We are coming up to the end of summer and solopreneurs need to be reminded of the value of vacations and breaks. They need time to relax and reflect on those important questions: What do I love about my business? What do I not love about my business? What is unique about it? Is it time to make some changes?
Surviving change has become an important consideration for solopreneurs. We are bombarded with news items speaking about changes being brought on by climate change, technological inventions, social networking shifts, cyber warfare, political shifts and disasters to mention just a few. All of these changes impact our markets in some way. How does a solopreneur ensure survival? Well, they need to develop their agility and resiliency skills if they are to survive the impact and pace of these disruptive changes.
Business success requires taking control and staying focused. Things don’t just happen; things occur because you have a clear intention and you are spending regular time working on your business, as opposed to working at it. This business kickstarter will help you define and keep that focus:
As a solopreneur, what do you do when something in business happens that angers or upsets you? You have no colleagues to help you through it and your mind won’t stop going over and over it. Let your learning journal be your sounding board and counsellor.
What does it take? My research tells me that many people search the term “How to Be Your Own Boss”. That signals a desire for independence but “your own boss” carries an atmosphere of being told what to do.
Being Your Own CEO (Chief Executive Officer) on the other hand says that I am in charge of something that has importance and potential. This is the term I have chosen for my work with solopreneurs because it carries with it an entrepreneurial attitude.
Becoming a solopreneur doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process not unlike the evolutionary process we all follow in life.
Scholars have studied humanity and noted our stages of development; Spiral Dynamics is one such study. For a review of Spiral Dynamics, here are two useful sites: Integral Spiral Dynamics and Spiral Dynamics Model
These stages can also be applied to becoming a solopreneur. See The Stages of Solo Enterprise diagram. Following is a brief explanation of each stage: