100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs, 2017 Edition: Nominations Now Open!

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs 2016 nominations now open

As you know, we make it our mission here at One Woman Shop to provide solopreneurs with the best possible tools, resources, and community they need to recognize that “going it alone doesn’t have to be lonely.”

And we know we’re not the only ones on that mission. In fact, in 2015, we proved it when we opened nominations for our first edition of the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs, and they started pouring in. Let’s just say it was a tall task to get the list down to 100 when there are so many fantastic websites out there serving solo business owners.

We also know that new sites are popping up every day, and old favorites continue to provide an incredible amount of value — so without further ado, let’s hear your picks for the 2017 edition of 100 Best Sites!

What’s your favorite site for solopreneurs?

We’re looking for the best sites that provide rich, consistently-updated resources for solo business owners on the various elements of starting and running a business. The sites you turn to when you need advice on solopreneur finances. The blogs populating your RSS feeder for when you need launching or email marketing wisdom. The links you visit on the daily for the inspiration to quit your day job, build your side biz, or become location independent. Heck, even the sites you love to visit to give your brain a break so you can come back to your work stronger.

Speak now, fellow solopreneur!

Use the form below to nominate. Numerous nominations are encouraged! Simply submit the form, then choose “Submit another response.” (Oh, and self-nominations count!)

To another year of celebrating a fantastic solopreneur community!

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

The 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs from One Woman Shop

Welcome to the second edition of 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs.

The online world is at once both a very small and a very large place. As a solopreneur, it’s not exactly tough to find resources to help grow your solo business — but it’s a true challenge to find the very best resources that will provide the insight, advice, and tips you need to build the business that makes you want to shout from the rooftops: “I’m a solopreneur!!!

That’s what #100BestSites is all about — and this year, it’s back and better than ever. Our nominations tripled this time around, making our job of compiling, editing, and polishing these entries pretty tough — but we’re confident that what you’ll find below is a goldmine of resources that will provide both inspirational advice and actionable how-tos when it comes to rocking your business. (Oh — and a little something else, too. Our last category is a new one!)

Dig in… and be endlessly inspired to better your biz.


Digital Marketing

The sites to visit for all things marketing: blogging, social media, SEO, building your list, and developing a website that works.

AmbitionAlly

Nathalie Lussier — who you’ll see again later on this list — and her husband say it best: “As allies in our marriage and business, we’re here to become your favorite allies for growing your business with elegant software solutions!” The AmbitionAlly blog reflects this — and more — with content about everything from WordPress plugins to influencer outreach to video opt-ins.

Must-read post: 5 Examples of Gamification in Marketing

Blacksburg Belle with April Bowles-Olin

“You absolutely loooove what you do, but you hate that you don’t make any {or enough} money doing it.” If this is you, enter: April — AKA Blacksburg Belle and CreativeLive star. In the words of OWS member Amanda: “She’s a business coach for creative women, and she’s got a no-nonsense style, and you can tell it’s because she cares so much.”

Must-read post: 10 Reasons Your Marketing Efforts Aren’t Working

ConvertKit

ConvertKit — the newest player in the email marketing platform arena that people (including us) can’t stop talking about — has an equally valuable blog. In between sharing best practices for making the most of their platform, they break down general best practices for email marketing. Color us “converts.”

Must-read post: The Anatomy of the Perfect Email

Design Your Own Lovely Blog with Marianne Manthey

Calling all DIY-ers! If outsourcing design and tech work isn’t in your budget (yet) or you’d love to master basic tech skills, you need Marianne and DYOB in your life. Suddenly, HTML and CSS don’t seem so scary, are we right?

Must-read post: Don’t Put Off Learning HTML + CSS! Here’s What You Need to Know

House of Brazen with Elise McDowell

We had a tough time choosing a category for Elise’s online home because, in her words, it’s a site built for those who are “ready to build a profitable business that allows you to sleep in, go for a hike in the middle of the week or take a vacation when you feel like it…” (Solopreneur mindset + lifestyle, anyone?) But in order to get there? You’ve gotta kick ass online, which she’ll help you with.

Must-read post: Why Micro-Adventures are Good for Business

Jess Creatives with Jessica Freeman

Jess says she could live on chai lattes and peanut butter and she has a dog named Morgan Freeman. (Just a few reasons you can love/trust her.) But don’t just take it from us — one nominator said: “I really enjoy how Jess breaks things down to simplify them,” while another noted her “insightful posts on design and freelance topics.”

Must-read post: Why Etsy and Facebook Can Not Be Your Only Online Presence

Kyla Roma

With a bio section in her footer that’s headlined with “Who dat, who dat? K-Y-L-A,” we can’t help but get psyched when we land on Kyla’s digital homebase. As a business coach and digital strategist, Kyla’s blog runs the gamut from building a better web presence to eliminating distractions from your essential work.

Must-read post: How to Build Community Around Your Business Before You’re Ready

Lara Eastburn

Besides the fact that she’s a PhD-bearing geek who also loves wine, we’re drawn back to Lara’s site on repeat because of what she helps small(er) businesses do: “Speak Human. Win the Internet.” Lara’s site is a go-to for everything social media: from Facebook Ads to using “linguistic disruption to restore real gratitude” in tweets. (For real.)

Must-read post: Thank You (Yawn) For Sharing

Liz Lockard

Liz’s tagline sums it up: “Getting more traffic doesn’t have to be so hard.” What a relief. As Tara Gentile (another #100BestSites winner) testifies: “If you’re listening to anyone else but Liz on search, you’re wasting your time. I’m just so tired of people being taken advantage of when it comes to SEO. I love her approach and what it stands for in terms of both business strategy & people-centric thinking.”

Must-read post: The Vanity Metric That’s Killing Your Business

Marketing Creativity with Lisa Jacobs

Marketing Creativity is the brainchild of Lisa, the owner of an Etsy jewelry shop-turned-marketing consultant. Who better to learn from about the ins-and-outs of marketing an online store than someone who has, you know, actually done it? And if you love gold and glitter? Bonus! You’ll feel right at home on her site.

Must-forward post: How to Support the Creative Entrepreneur in Your Life

Melyssa Griffin

Melyssa Griffin is the artist formerly known as the head of The Nectar Collective. We can’t promise that visiting her site won’t inspire a serious bout of the comparison trap (then again, most of these sites probably will), especially with her enviable income reports. But we can promise that she’ll offer you killer digital marketing advice backed with stats and examples.

Must-read post: How to Use Bonuses in Your Business to Turn More People Into Customers

Nathalie Lussier

If her name looks familiar, it’s because Nathalie’s a rock star who made this list twice. (See AmbitionAlly, above.) We couldn’t neglect her namesake site, though — which is perhaps best known for its 30-Day List Building Challenge — but is all about creating “a digital strategy that matches your ambition.”

Must-listen episode: Tech Checklist for a Successful Launch

Sarah Von Bargen

We confessed last year that we’ve nicknamed Sarah Von Bargen “SVB” because we reference her so often. (We’re all about efficiency.) Every time we read one of her posts, we’re struck with a “Wow, that’s so obvious, yet we haven’t been doing it” moment. (You know that feeling, right?) She encourages us to think out-of-the-box when it comes to online marketing, be creative in order to maximize our efforts, and get more honest with ourselves.

Must-read post: Just Because You Don’t Like Something Doesn’t Mean You Can Ignore It

Skillcrush

The team at Skillcrush (ladies we happen to love) is out to promote freelancing and solopreneurship by making tech skills easy to learn. While their Career Blueprints rock, their blog is a stellar place to go for advice on freelancing, design and tech, and social media marketing. (And who doesn’t love a company who can make an awesome April Fools joke?)

Must-read post: How to Decide Which Programming Language to Learn

Tiny Blue Orange with Alison Monday

The team behind Tiny Blue Orange (that would be Alison and her two pups, Brutus and Pixel, of course) believe that security, sass + sweetness make the world go ’round. We <3 sites that can talk tech and make it oh-so-delicious.

Must-read series: Nerd Alert (obviously)

Wellpreneur with Amanda Cook

According to listener Helen, Amanda Cook of the Wellpreneur podcast “shares actionable advice, inspirational podcasts, resources and great courses!” Amanda has carved out a niche amongst health coaches and “wellpreneurs,” but her digital marketing advice is applicable to any online business owner who aspires to be “authentic, vibrant, creative, and caring.”

Must-listen episode: Being a TedX Speaker with Adria DeCorte

WP+BFF with Shannon Mattern

Last year, WP+BFF was a new-to-us site that landed on the list because of a nomination. This year, Shannon was hands-down the most nominated site, which is a testament to her community’s trust in her when it comes to WordPress site-building. In the words of Cate: “Shannon is authentic, fun, and provides the best information and support for building a website…” (We couldn’t agree more.) Emily adds, “She has helped me make my own WordPress site…using real language [not tech-speak].”

Must-read post: Are You Making These Mistakes on Your Website?

XO Sarah with Sarah Morgan

From creating passive income to doubling your blog traffic, Sarah Morgan is a web designer who’s out to help you make more with less. Her badass blog is a treasure trove of resources for design, productivity, Pinterest, blogging, product creation and much, much more — and her Insta feed will make you want to drop everything and learn aerial arts.

Must-read post: 3 Blog Design Updates That Made a Big Difference in My Traffic, Subscribers, and Shares


Publicity, Launching and Sales

The sites to visit when it’s time to garner attention, build your launch strategy, and make more money.

Alexia Vernon

Alexia is all about helping rising female leaders (so yeah, you) develop their story and share it with the world. She helps followers “step into their moxie” through storytelling and speaking, with signature programs focused on “your spotlight.”  Oh — and her movement has spread to the White House, where she was branded as a “Moxie Maven.” #heckyes

Must-read post: Haters, Copycats and Raving Fans (Why They Have Everything and Nothing To Do With You)

Amanda Genther

A seasoned designer and pro in branding, Amanda’s out to help you brand and launch your next online course. If you’ve struggled with making your ideas happen, pushing past resistance, or launching a digital program, it’s pretty much guaranteed that her site has a resource for you.

Must-read post: My 8-Step Process for Writing Sales Page Copy

Betty Means Business with Kate Byrne

Sales are slimy. Pricing sucks. Playing small is safe. ← We witness these mentalities all the time, but Kate, of Betty Means Business, has answers for all of them. Spend just a few minutes on this site, and you’ll realize that Betty really does mean business.

