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100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

The 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs from One Woman Shop

Welcome to the fourth edition of the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs from One Woman Shop!

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

As a solopreneur, it’s not tough to find solo business resources -- but it’s a true challenge to find the very best resources that 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 because we love making The List better and better each and every year, we can pretty much guarantee that this year’s has more than a few new-to-you resources -- that continue to be fun, comprehensive, and oh-so-helpful. The third time might’ve been the charm, but we’re not slowing down with the fourth edition!

A few notes before you dive in:

Voting is back! For one month (until 5/18/2018), we’re letting you tell us your pick for the #1 site across each category below. Head here to cast your vote!

Like last year, we’re marking repeat offenders appearances on The List. ** means this is the second time the site has been featured, *** means the site is on The List for the third time, and **** is a 100 Best Sites stronghold, appearing on all four editions. No asterisks? We’re proud to feature the site for the first time this year!

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. Ready to tell us your pick for the #1 Digital Marketing site? Head here to vote.

Aeolidia with Arianne Foulks

If you’re a creative online shop owner looking for resources on increasing website conversions, setting up your online shop, or selling to wholesalers...look no further. Arianne and the team at Aeolidia are Shopify experts with in-depth knowledge in online retail -- that they graciously share regularly on their blog.

Must-read post: 7 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Wholesale Line Sheet

Amy Porterfield

When she’s not teaching the how-to’s behind webinars and email marketing through her courses, Amy’s covering the digital marketing gamut on her popular podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy -- where you can grab “Audio Inspir-action” for your own marketing plan. New to the show? She groups episodes into “collections” based on your goals to help you get the most out of your listening time. (Our Type A hearts love that.)

Must-listen collection: Sell More: How to Master Webinars, Funnels & Facebook Ads to Grow & Automate Your Business

And Possibly Dinosaurs with Caitlin Cheevers

Want to start a blog that doesn’t require your full-time attention? That’s what Caitlin will help you do. In her words: “At And Possibly Dinosaurs, I embrace the fact that you can love your job and love your blog; you don’t have to choose one over the other.” Side note: We love her “Sunday Scratches” -- the casual breakdown of things that happened throughout the week that just don’t warrant a whole blog post.

Must-read post: The Ultimate Spreadsheet to Keep Your Blog Organized

The Blogsmith with Maddy Osman

“I consider ‘nerd’ to be a compliment.” ← Us too, too. And when that nerdy stuff propels our businesses forward? Even better. Fortunately, Maddy is yo’ girl for all things content marketing. In nominator Ana’s words, “I love that [The Blogsmith] serves both her clients and fellow solopreneurs who want to do what she's doing.” One last thing we love? That she’s not afraid to call B.S. on sketchy online business practices.

Must-read post: Lead Marketing: 67 Ways I’ve Generated Business Leads Online (& Off)

Clapping Dog Media with Meg Clarke**

Meg is a self-proclaimed “expert at connecting the dots of data to get your business found.” How? Through the thing we all love to hate: SEO. If you want break-it-down-for-me tutorials and insights into what SEO really is (and how it can benefit your biz), the Clapping Dog blog is your next best bookmark.

Must-read post: How Does Content Clustering Get You Found by Google?

Danielle Zeigler***

Whether you’re looking to master SEO, social media, blogging, or your introversion (yes, it fits in) as you grow your online business, Danielle’s blog is a treasure trove for bite-sized, yet incredibly thorough resources on all of the above -- best served with a side of coffee.

Must-read post: 7 Best Locations to Find + Convert More Subscribers on Your Blog

Define Your Hustle with Rachel Moffett

“Build a successful business on your own terms and do work that’s fulfilling.” Did you catch that? On your own terms. We often say that business isn’t one-size-fits-all, so it’s no wonder that Rachel’s message resonates with us. Rachel supports your business growth by focusing on all things related to creating a digital presence, especially blogging.

Must-read post: 7 Blogger Collaborations to Get You Noticed

JAM Marketing Group with Brit Kolo

JAM’s nominator said it best: “Brit makes marketing approachable so it feels good for you and your you can enjoy making genuine connections and not be left feeling sleazy!” Our addition: We can’t help but grab a cuppa and join her as she rocks the full-time coffee + comfort lifestyle while interviewing fellow boss ladies over on the Marketing in Yoga Pants podcast.

Must-read post: How to Get More Engagement On Your Social Media Posts (and Everywhere Else in Life)

Jess Creatives with Jessica Freeman***

We’re sorry for what we’re about to do: “Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!” (Apologies if you have the New Girl theme stuck in your head all day now.) This girl, Jess, lands back here on The List because her tried-and-true material (design and digital marketing) is still great, but her slight pivot into video marketing is fantastic -- and timely, since video ain’t going anywhere.

Must-read post: 7 Steps to Get YouTube Sponsors

Kate Doster

We laughed out loud when we read one nominator’s comment about Kate: “I love how she use[s] the word homeslice all the time.” It’s true -- she does. Nominator Rita added, “Kate had me hooked from her very first email.” A darn good thing, we say, considering her area of expertise is all things email marketing!

Must-read post: How I Increased My Blog Traffic To Get More In 3 Months Than I Did All Last Year Combined

Mariah Magazine with Mariah Liszewski

While we were slightly disappointed to find out “Magazine” isn’t her real last name, that didn’t take away from the fact that Mariah is a whiz on all things websites + SEO. She’ll make you one, too, with her dumb-it-down-for-me blog tutorials and in-depth (not to mention entertaining) YouTube videos.

Must-read post: How Much SEO Authority Does Your Website Have?

