Solo Business Stories: What is important to a solo website business? Jamie Lawson shares what she learned from Jackie.

Jamie Lawson had been building websites for many years.  When she lost her job in 2016, she decided to try something new: going into business for herself. Jackie’s class helped. Name of Business:  Sailbourne Web Services Years in Business: 5 What the Business does: I build and rebuild websites to dynamically represent small businesses and Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Anne Hudson works home remodeling small business magic as the Sourceress

Encore entrepreneur inspiration comes to home interior designer Anne Hudson, age 70, with her home remodeling small business. What the business does:  Anne’s specialty is Sourcing interior materials such as furnishings and fixtures for remodeling projects. Design, beauty, and a keen eye for aesthetics and design have been an integral part of Anne Hudson’s careers.  Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Douglas Lundrigan’s Story

Lighthouse Business Solutions, owned by Douglas Lundrigan, aged 51.  His does business consulting, coaching, training, and development. What makes it successful: “Gaining a deeper understanding of the generational cultural differences; the drain of business wisdom going on as Boomers retire; and the new methods of doing business that work versus some of the old ways Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Worth Every Penny

“How can I charge what I should to all the people who need me but cannot afford me?,” you may ask. I have many things to say about that. First, if people want your work and it is really important to them, they will find a way to pay for it. You may offer payment Read More …

Mapping Your Career on One (Big) Page by Guest Contributor, Impact Entrepreneurs

A note from Jackie: I was delighted to have Cindy Cooper of Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneur program on one of my recent BSR Broadcasts. She and her team at Impact Entrepreneurs will be providing a series of guest posts over the coming weeks, and I am so grateful to be able to feature some of the Read More …

Find Your Inner Hammer Thrower: A Call to Struggle by Guest Blogger Cindy Cooper

A note from Jackie: I was delighted to host Cindy Cooper as my guest on last week’s BSR Broadcast. Cindy is the Co-founder and Director of Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs program, and has so much wisdom to share about entrepreneurship for social change. I love this piece about the growth mindset (originally posted here)…read Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Let’s Talk About Focus

Focus is so critical to your financial success that I have made it #1 of my seven basic principles. I know that creatives are interested in so many things. They are attracted to all the new bright changes and advances. They are immediately thinking about how they can use, incorporate, and adapt the new ideas, Read More …

Great Marketing Tips for the Bold Solopreneur by Guest Blogger Ivan Serrano

A solo entrepreneur is a lot of things. What it’s not is a hobby, a leisure activity, or anything else that alludes to part-time commitment. It’s not for the meek, nor is it something that offers security for those who seek it. It’s a lifestyle choice which has you habitually thinking and bringing your A-game Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: The Importance of Passion–Finding Your Sweet Spot

Why does passion matter? When you have worked for a long time in some work that is simply a job, you lose something. You lose your zest for experimentation. You lose your willingness to stick to it to see the last detail tied up. You lose your interest in experimenting or learning new techniques or Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Don’t Get Left Behind…Be Aware of the Competition!

It is important for you to be aware of the competition. Even though you have a deep and narrow niche, there is competition–if not for exactly the work that you do, then for the dollars you want spent on your product or service and not somewhere else. So it is important for you to pay Read More …