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How to Become a Solopreneur and Lead an Independent Life

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Solopreneur refers to an individual who sets up and runs a business on their own. Now, who doesn’t want to start their own business? I am pretty sure that most of you at some point in your life have thought about building your own dreams.

There are a lot of advantages to being a solopreneur such as financial freedom, recognition, and flexibility. However, getting started as solopreneur can be challenging.

Here are five tips to get started as a Solopreneur and lead an independent life:

1. Pick your passion

This is the most important part of your solopreneur journey. You have to choose something that you’re truly passionate about, because doing something that you don’t like on a daily basis will be exhaustive. A lot of people run a business like it’s a burden, and sooner or later they’ll fail.

There’s a reason why famous artists, musicians, and writers make a lot of money –they’re very passionate about it. Make a list of your hobbies and then find out what’s the one thing you can do on a daily basis without getting exhausted. It can be anything like writing, painting, or any services you can offer.

Figure out how to monetize your hobby or profession. While this can be tough, I know a chartered accountant who straight away started offering services on his website after graduation instead of working under someone. There can be a way if you just sit back and think creatively.

“Focus on building the best possible business. If you are great, people will notice and opportunities will appear.” – Mark Cuban

2. Pick a brand name

Once you figured out your niche, the next important part is to build a brand around it. These days building a brand means getting on the internet. Whether you’re an artist or a local small business owner, you can’t ignore the internet.

Pick a suitable name that suits your niche, start a website or blog and create social media profiles as well. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to build a website. Just make sure you grow your brand awareness. By doing so you’re leveraging your chances of being a successful Solopreneur.

If you carefully analyze some local small businesses, you will find that there’s a huge gap in their brand approach when it comes to internet branding. If you’re reading this, I’m pretty sure that you have a certain level skill-set to use technology; make use of this to increase your brand awareness. Over time, your brand will bring you an identity that you will find very joyful.

3. Build a suitable schedule

You certainly don’t have to quit your day job to start your venture. A lot of folks complain they don’t have enough time, but that’s not the reality. They just procrastinate without taking action.

Here’s the secret: There is not a single successful person who made it overnight — They all built it in chunks. If you just dedicate one hour every day to build your dream, you will have a clear direction after a few months. Just forget about the “How” part and take action each day.

4. Build a small team of freelancers

A Solopreneur doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do everything yourself. In fact, a lot of successful Solopreneurs have a small team of freelance designers, developers, lawyers, and proofreaders.

Once you reach a certain level of success, you can outsource some work to provide you with more flexibility and time to think. If a client needs the logo for their website, I find some logo designers on freelancing sites. Why? Because I’m not good at designing but still offer these services. In fact, Steve Jobs never wrote a single line of code, yet reached Apple to great heights.

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

5. Fully commit yourself

It took me over eight months to earn my first dollar with my blog, but now after six years here I’m thinking — I’m glad I didn’t quit. You’ll face a lot of hurdles, you might get bored, depressed and lack motivation, but try to keep a positive attitude towards your journey.

Always aim for long term goals in life. Joel Brown set a 10-year vision for success while starting this website. Also, never get caught up with momentary gains because it’s a hurdle for your growth. Fully commit yourself to your dreams and believe it’s possible to make a living with your passion and lead an independent life.

How do you plan to reach your goals in business? Share with us some tips and advice for fellow readers!

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While reflecting on the magnificent life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I began to uncover what truly made Dr. King such a powerful leader

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While reflecting on the magnificent life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I began to uncover what truly made Dr. King such a powerful leader. Many revere him for the change he brought forth so it’s no wonder that he was heavily influenced by the man who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. He embodied that statement on the deepest level and lead people through one of the most challenging yet historic times in our nation. 

But what was it that made Dr. King’s movement so different than the rest? A quality that transcends ego and unites a people so divided? 

My greatest and most moving discovery while studying the life of Dr. King was the very answer to our question. 

Yes, he had the personality to be a leader, yes he had the bravery to use his voice, yes he evoked REAL change in government and policies, but the manifestation of all those comes from his willingness to lead a movement truly rooted in consciousness. 

A peaceful approach

Dr. King was continuously met with frustration, hate, and even violence by both law enforcement and those who wanted to fight for equality through violence. But the more violent things became, the more he dug his heels into a peaceful approach. Dr. King’s unwavering faith in the power to lead with peace and not violence is undoubtedly why his legacy is such a pillar of our nation still to this day. It is easier to fight.

Hate, anger and separateness from one another are primitive emotions on the emotional scale of well being but It takes awareness, understanding and elevated consciousness to move from a place of peace and understanding. Dr. King knew that we all have access to these states of higher consciousness and that our true power lies in a peaceful approach.

He is an example of the truest essence of our consciousness in this human experience. How to truly love your neighbor as yourself. 

Conscious compassion

Even the strongest opponents are human. Meet hate with love + compassion for the enemy” he said. It wasn’t his resistance to violence that made him a peacemaker, but rather his commitment to keeping compassion and connection to all humanity at the forefront of his movement. A profound understanding that underneath all the hate, violence and discrimination, we are all one. We all come from the same source and we are all human.

A conscious king

A man of his position, his power, his following could have been easily swayed by the human temptations of the ego. But he remained steadfast in his cause to bring forth real change. He understood on the deepest level that we are truly a stronger force in the universe when we move as one unit, with one mind, and one goal. That the separation from one another is the weakness of humanity. That our strength is in those things that unite us all, the qualities that give us life.

His success was in uniting not just the people of America but the consciousness of America.

No matter our gender, or our social class or our color, we all love, and we all seek peace. We all feel joy and happiness, we all want to be met with compassion and understanding. 

His cause went far beyond the need for physical freedom and equal rights. His cause was for freedom of mind, freedom of heart, freedom to be one. 

Lead with love

In his last speech he said, “I may not get there with you, but we AS A PEOPLE will get to the promise land”. And we will. At some point, we will inevitably come back to this oneness that we all come from.

The truth is? We don’t know when our last day is. Our last march. Our last speech. So this Martin Luther King Jr. Day I ask you, what will your legacy be? Are you leading a life founded in the principles of Dr. King’s movement, founded in the higher consciousness of humanity? Every moment is an opportunity to love, to show compassion, to bring forth peace and in the words of Dr. King “The time is always right to do what is right”.

Dr. King said, “I’m here to remind you, we’ve come a longggg way, but there is still work to be done”. 

And I’m here to remind you this Martin Luther King Jr. day in 2024 that we HAVE come a longggg way, but there is still work to be done. 

His fight is our fight. His mind is our mind. His spirit is our spirit. Rooted in the consciousness of all humanity. We are all one. And when we embrace the understanding of that, we will truly say

“Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, We are Free at Last”.

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