If you have a love-hate relationship with sitting alone at a coffee shop working on your latest project [hopefully] without interruption, you might be a solopreneur. We love to work with others, but we don’t want to work for others. This path is a mixed bag of freedom and frustration, excitement and isolation, digging deep and working hard. It takes a special kind of person to keep pushing when progress is slow to measure. But one taste of the accomplishment that comes from getting it done on your own and you are hooked.
Solopreneurs set out on a path to live a unique life. They create businesses, art, charities, personal care services, novels. They become resources in gardening, personal fitness, living healthy. They offer services in their communities like home-improvement, estate planning, event coordination. They are the DIY guides in jewelry making, sign painting, and oil changing. Solopreneurs have an intense and amazing desire to offer others what they know how to do and how they can add to their lives. Their journeys are different than traditional businesses, or even traditional entrepreneurs. Not fitting into this category can leave solopreneurs out on the own.
There is no way to sugar coat this, working for yourself, on your own, is tough. It’s filled with challenges and unknowns. What I have discovered is that the people who make it work and get the results they set their sights on are the ones who find a tribe. Or at least a person. Collaboration is a truly underrated secret ingredient of success. Bouncing ideas off someone, pouring out your thoughts and plans and goals on the table and sorting through them with another set of eyes to create strategies, hearing yourself talk about what gets you up in the morning – and what keeps you working through the night – these are the things that I do with my [favorite] clients.
A lot of my coaching clients are experiencing transitions, personal or professional, and they are amazing to work with. But what I have discovered over the past – almost – ten years of doing this work is that I love coaching people who want to create something of their own. Solopreneurs are just a different kind of people. It energizes me to hear about their big plans and tall orders of their dreams. I did this for a long time without realizing it – I would get a call from a friend or acquaintance inviting me to coffee (I drink tea, fwiw) to talk about a new project or a stalled idea. We would chat and create workable plans for taking their ideas and making them a reality. I realized that we were really on the same path; I was just a few steps ahead of them. And I was able to share the challenges I faced, how I overcame them and the insights I gained into my business. This knowledge moved them forward quicker than the trial and error that comes with doing it on their own.
So now, since tea doesn’t grow on trees, I call these friends and acquaintances: clients. And I work hard to support them in reaching their goal to create a sustainable solo-business. If you are ready to have someone in your corner, reach out to me to learn more about solopreneur coaching. It makes my day to hear about what makes your world complete.
While you are here, please check out the rest of this site where you will find more coaching information as well as helpful tips, tools and strategies to support you. If you have any specific questions or are looking for help but can’t locate the right resource, send me an email. I am always here to help.
If you are in the Centre Region, join me at Centre Solopreneurs – a knowledge-based networking group that meets monthly to connect, collaborate and work together on building successful solo-businesses. You will find the group on Facebook here.
I look forward to connecting with you.