PODCAST Biz503: Success as a Solopreneur

solopreneur

Ready to do it all?

Every year more people in the U.S. take a leap of faith and become solopreneurs (solo entrepreneurs). Don’t mistake this as a more kind way of calling someone self-employed (or unemployed). Solopreneurs are those folks who launch and run businesses single-handedly. They make all the decisions, do all the work, call all the shots, and play the entire game alone. According to a State of Independence in America workforce study there are 17.9 million of them in the U.S. already.

It can be a tough gig, even – or especially – when you’re your own boss. There’s the risk of financial failure, burnout, isolation and a decline in social connections. If you want to be it all, you have to do it all, which is a huge burden of responsibility for a business owner to take on.

But despite the challenges, there are a slew of reasons solopreneurship is gaining traction. Freedom, flexibility, the potential of large gains, better work environment and the chance to pursue passions. Not to mention, with a growing sector of the “gig economy” looking for more-exciting ways to get involved in business, there is a rising sea of support for freelancers and solopreneurs. This has unleashed a massive bank of online and offline resources for those looking to build their own business.

Join us this Friday between 1-2 p.m. for our encore Biz503 presentation of: “Success as a Solopreneur.” Host Cindy Tortorici of The Link and Mark Grimes of NedSpace led a discussion about the tips, tricks and trials of the solopreneurship world. We’ll cover success stories, local resources, common mistakes, and get advice from business coaches on how to launch your own Me, Myself & I, Inc.

Our guest this week include:

Kristin Schuchman, MSW, Career Counselor and Solopreneur Coach with Vicky Lind & Associates

Téa Silvestre – Small Biz Mentor & Storytelling Coach with Story Bistro

Julia Fitzgerald, Peace of Mind Bookkeeping Services

Eric Swenson, Eric Swenson Woodworks

Jacqueline B Peterson, Strategic Advisor with Portland Community College’s SBDC

Martha Hull, Martha Hull’s Cute + Deadly Art and Stories

Michelle Halle, Principal and Founder at Barlow Strategies, LLC

Julia Hanfling, 3 Peaches Nutrition Consulting

Listen to the encore presentation here:

Or listen to the original podcast here:

Nastacia Voisin

I’m a recent University of Portland grad and an aspiring journalist. I hail originally from Ontario, Canada. My passions and pursuits vary – currently I’m into indie films, podcasts, live storytelling and tango.
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