Must-read post: Business Slow? 21 Client-Winning Moves to Make Now

Emma Lawrence PR

In a fast-moving world of Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, more traditional PR can often be overlooked. But it’s certainly not dead. Though it has evolved, the principles are still very much intact. And if you’re ready to take control of your own PR, you need the wisdom of Emma Lawrence, your new PR coach.

Must-read post: 5 Secrets to an Irresistible Press Pitch

Evolve + Succeed with Halley Gray

Halley Gray likes to do things like: send out mugs that read “Fuck yeah!” and host a series called Drunk Webinars. But amongst the goofiness, she shares some pretty powerful advice on booking yourself out with client work and rocking your launch strategies.

Must-read post: The #1 Mistake All Client-Based Businesses are Making (and How to Fix It)

Farideh Ceaser

The main calls-to-action on Farideh’s website are “I launch you.” “You launch you.” and “Songs.” So simple and practical, yet so attention-grabbing. Whether you’re in the market for a launch strategist, DIY launching wisdom, or clever biz songs (like the one called “Should I Do a Webinar?”), Farideh’s your girl.

Must-read post: 50 Ways to Build Buzz Without Doing a Webinar or a 3-Part Video Series

Femtrepreneur with Mariah Coz

Sometimes we want to skip the sugar coating and have someone give it to us straight. Enter: Mariah, who encourages — nay, insists — that you “stop screwing around with your blog and turn it into a badass, profitable business.”

Must-read post: The Truth About Content Upgrades

Hey Shenee with Shenee Howard

Anyone who uses Friends and Full House GIFs on their site is a-okay with us. Shenee also rocks long-form posts and is candid with her business struggles, which win her even more brownie points. If you’re looking for a “fist-bump and high-five…to get you going in the right direction,” it’s time to say “Hey, Shenee!”

Must-read post: 8 More Things Internet Marketers Don’t Want You to Know

Launch Grow Joy with Andreea Ayers

Andreea works with product-based businesses to get their products the attention they deserve. Whether it’s setting up an online store, getting more traffic, or gaining media coverage, her blog and podcast are a go-to resource for online store owners who want to launch, grow, and find joy. (Had to.)

Must-read post: How to Write a Product Description That Does the Selling for You


Branding, Copy, and Content Strategy

The sites to visit for tips on designing and wordsmithing the brand and content that tells your biz story.

Alexandra Franzen

Alex Franzen’s writing style is unlike any other. She draws you in with personal anecdotes and examples until you find yourself alone behind your computer whispering “Wowwww” under your breath and nodding slowly. She inspires you to take action, but more so, to shake up your mindset and start seeing things differently — especially when it comes to sharing your business’ story.

Must-read post: How to Tell a Great Story — Onstage

Brooks Editorial with Ashley Brooks

We bet at least a few of you reading will relate to Ashley’s bio: “I make the most of our rare warm weather by spending every spare minute on the front porch with a book. In a perfect world, I always have an iced mocha in hand and a book in my purse.” In addition to sharing our love for coffee, reading, and coziness, Ashley shares our love for effective content strategies.

Must-read post: 5 Myths You Believe About Content Strategies (That Are Dragging Down Your Business)

ByRegina with Regina Anaejionu

If you spend time on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen one of Regina’s branded images pop up on your feed. But a consistent brand on social media isn’t the only thing Regina does right — she’s also the queen of content for infopreneurs. We wouldn’t be surprised if you do a double-take when you start following her due to the sheer volume of quality content she puts out.

Must-read post: How to Create Super Share-Worthy Blog Posts

Canva’s Design School

It’s time to go back to school. Design School, that is. Even if you work with a designer in your solo business (or are a designer in your solo biz!), mastering basic design skills can serve you well. In addition to being an image editing service, Canva offers design lessons and inspiration — like the pros and cons of flat design and designs from around the world  — through its “school.”

Must-read post: 10 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Images

The Content Direction Agency with Lacy Boggs

Doused with mystery but incredibly clear when it comes to content and sales cycles, Lacy is Director of The Content Direction Agency. Her mission is to help your content out of its identity crisis, and her “Eyes Only Content Library” shows you how. (Oh — and if you liked a good game of Where in the World is Carmen San Diego back in the day, you’ll love navigating her website.)

Must-read post: How to Develop Your Own Brand Voice Guidelines

Copyhackers

Even if your ultimate goal isn’t to create a business based around copywriting, creating content is a crucial — and inevitable — facet of running a solo biz. Having some copywriting chops will make that next landing page or email campaign a heck of alot easier, and Copyhackers is the place to turn for all things copy. Fitting name, indeed.

Must-read post: Why Your Copy Needs to Pick a Fight with the Other Guy (Instead of Smiling and Shrugging)

The Crown Fox with Kaitlyn Kessler

You know we like pretty things — but we also like incredibly helpful things, as well. You can find both over at Kaitlyn’s site. What we love most? How in-depth she goes on topics like re-branding, creating social media graphics, and gaining authority through design. In the words of OWS member Julienne, “Kaitlyn offers really great overview posts of branding do’s and don’ts.”

Must-read post: Three Signs You Should Rebrand & One Sign You Shouldn’t

Elle & Co. with Lauren Hooker

A graphic designer by trade, Lauren has years of experience under her belt learning the ins-and-outs of building a brand and business. Through a wealth of step-by-step tutorials and how-to posts, she helps other small business owners and solopreneurs build brands, create websites, and grow audiences so that they’re poised to sell.

Must-read post: 10 Essential Design Resources for Creative Entrepreneurs

Garnishing Co. with Susannah Brinkley

It’s really no surprise that the brains behind the Feast and West blog, Susannah, would also choose a food-related term for a branding and design resource, and we can’t help but love her for it. Garnishing Co. is all about “helping bloggers and small business owners make their brands thoughtfully beautiful — on a budget,” and despite being a relatively new blog, her resources go deep in helping you DIY your design.

Must-read post: Make Business Cards That Stand Out

Kayla Hollatz

Anyone who has a fierce love for writing, creativity, and hot chocolate is a friend of ours. But what adds fuel to Kayla’s fire is her passion for community building, something she showcases through her weekly Twitter chat and ever-evolving community, #createlounge. We love her blog for tips on cultivating creativity and using social media to build your brand.

Must-read post: The Difference Between Growing an Audience and Community (and Why Both Matter!)

The Middle Finger Project with Ash Ambirge

Sass, sarcasm, and smarts: Ash Ambirge puts it all on the table over at The Middle Finger Project. She provides “unconventional advice for unconventional women,” and while you have the option to switch from Snark Mode to Censored on her site, we highly recommend the snark. We can’t quite say it better than we did last year: Sometimes raunchy; always insightful.

Must-read post: Networking Event? Try This Creative Approach to Introducing Yourself

Nicole Baute

A “writing coach and story strategist,” Nicole breaks down the barriers that keep you from writing and helps you discover the voice that is your own. We appreciate her honest approach to creating copy and content, and her candid advice for making it work for your business.

Must-read post: Stop Sounding Like Everybody Else

The Rule Breaker’s Club with Courtney Johnston

Out to serve “rebels with a cause,” we turn to Courtney’s blog and videos when it comes to sales pages, emails, and when to ignore your audience. (You read that right — she’s a rebel, remember?) Once you’ve experienced her “Rainbow of Sales,” you’ll never go back.

Must-watch video: Email Marketing Mindset

The Story of Telling with Bernadette Jiwa

Bernadette’s a two-timer on this list for a reason (or two): Her customer service-oriented approach and shunning of rational sales strategies makes us think twice, and her short-form posts pack a great deal of punch. Her real-world examples and focus on storytelling makes her resources all the more insightful.

Must-read post: What Do Your Customers Really Want?

White Oak Creative with Lindsay Humes

Lindsay isn’t your standard blogger — she’s the blogger who also builds the WordPress themes you’re blogging on, which makes her blog a haven for information specific to blogging, including tutorials, resources, and design inspiration. The depth of her tutorials makes even the most tech illiterate of us (cough, cough) feel savvy.

Must-read post: Move Over, Grandma! Why Site Speed Matters + Tips to Improve It

The Write Life

The Write Life was built to help writers “create, connect, and earn,” but it’s safe to say that the site has evolved into an overall fantastic resource for building a brand as a freelancer. Whether you’re looking to improve your writing skills or your social presence, there’s likely an article for that.

Must-read post: Want to Raise Your Brand Awareness? Put One of These on Your Blog


Biz Growth, Systems, and Productivity

The sites to visit when it’s time to hunker down and grow your biz — and the systems and productivity tips that’ll get you there.

99U

Some business sites sell the idea that a business that runs like a well-oiled, revenue-generating machine is easy to come by. 99U reminds us that “‘Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.’ To truly make great ideas a reality, we must act, experiment, fail, adapt, and learn on a daily basis.” In a word? Evolve. It’s what the articles on 99U help us do.

Must-read category: Iteration

Being Boss

A team after our own hearts, Kathleen and Emily launched Being Boss as a podcast for creative entrepreneurs who identify as “the rebels, the quiet ones, the schemers, and the dreamers.” Through a mix of kick-ass guests and mini-sodes, they cover all aspects of “boss-ness” (that’s our made up term…), from launching to partnership and fitness to email marketing.

Must-listen episode: Playing Big with Tara Mohr

Devon Smiley

Whether you’re stuck on pricing a proposal or you’re in a sticky situation with a client and need to find your way out, Devon’s your go-to girl. A negotiation consultant who’s “out to make sure you’re not getting the short end of the stick when you do business,” her Smiley Sessions (bite-sized, action-driven videos) are fantastic for solopreneurs at any stage of the game.

Must-watch video: A Quick + Simple Bottom Line Booster

The Freelance to Freedom Project

We think it’s safe to say that freedom — with your schedule, your energy, your creativity, maybe even your location — is something all of us solopreneurs aspire to. While we don’t think it can happen with the snap of your fingers, we think it’s possible through strategic work. Enter: The Freelance to Freedom Project, where Featured Writers share their wisdom on just that.

Must-read post: You Can’t Do It All. Do This Instead

Heartmade Blog with Mayi Carles

In between showcasing her handmade illustrations, quoting The Lion King, showing off her adorable baby, and throwing in a few Spanish words to bump up our vocabularies, Mayi gives tips ‘n tricks on running a multi-faceted business and ditching the idea of balance.

Must-read post: Turn Life’s Messes Into Creative Triumphs

Heather Crabtree

We say “savvy,” you say “Heather Crabtree.” Heather’s got the lockdown on savviness through posts about everything from creating on-point Pinterest profiles to branding on a budget to networking for introverts. Oh, and we <3 this: “Do you feel those big virtual hugs I am giving you right now? (Sorry if you are not a hugger. Sometimes I forget to ask before I hug.)”

