Getting It Done Vs. Embracing the Purpose and Process

My Dog, Our Walks, And The Difference the Right Mindset Makes I walk my dog nearly every day of the year—unless the weather prevents it. We adopted...

Cheers to 2021 Being a Better Year – More or Less

And just like that, the year we all couldn’t wait to end has passed. 2020 was indeed tough—for many people, it was far more so than for others....

54 Years of Successes, Failures, and Recollections

54 years ago on January 26, my 5-pound 12-ounce self entered this world. My life hasn’t been one of those remarkable ones that you read about in...

The First Step To Emotional Intelligence

I’ve been mulling over two blog posts I had read last week.   It’s OK to Be on Your Way by Rachel Strella   13 Signs of High Emotional...

Freelancers And Small Business Owners: Being Great At Your ...

You’re an experienced and talented [insert professional specialty here]. That’s a fabulous selling point, but it may not be enough to attract...

My New Year’s Resolution: Take More.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I figured, “Why not?” Focusing on making ourselves better and doing our work more...

Where Has The “Friend” In “Facebook Friend” Gone?

Social media has been an ugly place lately.   Spewing of vicious insults.   Pointing of fingers.   Drawing microscopic attention to...

Crappy Day? Consider These 18 Ideas To Make It Less Crappy.

These past several weeks have been tough. My freshman daughter took a hit to her self-confidence after making it to call backs for the high school...

It’s A Leap Year! How Will You Get A Jump On The Poss...

You have an extra day coming your way soon: February 29. As you know, leap years only happen about every four years, so doesn’t it make sense...

Ways To Make Every Day A Take Charge Tuesday

It feels great when you know you’ve got control of your day, doesn’t it? As a small business owner, steering the ship versus getting constantly...

You Owe This To Your Clients

When you’re a solopreneur, it’s all on you—managing all the administrative aspects of your business and serving your clients.   That means...

Good Karma For Your Small Business

I’ve written about the topic of strategic volunteerism on several occasions, most recently for national media personality, investment expert, and...

Four Ways To Instantly Boost Your Self-Confidence

As a solopreneur, I’ve experienced moments when I’ve felt like I can take on any challenge—and moments when I’ve felt like I can’t do...

Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Public speaking has never been in my comfort zone.   My heart starts to race a little even during those short and sweet roundtable sort of...

7 Business-Savvy Irish Sayings

St. Patrick’s Day. What’s not to love about shamrocks, leprechauns, and having a justifiable reason to add a pinch of Jameson’s and a dollop of...

Pay Attention. Did You Learn Something Lately?

As you’re keeping up with your social media presence and taking care of business, you really can’t help taking away some new knowledge, tips, and...

Fortune Cookie Friday: Push Yourself

After several readers inquired, Fortune Cookie Friday posts are back! What is Fortune Cookie Friday, you ask? It’s the day when I crack open a...

Want to Make a Smart Business Move? Ask Stupid Questions.

None of us like to appear uninformed, uneducated, or ignorant. Where’s the glory in that? But none of us knows everything there is to know...

Tough Job Interview Questions Even Self-employed Profession...

Finding work as a self-employed professional services provider can be like finding a job. Although you’re not looking for employment, you often...

The Two Things Your Small Business Success Depends On

If you’ve got a great product or service that satisfies a need in the market, but things just aren’t falling into place for your small...

The Often Unsung Benefit of Blogging

Blogging. You’ll find no shortage of articles telling you how important it is to your business. It directs traffic to your website, improves...

Nixing Negativity for the Good of Your Business

Negativity is a downer and productivity drainer – just like Dan Waldshmidt points out in the article I shared in my G+ post below. At least it...

Did I Just Say That?? 4 Words that Could Destroy Your Profe...

Your professionalism can make or break the deal as you communicate and collaborate as a solopreneur.  When talking – either when meeting one...

Inspiration & Motivation – Look for Them in the ...

Have you ever experienced unexpected moments when someone or something – without effort or intention – has made you want to do better or...

Making Klout Matter: 2 Tips For Making It a Better Measure...

