What actually is a Solopreneur?!
I’m Clive, and I consider myself a Solopreneur.
I also consider myself an Entrepreneur, because many of the same characteristics apply to both…
- Creating something out of nothing
- Taking smart financial risks in the pursuit of profit
- Not conforming to the notion of exchanging my time for money
There’s great overlap between the two definitions. But there are also distinctions…
I Love Working Alone
I am most productive when I’m on my own. Why? Because I get sh*t done!
For some people the notion being alone all day is hell!
Personally I love it because it means zero distractions and I reach my goals quicker.
I’d also say that Solopreneurship *generally* attracts more introverted personality personality types.
I hate office politics. I hate morning small talk. I hate unnecessary meetings. So eliminating these from my life has made me much more zen! (Rant over).
Now I also think there are common misconceptions about Solopreneurs…
The Most Common Misconception
Solopreneurs do all the work themselves
This is rubbish!
A smart business owner understands the power of leverage. Whether this is people or tools.
I have a remote team of employees that handle the day-to-day, lower-value tasks that I don’t want to do. Nor should I be doing.
I also have tools that aim to automate my businesses as much as possible.
If you’re doing EVERYTHING in your business, I think that goes against the very nature of Entrpreneurship, Solopreneurship and the goal for financial and social freedom in your life.
The Type of Person Attracted to Solopreneurship
It takes a certain type of character to be a Solopreneur or even call yourself one.
In my case there’s unwavering belief in my ability to be successful – on my own.
I’m also incredibly passionate about showing others (my children in particularly as they grow up) that by not following the 99.9%, you can create a life for yourself way beyond what you ever thought possible.
Do I think that someone who just kind of falls into working on their own can truly be considered a Solopreneur? I’m afraid not.
Do I think someone who actively pursues a life of this nature in the pursuit of freedom is a Solopreneur? Absolutely I do.
That’s the distinction.