Author Interview Excerpt: On Being a Solopreneur

I recently did an interview for a great blog called The Solopreneur Life. For many years I just considered myself a freelance writer but recently I’ve truly started to see myself as a solopreneur. A solopreneur is someone who runs a full business but he or she is both the employer and the employee(s) of that business. As a writer, I do so much more than just write. This is especially true now that I’m also running my own blogs and marketing my new self-published book!

My Solopreneur Hats

I wear many, many hats each day in my role as a solopreneur. Just a few of those include:

  • Creative director of my own business and life!
  • Organize, assign, schedule, complete and review tasks
  • Make and keep appointments
  • Accounting, budgeting and taxes
  • Writer
  • Designer (blogs and book layout)
  • Social media manager
  • Marketing and PR person
Like I said, that’s just a few of the things that a solopreneur does on a daily basis.

With a Little Help

Although I am a solopreneur, I do get help from other contractors from time to time. I think it’s important to understand that working for yourself doesn’t mean only working alone. There are times when it’s best to contract out the tasks that would simply take you so much time to do yourself that it’s not financially smart to handle it on your own. For me the big thing is web / tech tasks. I can learn them but it’s not my area of expertise so I’ve got a great web guy that handles things for me when my site needs behind-the-scenes updates or I run into a tech problem. A smart solopreneur still knows how to play nice with others! In fact, my web guy recently told me I’m one of the best communicators he knows!

Excerpt from the Interview

Q: What is your biggest current challenge in the business and what are doing to try to solve it? 

A: The marketing part of self-publishing is proving to be tougher than I expected it to be. I am very skilled at the writing side and have a book that I am very proud of but now I have to switch gears and focus on the publicity side of my solopreneur business and that’s tough. I have a lot to learn. The main thing I’m doing is working hard to surround myself with people who can help me learn what I need to learn. I also make sure to spend only half the day on marketing and the other half on writing, blogging and skills I’m good at. As a solopreneur, you have to maintain a strong sense of self-esteem and self-confidence and it would be too tough to do that if I was spending all day every day doing the parts of the business that are harder for me!

Read my full interview here. I talk about mistakes I’ve made in my business, my future goals and my advice for other solopreneurs!

Related Article

Awhile back I did an article on HubPages titled Why The Economy is Great for Innerpreneurs. A solopreneur and an innerpreneur are two different things. I see myself as both!

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