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.

Stay in Business for Yourself or Work for Someone Else: Is It Time to Hang Up Your Solopreneur Shoes?

A couple of months ago, my business started to slow a bit. I’ve worked for myself long enough to know that there are natural ebbs and flows, with some times of the year being more lucrative than others. However, the unknowns created by the pandemic caused me a bit more concern. How long would this downturn last? Was it time to get more work? After a few weeks of being less … [Read more...]

How to Make 2021 Your Best Business Year Yet

The first day of January has long been synonymous with hope. This day signals the beginning of a bright new year that is full of endless possibilities. You think of all of the things you want to accomplish over the course of the next 365 days and feel like you can nail each one. January 1st of 2021 is probably even more hope-filled than many years past. For me, there is hope … [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...]