Meera Kothand**

If we had to describe Meera’s content area in two words, it would be “digital products.” (And if we were allowed a few more? We’d add in “last year’s digital marketing category winner.”) Nominator Marianne adds, “Every single one of Meera's posts is pure gold for any blogger or content marketer. It's straight to the point and actionable. She really knows her stuff!”

Must-read post: How to Write Emails People Want to Open: 20 Hacks to Stand Out in the Inbox

Megabolt Digital with Meg Casebolt

If we’re going to talk SEO (not-so-fun), we might as well bring superheroes into the mix (super fun). That’s exactly what Meg does at Megabolt Digital -- she answers the question we’re all perpetually asking (“WTF is SEO?”), then makes it a topic you’ll not only love learning about, but you’ll love seeing the results of, as well.

Must-read post: Elevate Your Posts: A Comprehensive SEO Checklist

Monica Louie

Facebook Ads -- you either love ‘em, or you hate ‘em. It’s safe to say Monica loves them, and after learning from and implementing her expert tips for your campaigns -- and seeing the results -- you just might, too. As she says: “If it has to do with Facebook Ads and conversions, [she] can help.”

Must-read post: 7 Free Facebook Tools to Get Massive Results with Ads

Nathalie Lussier***

With eight years of blog archives under her belt, Nathalie is a staple for digital marketing genius. Once you dig in, you’ll be wanting her to “popup” in your inbox and feed reader every day. (That’s a dad joke, since Nathalie and her husband are the creators of PopupAlly, a free popup WP plugin we love.)

Must-listen episode: Should You Use Popups?

Redefining Mom with Monica Froese

While higher ed isn’t essential for solopreneur success, one nominator points out that Monica “has an MBA degree in finance and uses her knowledge and experience to teach moms how to run a business from home.” Not too shabby, we say. Nominator Heather adds, “She provides the best tactical information for business owners minus the fluff!”

Must-read post: 7 Clever ConvertKit Automation Hacks

RKA Ink with Rachael Kay Albers

Web designer, business builder, and self-proclaimed “awkward marketer,” Rachael is full of digital marketing smarts -- and delivers them with a whole lot of personality. Get the insights on her blog or her weekly show, the aptly-named Awkward Marketing, where she offers fun-size small business advice with storytelling and comedy for entrepreneurs who want to create a meaningful presence online.

Must-watch episode: How to Scale Your Business Without Creating a Zillion Offerings

The Stacey Harris***

She’s not “a” Stacey Harris, she’s “The Stacey Harris” -- and don’t ya forget it! Stacey’s claim-to-fame is her Hit the Mic podcast, where she rocks almost 400 bite-sized episodes. In a world of hour-long podcast episodes, Hit the Mic is usually under 20 minutes, which means you’ll be walking away with digestible, actionable social media marketing tips that you can easily and painlessly implement.

Must-listen episode: 3 Things I Love About LinkedIn

Sweaty Wisdom with Chris Emmer

What started as a blog documenting her wellness journey (hence the “sweaty”) has turned into a resource for solopreneurs with a mission we can all get behind: “Do what lights you up and pass the spark.” Through her branding, social media, and digital tips, Chris helps you “ditch brand shame and social media overwhelm” so you can “stop hiding and step into the light.”

Must-read post: Why You're Losing Instagram Followers (And Why It's A Good Thing)

tiny blue orange with Alison Monday****

If claiming that you’re not tech-savvy is your way out of any website or security jam, Alison’s your girl. Her tutorials and tips on WordPress development, site security, analytics, and more will have you suddenly fluent in tech-speak -- and proud of it.

Must-read series: Nerd Alert

Women Winning Online with Jen Snyder

As one of 2018’s most nominated sites, Women Winning Online has obviously captured the hearts of solopreneurs around the world. What really caught our eye on all of those nominations? Almost every single one pointed out how much Jen genuinely cares and wants to see her community succeed. In the words of Stacey: “Jen has a gift for connecting with her followers and offers valuable content.”

Must-read post: 3 Surprising Reasons Bloggers Get More Subscribers with Landing Pages

WP+BFF with Shannon Mattern****

Guess who’s back, back again? Shannon’s back, tell a friend. We love Shannon and WP+BFF for many reasons: her killer tech advice, her famous, Free 5 Day Website Challenge, her rallying of her supporters every year to crush 100 Best Sites nominations, and now, her pep talks for side hustlers.

Must-read post: The Truth About My First 3 Months of Self-Employment

XO Sarah with Sarah Morgan****

When she’s not practicing swoon-worthy aerial arts (so cool), Sarah’s embracing her (self-appointed) job of helping “more of your people find you online.” Her tips on intentional digital growth -- from blogging to email marketing to social media -- will take the overwhelm out of growing and put the excitement back in.

Must-read post: 10 Digital Products You Can Make in a Weekend

Publicity, Launching and Sales

The sites to visit when it’s time to garner attention, build your launch strategy, and make more money, honey. Ready to tell us your pick for the #1 Publicity, Launching, and Sales site? Head here to vote.

B. with Brigitte Lyons

“What do you want to be known for? Whoa...big opener, I know.” That’s the message that greets you on Brigitte’s Start Here page -- and it’s an important question for any solopreneur. Getting known (for all your right reasons) is Brigitte’s jam and she’ll help get you there through content on refining your message and getting media coverage.

Must-read post: 3 Reasons Your Business Benefits When You Make Social Impact a Priority (And One Risk)


CourseCraft is one of our favorite platforms for building your course online (they just make it so easy!, but what we love about it even more is the CourseCrafting blog: a go-to resource for tips on course creation, e-course marketing, and building a business on purpose. In their words: “Bring your brilliance. We'll handle the rest.”

