9 Tips and Tools Every Solopreneur Needs

May 28, 2017

Being a solopreneur is filled with challenges.

While the freedom from bosses and incompetent coworkers is incredible, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, you don’t have anyone else to help pick up the slack.

It’s just you.

So what can you do to keep on top of the never-ending flood of to-do list items and keep from burning out?

The successful solopreneur toolkit

You might not want to hire a support staff, but there are a number of apps and online resources that can be just as helpful as a paid staff.

1. Evernote

One of the best parts of having a personal assistant is having someone available to write down your good ideas as you have them.

Evernote isn’t quite that good, but it is a great tool for keeping all of your notes in one place. Evernote includes a huge amount of free storage and is accessible from any device.

It also won the 2010 Webby for the best mobile app, so you know it’s good.

2. Sighted

The most important part of any business is making sure you get paid.

Sighted allows you to send and manage your invoices in one place. It allows you to work among several different currencies.

And when your business outgrows the free accounts, the premium options are still affordable.

3. Grammarly

You don’t have time to proofread. You’ve got business to do.

That’s where Grammarly comes in. Grammarly is a program that proofreads as you type, saving you time and embarrassment. There’s also

There’s also a free Grammarly extension for Chrome. Can’t beat that.

4. Hootsuite

You can’t do business these days without a social media presence. But it can be hard to manage all your separate accounts without a social media manager.

Hootsuite allows you to manage all of your social media pages from a single program, saving you time.

5. Canva

If you want to lose legitimacy fast, the easiest way to do that is to have bad design work.

Canva is a free web-based design program. It features beautiful drag-and-drop templates that allow you to create fresh graphics for all of your design work.

And all of this without hiring a designer.

6. Square

No one carries cash anymore.

And if you’re trying to get paid, that’s worth remembering. Square is a convenient alternative to traditional Point of Sales systems.

With Square, you can accept credit cards anywhere thanks to their free reader and mobile app.

7. Workflow Max

Workflow Max is the ultimate program for maximizing your productivity.

It allows integration with over thirty add-ons so you can handle your invoicing, scheduling, client management, and more from one program.

8. WiseStamp

Nothing legitimizes you as a serious solopreneur like a high-quality email signature.

WiseStamp creates a professional email signature with a variety of customizable features.

You can add your picture, link to your social media accounts, list your contact information, and more. All for a low-price annual subscription.


Scheduling meetings can take forever if you’re doing it on your own. makes it easy to organize meetups and appointments using only your email. It’s like having your own personal secretary, but without all the unsolicited gossip.

Oh, and you don’t have to pay it.

Beyond apps: more solutions for the solopreneur

These days, we are rich with free resources for every task.

But there’s only so much we can do on our own.

If you are a solopreneur that needs individualized help with organization, expansion strategies, social media, or online PR and marketing, contact me today.

how to start an llc

How to Start an LLC: A Beginner’s Guide

May 27, 2017

Have you always wanted to start your own LLC, but had no idea where to start? 

If so, then this is the perfect guide for you!

Here, we’ve created a beginner’s guide that will briefly and clearly tell you how to start an LLC, so you can stay focused on your business for years to come. 

Step One: Pick A Name

The first step in understanding how to start an LLC? 

Picking and claiming the perfect name!

First, you’ll need to make sure that no one else has already claimed the name you’re interested in. Most states won’t allow for duplicate names or names that are too similar to an existing one. 

Additionally, your home state likely has local laws when it comes to picking out a name. You can find out more about these local laws here

Be sure to select a name that’s relevant to your business, easy to pronounce, and clearly separates you from other businesses in your industry. Remember that in most states, you’ll need to include the initials “LLC” in your business correspondence and official documents. 

Once you’ve chosen your name, you can reserve and register it either at the time you file your articles of incorporation or before you create your LLC (this will once again depend on your state.) 

Should You Trademark Your Name? 

Once you’ve made the effort to select the name of your dreams, it’s generally a good idea to have it registered as a trademark. This way, no one can steal your name and your intellectual property will be protected. 

To start the trademarking process, you can go to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s website. 

Step 2: Start Setting Up Your LLC

It’s time to start making some decisions about the overall operations of your LLC. 

When it comes to who is in charge of your company, there are two possibilities. 

The first is called a “member-managed LLC.” This means that everyone who owns the LLC also manages it. This is the most popular option because most people who start their LLC want to be in charge of it!

If you’re the only member of your LLC, and also want to serve as its manager, good news! Depending on your state, you might not even need to file any articles of incorporation. 

The second management option is called a “manager-managed LLC.” This is when those that don’t own the LLC are in charge of running it. As the LLC owner, of course, you decide who manages your LLC in this option. 

Step 3: Filing Articles Of Incorporation 

Once you’ve decided on a management style, it’s time to file your articles of incorporation! These need to be filed with your state’s specific secretary of state. 

