Solopreneur resources should all be available in a single place – that’s what I, as a solopreneur, think. Our tribe of solopreneurs knows there are huge lists everywhere on the Net for everything we may need as part of our work. But most list compilers don’t get it. We solopreneurs don’t want huge lists; we need cleverly curated lists. And we need all the diverse lists of resources in one place, so we don’t have to search and sift through the information overload. We’re aiming to make our work easier, not harder. Knowing how hard it is to get good information, I have handpicked resources that have helped my solopreneur clients and me and categorized them for you. Pick from books, courses, tools, apps, forums, groups, and a host of other supportive aids that are all vetted for value.
- VIDEO: Kyle Burbank shares with viewers his “Essential Solopreneur Tools: 3 Business Tools I Personally Use” (Must watch: 3:00 minutes)
- How can solopreneurs decide between free resources and paid ones?
- How much should solopreneurs spend on learning and tools to grow faster?
Some top lists of resources that solopreneurs will find mighty useful
- Best Books For Solopreneurs: Our Handpicked Collection
- Best Courses For Solopreneurs: Top-Rated Udemy Collection
- Best Blogs For Solopreneurs: To Read And Get Inspired By
VIDEO: Kyle Burbank shares with viewers his “Essential Solopreneur Tools: 3 Business Tools I Personally Use” (Must watch: 3:00 minutes)
Being a solopreneur doesnât actually mean to you have to everything yourself. Even if youâre not turning to other people to help you out, there are certain tools that can make managing your money, organizing your projects, and promoting your business a little bit easier. In this video, Kyle explains the huge advantages he gets from 3 tools – Quickbooks, Airtable, and Viraltag.
How can solopreneurs decide between free resources and paid ones?
A question most solopreneurs ask is this: âShould we get free tools and aids, or paid ones? When is it right to look for free options, and when is it better to get paid resources?â The most crucial deciding factor actually should be your business goals.
Looking sharply at your goals will make it easier to judge if a tool or resource would be a âneed-to-haveâ item for you or just a ânice-to-haveâ item. A lot depends on your âwhyâ â¦ why do you think a tool or resource will be helpful, and how will it be useful? More importantly, how will you measure how useful it will be to your business in money terms?
Knowing your goals with clarity will also help you decide on possible budgets for things like tools, books, courses, and other aids. Some resources like books and courses aid your self-growth. Other apps and software help make your workload more manageable and faster. And special forums, groups, and communities will help you find a supportive embrace. All three types of resources are essential to you, but the question is: how will you budget for them, and based on what criteria?
In case youâre the dithering type or have a tendency to be a tool-buying junkie (like I used to be), go through the 15 question checklist below. These questions will help settle and clarify your mind in the right direction:
- Will it save you valuable time that could help you earn more?
- Will it progress your business faster than youâre growing presently?
- Is there a learning curve that involves time and cost for you?
- Do you need it right now? (Really? Be truthful to yourself!)
- Is there a one-time-only price deal (and is that a red herring)?
- Will the tool direct advance your goals? In what way?
- Will it spare you from doing some tough job youâre not good at?
- Are you falling for the shiny object syndrome? Fooling yourself?
- Do you really need it or do you merely want it? Think again!
- Will it save (or make) you more money? This is a big one!
- Is there a cheaper alternative thatâs just as good for the job?
- Is there a recurring fee you havenât noticed or factored in?
- Does the one tool do the work of several other worthwhile tools?
- What do other people say about it, good and bad, asked or unasked?
- What is the return policy or money-back guarantee of the seller?
How much should solopreneurs spend on learning and tools to grow faster?
Solopreneurs almost always second-guess themselves on how much they should allow themselves to spend â if at all â on tools, aids, books, courses, and other resources.
One set of experts used to say that learning resources like books and courses are not expenses but investments, whereas other tools that facilitate work are expenses. The opposite set of experts held that even investments need to earn enough to pay for themselves to be viable investments.
Nowadays, there is a new debate on whether the consumers would be willing to pay for tools and aids and resources â even learning resources â when there is so much high-quality free information floating around on the Net.
A lot of the information online is not even new. It is primarily a regurgitation of content that some people have created, and others have copied. Marketers who have spent nothing on research or creation of content or apps â and who have merely copied the works of others â can afford to throw this fare out in the market as free bait to sell other income-producing products. Therefore “free stuff” needn’t mean inferior quality, especially if it is a near-similar copy of a high-priced product.
Amid this dialogue, an exciting concept has emerged from Mike Michalowicz, who has developed the “Profit First” principle (and also published a seminal book of the same name).
Michael believes that any business will think it needs every new tool or app and spend without worry. There are a plethora of enticing products with promises of ease, speed, and compelling ROI arguments. As technology rapidly evolves, more tools will appear on the horizon, only adding to the itch to buy. Further, businesses affected by information overload will often use price labels to indicate quality over free resources.
For all these reasons, expenses will overshoot, as a rule, making many businesses unprofitable and eventually defunct. The solution is to pay your business a profit percentage first from anything it earns. Having stashed away the profit percentage, what’s leftover is the disposable income for expenses.
This method will ensure that your business will work at a healthy and sure profitability level you set. Your expenses, too, will be under control because you don’t have enough to splurge unjudiciously.
Michael’s Profit First concept forces a rigor on small businesses and solopreneurs to live within their means â and their means are their revenues, minus the profits they have religiously paid themselves first.
SOME TOP LISTS OF RESOURCES THAT SOLOPRENEURS WILL FIND MIGHTY USEFUL
Best books for solopreneurs? Hmmm! I must admit I had great fun picking this collection. Like all solopreneurs, I, too, get waylaid by great books. I read as much of each of them as Amazon would allow and bought quite a few.
I picked these titles especially because they are a medley of books for solopreneurs at various stages of their business. Plus, the authors are primarily solopreneurs themselves or have been consultants to solopreneurs.
So they have a perspective that is genuinely valuable and field-tested. Nobody could know the struggles, joys, tricks, or techniques of solo success like these authors do. Enjoy! [Read More]
Best courses for solopreneurs? If you want good value for money, you would have to check out Udemy.
I imagine that solopreneurs would like to have a panorama of courses that give just enough detail on all the different subjects involved in running solo businesses.You want enough to know every topic in fair detail, and not get all caught up in only one or two disciplines that go into solopreneurship.
Thatâs why I have picked a collection of easy-priced, top-rated Udemy courses you can go through that will give you a 360Â° understanding of all the skills you need as a solopreneur. I hope you find this collection as good as I did. [Read More]
Best blogs for solopreneurs? When I set out to compile this collection, I focused on two things.
One, the blogs must have value for solopreneurs and discuss topics of help in the daily work and life of solopreneurs. Two, the blogs I choose must also inspire solopreneurs to write better blogs. They must benchmark quality and style, and excellence for solopreneurs to get inspired by.
Iâm happy to say I found many blogs eventually that I could count on to make you, the solopreneur reader, feel like improving and polishing your thought-leadership and uniqueness of expression. [Read More]
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