Must-read post: It’s Not the Size of Your List that Matters, It’s How You Use It

Femtrepreneur with Mariah Coz***

If you’ve created a course? Mariah will help you promote it. If you haven’t created a course? She’ll help you create it. Mariah’s your A-Z resource for course creation, passive income, blogging, and more. Catch her solo blog posts or her joint podcast with previous #100BestSites winner, Megan Minns, over on her site.

Must-read post: How to Host a Webinar: The Four “P’s” of Webinars

Hey Shenee with Shenee Howard***

Shenee is very vocal about her love of Keanu Reeves, ramen noodles and using GIFs to express herself. (Hey, at least we agree on two out of three! Keanu? Nooo...) Here’s one thing we can definitely agree on: Shenee’s motto and strategy -- Name It, Explain It, And Profit -- helps solopreneurs give their product a great name, explain it with a great message, and profit accordingly.

Must-read post: 35 Reasons Why People Didn’t Buy Your Last Offer

Kathryn Hocking**

At first glance, Kathryn’s content seems to fit squarely here in the Publicity, Launching, and Sales category. But admittedly, we struggled with putting her in the Mindset and Solopreneur Lifestyle category instead, because she does a stellar job of weaving mindset management into your launch strategy. (Think: chakras, energy management, natural cycles, and money blocks.) Cheers to her for that!

Must-read post: What Do the Chakras Have to Do with Launching?

Lauren Caselli

“Ready to transform your business with live events?” That’s Lauren’s rallying cry. Just because we have a special place in our heart for all things digital doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the value of often-overlooked alternatives, like IRL gatherings. Lauren is your go-to for capturing the “unparalleled power” of said events.

Must-read post: Is Your Business Ready to Host an Event?

The Persuasion Revolution with Bushra Azhar

We knew Bushra was a woman after our own heart when we read this copy on her site: “What? You expect regular from me? WTF is wrong with you?” A self-proclaimed persuasion strategist (not to mention a spicy food connoisseur and a social psychology aficionado), Bushra is your go-to for using psychology to grow your business. Once you’ve soaked in all of her knowledge, head to her How They Persuade interview series to hear from other wise business owners.

Must-read post: The Mere Exposure Effect: How to Use Psychology to Remain Top of Mind All Day, Every Day

The Rule Breaker’s Club with Courtney Johnston****

“The Rule Breaker’s Club is a high octane, full-on passion-fueled bundle of joy with a strong side dish of sarcasm.” Given that powerful copy, you likely won’t be too shocked to find out that Courtney, the “Chief Rebel” of The Rule Breaker’s Club, is a copywriter by trade. She’s here to help infuse personality, strategy, and fun into your copy and client relationships, too, all in the name of making sales.

Must-read post: How to Host a Potential Client Call

Selena Soo

Selena has one question for you: “Are you a hidden gem who dreams of being a household name?” Whether you’re looking to gain more authority in your online space or land a dream business interview on TV, Selena is a publicity and PR powerhouse who understands what it’s like to be a highly-sensitive online business owner who’s comfortable stepping into the spotlight, regardless.

Must-read post: How to Grab a TV Producer’s Attention

Wholesale for Creatives with Carolyn Keating

Product makers, this one’s for you! You might call Carolyn wholesale-obsessed (it’s okay, she says it herself), but she’s also the first to acknowledge how “scary it can be to invest your time and money into a segment of your business that isn't a guaranteed success.” Luckily, she’s there to provide strategy, systems, and support for makers and product-based business owners.

Must-read series: Selling Wholesale

Branding, Copy, and Content Strategy

The sites to visit for tips on designing and wordsmithing the brand and content that tells your biz story. Ready to tell us your pick for the #1 Branding, Copy, and Content Strategy site? Head here to vote.

Ann Handley

You might know Ann from her uber-popular book, Everybody Writes, or through her leadership at MarketingProfs -- so, needless to say, this writer’s crushing it. But maybe you didn’t know that you could head right on over to her site’s blog, where she practices what she preaches, serving up writing and marketing lessons with real-life stories baked in.

Must-read post: Why Marketers are Embracing Long-Form Storytelling

The Branded Solopreneur with Dre Beltrami**

We might be partial to wine-guzzling Italians, but we think you’ll love this site because of the crazy detailed resources on branding, design, and visual strategies Dre provides -- in her sincere, straight-shooting way. “Visual revolution?” Yes, please!

Must-read series: The Color Series

Brittany Berger**

Unicorns. The praise hands emoji. Endless pop culture references. Oh, and incredibly in-depth articles on content creation and promotion. (Very meta.) In the words of one nominator, Brittany “helps you actually use the content you create, whether that's finding the right places to promote it or learning how to repurpose so you can be everywhere online.” Our advice? Dig deep into her archives for some stellar automation advice, too. She is, after all, fondly called the “automation queen” by nominator Jess.

Must-read post: How to Write a Welcome Email Series That Turns Subscribers Into BFFs

Copy Hackers**

If you’re looking for resources that’ll help you DIY your copywriting, look no further. The original home of “conversion copywriting” (founder Joanna literally coined the term), the Copy Hackers team and killer lineup of guest posters provide endless content on the best ways to use copy to boost your conversions. You don’t have to be a copywriter to love Copy Hackers -- but you just might want to be after visiting here.

Must-read post: Could These 3 Little-Known Conversion Triggers Jack up Sales in Your Email Campaign?

Kaleigh Moore

If writing is any part of your business (hint: we bet it is), you’ll love Kaleigh’s straight-up advice on self-editing, gaining more confidence in your writing, and overcoming that intimidating blank page in front of you. When she’s not writing or passing on her wisdom to all of us, she says she’s “usually speaking in strange voices to [her] dog.” We love that.