Must-read post: How Hiring a Virtual Assistant Can Benefit You Emotionally

Hit the Mic with The Stacey Harris

An audio engineer by trade, The Stacey Harris (yes, The) has more than 250 podcast episodes under her belt and loves sharing her secrets for making it work. (Hint: She dispels a lot of myths.) Beyond podcasting, she’s a natural resource for all things social media. Take it from reader Barney: “Pink hair, brash straight talk served up with community love and goodness!”

Must-listen episode: 3 Things You Must Know About Launching a Podcast

IttyBiz with Naomi Dunford

The irony behind “IttyBiz” is that Naomi’s out to help you become less little — and in the words of OWS reader Nela, she does it in a way that’s “hype-free, honest, down to Earth and focused on what really matters.” Her posts go in-depth on the barriers holding you back from growth in your business and provide tangible (and entertaining) advice on how to break them down.

Must-read post: 11 Warning Signs Your Business Has a Serious Upper Limit Problem

Leah Kalamakis

You might recognize Leah’s name from her claim-to-fame (well, one of several): Freelance to Freedom. In addition to creating and facilitating the FTF community, she also builds valuable content about business systems and processes to help you stress less and impress — which is (not coincidentally) the name of her popular course. OWS member Julienne says that Leah “gives a great overview, so you really feel like you understand the purpose — not just the how.”

Must-read post: Why You Need More Than a Simple Contact Form

Lucky Break Consulting with Lela Barker

What’s in a name? If we’re talking about Lela’s biz, it’s a lot of luck. But she knows it takes a lot more than luck to build a business, and is out to help the handmakers and creators of the world price their products, gain those products visibility, and ultimately run an empire.

Must-read post: A Friendly Tutorial on Those Vexing UPC Codes

Marie Forleo

We know it’s cliché to worship at the feet of Marie Forleo, but we just can’t help it. She delivers boatloads of valuable content every Tuesday through MarieTV — and her perfectly shiny hair and gorgeous wardrobe don’t help our severe bout of envy either. Luckily, she manages to stay relatable with her silly intros and her philosophy that “We take our work seriously, but not ourselves.”

Must-watch episode: Redefining Success with Arianna Huffington

Nice Ops with Amber McCue

Upon landing on Amber’s website, you’re greeted with messages like “Get an A+ in running your business” and “Operations are sexy…if you’re doing it right.” We love her coy copy and her call to own a business “instead of your business owning you.” Also important? Her reminders that, even as a solopreneur, leadership and systems are crucial.

Must-read post: Is it Time to Fire Yourself?

Organized Creatives

If we could summarize Organized Creatives in one word, it would be: simplification. (Are you surprised we didn’t cheat and use “organized” or “creative”? Come on, we try harder than that!) Organized Creatives is all about simplifying your life, both online and off, so that you can spend time on the things you want to pursue creatively.

Must-read post: How to Let Go of Physical Clutter

Paul Jarvis

If we had to sum Paul Jarvis up in three words, it would be this: The original freelancer. Of course, that’s not exactly true, but Paul certainly knows what’s up in the realm of freelancing. From dealing with clients to launching courses, he tells it like it is — and offers insanely valuable tips for other freelancers in his Sunday Dispatches and on his podcast, The Freelancer (among many other places).

Must-read post: There’s No Such Things As a Big Break

RM Harrison

RM works with service-based creatives to find “business alignment” and strengthen their brands — and we particularly love her talk on client love. Here’s what OWS reader Devon has to say about the #RMTruth blog: “RM gets right to the heart of what I’m struggling with, and helps me through.”

Must-read post: How to Clone Your Favorite Client

She Owns It

We love this site for its magazine-style quality and breadth of topics that help “celebrate, support, and connect women entrepreneurs.” (A cause after our own hearts!) From networking to leadership and healthy lifestyles to inspiration, She Owns It serves as inspiration to grow our biz and better ourselves.

Must-read post: The Fortune Is In the Follow Up

Side Hustle Nation with Nick Loper

We know many of you are rocking the side hustle while working full-time jobs. (Mad props!) If this is you or you just want some out-of-the-box revenue generation ideas (think: raw land investing, brand ambassadorship, and voiceover acting), you’ve got to check out Side Hustle Nation.

Must-read post: The Mini-Victory Theory and 17 Mini-Wins You Can Get Today

Tara Gentile

Tara’s perhaps best known for her Quiet Power Strategy, “combining intense focus with uncompromising vision and strategy.” We love her focus on focus (see what we did there?), and in the words of OWS member Amanda, “She’s strategic, fun, and nerdy.” (So, basically, what we’re all about here at OWS.)

Must-read post: Have Trouble Creating an Action Plan and Sticking to It?

The Uncaged Life with Rebecca Tracey

Rebecca is like your older sister who tells you the things you need to hear — even when you don’t necessarily want to. Whenever we read anything of hers, we think “Dang. Now that girl gets it.” Then she adds in some sexual innuendo humor, which seals the deal for us. (Her signature offering, which is about creating packages in service-based businesses, is called “Hey, Nice Package!” See what we mean?)

Must-read post: Is Your Business Coach Full of Shit?

Unsettle. with Sarah Peterson

“Unsettlers are a group of people who are unsettling from the status quo, challenging career and work norms and building their dreams.” Sarah’s site isn’t for everyone — but if you’re someone ready to do the work to make a change, check out the blog and podcast to find a roadmap for identifying your skills and interests, and grab the resources to help you get started.

Must-read post: An Insanely Simple 3-Step System to Building a Business On the Side


Finance and Law

The sites to turn to for the “logistics”: what to do with that money you’ve made, and how to protect your business.

Blonde on a Budget with Cait Flanders

If minimalism is your jam (…or you would like it to be) and you could stand to improve a bit on your personal finances (um, who can’t?), Cait’s site is for you. Her bio says it best: “Blonde on a Budget is Cait Flanders’ journey from being a maxed out, overindulging girl to becoming a balanced and financially sound woman.” We think it’s safe to say that our brunette and redhead friends are welcome on the site too.

Must-read post: You Weren’t Born to Pay Off Debt and Die

Careful Cents with Carrie Smith

Follow Carrie for a bit over on the Careful Cents blog, and you’ll wonder what she doesn’t do. Her site is a goldmine for tactical resources on freelancing, finances, and productivity. (Oh — and breakfast. Yes, breakfast.) We turn to Carrie for incredibly helpful tutorials on all things logistics, and can’t help but mention that she’s one half of the Budgets & Cents podcast with Cait, listed above.

Must-read post: How to Find Affordable Health Insurance When You’re Self-Employed

Creative Genius Society with Patrice Perkins

When’s the last time you got sucked down the rabbit hole when it came to legal biz logistics, and loved every minute of it? Patrice has a way of taking something we all like to put in the very (very) back of our minds — the law — and make it…fun. (Yes, we really mean that.) She knows how to take topics like trademark law, contracts, and business structures, and make them digestible. Oh — and she’s a self-described “American Bar Association Legal Rebel.” (Love.)

Must-read post: Why You Should Hire a Trademark Attorney + The Real Cost of DIYing Your Trademark

Freelancers Union

We’re not gonna lie — buying health insurance and putting away money for retirement don’t rank super high on our list of favorite things to do within our businesses. But, since we know they’re important for our mental and financial well-being, we appreciate sites like Freelancers Union that step up to make it easier on all of us. “Building a better future for the independent workforce,” indeed.

Must-read post: 4 Ways to Put Your Tax Refund to Work

Making Sense of Cents with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Beware the rabbit hole: Michelle’s a former financial analyst who’s now self-employed and traveling the US full time in a RV, and her blog is updated daily on all things budgeting, debt reduction, retirement, and much, much more. Though her blog is packed to the brim with helpful advice, her approach to life is that of a minimalist — an added layer that we love.

Must-read post: Why Would A Person Choose To Live A Frugal Life?

Rodgers Collective with Rachel Rodgers

What if you could consistently learn from someone who’s not just a creative with a business-centered mind, but also has an ultra-firm grasp on the law? That’s Rachel, creator of Small Business Bodyguard and owner of Rodgers Collective. You’ll want to hit up her blog for advice on cash flow, income, and “intelligent law + business strategy.”

Must-read post: Why (And How) to Project Your Business Cash Flow

SCORE

SCORE is a veteran organization with a mission of helping small businesses succeed from the ground up. The organization is particularly helpful for securing free, in-person business mentoring, but supplements its physical resources with online articles covering start ups, marketing, finance, technology, and more.

Must-read post: If You Don’t Value Yourself, Who Will?  

Sweeter CPA with Helena Swyter

We hear that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your business finances and taxes. (We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, friends.) Helena of Sweeter CPA keeps you up-to-date on important but often overlooked issues, like sales taxes, depreciation of property, home office deductions, and in-kind advertising. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, we promise that Helena will make the whole process feel a bit “sweeter.” (Get it?)

Must-read post: Small Business Taxes: Getting Started, Quarterly Estimates, and Forms 1099s


Mindset and Solopreneur Lifestyle

The sites to visit when you need a fresh start, a different take, or a reminder to love the life you’ve built as a solopreneur.

Alex Beadon

Alex is all about helping you discover what you love to do, get past the fear of doing it, and learn how to make money in the process. Though she rocks social marketing and blogging (she shares the behind-the-scenes of her entrepreneurial life via Snapchat stories), it’s her Monday Mantras that landed her back on this list.

Must-read post: Monday Mantra — “How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything”

Art to Self with Steph Halligan

A stellar cartoonist, Steph started creating illustrations to accompany her daily notes to herself — then decided to share them with the world. And we’re so glad she does. From getting started to getting past mental blocks, her daily notes in your inbox or RSS reader are the perfect way to start the day as a solopreneur.

Must-read post: Let It Ebb and Flow

Best Kept Self

Us solopreneurs are a proactive, independent bunch — but who can’t use some assistance in kicking ass, taking names…and making it back home for our bedtime? That’s why we love Best Kept Self’s tagline: “Self-help for the self-employed.” Even more than that? We love their Instagram bio: “Because you should invest as much into your soul and mind as you do your website and biz cards.” All we can say is: YAAAAASSS. (Sorry, we had to).

