7 Tips for Home-Based Solopreneurs

1. Get clear about what you really want to be doing in your self-employment or business and why. Don’t go for the sensible option because you think you should. You are going to need passion to drive you when it gets tough, as it might from time to time, so make sure you are either doing something easy which fits in with your other commitments for now, or something you can’t help yourself but do so much that you are highly motivated to make time for it. I believe you really can find a way to do what you love […]

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Wrong Way Round

As you may have read in my newsletter today, one of my lovely clients reminded me of something I learned while working with him in November. I determined that day to write a blog post about it, but it is rather difficult to explain and so his December call came and went without my having found a way to write it. But today is the day, not least because another beloved client brought up a different iteration of exactly the same ‘problem’. We are doing things the wrong way round.   Let me explain. N wants to do one reasonably […]

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Why Solopreneurs Fail

Clients often ask why solopreneurs fail. I often think about why they fail too. I am the Queen of Positive Thinking so I probably wouldn’t choose to think of it as failure, rather as learning I could build on in the next phase of the Working for Myself Plan, but here’s what I see. Lack of money. You don’t need money to set up a business working from home (depending on what you do) but you probably need money behind you to pay the bills during your start-up phase. So you either get a part-time job, or rely on a […]

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Accounting Tips for Solopreneurs: Be Nice To Yourself & Your Accountant

Throughout January, in the UK, I have watched people struggling to get their accounts stuff together for the 31 January tax return deadline. Spare a thought for your accountant if you have one.   What (s)he really doesn’t want is 100% of clients delivering their stuff in January. Imagine that just for a moment,  what if you had to do all your work for all your clients in one month of the year? And January at that, perhaps the grimmest of all months. In January last year I had cause to visit my accountant to get his signature on something to do with anti money-laundering regulations […]

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