Must-read post: The 6 Best Pieces of Writing Advice

Kayla Hollatz****

“All impactful copy, content, and strategies are created in my cozy studio (aka my three season porch overlooking the lake) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, don'tcha know.” First of all: Can we come visit?! Second of all: Kayla is absolutely right when she uses the word “impactful” to describe her work. Come to Kayla for her copy and content advice...but stay for her thought-provoking posts on business ownership.

Must-read post: 10 Questions to Spark Your Year in Review

Magnoliahouse Creative with Irene Hardy

Irene is all about “more conversion, more cocktails,” creating “websites and brands to help you hit your numbers in time for happy hour.” We’ll cheers to that...but what you might love even more are her tangible tips for increasing conversions with your website, your client experience, and your overall digital presence.

Must-read post: 3 Tiny Ways to Increase Conversions on Your Website

Val Geisler**

Last year, Val was hanging out in the Mindset and Solopreneur Lifestyle category on The List -- but this year, the email marketing queen has made the hop to Branding, Copy, and Content Strategy as she coaches fellow small businesses on the do’s and don’ts of writing emails that actually work. You’re guaranteed to learn a thing (or 10) from the tear downs she does on her blog.

Must-read post: Email Onboarding Tear Down, Webinar Edition: CoSchedule

Your Content Empire with Hailey Dale

We couldn’t have said it better than nominator Rebecca: “Hailey is an absolute genius. The way she explains how to create and manage content is like nothing I’ve ever seen. She is super generous with what she gives away and is very engaging with her followers. Call me a super fan!” All we wanna know is: Can we join your fan club, Rebecca?

Must-read post: Epic Guide to Creating Your 2018 Content Strategy

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. Ready to tell us your pick for the #1 Biz Growth, Systems, and Productivity site? Head here to vote.

Amy Lynn Andrews*

You’d think after getting the same newsletter each and every week for over several years, you’d be slightly over it. Not the case with Amy’s The Useletter®, the Saturday morning email you won’t be able to ignore with its to-the-point, helpful tips, resources, and experiments for solopreneurs and small businesses looking to sharpen their systems and focus on what matters.

Must-read series: The Useletter®

Devon Smiley****

In her words, Devon teaches “essential skills for solopreneurs -- because they work way too hard to be stuck earning peanuts.” Preach, sister. We’re full-time devotees to Devon’s consistently deep dive into the know-how us solopreneurs need to negotiate for what we want -- and deserve. And her French flair est très amical.

Must-read post: 5 Habits of Highly Successful Negotiators

Kyla Roma****

There’s a reason Kyla’s been a staple on The List since year one -- and we have a feeling it has something to do with her focus on “profitable monthly, weekly, and daily routines that get reliable results.” If you believe different > better, want to prioritize profit, and break the cycle of busy, K-Y-L-A is your girl. (The chant never gets old.)

Must-read post: How to Elevate Your Team’s Marketing Skills Before You Launch

Megan Flatt**

Megan’s tagline continues to make us smile: “Run your business like a mother.” As a business growth strategist, Megan is out to help “women have the confidence and clarity to see motherhood as an advantage in everything they do.” Follow along as she spreads her mission -- and her mama wisdom -- on her blog and via her show, The Mama CEO.

Must-watch episode: Defy the 9-5

Miss GSD with Lanie Lamarre

Getting shit done...pretty essential for any business owner, wouldn’t ya say? With Lanie (aka Miss GSD) as your partner in crime, you’ll GSD till the day is done. (Or until naptime/happy hour, at least.) Nominator Meghan says, “As a one-woman show with a side-hustle, I need my systems to be on point to keep my sanity. Lanie always hooks me up with the best systems advice and workflows to make #allthethings seem less overwhelming.”

Must-read post: 5 Big Myths About Using Automations to Sell Services

Nesha Woolery**

“You don't need to hustle like a madwoman to build a profitable business. You need to work smarter, not harder.” Amen, Nesha! Project management. Client intake processes. Pricing your services. Nesha tackles all of these areas with grace -- and an amazing British accent, to boot.

Must-read post: 3 Income Plan Mistakes To Avoid

Small Business Boss Co.

From the ladies behind Scoop Studios, Small Business Boss Co. is the place to go as a service-based business owner who wants to ditch the “shoulds” and start owning the business side of being a...well, business owner. Between the blog and the podcast, you can’t go wrong if you’re looking to better manage your time, land more clients, create a signature process, and more.

Must-listen episode: Investments with Impact – Where to Spend Money in Your Business

sproutHR with Ashley Cox**

Be honest -- when you think “human resources,” you probably don’t think, “yes please!” That’s why we love Ashley’s blog over at sproutHR, where she helps entrepreneurs like yourself build people and hiring skills that will extend the impact your business can have even further.

Must-read post: 10 Simple (and Free!) Ways to Show Your Team You Appreciate Them

Tara Gentile****

There’s a reason Tara’s been a staple on The List since its beginning: She continually produces epic content geared toward helping entrepreneurs build healthy, sustainable businesses that blend profit and purpose. Whether you read her articles or listen to her podcast, What Works, you can’t go wrong.

Must-read post: The 12-Month Evolution Of A Digital Product Pricing Strategy: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The Uncaged Life with Rebecca Tracey****

Every once in awhile, we think about the sites we’re obsessed with and ask ourselves, “Is this site really as good as we think it is?!” Spoiler alert: The Uncaged Life is. Nominator Jess agrees: “[Becca] cuts through all the BS out there about starting a biz and gives straight forward, actionable advice!” Becca’s embracing a new favorite F-word (focus) to help you cut out confusion and overwhelm and get on your way to what really matters in business.

