Yes, creating a presence on Etsy is a good starting point for many creative businesses. And if all you really want is a basic outlet for your artistic works, you can stop there. Etsy provides valuable services for creative people. For example, Etsy’s platform is relatively easy to use. Etsy sets up the “Buy” process, so all your customers have to do is click a button. Etsy handles all the money transactions, a real hassle for many creative people, especially those who ship internationally. And Etsy can provide limited promotion. That’s no small matter. Or if you chance to...Read More
Category: Online Solopreneurs
When you, a solopreneur, present fair trade goods, well… you’ve really accomplished something, both for your clients and for yourself. The term “fair trade” typically relates to goods of all kinds created in third world countries, often by solo businesses or small businesses. It demands fair treatment of all workers, and a fair price so the artisans can pay a fair wage. These are not necessarily beaded bracelets, although they could be. Just look at the quality and variety of fair traded goods in these images. I would personally be thrilled to own any of them, wear them proudly...Read More
There are so many really great options for 2018 that it is difficult to narrow down just The Top Choices for Solopreneurs. This whole site is geared to the solo business person, so if you don’t see your business here, do browse a bit and see what else might tickle your fancy. But here goes, my very top choices! Let’s Do Brunch! Entertaining of all kinds is growing exponentially. Whether it is brunch, or tea time, or a formal dinner for twelve, having guests over is BIG. That’s what makes this topic one of my TOP BUSINESSES FOR...Read More
Online training is really a growth niche. Whether you focus on long distance runners or aerobics, if you haven’t got an online presence you are missing out on a lot. A few years ago I am not sure I would have recommended online training so highly. I, for one, just perform better when I’ve got a real coach cheering me on. But then Nordic Trac (R) took on the task of the recorded trainer, and the whole training business has gotten a real boost. There is no reason in the world why your training business cannot do the same....Read More
It donna matter if you are inclined to an Irish music blog, or a Swedish music blog, or a traditional Renaissance music blog. If you like music, and you know a thing or two about it, then here’s your pot o’ gold, just waitin’ for you! There’s just no denying that everyone wants to know where they are from, and once they’ve discovered the Irish in their ancestry, it’s off to learn all about Irish music and Irish culture and Irish costumes. “Everything Irish” is a pretty big topic, so I’ve narrowed it down to “Irish music”, but you...Read More
What a delight these antique children’s books are! When I researched this topic, I kept getting the feeling, “My goodness, I owned these books!” In truth, I did own many of them. My greatest treat, along with my doll collection, was a new book. That is, in fact, the first thing to know about antique children’s books. “Antique” means 19th and 20th centuries, not the 16th century. Creating books for children, especially books with pictures, was late in the printing process. The second important thing to keep in mind is that most of these books were loved dearly, and...Read More
Tiny homes can be built out of almost anything — wood, an old caboose, steamer containers, mud. My next door neighbor has a tiny home that she calls a “studio”. Well, it’s got a bed and electricity and even a poddy, so I’d call it a tiny home. And it is so cute — it even has a loft area for storage or sleeping. (I want one!) Tiny homes have two things in common: (1) They are small, and (2) They are really IN right now. Whether for a vacation home, a rental property, a studio, or a forever...Read More
My love affair with journaling started with a blank journal that Oprah sent me. I think it was for an online meditation series, but the journal arrived long after the meditation series was over. “Mmmmm,” I recall thinking. “Whatever shall I do with this?” It was a nice journal, much too nice for my modest thoughts, and I was much too busy to do that journaling thing-y anyhow. So it sat on my bookshelf for many months. Then one day I took it with me when I went for a walk in the woods, and my poetry life came...Read More
Love me, love my puppy. And you can indeed with your very own creation: gourmet puppy treats! I pamper my pets. I suspect you do too. So do Allie and Su and Curly and Jennifer and … well, everyone. Creating a gourmet treat for puppies would be such a delightful business, and a potentially very lucrative one as well. As with all food related businesses, there are a few steps to follow, but it is not difficult. First Comes The Recipe for Your Gourmet Puppy Treats Set yourself apart from the crowd with “organic” and “natural” and “made in...Read More
There are a number of super online courses for learning how to paint. But, as always, there is room for more. There is room for YOU. The key to success, in fact, is to make your site special. Make it something that you know a whole lot about, but something that isn’t on every other website. That sounds a lot easier than it is. First take inventory of your personal skills. If impressionism just isn’t your style, maybe teaching it isn’t the best option. But if mixing and matching colors is what you are truly great at, then a...Read More
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