A beginner’s guide to becoming a solopreneur

Working on your own comes with stresses, but also many joys and rewards.

Working on your own comes with stresses, but also many joys and rewards.

By Jane Bedding
Solopreneur is a term that has been thrown around for a few years now. It’s another way of saying that you’re running a business all by yourself. When you have to rely on your own success to pay the bills, it’s a little nerve-racking. You also have to know how to do everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skilled artist if you can’t run the business side of things. It requires a lot of research and preparation. You’re probably going to need professional help down the road as well. Let’s have a look at some beginner’s tips for budding solopreneurs.

Use Technology To Your Advantage
All that spare time you once had has now disappeared, and you’ve got to manage your time as effectively as you can. Using technology is a great way to do this. There are programs out there that can manage all different aspects of your business. Buy a tablet or laptop that will make things a little easier for you. You can also use technology as a fantastic marketing tool. Social media is all the rage at the moment and success on Facebook or Twitter could mean great things for you. Keep as active as you can, and you never know when one of your tweets might trend. Do your research and prepare yourself as best you can by using one of the  many types of technology now available.

Seek Help When You Need It
As you get started, you’ll have more accounts to deal with and more people to communicate to. Things will start to get complicated, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s going to be difficult. Don’t be scared to call in the experts to help you with certain parts of the job. We can even draw the previous example of social media into this discussion. If you have no idea what you’re doing with it, you could end up putting your business at risk. Bring in the professionals who can help you to grow while you focus on the important stuff. It’s not about giving in or failing any one area; it’s about maximizing the potential of your business.

Take Time For Yourself
Becoming a solopreneur means spending a lot of time working. While it’s great to be able to have more freedom than usual, it also means that you are accountable for everything you do. If you do something wrong, you’ll be the one that pays for it in the long run. That’s why it’s so important to take time for yourself. Being tired at work just means that you’re giving yourself more chance to make a silly mistake. Your personal life will be affected by it, and you don’t want to take out any stresses on your family. It’s very tempting to be a workaholic 24/7 when you know there’s work to be done, but you need some self-restraint.

Becoming a solopreneur is a difficult thing, but it’s also a very exciting one. I hope you are able to follow your passions and a make a success out of what you do!
This article was written by Jane Bedding, the blogger who is captivated by all things business-y!

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