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