Must-watch video: Concrete Takeaways for Overcoming Self-Sabotage

Chasing Creative

Despite having just been born in early 2016, Chasing Creative quickly joined the ranks of this fine list for its unique topic: Making creativity a priority in our busy lives as women. Ashley and Abbigail bring on writers, musicians, photographers, and more to talk about what keeps their creative juices flowing when the day-to-day grind takes over.

Must-listen episode: Make A Mini Creative Retreat with Jennie Moraitis

Clarity on Fire

For the ladies who don’t feel like you’ve found your “sweet spot” where your passion meets your skill set: Clarity on Fire is for you. Our favorite way to take in Rachel and Kristen’s insight? Through their #ClarityGems. In their words, “Think of #ClarityGems as your weekly shake of the good ‘ole Magic 8 Ball…you never know what might bubble up and how it might be exactly what you need to hear today.”

Must-read post: Confession: I Have No Desire To Be a #GirlBoss

Coach Jennie with Jennie Mustafa-Julock

If you’re in need of a bit more tenacity in your life, you need a dose of Coach Jennie, our resident giver of “cathartic shoves” and the Queen of Blab (our favorite video platform). If that’s not enough to tempt you to check out her site? Go there to discover who the heck Hilda is. (We guarantee you know her.)

Must-watch video: Stop Standing In Your Own Way

Danielle Dowling

With a title of Dr. (yes, Doctor) Danielle pairs psychology and life coaching to inspire lasting change that helps you “say yes to you.” (For sanity’s sake!) We absolutely love that Danielle is “unabashedly intellectual,” putting those masters and doctorate degrees to work serving women the world over.

Must-read post: Dear Danielle: Help Me Be a Confident Introvert

Danielle LaPorte

Don’t let your fear of the “woo woo” steer you wrong: Danielle LaPorte knows how to get after it, from expressing your creativity to building relationships and clarifying your purpose to owning the fact that you’re a woman. Her “Public Library” is chockful of reading material that is bound to light a white-hot fire inside of you, sister. (/woo)

Must-read category: For Your Ambition, and Your Doubts

Danielle Zeigler

Sometimes, in addition to being great writers themselves, the bloggers we love to follow are amazing curators of content. That’s Danielle. We love how she combines the best of both health and business-related finds into her weekly roundup, Sunday Link Love. Sunday afternoons have never been so fun.

Must-read post: How Your Physical Environment Affects Your Work

Design*Sponge

Besides being a one-stop shop for DIY and interior decorating advice, Design*Sponge shares stories of entrepreneurship through their Life & Business section. Want to know what types of profiles and topics you’ll find? We spotted the following titles: “Art Meets Recycling,” “Unhooking from Praise and Criticism,” “What Baking Has Taught Me About Business,” and “Rolling with the Punches.”

Must-read column: Life & Business

Get Gutsy with Jessica Lawlor

Whether the call to #GetGutsy lights you up or instills fear in the pit of your stomach, we bet you’ll love Jess’ approach to getting out of your comfort zone. And if you need more inspiration to #GetGutsy? Just follow along with Jess’ transition from a side hustler to a CEO in her Becoming CEO blog series.

Must-read series: Becoming CEO

Jess Lively

Whenever we hear the word “intention” in everyday life, we immediately think of Jess Lively and her tagline, “Designing a life and business with intention.” (No, really, we do.) If you’re ready to stop living and working aimlessly and instill more intention in your actions, you’ll love her blog and her podcast, The Lively Show (cute name, right?).

Must-listen episode: Better Than Before: Mastering Habits Based on Your Personality With Gretchen Rubin

Kylie Patchett

Since we’re big fans of alliteration, Kylie immediately had our attention with her fun job title: “Mind, Money, + Mojo Coach.” If learning to “bust through fear, self-sabotage and overwhelm to grow [your] business” sounds pretty darn tempting, you’ll want to check out Kylie’s work. (Warning: A serious case of accent-envy is in store when you watch her videos.)  

Must-read post: The Whole Truth About Entrepreneurship (It Ain’t All Sunshine + Lollipops)

Ladypreneur League

Sometimes as a solopreneur, you don’t want to read marketing advice or productivity tips. You want to crack open a bottle of wine (how many times do you think we’ll mention wine on this list?!) and focus on life outside of work — whipping up a meal, reading a book that’s been on your Amazon wishlist a little too long, or flexing your yoga muscles. For those times, Ladypreneur League is for you.

Must-read post: 5 Tips for Keeping Fit – From Your Desk!

Laura Simms

As people who like to cuddle up with a mug of coffee, a good book, and a cozy blanket at home, we feel an instant connection to Laura’s tagline: “I’m Laura Simms, and I help people find careers that feel like home.” She adds, “Using an approach that is practical and holistic, you can find a meaningful career that also supports the kind of life you want to live.” Speaking our language, sister.

Must-read post: The Top Three Traits of People Who Do Meaningful Work

Lucky Bitch with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Maybe you’re all about the money. Or maybe thinking and talking about money makes you want to hide under the covers (with a glass of chilled white wine and Netflix, obviously…does that count as #NetflixAndChill?). Either way, Denise gives you a “fresh and funny roadmap to create an outrageously successful life and business.” We’ll take it!

Must-read post: 3 Money Taboos Nobody Talks About

mindbodygreen

Wondering if we’ve spelled and capitalized mindbodygreen correctly? In their words, “…we want to give you everything that’s great for you: mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and environmentally — because we believe these pillars of wellness are vital and interconnected. Hence mindbodygreen (one word, not three).” Our response? Bring on the wellness!  

Must-read post: 5 Days To Eco-Friendly: One Simple Swap To Make Every Day This Week

The Mogul Mom

Not everyone in our community will be a mom one day, but for many, mompreneurship is a current or soon-to-be adventure. The Mogul Mom — led by Editor-in-Chief Melissa Bolton — will help you navigate running a biz alongside your mom duties with posts on everything from creating a media kit to whether moms should put themselves first.

Must-read post: Transitioning from Motherhood to Entrepreneurship

Project Healthy Happy Me with Naomi Arnold

When we saw the name of Naomi’s site, we were sold. Add in that her community member Fleur says Naomi’s work “radiates love,” and we couldn’t stay away. Naomi calls it “a safe place for big-hearted and mission-driven people who want to make a difference in the world” and she provides that by highlighting worldwide events like Global Sisterhood Day and sharing insights from Elizabeth Gilbert.

Must-read post: How to Give Back as a New Business Owner or Coach

Raspberry Magazine

The content in Raspberry Magazine is as fresh and inspiring as its name. From overcoming business burnout to recipe writing, creator and editor Alana has created the perfect digital magazine for the female entrepreneur who knows that business and life overlap. Subscribe to get the newest issues first, as well as a pass into the library of back issues, with cover stars like Alex Franzen, Natalie MacNeil, Hilary Rushford, and more.

Must-read article: How Gratitude Can Help You Navigate the World With Ease

Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoinette

When we think about why we love Real Talk Radio, we can’t get past Nicole’s description of it: “refreshingly honest conversations about the wonderful mess of being human.” That’s exactly what it is, and exactly why we can’t stay away. Each season (she’s had four so far) brings on a mixed bag of athletes, entrepreneurs, parents, artists, and more, to talk things like self-care, productivity, secret dreams, and guilty pleasures.

Must-listen episode: Emma Gannon on Freelance Life, Supporting Other Women, and Avoiding the “Shoulds” of Life

Seth Godin

You might wonder how Seth — a kingpin of digital marketing — ends up under Mindset + Solopreneur Lifestyle on this list. Well, Seth’s been blogging for two decades, and somehow his daily posts continue to completely shift our mindset — often in 200 words or less. The brain behind the man with the yellow glasses is extraordinary, and he often makes us think twice about commonly-held beliefs in business and life.

Must-read post: Getting Ahead vs. Doing Well

Soul Rising with Lindsay Weisenthal

We’re suckers for pretty visuals that help us better understand a message — and Lindsay’s got ‘em. There are line graphs. There are pyramids. There are Venn diagrams. *record scratch* (Wait, whaaaa? Showstopper.) And all of them are geared toward understanding and feeding your soul, both at work and in life.

Must-read post: My Fake Plants Died


A Little Something Extra

Running a solopreneur biz is about more than accounting, marketing, and branding — you know this. These sites and apps provide just a little something more for the solopreneur who wants to develop personally, give back, and decompress.

Calm

Just landing on Calm’s homepage inspires instant stress relief, but it’s the app that we love the most. Calm brings simplicity to meditation, making it easy for even the most stubborn meditators (cough, cough) to make it a habit. And the calendar tracking feeds our little Type-A hearts.

Must-try series: 7 Days of Calm

Clients from Hell

Whenever we need someone to confirm that we are not going crazy and that, yes, our clients are wackos, we first turn to the One Woman Shop community — then to Clients from Hell. We’re all about taking responsibility as solopreneurs, but sometimes we just need a good ol’ dose of “WTF?! That actually happened?” to make us feel better about our own situations. The name says it all.

Must-read page: Top Client Stories

Happify

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We’re nerds. So a tagline like “Science-based happiness games and activities” makes us giddy with…well, happiness. If you love gamification and don’t like stress, head here to get measurably more happy — starting today.

Must-view graphic: This State of Mind Is Where Your Best Ideas Come From (Is The “Tortured Artist” a Myth?)

Highbrow

If the endless learning you experience while running your solo biz isn’t satiating your appetite for knowledge, Highbrow is for you. They offer “bite-sized email courses delivered to your inbox daily” but the catch is that you can only sign up for one at a time in order to avoid overwhelm. Courses include The Fundamentals of User Experience, Trials That Shaped the Modern World (for our fellow The Good Wife lovers out there), and Most Important Numbers in the World.

Must-try course: Incredible Female Leaders Through History

Kiva

Wanna know something that has been proven to increase your happiness? Giving. And more importantly, it serves others. Kiva “works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems.” You lend; you get repaid; you re-invest. It’s that easy.

Must-join Lending Team: The One Woman Shop Team 🙂

POPSUGAR Fitness

We think taking care of ourselves physically is pretty freakin’ important for solopreneur sanity. That’s what POPSUGAR Fitness is all about. The site talks about everything from cardio hip hop routines to mason jar lunches and killer plank variations to the importance of rest days.

Must-read post: Here’s Your Primer on HIIT Workouts

And, because we’re so generous, we wanted to leave you with a bonus resource. When you need to escape for a few minutes and meditation or Netflix aren’t cutting it, we recommend the game 1010. You’ll either love us or hate us once you become addicted…TBD.