Must-read post: 3 Sneaky (But Legit!) Ways to Make More Sales

Finance, Law, and Other Things We Might Not Like to Think About

The sites to turn to for the “logistics”: what to do with that money you’ve made, and how to protect your business (and yourself). Ready to tell us your pick for the #1 Finance, Law, and Other Things We Might Not Like to Think About site? Head here to vote.

Amy Northard CPA**

When it comes to finances, accounting, and taxes, we have one wish: Please dumb it down for us. That’s what Amy does not just through her services, but over on her blog, where she offers digestible tips you can actually take action on when it comes to estimated taxes, 1099s, checking refund statuses, and much more. Accounting stress, be gone.

Must-read post: Everything You Need to Know About 1099s

Annette Stepanian**

Meet your legal BFF. That’s Annette -- and while “legal BFF” might be a self-proclaimed title, after you’ve gotten “the legal lowdown” on her Office Talk podcast, you’ll likely be using the term, too. We love what this reviewer has to say about Annette’s show: "It's like having a real-life Elle Woods in your ears each and every week helping creative biz owners through the legal stuff..."

Must-listen episode: Legal Quickie: 4 Essential Things the FTC Wants You to Know Before Endorsing a Company's Products

the artist’s J.D. with Kiffanie Stahle**

Kiffanie is back on The List this year because she has a section on her blog called “Don’t Be a Jerk.” We’re kidding, though making us laugh while discussing legal issues definitely gets you brownie points. Kiffanie is there when you need specific legal questions answered, but she’s also there to give you answers to questions you didn’t even know you should be asking.

Must-read post: How to Increase Sales by Including These 7 Legal Details

Autumn Witt Boyd**

It’s not every day that you want to spend time on a lawyer’s website. Autumn’s is different. Though her services are designed for “seven-figure+ creative and online business owners” (she’s got some big names on her client roster), you can still benefit from her expertise if you’re not quite at the seven- (or six-) figure mark. As Autumn points out, “you don’t know what you don’t know” when it comes to law, so study up on her site!

Must-listen episode: The Steps to Take Before You Start a Licensing Program

Britt and the Benjamins with Brittney Knies

Anyone who uses gym analogies in her work (and loves strength training, to boot) is a a friend of ours. Britt talks about confidence, motivation, and discipline in relation to money management and we can’t get enough. We’ll leave you with this reminder from Britt (and her Benjamins): “Managing your money is more emotional than mathematical, meaning your Psychology 101 class may have been more beneficial for you than you thought.”

Must-read post: The #1 Reasons Your Money is a Mess (& How to Change That)

Careful Cents with Carrie Smith****

If “careful” is a word you’ve never used to describe your financial decisions, that’s even more reason to check out Careful Cents. Business bank accounts, money management app reviews, and long-term systems for financial stability -- those are just a few of Carrie’s favorite things. And they might become yours soon, too. We promise, it’s not just wishful thinking with Carrie on your side.

Must-read post: How to Budget With Irregular Income to Avoid Going Broke


It’s no surprise that we believe in investing in women. So, needless to say, Ellevest and their tagline, “Invest in Women. Starting with Yourself.” satisfies our love of investing, our love of self-care, and our love of supporting other women. Come for the platform that actually invests your money, stay for the sage investing advice that sets you up for long-term success. (Their resource center is good, but their emails are great.)

Must-read post: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Investing

Financial Best Life with Lauren Bowling

Financial Best Life -- which you may know previously as L Bee and the Money Tree -- is run by Lauren Bowling. While the older site was all about LB’s success and failures with money, the new version focuses on “brainstorm[ing] ways to be strategic so we never have to let money problems hold us back from the things we want to do, the places we want to go, or the things we want to create.” (Insert praise hands emoji.)

Must-read post: The 6 Biggest Credit Score Mistakes (+ How You’re Making Them)

The Holistic Wallet with Michelle Bobrow

Michelle’s about page had us fist-pumping in agreement: “We believe that your net worth doesn’t change who you are or measure your success. Actually, it doesn’t mean a damn thing about you! The only thing that matters with your money is that you use it to live a life that makes you feel proud.” Ain’t that the truth. Enter: Her rock-solid and easy-to-follow advice on money management, so that you can “turn your money mayhem into money magic!”

Must-read post: Money Moves to Make Every Month

I Will Teach You to Be Rich with Ramit Sethi**

At first glance, Ramit’s content might seem like spammy clickbait -- “I Will Teach You to Be Rich”? Insert eye roll emoji. (We’re sorry, Ramit, we love ya.) But what lies beneath is some of the most easy-to-follow, actionable, foolproof financial advice we’ve ever read. And for that reason, Ramit reappears back here on The List in 2018.

Must-read post: Financial Independence: 4 Steps to Save $1,500,000

Sam Vander Wielen

Sam -- a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur -- doesn’t just want you to create a service-based business that “gives you the freedom you’ve been searching for”... she wants you to do in a “fearlessly, Legally Legit” way. (Yep, she owns #legallylegit as a killer hashtag, too.)

Must-read post: The Online Entrepreneur’s Legally Legit Guide to Email Marketing

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. Ready to tell us your pick for the #1 Mindset and Solopreneur Lifestyle site? Head here to vote.

Alexandra Franzen****

While Alex has been a staple on The List from the very beginning, 2018 marks the year she makes the move to the mindset category. Why? It’s simple: Her thought-provoking articles on business, on kindness, and on writing will make you reconsider how you prioritize, how you communicate, and how you live.

