Solopreneurship: one-man-show startup guide
In today’s jig economy, solopreneurship is more common than you think. So, who is a solopreneur? He or she is someone who runs their business alone, juggling many balls in the air: meetings, work, breaks, bills, everything. Needless to say, this requires total discipline, grit, will power and commitment to deep dive into solopreneurship. If you are going to take the plunge, you need to be focused and ensure that use your time in the best possible way. While the going may be tough, the rewards are tremendous as you are your own boss and have the flexibility to change things your way.
Let’s now look making you a smart solopreneur:
1. Don’t go by stereotypes
Just because you are called a solopreneur, it doesn’t mean that you should shut yourself to the world. You should be doing quite the opposite: to run a business successfully, you should meet people and network constantly. Who knows when a contact will provide useful.
2. Explore your freedom
A major plus for solopreneurship is that there is no bureaucracy or established organisational traditions to hold you back. You are your own policymaker and have the freedom to develop your own methods. Of course, this means that you will be accountable for anything that happens. But, on the other hand, you don’t have to waste time and effort looking into team members’ egos and concerns. In fact, your status gives you the unique opportunity to set your own standards. If you are trying to do something in an unconventional way, take advantage of your space and go ahead.
3. Focus on just one thing
Lists are a solopreneurs friend. Make a list and tick off one thing at a time. This is not as easy as it sounds, particularly as you are multitasking. Being a solopreneur means that you have no one else to share responsibility. So the more you concentrate on one thing at a time, the more work you will get one. Ignore unnecessary mails, calls, and messages. Also, while working on one thing, do not think about what you have planned to do two hours hence.
4. Celebrate every success
Celebrate and share your milestones and accomplishments. As you don’t have colleagues, ensure that your wins and successes are celebrated with friends, family, or relatives. Social media is also an option.
5. Look out for the right space to work
If you’re okay with working out of home, it’s fine but if you feel it is leading to tedium, you could consider going to a co-working space or any other space to make sure you’re at your productive best.
6. Meet other solopreneurs
Just because you’re a solopreneur doesn’t have to mean working alone or like an introvert. You could try working out of a co-working space as well, and surround yourself with like-minded people. Meeting other solopreneurs will help you gain valuable insights and will help expand your business. Also join forums and communities where you can share your ideas and interact with people.
Most of all, invest in patience and you’re bound to reach where you want.