And with that, there you have it: 100 101 amazing resources to make your solo biz incredible. And, if you’re not fully satiated yet, why not read some stories of solopreneurs who are making their way toward success? Download The Road to Solopreneur Success ebook for free today for even more actionable insights into running your solo biz.

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs, 2016 edition: Nominations Now Open!

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs 2016 nominations now open

As you know, we make it our mission here at One Woman Shop to provide solopreneurs with the best possible tools, resources, and community they need to recognize that “going it alone doesn’t have to be lonely.”

And we know we’re not the only ones on that mission. In fact, in 2015, we proved it when we opened nominations for our first edition of the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs, and they started pouring in. Let’s just say it was a tall task to get the list down to 100 when there are so many fantastic websites our there serving solo business owners.

We also know that new sites are popping up every day, and old favorites continue to provide an incredible amount of value — so without further ado, let’s hear your picks for the 2016 edition of 100 Best Sites!

What’s your favorite site for solopreneurs?

We’re looking for the best sites that provide resources for solo business owners on the various elements of starting and running a business. The sites you turn to when you need advice on solopreneur finances. The blogs populating your RSS feeder for when you need launching or social media marketing wisdom. The links you visit on the daily for the inspiration to quit your day job, build your side biz, or become location independent.

Editor’s note, 3/25/16: Nominations for the 2016 edition closed on Friday, March 25th. Now, we’re behind the scenes compiling your top 100 picks (there were more than we can count!) into a mega list of resources. Stay tuned!

Behind-the-Scenes of 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

behind the scenes of 100 best sites for solopreneurs

We always appreciate when business owners give us the inside scoop on the behind-the-scenes of their business. Those income reports from big-time bloggers? We eat that stuff up. We admit it: we’re super nosy — and we love to learn.

Given that we love transparency, we figured you might, too — which is why we launched our monthly Behind-the-Scenes column. Instead of cramming information on our recent 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs list into that post, we decided to dedicate a whole post to the secrets behind our recent launch — so you can learn alongside us (and we can reference it when it comes time next year!).

The end goal was two-fold: first, we wanted to provide an amazing resource for solopreneurs just starting out or looking for sites to help them level up in certain aspects of their biz — sites complementary to ours, from digital marketing to finance, and more. Second, in the spirit of true transparency, we’ve seen how effective bundled opt-ins and roundup posts can be to engaging others in sharing. By highlighting 100 different sites, we hoped most who were nominated would share the win with their audiences, thereby expanding our reach.

We’ll start off by saying one thing: we had no freaking idea how time-intensive building the list would be! #truth

That being said, we were delighted that we met both goals. Solopreneurs mentioned their excitement over having such a comprehensive resource at their fingertips and most of the people on the list were more than happy to share their accomplishment with their communities. So without further ado, let’s get into the behind-the-scenes.

Here’s how we made it work:

  • We involved our community from the get-go by putting up a nomination form on the site and promoting it through an email to our list and on social media. We asked for their favorite solopreneur resources and why they liked the site.
  • In the 11th hour, we realized that we needed a bit of external help to finish things off, so we turned to our members. For the nominations that were missing the why piece, we asked members to weigh in. It saved us tons of time and ensured a variety of unique insights and perspectives.
  • We set several internal deadlines, but other projects kept taking precedence. We eventually knocked things out with several long, live Google Hangouts sessions (complete with wine, popcorn, and perhaps a few too many Reese’s Cups — just kidding, never enough).

Here’s what we learned:

  • When in doubt, get on a Hangout. Don’t have a business partner? We host both general and themed coworking sessions for our One Woman Shop members, as well as a monthly accountability group for our Espresso Level members. Live Hangouts helped us to get out of our own heads, talk stuff out, and get back to action.
  • Google Docs = a life savior. Okay, we more re-realized this than learned it, but WOW — thank you, Google Gods, for all that you do! If you’re not a Google Doc user yet, finish reading this post then make it a priority.
  • Categorization is tough. We felt strongly that The List should be divided into categories, because a list of 100 of anything is overwhelming. But — we found it tough to create fitting categories and then categorize each site accordingly. We chalk this up to the fact that many solo business owners dabble in a variety of different services and products.
  • Coming up with unique descriptions is tough. While every site is certainly different, our vocabulary only expands so far when we’re time-strapped and tired. In later editing rounds, we had to remove “cute” and “spot-on” from many a-description 🙂

Despite the challenge of compiling The List, the result was well, well worth it. One word to sum up feedback and outcomes? Stellar. Here’s what we saw:

A ton of people mentioning the list, including:

(If you included the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs in a post on your site, let us know and we’ll include a link above!)

The most traffic in one day that we’ve ever had on the site:

results of 100 best sites for solopreneurs

These kind words + awesome reactions (and names in our inboxes that made us nerd out):


What surprised us + where we made mistakes (oops):

  • Surprising: Facebook was far and away the biggest driver of traffic for the post. We credit this to the fact that we invited (read: asked) all winners to share our Facebook post about The List.
  • Surprising: There are a TON of sites not on our radar. We were so thankful for the plethora of nominations that alerted us to new sites + resources!
  • Oops: We forgot to include the hashtag #100BestSites, so we had to do some last-minute edits.

What we did right:

  • We made it easy for all of the site winners to share about their wins by providing them with pre-drafted social media content, as well as a handy dandy badge (making things easy for those you collaborate with is something we talk about a lot in our new Building Your Online Community e-course)
  • Instead of sending a mass email to all of the winners, we sent personalized emails (which we think contributed to the fact that the engagement from those on the list was so high)
  • We created individualized recurring tweets in Edgar mentioning the Twitter handles of each winner (so that they can easily retweet and spread the word to their respective audiences)

What we still need to do:

We love the idea of repurposing content into more than one form to make the most of it. And given how much time we put in, we plan to milk this baby for all it’s worth! Here are some ideas we’ve had (more to come, we’re sure):

  • Create a YouTube video announcing the winners
  • Turn the list into a Slideshare

What we’ll do next year:

Our hunch is that next year’s list will be a million times easier to create, given that we have a previous example to refer to, we know how to #getitdone, and people might know the list a bit more and want to be on it. Here’s what we plan to do to ease our workload:

  • Email all previous list winners to ask for their nominations and self-nominations
  • Email all those who commented on the post on our site
  • Email all previous nominators
  • Encourage people to write more unique, specific descriptions, beyond “great tips!” or “fantastic resource!”

Even still, we’re sure there will be surprises in store for us next year, as well! (And we can’t wait.)

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

The 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs from One Woman Shop

Editor’s note: Want even more? The 2016 list of 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs is here!

A few weeks ago, we put a call out: we wanted to know the sites you turn to for insight, advice, and tips on running your solopreneur business. You spoke. We listened!

The nominations poured in, and we set to work compiling, editing, and polishing those entries into one amazing resource for you. The process wasn’t easy — in fact, there are far more than 100 great sites out there and many of our nominees could easily fall into more than one category — but the end result is worth it. Without further ado, we present to you: the 100 best sites for solopreneurs.

Dig in… and be endlessly inspired to better your biz.


Digital Marketing

The sites to visit for all things marketing: blogging, social media, SEO, building your list, and developing a website that works.

Alex Beadon

Alex’s site and services exist to help you get past the fear of the unknown to start “doing what you love for a living.” Her blog covers digital marketing and entrepreneurship, and if you’re just getting started, her “How to Create a Blog in Less Than 10 Minutes” is a free resource to give you a kickstart.

Must-watch video: An Unusually Smart Pricing Strategy

Alexis Grant

Alexis’ tagline describes her motto: “Make your own luck in your career and life.” OWS member Jessica describes the site perfectly: “Alexis provides a real, down-to-earth perspective about her journey from maintaining a side hustle, to being a one woman shop, to now running her own team.”

Must-read post: A Trick for Getting Where You Want to be Faster

Kim Herrington

Kim works with bloggers and business owners to set and meet blogging goals, improve their SEO, and market themselves online. Outside of her blog, we love learning from her vlog and encourage heading on over to her #bearchat on Twitter.

Must-read post: Why I Gave Up On Being an At-Home Solopreneur

Blog Brighter with Nadine

Blog Brighter is a simple site with a whole lot of value. In Nadine’s words, she “aims to share what I’ve learned as a blogger in a non-intimidating way.” If you want to take your blog to the next level, Blog Brighter should be amongst your first stops.

Must-read post: How $3 Brought Me 50,000 Page Views (in 3 Days)

Elembee with Lisa M. Butler

Lisa is a web designer and developer who offers “straightforward web guidance for making it happen online” through her blog at Elembee (yep — that’s LMB, her initials). We love that she makes managing your website seem fun and — dare we say it? — manageable.

Must-read post: Why I Deleted Almost 500 Posts

Kyla Roma

A web designer and business coach, Kyla knows blogging. As one reader said: Kyla’s site gives “blog business strategy for passionate creatives who dream and then do.” OWS member Brittany likes that’s Kyla’s blog is “helpful, relatable, and straightforward — she has great (free + paid) resources for improving your business!”

Must-read post: Five Minutes to a Better Blog: Make Your Blog Bio Fascinating

LKR Social Media

Laura Roeder + team share comprehensive insights into social media and digital marketing. Her team’s how-to posts are incredibly thorough, and her recap of research makes it digestible. We also love her weekly “The Dash” newsletter for quick, immediately-actionable tips.

Must-read post: Someone Figured Out the 5 Reasons People Share Content Online

Marie Poulin

Marie understands how the entire digital ecosystem works. She works with entrepreneurs and designers on digital strategy, productivity, launching, and building community — and her blog is a fantastic source for topics like designing your client experience, proposal makeover, and more.

Must-read post: How Designing Your Ideal Week Can Increase Your Productivity (and Sanity)

Marketing Creativity with Lisa Jacobs

Lisa runs Energy Shop Jewelry, her creative business that inspires the blog at Marketing Your Creativity. For the creatives out there, turn to Lisa’s site for tips on boosting your creative business with “passion and purpose.”

Must-read post: How I Tripled My Blog Traffic in 3 Months

Nathalie Lussier

Nathalie is out to provide “digital strategy that matches your ambition” — a cause we can get behind. Her free 30-Day List Building Challenge has been the kickstart to many-an-entrepreneur’s community-building efforts.

Must-read post: How to Design a Business Funnel That Works for You

Olyvia with Erika Madden

As online entrepreneurs, we couldn’t help but fall for Erika’s tagline: “Be delightful online.” Her site covers customer service, marketing, and PR that gets you noticed and makes the most of your little corner of the internet.