Must-read post: Get Out of the Cart

The Balanced Mamas with Heather Farris

Hey there, mama: On top of client work, product management, bookkeeping, and all that comes with being a one woman shop, you’re also running a household, shuttling kids back-and-forth to school, and, oh yeah, trying to keep your relationship alive. That’s where Heather at The Balanced Mamas comes in: her “real life solutions for stressed out moms” will help you bring more intentionality into your day, even with everything on your plate.

Must-read post: The One Thing You Need To Tackle Paper Clutter

Be More With Less with Courtney Carver**

You might not be looking to pare your closet down to 33 items, but Courtney’s take on minimalism and being more with less will undoubtedly shift your mindset on the things you say yes -- and no -- to in both life and business. (But really...she can help you with that closet, too.)

Must-read post: A Toast to the Tiny Steps (Every Big Change is the Result of 100 Tiny Steps)

Clarity on Fire***

It’s not revolutionary, but it’s not simplistic -- it’s clear, concise doses of clarity. That’s what lands Clarity on Fire on our list for the third time. Somehow Rachel and Kristen have us nodding along vigorously with every post -- from convincing us that it’s time to stop putting our lives on hold, to enjoying your free time again, to how to get your groove back.

Must-read post: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Saying Yes to Anything

Danielle LaPorte***

The Desire Map. Fire Starter Sessions. White Hot Truth. Is there anything Danielle LaPorte does that isn’t spot on when it comes to reframing our mindset, bringing in new perspectives, and finding alignment? Add a new podcast to the line up: Light Work, “girlfriend-style sermons on serving the world while staying sane, cosmic connectedness over tech addiction, self compassion and more fulfilling friendships.”

Must-read post: Good Manners and Some Wuv. We Could All Use More of Them.

Hello 7 with Rachel Rodgers

You might know Rachel as the legal pro behind Small Business Bodyguard. These days, she’s lending her expertise to the same entrepreneur crowd, but with a different tilt: She wants to “help women hit seven figures without sacrificing their families and sanity.” We can certainly get behind that -- especially with this straight-talking, sassy mama’s style.

Must-read post: No More Business Booty Calls

Hey Katie Lee

With a motto of “how you live your everyday life is how you live your whole life,” Katie is on a mission to help “busy, over-achieving women” (sound like anyone you know?) be more intentional with their time in order to ditch the overwhelm and find more joy in each moment.

Must-read post: Have You Tried Reverse Pinteresting?

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

As Tom says, “After the success of Quest Nutrition, I could have bought an island and retired, but that’s not the game I want to play. I believe that life is about the acquisition of skills and putting those skills to the test in service of something bigger than oneself.” Follow along as he interviews business owners, professional athletes, musicians, and more on the how and why behind the impact they’re creating.

Must-listen episode: Mel Robbins on Why Motivation is Garbage

Katherine Mackenzie Smith**

Introverts, time to come out of hiding (that’s an introvert joke) to celebrate Katherine and the online home she’s created for introverts. We absolutely loved reading all of Katherine’s about page -- that girl’s got a way with words and knows how to tell a story that connects with her readers. If you’re constantly thinking that the online business world is set up for extroverts, look no further than Katherine’s site for introvert inspiration.

Must-listen episode: League of Extraordinary Introverts: Being a Quiet Girl In a Noisy World

Kris Carr

Kris kickstarted a “Crazy Sexy wellness revolution” upon her own diagnosis with stage IV cancer in 2003, but she didn’t keep that revolution to herself. Today, she helps women (and men!) live healthier through her killer green recipes, her meditations and manifestation tips, and -- what we love most -- her insights on abundance and rest that all solopreneurs can take a cue from.

Must-read post: What To Do When Rest Isn’t Restful

Laura Simms***

“I call it a ‘career homecoming,’ because finding the right career feels like coming home.” Can we get a collective sigh of relief? With sections on changing careers, quitting your job, managing your mindset, you can think of Laura’s site as the “pre-work” for business ownership. But once you’re in business? You’ll love her “work for yourself” section.

Must-read post: A Simple Way to Feel More Powerful


We’ve all seen the spammy “mom blogs” out there -- MotherHustle isn’t one of them. With themes like guilt, motivation, and self-care, MotherHustle feels authentic, through and through. One nominator says, “I love the monthly themes, which the panelists and various contributors use as a starting point for their own unique essays -- the various viewpoints on the same topic are so great to read. They always make me think.”

Must-read post: The Ripple Effect of Self-Care

Puttylike with Emilie Wapnick**

If the term “multi-passionate” strikes a chord with you, Emilie’s your girl. She’s branded you (and us, and herself) as “multipotentialites” -- and wants you to fully embrace your “dynamic, multifaceted lives, in practical and sustainable ways.”

Must-read post: Why You Should Stop Freaking Out About Wasting Your Time

Seth Godin***

Seth’s blog could truly fit under any category on this list -- which would make him an obvious choice for All Around, right? But here’s the thing: Whether he’s talking about marketing and sales; productivity and metrics; or legacy and leadership, one thing’s true of all of his writing -- his bite-sized insights continually shift the way we think about things. For a guy who’s written over 7,000 blog posts (and hosts a new podcast), that’s saying something.

Must-read post: Ignore Sunk Clowns

Tanya Geisler

“Impostor syndrome,” “impostor complex,” “lizard brain” it what you want. Whatever you choose, it’s no match for Tanya -- and after visiting her site, it won’t be for you, either. Tanya helps business owners everywhere break through impostor complex to “use your life and your gifts to instigate change and instill joy...for yourself and the world.”

Must-read post: Down With Diminishment

Thrive Global**

Around these parts, Arianna Huffington is like a fairy godmother, bestowing serenity, calm, and restfulness upon us. (If we sound like total fangirls, it’s because we are.) So it’s no surprise that she and her team at Thrive Global tackle issues of well-being, wisdom, and wonder with engaging, research-backed studies that we actually want to read.