Klout has flaws, but it also has merit Klout has come under fire by many who are quick to point out its flaws in measuring online influence. I agree...

7 Ways Solopreneurs Can Create a Stellar Company Culture...

Company Culture and Solopreneurs Just because you don’t have employees doesn’t mean fostering an enviable company culture shouldn’t...

Take Control – 9 Things Every Solopreneur Has Power O

There are so many moving parts to deal with as a solopreneur. Every aspect of your business is your direct responsibility. Yes, it’s...

5 Action Words Every Solopreneur Needs to Act On

The only way to find success (however you define it) as a solopreneur is to take action. Being passive and hoping that potential clients happen to...

An Unexpected Benefit of Being a Solopreneur

When I decided to follow the self-employment path, I had some expectations of the perks that would come with the territory… Flexible schedule...

Why It Makes Sense to Make Your Competitors Your Comrades

You’ve heard it before… “It’s a dog eat dog world.” “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” In business, it’s...

Ways to Whack Your Inner Whiner

When running a small business, you face a lot of challenges. And as a solopreneur whose quality of work can largely depend on your ability to stay...

The Power of 8! Generating Referrals With Fresh Ideas from ...

While the legacy of your good work and professionalism needs to be at the foundation of every referral that you get – it doesn’t always serve to...

3 Reasons Far-Reaching Solopreneurs Should Hold Fast to Loc...

Business technology is beautiful! It enables us to expand our reach far and wide as solopreneurs. We can network, communicate, collaborate and...

Ring in the New Year with a New Attitude

I can’t speak for all solopreneurs, but there are times when I need a kick in the pants to put my head on straight and gain a fresh perspective. As...

Managing an Upswing in Business Without Dropping the Ball

Ask any freelancing solopreneur, times of “feast” and times of “famine” go with the territory. The famines bring on frustration and fear. And...

Succeed as a Solopreneur By Honing 3 Essential Team Skills

“Solopreneur.” Though the word looks and sounds highly solitary, being a solopreneur is hardly that! Yes, you’re solely responsible for your...

Fortune Cookie Friday: “You Will Be Fortunate In Every Th...

Fortune Cookie Friday has returned! And with it, more profound business advice from within those folded confections we all love to crack open after a...

Solopreneurs Self-Assessment: “Fascinating” Ap...

Learning. When starting and running your own business, there’s no way around making it part of your everyday routine. There’s always something to...

It Isn’t Easy Being Green: 3 Tips for Getting Up to Speed...

Let’s cut to the chase – starting out as a solopreneur is challenging.  Although you don’t have to deal with certain aspects of running a...

Volunteering: Your good works can be good for you professio...

In one of my first posts here on The Insatiable Solopreneur, I shared about the give and take aspects of volunteerism. I’m passionate about...

Your Inner Critic: When to listen; When to ignore

Last night at my daughter’s Girl Scout troop’s meeting, the leader challenged the girls to think about their “inner critic”. What does it...

Change is Good: Don’t resist it!

As a solopreneur, changing aspects of your business (and your attitude toward change itself) to keep up with the current competitive environment and...

For the Good of Your Business: Develop a Mentoring Mentalit

I’m passionate about mentoring. As a volunteer with SCORE, I’d better be…but my enthusiasm about helping other solopreneurs and small business...

3 Reasons It’s Good for Business To Go Beyond Your Co...

Although it’s comfy to be settled into a space in time where you have everything under control and nothing’s upsetting the proverbial apple...

Business Endurance – What Your Solopreneurial Conditi...

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Small Business Resources Every Start-Up Should Know About

By Dawn Mentzer – Solopreneur & Freelance Writer Facebook  | Twitter | LinkedIn | Google+ As a solopreneur and SCORE mentor, I meet...

How To Be a Caring Leader Without Getting Trampled

By Dawn Mentzer – Solopreneur & Freelance Writer Facebook  | Twitter | LinkedIn Working as a solopreneur and serving in leadership roles...

4 Reasons to Get Over Twitter Intimidation

Twitter can be intimidating. It’s fast. It’s got its own secret language. There are people on there who have tens of thousands of followers…...