Must-read post: How Do I Get My Business Noticed Online?

Sarah Von Bargen

Sarah Von Bargen (who we’ve nicknamed SVB because we reference her so often) “helps make people and businesses awesome on the internet.” Her insight is always eye-opening, and her posts are engaging in an “I-wish-she-was-my-best-friend” sort of way. We are ALWAYS nodding “yes” in agreement.

Must-read post: How to DIY A Super Cheap, Effective Writing Retreat

Secret Bloggers’ Business with Kate McKibbin

Kate knows her stuff when it comes to building a business by blogging — and she shares her “no-fluff, no-BS knowledge” via the Secret Bloggers’ Business (SBB, for short). From the simple stuff to the more complex, her posts are incredibly helpful for bloggers — and it also helps like she’s a pun-enthusiast. (Yes!)

Must-read post: How To: Make the Most of a Viral Blog Post

Skillcrush

Believers that digital skills = job skills, Skillcrush provides “amazing advice for freelancers, with a really fun voice and tone to all of their articles”, according to one reader. From “foolproof” guides on WordPress to advice on making clients happy, the ladies behind Skillcrush will help you take your biz to the next level.

Must-read post: 21 Steps to Making Grumpy Clients Happy

Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn

Pat is one of the most successful online entrepreneurs out there — and is utterly transparent about how he got there. (He calls himself the “crash test dummy of online business.”) Between his Smart Passive Income blog and the Ask Pat podcast, there’s no end to what you can learn from him as your build your online empire.

Must-read post: And They Said I Was Stupid – A Thought from 21,400 Feet in the Air

Social Studio

Social Studio is just that — a community for helpful social media how-tos, solopreneur interviews, and so much more. Reader Holly calls them “hardworking ladies, with a fire for social media.” We can get behind that, for sure. (And yup, Cristina’s a sucker for their pink and gray branding.)

Must-read post: Improve Your Instagram with Iconosquare!

Tiny Blue Orange with Alison Monday

Alison provides “zesty web development, splash-worthy design + lip-smacking support.” And she’s on a mission to help you “smarten up your sphere of the internet.” We love her website tips + insight on development — and her blog is hosted at tinyblueorange.com/fun. That says something!

Must-read post: The Stages of a Web Design and Development Project

WP BFF with Shannon Mattern

Shannon’s out to help you conquer WordPress – in a beautiful, fast, and free way (hence, the BFF). Her how-to tutorials and Women to Watch series are particularly helpful for one woman shops just starting out.

Must-read post: How to Sell an Ebook On Your WordPress Site: The Definitive Guide

XO Sarah with Sarah Morgan

We love Sarah’s tagline: “Blogging. Business. Badass Life.” Her behind-the-scenes tips on how she’s built her blog into a business helps you do the same. (And her aerial arts practice is pretty freakin’ badass, too.)

Must-read post: 9 Ways to Reduce Your Blog’s Bounce Rate


Branding, Copy, and Content Strategy

The sites to visit for tips on designing and wordsmithing the brand and content that tells your biz story. 

Abby Kerr and The Voice Bureau

Abby and her team at The Voice Bureau provide “brand voice development for values-based businesses.” She knows a thing or two about branding and voice — and she puts it all out there on her blog to help you with your conversations, your content, and your creative lifestyle.

Must-read post: A Plea to the Entrepreneurial Blogosphere: Stop Mimicking A-Listers & Other Brand Idols. Please

Alexandra Franzen

Alexandra has a straightforward approach to communicating, and presents the most simple concepts while managing to blow your mind. Her blog is a serious goldmine for your business and your personal relationships.

Must-read post: Everything is Marketing

Amanda Berlin

Amanda’s a communication consultant who helps you “create content that connects.” She’s particularly liked by reader Laura for her “short, actionable advice that makes me want to improve my web copy with ease.” With a background as a pitch-writer, Amanda provides essential resources for telling your story.

Must-read post: Do You Need to Write Core Values?

Amanda Genther

Amanda is a “digital stylist for creative women entrepreneurs + their crazy awesome ideas.” Her blog helps you get to the bottom of designing a brand that supports your products, services, and launches.

Must-read post: 5 Myths (You Probably Believe) About Creating Digital Programs

Braid Creative

Braid Creative is run by sisters who bring the full package: the “right braid” and “left braid,” that is. Together, they provide “branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs,” and we love their blog for tips on just that — as well as general life how-tos.

Must-read post: How to Write Your Business Tagline

The Branded Solopreneur with Andrea Beltrami

Andrea is a maven for design. She provides “visual strategies & branding badassery” for solo business owners and her blog is a goldmine for tips on design, social media, and life as a solopreneur. (Sidenote: we frequently misspell entrepreneur, too…and we don’t think it has anything to do with the wine guzzling!).

Must-read post: How to Get an Influencer’s Attention Without Being a Suck Up

The Business Bar

The Business Bar works with “passionate solopreneurs all over the world” to help build their small business presence. They excel when it comes to brand identity, marketing, and content strategy, and their blog covers all aspects of solopreneurship — from Instagram to insurance.

Must-read post: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Helping Insurance Suck a Little Less

ByRegina with Regina Anaejionu

Regina was our most nominated site, and for good reason. Reader Marianne Manthey says it perfectly: “Between Regina’s content and worksheets and her humorous writing style, she continuously creates ridiculously useful content.” If you want an epic business and blog, this is the site.

Must-read post: 33 Types of Blogger Collaborations for Fun and Profit

Elle & Company with Lauren Hooker

Reader Monique sums up quite nicely the site that Lauren has created: “Elle & Company has all the graphic, blogging and online advice I need to run my online business.” Our community also loves #ElleChat, the weekly Twitter chat that Lauren hosts.

Must-read post: How to Create a Brand Style Guide

Hélène Scott

Hélène is out to help you BOP — brand on purpose, that is. An experienced designer and solopreneur herself, she helps fellow female solo business owners stand out amongst the noise by building the brand and business that “you were born to create.” Whether its her “Battle Cry” or “Soapbox” on the blog, you stand to learn something, every time.

Must-read post: First Year (or So) as a Solopreneur? This is for You!

Hey Shenee with Shenee Howard

Shenee makes branding just plain fun — and that playful attitude comes through her posts, resources, and “labs.” (She walks her talk — she’s committed to her chemistry theme, and it rocks.) OWS member Rachel says: “I’ve been struggling with “branding” myself and she makes me take it to another level.”

Must-read post: Copy + Erotica: All About the Details

Jules Taggart

Jules helps put the “human” back in online communication. Her blog riffs on all things content strategy and online marketing — and we love her belief that there’s “no business challenge that can’t be solved with a Moleskine, Post-It notes, and three different color highlighters.”

Must-read post: What Maids Can Teach Us About Earning Repeat Business

Kayla Hollatz

Kayla “helps you make a killer impression online, fine-tune your creative process, and connect with your target audience.” As one reader shared, “She’s transparent with her content and gives her readers really actionable tips.” Oh — and we love joining the #createlounge Twitter chat she hosts!

Must-read post: 29 Ways to Give Back to Your Blog Community

The Middle Finger Project with Ash Ambirge

Ash + her cohorts at The Middle Finger Project take a no-holds-barred approach to running a business — as evidenced by the quotes scattered around the site, like “Smart businesses don’t do boring” and “Not for humorless bores.” Sometimes raunchy; always insightful.

Must-read post: Dear Friends: I Work From Home (And Yes, It’s a Real Job)

Nikki Elledge Brown

We dig Nikki’s vibe, which works out well since she is “The Communication Stylist.TM” Think we can all relate when she shares this: “Sooo I’m not a wardrobe stylist. (FACT: I spend most days in pajama pants.) I AM, however, a WORDROBE stylist.” Head on over to her blog for tips on communicating, business building, and more.

Must-read post: How to Survive Biz Puberty (It’s a Thing)

Red Slice with Maria Ross

Maria demystifies branding and marketing — and delivers it all with a side of apples. Red Slice, in her words, is a “provocative sandbox for entrepreneurs who crave real brand-building juice, with an inspiration chaser.” Find tips on branding, inspiration, and running your entrepreneurial hustle.

Must-read post: What Happens When You Don’t Match Your Brand

Rule Breaker’s Club with Courtney Johnston

As the leader of the Rule Breaker’s Club, Courtney provides “Copywriting, Business, and Life Advice for Rebels With a Cause.” Aside from an awesomely clever name, she also riffs on when to invest in your business, how to tell people what you do, and so much more.

Must-read post: 4 Ways You’re Leaving Money on the Table

Story Bistro with Tea Silvestre

We love this quote from Tea: “If we don’t find a way to share who we are and what we do, our businesses will fail.” That’s why she created Story Bistro: to make your story part of your marketing. Her blog is a great place to find your voice — and we can’t help but just feel welcome to her “bistro.”

Must-read post: The Manifesto: Why Your Business Needs One and How to Write It

The Story of Telling with Bernadette Jiwa

Aside from her creative business name + branding, Bernadette is well-loved amongst solopreneurs because of her ridiculously short — but super smart — posts. OWS member Rachel appreciates her “great advice on sales, branding, and identity.”

Must-read post: Why Most Marketing Fails


Publicity, Launching, and Sales

The sites to visit when it’s time to garner attention, build your launch strategy, and make more money. 

Betty Means Business with Kate Byrne

From her home page: “My heart of hearts won’t let me settle for mediocre. And I’m betting, neither will yours. Because your heart knows you’re worth more. Way more.” Truth. We love her mission + her blog — and Betty Means Business rolls off the tongue nicely, wouldn’t you say?

Must-read post: 21 Jobs You Don’t Have to Do (Ever)

Farideh Ceaser

In addition to her awesomely entertaining stints on the ukulele, Farideh’s site is the perfect place to study everything launching. She’s not afraid to share the step-by-step process– and a song — when it comes to making more money, self-promotion, and creating the most epic launch strategy.

Must-read post: How to Promote Yourself Without Feeling Like a Narcissistic Egomaniac

Gwen Elliott

Gwen is devoted to helping you “put your business out there in a bigger way” — by garnering media. She calls it “the glamorous side of entrepreneurship” (i.e. the days we’re not in our yoga pants on the couch), and her expert advice on why and how to secure media coverage is incredibly helpful for solopreneurs.

Must-read post: Not Sure What Press to Target? Start With a Press Pyramid

Kendrick Shope

“Authentic sellingTM” is what Kendrick is all about — and she teaches you how to make selling “an extension of you and the business you love” via her web show, KTV. If you want a good dose of Southern accent mixed with actionable insights to help your sales game, this is the place to be.