Must-use resource: What’s Your Thrive Pulse?

Thriving Adventure with Christine Barnes

We’re suckers for sites that invite us to make ourselves at home. (What does this say about our lifestyle?) But when we’re not lounging at home, we’re all about sucking the marrow out of life. That’s where Christine comes in. In Christine’s words, “My goal with my work (both as a coach & a writer) is to help people reignite their courage so they can move forward with their lives once and for all.” You’ll find topics like resilience, redemption, and resignation on her blog, so get ready for her to spark some serious introspection and reflection within you.

Must-read series: Pivot

Yes and Yes with Sarah Von Bargen

Sarah is like that friend that gives you tough love when you need it most. Though not all of her content relates to solopreneurship, we’d be remiss not to include her on this list. Come for her mindset content -- habit building, getting what you want without following “the rules,” and self-care vs. self-sabotage -- and stay for her mind-expanding interviews, which will give you a regular dose of perspective shifts.

Must-read post: Why You Need an “Every Damn Day” List + How to Create One

All Around

For the sites we can’t pin down to just one topic, try as we might. We admit: It’s hard to excel at everything, but these sites succeed. Ready to tell us your pick for the #1 All Around site? Head here to vote.

All Up In Your Lady Business

Combine co-hosts Jaclyn and Jessica and you get an opposites-attract kinda situation -- sassy southern girl meets bubbly New Yorker. What results is two successful, wisecracking business owners gently ribbing each other, chit-chatting with guests, and spilling their business secrets. So grab a coffee or a sweet tea and get ready for some peppy, uplifting conversations.

Must-listen episode: The Uncomfortable Parts of Pivoting or Changing Directions

Being Boss***

Kathleen and Emily define “Being Boss” as “...owning who you are, knowing what you want, and actually making it happen.” You know it ain’t easy, but Kathleen and Emily make it approachable through their podcasts (yes, there are two now!), the aptly-named Being Boss and the newly-released Making a Business.

Must-listen episode: Are You Obsessed With Your Hustle?

byRegina with Regina Anaejionu****

She came, she wrote, she conquered -- and by conquered, we mean she’s been on our list of 100 Best Sites all four years and swept up in voting for the Branding, Copy, and Content Strategy category last year. It’s seriously tough to name all of the reasons we love engaging with Regina’s content, so we’ll leave it at this: She is the absolute queen of creating listicles that are actually valuable for your solo biz.

Must-read post: 16 Things You Can Do This Weekend to Streamline and Scale Your Business

Creative Empire Podcast

A creative biz attorney meets a life and business coach and an empire is formed. So goes the story of Christina and Reina, co-hosts of the Creative Empire Podcast. The most-used description of their podcast in iTunes reviews? Energy -- followed closely by humor, passion, intimacy, and honesty.

Must-listen episode: Becoming Obsessed with Your Business, with Melissa Cassera

The Entrepreneur Mastermind Show from Kickass Masterminds

Still relatively new on the scene but already kicking ass (see what we did there?), the Entrepreneur Mastermind Show is brought to you by Kickass Masterminds, a matchmaking site that curates + facilitates mastermind groups for entrepreneurs. We fully agree with nominator Devon that the podcast “is a great concept,” putting a different entrepreneur in the hot seat and bringing in an expert panel to help them through their issue, from selling to speaking and much, much more.

Must-listen episode: How Do I Create More Leveraged, Digital Products?

ittybiz with Naomi Dunford****

We’ll tell you this much: Naomi’s potential influence on your business ain’t itty. Naomi is a “triple Pisces, occasional redhead, and coach to small business owners ready for significant growth in the next 12 months” and though she prides herself on helping you “make confident marketing decisions,” she’s in the All Around category because she is so much more than just marketing.

Must-read post: The Benefits Of Writing A Book For Business: 7 Things You’ll Get, And 3 You Almost Definitely Won’t

Jenna Kutcher

If you’re on Instagram, it’s highly likely you know Jenna. If you’re into podcasts, it’s highly likely you know Jenna. If you’re a photographer...well, you get it. Jenna’s a household name these days as she brings her signature midwest charm to her beloved Instagram following, popular (and relatable) Goal Digger Podcast, and six-figure, multi-passionate empire.

Must-listen episode: How To Balance Being Multi-Passionate

Marie Forleo****

You may know her from her beautiful brunette locks, her silly dance moves, her MarieTV episodes with the A-list guest line-up, or her signature catchphrase: “The world needs that special gift that only you have.” Incredibly valuable takeaways, wrapped up in a pretty bow -- that’s Ms. Forleo.

Must-watch episode: 3 Steps to Turn Envy into Your Superpower

The Middle Finger Project with Ash Ambirge****

One word comes to mind when it comes to Ash: Unapologetic. And we love every bit of it. Whether she’s whipping your freelancer mindset into shape, shoving your solopreneur self to price appropriately, or hell, telling Barnes & Noble what’s wrong with their business model, Ash takes a no-holds barred approach to business and life, and will show you how to become unapologetically you in the process, too.

Must-read post: Fundamental Truth: You Can’t Make Money Unless You’re Making Offers

Paul Jarvis***

While often signing his Sunday Dispatches newsletter, “Your Internet Boyfriend” might seem a little presumptuous, Paul can call himself anything he wants while he continues providing invaluable content for freelancers through his blog, podcasts, and plethora of other free resources. What we love most? He turns the idea of success requiring exponential growth on its head and helps you build your business how you want.

