes it difficult to figure out what we’d like. So, what do you get the … [Read more...]

How to Not Feel So Alone When Working from Home

I’m a social person. Yes, I’m the one who will stand in line behind you at the grocery store and attempt to make small talk about the weather or some other irrelevant topic. I don’t do it to be annoying, I promise you. It’s just that I really enjoy speaking with others and learning about their opinions and life experiences. That’s why I sometimes struggle as a solopreneur who … [Read more...]

Being a Solopreneur Doesn’t Mean You Have to Do Everything Yourself

As a solopreneur, you are responsible for every aspect of your business. There are no employees around to help you provide your services, assist with marketing, post on social media, or pick up the slack on days when you’re sick. This makes it easy to feel as if you are in it alone. Like you don’t have anyone there to help you get everything done. Yet, Amanda Hamilton, … [Read more...]

3 Bad Habits that Make You a Good Solopreneur

It is fairly well-known that if you want to be successful in business, good habits are a must. Starting your workday early versus sleeping in, for instance, allows you to handle important tasks while your mind is sharp and fresh. Setting your alarm for the wee hours of the morning also enables you to get things done with minimal distractions because the rest of the world is … [Read more...]

Is ‘FOSU’ Keeping Your One-Person Business from Achieving Higher Levels of Success?

In my early days of working for the courts, I had one incident where I was speaking to a judge and questioned a particular process. It didn’t make sense to me and I felt that there was a more effective way to achieve a particular goal. I was abruptly shut down and made to feel small. I never questioned anything openly again. That carried with me when I first started my … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Keep Your One-Person Business Going If You’re Unable to Work

When you run a traditional business, employees can help pick up the slack if you’re ill, injured, or otherwise unable to work for an extended amount of time. But if you’re a one-person business, being forced to take days, weeks, or even months off has the potential of causing damage to the point where you have to close your doors for good. This makes times like we’re seeing … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Every Solopreneur Should Write a Book

When you hear the word "author," your mind likely goes to big names like James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Agatha Christie, or even Dr. Seuss. Yet, if you look at the latest bestseller lists, you’ll also find names of people who are perhaps better known for their businesses. James Collins, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Tim Ferriss, and Seth Godin would all be on this list. But … [Read more...]

5 Free Resources for Solopreneurs Struggling Due to the Coronavirus

Though the coronavirus stimulus package provides monies for small businesses, there is still some confusion about how much help you can receive as a solopreneur, independent contractor, or freelancer. This can make running your one-person business even more stressful because you aren’t quite sure what resources are available. While I certainly don’t have any answers as to … [Read more...]

What Can Solopreneurs Do to Survive the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic?

With the rapid spread of COVID-19—the deadly and contagious coronavirus that initiated in Wuhan, China late last year—we are in unchartered territories. Some businesses are being asked to restrict their hours and services. Others are being forced to shut down completely. Even solopreneurs who typically work from home, like I do as a freelance writer, are feeling the effects. … [Read more...]