Encore Entrepreneur Inspiration: Bill Saphir’s Change Management Consulting Services small business

Bill Saphir’s business, William H. Saphir, LLC, provides change management consulting services to healthcare providers, focusing on supply chain process. Bill describes his chronological age as 70.  Then he adds,”I don’t think I look that old nor do I feel it!” What the business does: His business is still in the beginning stages, but has Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Ann Smith writes personal histories

Preserve life stories for future generations as a small business. Encore Entrepreneur Inspiration: Ann Smith business of writing life stories Overview: Ann Smith, age 70, and based in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, started Life Stories Remembered to “capture for posterity the legacy of a lifetime,” to “create a legacy for future generations,” and to “preserve the recollections Read More …

Life Lessons from the Humble Waterbug | The Perfect Entrepreneur Business Model for Solos

If you’ve ever been to one of my classes, study groups, or symposiums, you’ll have heard me talk about my favorite insect: the waterbug. If you haven’t, you might wonder what the world a bug can teach a solopreneur. Well let me tell you: a whole lot. The waterbug came to me in a burst Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Plan Your Cash Flow

“Plan your cash flow.” What do I mean by that? Planning your cash flow means that you have a budget for your personal life and personal expenses, and you have a budget for your business and business expenses. You know how much money you must bring in every month. And you make plans to have Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Find Your Niche

So how do you choose a deep and narrow niche? Your deep and narrow niche should be one that is very interesting and intriguing to you. It should be in your “sweet spot” where the circles in the Venn diagram—passion, talent, and potential revenue—intersect. If you choose to build your niche where you have interest, 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: Talk to Yourself!

You need to be able to explain your value to your worst critic–YOU. This is especially important when you’re raising your prices. I know that most solos are nervous about quoting a price and asking for money. We do not negotiate prices in this country like they do at the markets in many nations. We Read More …

Do You Have What it Takes to Be Your Own Boss? By Guest Blogger Megan Ritter

A note from Jackie: I’m delighted to feature this guest post from LA-based writer and SEO professional Megan Ritter. Check out her fabulous infographic here! Shot Caller If you’re reading this article, you might be one of those people who is working for someone else, working at their appointed hours and meeting their deadlines. Have you Read More …

A Tip from Jackie: Be the Expert–How to Make Your Name Synonymous with Your Topic

Part of being successful as a solo means that you develop your reputation as a “go-to” expert in your deep and narrow niche. Why? Because when your expertise is recognized, two things happen: First, people will wait for you—they want to work with YOU. And second, people will pay you marginally more money for your Read More …