Before we begin, let's make one thing clear: starting your own business is scary. If anyone tells you otherwise, they're lying or at the very least misguided. Choosing to go your own way takes guts. If it didn't, everyone would be an entrepreneur.
Overcoming obstacles is second nature for Jeff Wiguna, an Eagle Scout, nature lover, and the co-founder of San Francisco-based Kuju Coffee. When one of his tent poles broke on his very first camping trip in 7th grade, he fixed it in the dark with duct tape.
Life doesn't end at 60. Or 70. Or 80. Or any set time. There's certainly no requirement that you sit by and wait for the end just because you've passed a certain age.
Producing a physical good is one of the most expensive undertakings for a solopreneur. I've dreamed of being a self-published author since I began my career in 2009, but I didn't have the courage to get started until I considered crowdfunding.
Business plans get a bad rap for being stodgy, outdated, lengthy documents that no one reads. Business plans don't have to be jargon-filled, endless tomes, though. They're meant to be useful guides toward success. And that's why every business owner, even the smallest of eCommerce solopreneurs, should consider writing one.
Creating your first apparel product can be a daunting task. Especially if you don’t know where to start. Before you can “officially” make your product in a factory, you will need to create a production-ready sample for factories to replicate. You can hire someone to do all the ground work for you but if you are looking to build a fashion business from your product idea, then you will have to start thinking strategically BEFORE you finalized your apparel product designs with a manufacturer or technical consultant.
Content marketing is everywhere you look. This very article about content marketing is itself content marketing, which much like Googling the word Google using Google, is exactly the kind of thing that may cause time to loop in on itself and collapse the universe. One paragraph should be fine though.
What makes people happy? It turns out that genetics and life circumstances, such as family backgrounds, careers, and finances, only account for about half of a person's happiness, according to University of California researchers. Although it's a common assumption that money can buy happiness, 100 years of data now prove that's not true. While money can improve happiness when it lifts people out of poverty, after that it doesn't make much of difference on their emotional well-being, research shows.
It's finally happened. After years of kicking around mere "ideas," you've thought up something worthy of all caps: THE IDEA. The one that will let you quit your full-time job, earn you a billion dollars, and eventually own your own island. Here's the problem, you don't know how to turn your brilliant idea into a brilliant product that consumers everywhere will want to buy.
Earning additional income online can be both challenging and fun. Consider embracing the gig economy and build a web-based business around your talents. You have many options outside of dog walker or pet sitter (of course, you can do these if you really love them). Most importantly, you can sell services from your own website instead of selling through a third-party gig platform. With a bit of inspiration, you can use your website to brand your services and connect with potential customers while controlling all aspects of your business. Below are four in-demand services to get you started:
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At Weebly, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to build something new and do what they love. The Inspiration Center features experts sharing what they've learned about starting and growing these types of big ideas.