Must-listen episode: Hate Selling? Read This

Launch Grow Joy with Andreea Ayers

We love Andreea’s singular focus on one very specific goal: to help you gain publicity for your product-based business. If that’s you, don’t miss The Launch Grow Joy Show — a podcast on bringing your idea to life and getting your product line the attention it deserves.

Must-read post: 5 Creative Ways to Get Rid of Extra Inventory

Melissa Cassera

Fan girl alert: we love heading over to Melissa’s site to “curl up and chillax.” Melissa’s out to get you more publicity and sales, and offers resources like her “Better Bio Challenge” to get you there. (Bring the blanket, wine, and get ready to laugh.)

Must-read post: Are You Booting Your Customers Out the Door- Before the Party is Over?

Yoneco Evans

Yoneco is a “communications sidekick + launch strategist” who helps womenpreneurs (hey, that’s us!) “build audiences through teaching, speaking, and launching.” She runs The Thriving Solopreneur Podcast, and personally, we love that she plays a mean game of Connect Four.

Must-read post: 6 Reasons Launches Sometimes Fail


Biz Growth, Systems, and Productivity

The sites to visit when it’s time to hunker down and grow your biz — and the systems and productivity tips that’ll get you there. 

Blacksburg Belle with April Bowles-Olin

A blogger and fellow lover of all things Instagram, April consistently provides practical advice to help “struggling creatives turn their passions into life-sustaining careers that they’re head-over-heels in love with.” (And we *might* relate to the fact that she can’t play board games with her husband because she’s too competitive…)

Must-read post: Five Tips for Maximizing In-Person Events

Brilliant Business Moms

Sisters Sarah and Beth Anne have created a resource that shares the stories of mom-preneurs all over the world. If you’re wondering how these ladies do it — or are a mum-preneur in a creative business yourself — this is the place to be to see how moms are being brilliant in business.

Must-listen episode: How to Choose a Conference; 10 Factors to Consider

Devon Smiley

Devon serves a very particular niche — but one we all need as a solopreneur: she’s a negotiation consultant. When you’re torn on what to include in a contract, how to increase your revenue without upping your workload, or how to rise above rejection, Devon’s blog is a safe haven.

Must-read post: How Much Is Not Negotiating Costing You?

Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas

A case study in consistency, John interviews an entrepreneur every day of the week. (Yep, even on the weekends!) OWS member Rachel loves the podcast: “He has a great way of encouraging entrepreneurs to share awesome, practical, and inspiring advice.”

Must-listen episode: John Lee Dumas Chats with Guy Kawasaki of Alltop.com

Erin E Flynn

Erin’s business is built around helping designers turn their visions into beautiful websites, but we particularly love her focus on streamlining processes and working with difficult clients. OWS member Katie especially appreciates her FB group, “The Unstoppable Design and Dev Crew” where Erin hosts challenges and connects designers and developers.

Must-read post: 5 Tips to Stay Focused When Working From Home

Freelance to Freedom with Leah Kalamakis

We all start our businesses to earn more freedom, right? Yet somehow it’s just not that easy, but Leah is here to help. Her tagline says it all: “You’ve got skills. Sell them. Be free.” She shares the inside scoop on doing just that — and we find her content to be spot on, time and time again.

Must-read post: 50+ Things You Could Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

Heather Crabtree

Heather’s on a self-proclaimed mission to “help you run your business without running yourself crazy.” (Don’t we all need that?) Her blog covers productivity, social media, and the tools you need to streamline your business. (And lots of references to candy + dance parties, so you know we’re fans!)

Must-read post: Stop Wasting Time in Your Email Inbox

Hit the Mic with Stacey Harris

Stacey’s mission is to help you “amplify your business online” through a social media strategy that grows your community — without the “douchebag tactics.” (Yup, we can get behind that.) Her Hit the Mic podcast covers more than just social media: she riffs on systematizing, eliminating stress, upping your income, and more.

Must-listen episode: 3 Steps to Better Hangouts

Ittybiz

Their mission makes us smile: “We help little businesses become less little.” Their biz advice is blunt, to-the-point, and ridiculously helpful. (And we literally laugh out loud when we read this: “Naomi Dunford started IttyBiz in 2006. In her free time, she likes to… ha! Free time. You’re adorable.”)

Must-read post: Should You Really Join A Mastermind Group? (A Potentially Contrarian Opinion)

Lucky Break Consulting with Lela Barker

Lela works with makers and product designers “on the move” to help them build sustainable businesses — and, if you will, get lucky. We love Lela’s strong brand, the fact that she highlights her makers on “Meet the Maker Mondays”, and her #LuckyBreakBookClub.

Must-read post: Thanks for the Bag of Dicks…No, Really

Marie Forleo

It’s not often you find an expert who rubs elbows with Oprah and Richard Branson, yet manages to create actionable videos for female entrepreneurs that include a Jersey accent, rap songs, and aerobics in 80’s gear. MarieTV is fun, helpful, and always reminds us that “everything is figureoutable.”

Must-watch video: Feel Like It’s All Been Done Before? Watch This

Nice Ops with Amber McCue

Amber focuses on operations and streamlining for people who want to “rule your empire and sweeten your bottom line.” Her blog talks planning, pricing, and systems, among other things. Oh — and Danielle LaPorte has said that Amber is “80 percent, Get it done + 20 percent, ‘Fun.’” So, there’s that.

Must-read post: Are You Drinking the Kool-Aid?

Organized Creatives

For those 3:05 p.m. moments where you think “Brain… getting… fuzzy. More coffee.” — Organized Creatives just gets it. (That’s straight from their Happy Muses manifesto.) The blog + “Muse Therapy” podcast gives you everything you need to tame your crazy, organize your life, and refresh your routine.

Must-listen episode: Staying Curious with Creative Cross-Training

Screw the Nine to Five

We love heading over to “the Screw” with Josh and Jill — a ridiculously cute husband and wife team — for a reminder that ditching that 9-to-5 was, indeed, our best decision. OWS member Naomi loves that they “are very candid” and “sound like real people, giving actionable steps you can implement in your quest.”

Must-listen episode: Analysis Paralysis: How To Stop Overthinking And Take Action Today!

Secrets of a Side Hustler with Chivon John

Side hustlers: “don’t wait for opportunities: create them.” That’s Chivon’s M.O. We loved this feedback from fan Gwen: “This amazing site provides content, connections, and support I need on this crazy side hustlin’ adventure.” In addition to the free resources on the blog, Chivon also hosts the #SideHustleChat on Twitter Tuesdays at 8pm EST.

Must-read post: Show Me The Money: 3 Creative Ways to Fund Your Business

She Takes on the World with Natalie MacNeil

In her words, Natalie helps you “turn your small business into something big” — and helps you get started through her free, 14-day Conquer Course. For further preparation to take on the world through your solo biz, treat Natalie’s blog, videos, and interviews as your roadmap.

Must-read post: Spying and Buying from Your Competition

The Solopreneur Hour with Michael O’Neal

Michael provides “job security for the unemployable™” by bringing us “lively conversations… for proudly #unemployable people who are primed for real prosperity and fulfillment.” Let’s just say this — it’s #2 on Google when you search for “solopreneur” for a reason.

Must-listen episode: 6 Things I Did Wrong When I Launched The Solopreneur Hour

Side Hustle Nation with Nick Loper

Side Hustle Nation is a community of entrepreneurs who know what it is to hustle. Nick’s Side Hustle Show podcast covers a variety of unique topics (from product licensing to building a speaking career to growing your Amazon-based business) and features popular entrepreneurs along the way.

Must-read post: 79 Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today

The Suitcase Entrepreneur with Natalie Sisson

The epitome of location independence, Natalie teaches entrepreneurs to build freedom-based businesses. (You don’t necessarily have to live out of a suitcase.) OWS member Katie appreciates that Natalie “shares different systems that have helped her along the way”, while member Naomi loves her productivity tips.

Must-listen episode: How to Schedule Your Non Conventional Lifestyle

Tara Gentile

Tara empowers “idea-driven entrepreneurs to create personalized plans for success” and believes in what she’s deemed “Quiet Power.” We love what this reader has to say: “Honest, smart and research-based biz advice served with heart and class.”

Must-read post: 5 Things I “Shouldn’t” Have Done That Helped to Grow My Business in 2014

To Business Owners with Lindsey Tolino

Lindsey started To Business Owners because she wants to help “passionate people with the best products succeed.” If this sounds like you, head on over to the open letter she’s writing about business growth, managing finances, and maintaining your vision.

Must-read post: Don’t Do a Miracle Diet to Grow Your Business

The Uncaged Life with Rebecca Tracey

Rebecca provides resources and coaching “for big thinkers who want to have a threesome with clarity, confidence, and action.” (Who doesn’t?!) Turn to her blog for smart advice on creating memorable service packages, how to plan your business, and more.

Must-read post: Why I Think Being Multipassionate is Bullshit

Your Super Awesome Life with Ashley Wilhite

Ashley is a coach who helps you “live your super awesome life while creating your freedom-based business.” Her blog and resources are devoted to getting you to your first $10K as a solopreneur, and we love her mission to make it on your terms. (It also helps that we have a mutual fondness for wine + Hanson. Don’t judge.)

Must-watch series: Ask Yourself These 3 Questions Before Starting Your Business


Freelance Writing and Publishing

The sites to visit when you’re looking to build your skills as a writer, craft your manifesto, or self-publish your ebook.

Awake the Bones with Elora Nicole

Elora believes that every book deserves to be written — and we know a lot of solopreneurs with “write a book” on their bucket list. Awake the Bones is an ever-growing resource for authors who need a community, a shove, and the inside knowledge on developing your manuscript and jumping into the world of indie publishing.

Must-read post: How to Invest in Your Creativity

Brooks Editorial with Ashley Brooks

Ashley is an editor for authors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs, so she knows a thing or two about writing and publishing. Her blog is a fantastic resource for all things words and productivity, and we can’t help but want to curl up with a good book when we land on her cabin-inspired site.

Must-read post: 11 Signs You’re Ready to Write a Book

The Write Life

The Write Life helps writers “create, connect, and earn.” OWS member Brittany sums it up nicely: “My favorite thing about The Write Life has to be that it covers all types of writing – from business blogging to fiction publishing. I end up learning a lot of really interesting things about topics I never would have thought to seek out information on.”