You will need to provide your LLC’s name, the legal address of your business, the purpose of your business, and who will help to manage and own your LLC. You’ll also need to provide an outline of the basic structure of your business. 

Of course, you’ll have to pay a fee when you file! Luckily, it’s only between $100-$300. 

At this time, you’ll also have to select who will be the “registered agent” of your LLC. This means that you need to pick a foreign or domestic company – other than your own LLC, of course! This entity will need to be registered to legally do business in your state and is usually a partner of your LLC. 

Step 4: Get Your Business License 

What’s the next thing you’ll need to do when you want to know how to start an LLC? 

Apply for and receive your business license! Though the specific license requirements will vary based on the state in which you live and do business, there are a few more general things you can expect. 

You’ll likely need to get additional licenses that vary based on the type of business you’re planning to run. This can be things like liquor licenses, licenses from the health department, and more. 

The Chamber Of Commerce in your specific city will also be able to give you additional information about the fees, overall application process, and kinds of licensing you may need to have. 

If you’re lucky, you might even be able to both get and renew your business license on the Internet!

Step 5: Get Right With The IRS

Next, it’s time to apply for your own Employee Identification Number (EIN,) through the IRS. This will ensure that your employees’ taxes are handled and filed properly. 

Even if you are the only person in your LLC, you’ll still need to get an EIN. Keep in mind that if you’re only working with independent contractors, you won’t need an EIN. 

If you’re your LLC’s only employee, you can apply for your EIN online through the IRS’s website

Once you have your EIN, you’ll be able to open your LLC’s official bank account! Select your bank carefully, and always ask about the different account options available to you. 

Step 6: Draw Up Your Operating Agreement

This is the final, and also one of the most important, steps of how to start an LLC. 

(Of course, if you’re the only person in your LLC, you won’t need to complete this step.) 

Even if you’re in a state that doesn’t legally require you to have an operating agreement, it’s still a smart idea. This agreement will help you to ensure you keep your status as an LLC, will help you outline in writing your financial and management plans, and will help you to set out rules for operation. 

You Know How To Start An LLC

Thanks to this quick guide, you now know the basics of what it takes to start your own LLC. 

Though there initially might be a bit of work involved, it’s always worth it in the end!

Looking for more advice on how to start your own business? Want to make sure things keep running smoothly? 

Check out the website and blog for more invaluable advice!

online business ideas

7 Online Business Ideas That Work

May 20, 2017

You’ve always seen yourself as someone that would be a good business owner, but as of yet, you haven’t taken the chance to open one of your own. After all, it’s estimated that 25% of all new business fail within their first year, and you’re worried about taking that kind of risk.

Instead of opening a brick and mortar location, think about starting a business online. Whether you want to start a new career or make money on the side, there’s something you can do. There are plenty of online business ideas that could make you a lot of money.

The best online business ideas

The online market for businesses is unlimited. If you stay focused on your latest business venture, you could make an entirely new career for yourself.

Are you curious about what the best online business ideas are for you? Take a look at these and see if any of them interest you.

Social media consultant

Do you like using Facebook, Twitter, and other major social media platforms? Have you had success gaining your own followers?

If you enjoy social media, you may want to consider becoming a social media consultant. It’s something you can do entirely online and demand for social media help is high.

Draft posting plans and write content for clients. In fact, if you’re good online, you may want to consider another internet career path…

Web designer

Building a good website takes time. If you have HTML and design skills, you could easily start to build websites for clients.

Doing web design full time or for freelance work could be one of the online business ideas you’re looking for. You’ll be able to make your own schedule and build a portfolio while you work.

Online craft seller

Do you see yourself as a crafty person? Do your friends love it when they get your homemade gifts? If so, selling goods on Etsy or Amazon could be what you need to do.

It’s estimated that over 1.6 billion people purchased goods online last year. There’s a market for what you’re selling, and you could make a lot of money.

Event concierge

If you’re a good planner and don’t mind spending time on the phone, being an event concierge may be the new career you’re looking for.

Planning a wedding, party, or other event means that someone needs to spend a lot of time on the phone making arrangements or learning about services. You could make money acting as a go-between for event hosts and businesses.

Affiliate marketing

Do you like to leave reviews on Amazon or Yelp? Your opinions could help make you money!

Affiliate marketing may be one of the best online business ideas ever created. People with established accounts on big websites can give their honest feedback on products or services.

Resume writer

A resume is essentially an advertisement you’re giving a potential employer. If you have good writing skills, you could make money online by writing resumes professionally.

Talk to clients about their professional background, and ask them for a list of places they used to work. If you have a creative enough mind, you’ll be able to do the rest.


Nearly every business or company could benefit from a consultant. If you’re knowledgeable about a certain industry or business practice, you could be a consultant.

If you know how to market for small businesses, be a business consultant. If you know a lot about making sales you could be a sales consultant.

If you have questions about how to make money, write us a message so we can start a conversation.