Must-read post: Freelance Writers Need Vacations Too


Finance and Law

The sites to turn to for the “logistics”: what to do with that money you’ve made, and how to protect your business.

Careful Cents

Carrie helps “creative freelancers and solopreneurs tackle financial mountains.” A former accountant, she’s transparent in her journey of entrepreneurship, and as reader RM shares, “Carrie gives amazingly simple, helpful and bullshit-free money advice — from setting goals to choosing the best bank account and more.”

Must-read post: A Guaranteed Plan of Action for Achieving Your Financial Goals

Creative Genius Society with Patrice Perkins

Who said law was boring? Patrice, the “genius” behind Creative Genius Law, provides counsel on “Life, law, + biz for brilliant minds.” (Sounds like you, right?) Get her free insight on living your #geniuslife at the Creative Genius Society.

Must-read category: Strictly Legal

Freelancers Union

A network of over 261,000 members, the Freelancers Union is a group of “practical revolutionaries” who are “advocates for the new workforce.” We love that the Union provides logical, straight-forward resources for the must-haves of solopreneurship: insurance, taxes, learning, and more.

Must-read post: You Should Break These 5 Freelance Rules

Kali Hawlk

Kali’s a financial writer and mentor for millennials — and is committed to seeing your solopreneur business soar. Her blog covers everything from taxes to finding time to start a business, and is incredibly relatable as a fellow millennial and OWS.

Must-read post: Do I Have to Pay Taxes If I Earn Money on the Side?

Rachel Rodgers

Want a lawyer who “gets it”? Rachel focuses specifically on legal counsel for digital entrepreneurs — so, she knows online business. You might know her as the creator of Small Business Bodyguard, but her blog is always open with real examples to help you understand legal issues.

Must-read post: You Don’t Have to be a Lawyer to Understand Copyright, You Entrepreneur, You.

SCORE.org

SCORE is a nonprofit that helps small businesses “get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.” The association has been around for more than 50 years, and is particularly helpful for brick-and-mortar businesses looking to build a local presence.

Must-read section: Run & Grow a Business


Mindset and Solopreneur Lifestyle

The sites to visit when you need a fresh start, a different take, or a reminder to love the life you’ve built as a solopreneur.

99U

For “insights on making ideas happen,” there’s hardly a more comprehensive resource than 99U, a site by Adobe’s Behance. A must-read resource for time management, decision-making, iteration, achievement, and more, it’s all too easy to fall down the 99U rabbit hole — but come out better for it.

Must-read category: Time Management

A Beautiful Mess

Elsie and Emma (yup, sister-preneurs) believe that “life is better when it’s a little bit messy” — and after visiting A Beautiful Mess, you will, too. ABM covers everything DIY – from homemaking to crafts and photography to business. We love finding inspiration from their focus on “creating happiness every day!”

Must-read post: 5 Tips for Evaluating a Business Idea

Best Kept Self

It’s always fun to indulge in a lifestyle site — because business and life as a solopreneur are one. Best Kept Self lives up to its motto, “Feel. Look. Live. Like your Best Kept Self” by providing a great mix of content on health, energy, style, organization, and living abundantly — and successfully.

Must-watch series: Monday Morning Pep Talks

Cerries Mooney

Cerries “puts the soul back in solopreneurialism” by helping solo business owners gain clarity in what they do and why they do it — so they can keep moving forward. In Amy’s words: “Cerries cuts through the marketing hype and helps solopreneurs step into their power just by being who they are.”

Must-read post: You Will Never Be Original. Get Over It

Coach Jennie with Jennie Mustafa-Julock

Coach Jennie, “The Audacity Coach,” is the queen of doling out shoves to help you become “unstuck and unstoppable.” She openly shares her takes on motivation, the Law of Attraction, and all the things standing in your way from being the tenacious solopreneur you were meant to be.

Must-read post: Audacity Has Its Side Effects

Coffee Break and Chocolate Cake with Kristel Kayser

Kristel is on a mission “to inspire you to set the right business goals.” We love her philosophy: build an online business that allows you time for “blissful coffee breaks,” because naturally, we find any fellow solopreneur who’s fueled by caffeine to be a kindred spirit.

Must-read post: How These 2 Words Changed My Life

Create as Folk with Laura Simms

Laura, the lead behind Create as Folk, helps people “find careers that feel like home.” Her site itself feels cozy — and is a great place to head for creating a purpose-filled career. (And a beautiful home office.) We particularly love her Purpose Profiles.

Must-read post: What If No One Takes Me Seriously?

Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is the epitome of personal development for the purpose-driven female. Her Desire Map workbook  quite literally put her on the map — and is the guiding force for many-a-solopreneur, while her blog delivers “white hot truth + sermons on life.”

Must-read post: “Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself”… Can Suck It

Design*Sponge

Described by The New York Times as “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials”, Design*Sponge has morphed into a site dedicated to designing a life you love — from your home interior to your business. We are especially fans of the D*S Biz Ladies Series.

Must-read post: Your Favorite Biz Ladies Posts

Get Gutsy with Jessica Lawlor

Jessica lives by her motto, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” and provides inspiration for you to do the same in both your life and freelancing business. We love her insights on branding, productivity, and getting a little more gutsy every day.

Must-read post: The #1 Way I’m Able To Pack So Much Into A Day: Energy Management

Heartmade Blog with Mayi Carles

Mayi makes the “messiest events of your life into a story of triumph.” Self-described as “a tiny artist with a t-rex heart”, she’s created a planner, bootcamp, and blog to tame your life and business. To be honest? Between her illustrations and her videos, we just love devouring her stuff.

Must-read series: 5-Day Life is Messy Challenge

I Will Teach You to Be Rich with Ramit Sethi

Ramit makes a big claim with his business name — but he can back it up. He’ll “teach you to be rich”, but he’s not just all about wealth — he covers productivity, motivation, social psychology, and more, and does it in the most compelling way possible — with humor (and fast food references).

Must-read post: Courage Comes in Surprising Form (Like Chipotle)

James Altucher

James wants you to “choose yourself.” OWS member Megan says: “James is a wizard with a pen. His ability to weave valuable lessons in and out and back around through stories from his sometimes bizarre day-to-day life is unmatched. Definitely a great source for creative inspiration or a kick in the pants to break some rules.”

Must-read post: What I Learned About Life After Interviewing 80 Highly Successful People

Jenny Blake

A certified life coach and sought-after speaker, Jenny  first started with Life After College before moving on to work with everyone from the solopreneur to the C-suite executive. She expertly blends mind, body, and business, and there is always something valuable to dig into on her blog.

Must-read post: Passion Is Not Enough: What are Your Marketable Skills?

Jess Lively

In her weekly episodes of The Lively Show, Jess interviews super inspiring entrepreneurs and individuals to help you “start transforming your approach to life with values-based intentions.” From motherhood to wellness and money to blogging, the podcast covers it all.

Must-listen episode: Juggling Motherhood, Hobbies, and NASA

Ladypreneur League

A fantastic blend of career, culture, living, and wellness specifically aimed at millennial women entrepreneurs, Ladypreneur League covers everything from to city guides for travelers to building a retirement plan for the future-focused.

Must-read column: Ladypreneurs We Love

A Life Less Bullshit by Nicole Antoinette

If the name isn’t enough to draw you in, Nicole chronicles her personal quest to live a bullshit-free life. She’s a “real-talk advocate” who isn’t afraid to tell a personal story to help you realize you’re 100% responsible for your life + business. If you’ve been looking for a push to make something happen, Nicole will provide it.

Must-read post: This One’s for the Control Freaks (Ahem, Me)

Levo League

Levo is a thorough blend of lifestyle, career, skills, and more. From OWS member Brittany: “I love that Levo League has such a niche audience: gen Y, professional women. I’m exactly that audience. So the fact that they can get specific in their posts adds an extra layer of practicality.”

Must-read category: Skills

Live in the Grey

We couldn’t have said it better: “Life and work are not black and white.” Live in the Grey is a home for “disruptors, innovators, and thought leaders” blending career and life. As solopreneurs, it’s safe to say we’re all living “in the grey”, and we love heading to this site for articles on career advice, Grey Stories, and how-tos.

Must-read series: #FailureFriday  

Lucky Bitch with Denise Duffield Thomas

Denise works exclusively with women entrepreneurs to “make more money, have more fun, help more people.” She offers three free courses: on money blocks, pricing, and making money in 24 hours, and her blog offers even more. Want to get “rich + lucky?” She’ll help.

Must-read post: How To Deal With Refund Requests Without Freaking Out

MindBodyGreen

MindBodyGreen is a site dedicated to “revitalize the way we eat, move, and live.” Amongst the crème de la crème of lifestyle, wellness, and self-help blogs, MBG touches on all the important aspects of solopreneur life: relationships, sleep, home, and more.

Must-watch video: Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day

Seth Godin

Seth is the king of marketing (as evidenced by 18 best-selling books). He’s been blogging for over a decade, and the posts just keep getting better. If you want a daily dose of out-of-the-box thinking, freelancing tips, and general ways to break the status quo, this is the place to be.

Must-read post: The Trolls Inside

The Art of Non-Conformity with Chris Guillebeau

Creator of that little event called World Domination Summit, Chris is a pioneer of all things entrepreneurship, unconventional living, and writing. His daily blog offers lessons on life, work, and travel, where he’ll inspire you as a solopreneur and give you a serious case of wanderlust as a traveler.

Must-read post: Thoughts on Working From the Drugstore


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100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs: Nominations Now Open!

4/28/15 update: The list is now live! Thanks to all who contributed. Dig in… and be endlessly inspired!

Here at One Woman Shop, we’re on a mission to provide solopreneurs with the best possible tools, resources, and community they need to recognize that “going it alone doesn’t have to be lonely.”

And we know we’re not the only ones on that mission. There are a plethora of fantastic websites living on our virtual playground that provide solo business owners with a place to go when we need it. We have our favorites; now we want to hear yours!

What’s your favorite site for solopreneurs?

We’re looking for the best sites that provide resources for solo business owners on the various elements of starting and running a business. Go on, tell us: the sites you turn to when you need advice on solopreneur finances. The blogs populating your RSS feeder for when you need copywriting or social media marketing wisdom. The links you visit on the daily for the inspiration to quit your day job, build your side hustle, or go location independent.

What tops your list?

We’re taking nominations at the form below from now until March 31st — then, we’ll be compiling your top 100 picks into a mega list of resources. Want to see your favorite blogs and resources mentioned? Speak now, solopreneurs!