Must-read post: Capitalism is a Snowball Rolling Down a Steep Hill

Pursuit with Purpose with Melyssa Griffin

You might recognize Melyssa as the artist formerly known as The Nectar Collective, but after making a million dollars in 2016 and finding herself absolutely miserable, she switched gears and is now the host of Pursuit with Purpose, an interview-based podcast where she chats with entrepreneurs about the impact they’re bringing to the world. No doubt listening to these interviews will inspire your legacy, as well.

Must-listen episode: Real Talk: Body Image, Self Love, Marriage, and Business with Jenna Kutcher

She's Building an Empire with Stacy Tuschl

When you land on Stacy’s website, it’s easy to feel intimidated by her -- picture-perfect design, great fashion sense, and a chill 11k followers on Instagram. But once you start listening to the podcast, we bet you’ll feel immediately at ease. Stacy is laid-back but excitable as she chats with her guests about all things entrepreneurship.

Must-listen episode: Releasing Blocks That Are Holding Your Business Back with Emily Aarons

Think Creative Collective**

Trello queens. Podcast hosts. Course creators. In the words of Emylee and Abagail themselves: “We help overwhelmed creative entrepreneurs create a functioning command center to tame the chaos of their business.” A word of warning before heading over to TCC: Prepare to be stunned by the sheer volume of incredibly valuable content you’ll find there.

Must-listen episode: Adding a Product Shop to Your Service-Based Business with Katie Hunt of Tradeshow Bootcamp

Wit + Wisdom

Wit + Wisdom is run by the dynamic duo Erin and Kirsten, who nominator Madeline says are “like the big sisters I never had -- with just the right balance of no-nonsense business insights and side-splitting approachable humor -- and I want to be them when I grow up.” Other words used to describe them? Real, honest, down-to-earth, thoughtful, cheerful, and “sometimes snarky.” (Sounds like our cup of tea.)

Must-read post: What It Means to "Treat It Like A Business"

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 is like our steadfast friend who will never leave our side, even when we’re not contributing to the friendship. As on-again-off-again meditators, we appreciate that. Whether you’re new to meditation, begrudgingly getting back into it, or practically a professional, we recommend turning to Calm for a daily (or, ahem, weekly) pick-me-up. Hat tip to the Daily Calm for managing to provide us with insights

Must-read section: Daily Calm

The Imperfect Boss with Ashley Beaudin

While Ash Beaudin is far from a newbie to the online scene, her most recent venture is one we’d be remiss not to feature here. A few times a year, Ash leads #theimperfectboss campaign on Instagram -- and dozens (heck, maybe even hundreds) of solopreneurs jump in to share the vulnerable side of running their businesses. Transparency + connection? Yes, please.

Must-follow campaign: #theimperfectboss campaign on Instagram


A common question amongst solopreneurs: How can I fit giving back into my business model? While we have a myriad of ideas, Kiva is always top of mind. The micro-lending platform makes it incredibly easy to invest in fellow women-run entrepreneurial ventures around the world, and to keep reinvesting as that money is paid back. Choose your passion, and start lending.

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

POPSUGAR Fitness***

We constantly swear up and down about the impact that a healthy lifestyle (with wine and chocolate, too) has on our well-being as solopreneurs. So, while we have a variety of go-to resources for healthy eating and fitness, none are quite as comprehensive as POPSUGAR Fitness. If you’re in an exercise rut, need meal prep ideas, or are on the hunt for workout gear, this might just become your new go-to.

Must-read post: 21 Simple Meal-Prep Combinations Anyone Can Do


Let’s face it -- reading the news isn’t always a whole lot of fun. Rather than crawl into a cave (though tempting some days), we love getting our daily dose of worldly news from the to-the-point, sometimes-sarcastic (okay, always) voices behind theSkimm. Stay informed -- and maybe even get a laugh in -- each morning without losing time or sanity.

Must-subscribe email list: The Daily Skimm

And with that, there you have it: 100 amazing resources to make your solo biz incredible. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the #1 winner in each category before 5/18!

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Never Enough Success: Solopreneur Success Bundle Success Stories

One Woman Shop Solopreneur Success Bundle 2017

We’ve thrown a lot of information your way this week -- our wish for you when it comes to your biz, a cheeky, fake fairytale (that's oh-so-entertaining), and an opportunity to give back to women around the world through your Bundle purchase. And we’ve likely gotten about 10 songs stuck in your head along the way. (You're welcome.)

We've also given you quick, bite-sized testimonials vouching for the 18 products in the Solopreneur Success Bundle on the Bundle landing page. Those are very solid pieces of social proof, but what you haven’t seen so far are the more in-depth client/student success stories from the creators who contributed their resources to the Bundle.

As they say, the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. Luckily, these parts? They’re pretty darn good. Let’s check some of them out:

From Danielle Zeigler, the creator of SEO for Solopreneurs:

From these same methods [taught in SEO for Solopreneurs], my clients have tripled their website traffic (we’re talking thousands of new visitors per month), secured writing deals with major national companies, and earned additional five-figure incomes from clients who found them through Google.

From Kathryn Hocking, the creator of e-Course Idea Generator:

Here is a success story straight from the mouth of one of our participants Melissa Ingold from

"Like Kathryn, I’ve created hundreds of digital programs over the years and I currently create 50+ new products every year through my two businesses – but sometimes, coming up with new fresh + fabulous ideas can be a real challenge...I especially loved the methods that she shared for how she does her brainstorming, which I implemented right away to start fleshing out my next program (and even used it to build my follow-up email sequence, too).

Her guide also asks you just the right questions to help you dive deeper into pinning down your customer’s true needs. Plus, she provides you with the exact survey questions you need to ask your people. This program is packed with value, so even if you’re already a frequent e-course creator like I am, you’ll still walk away with some golden tidbits + resources you can apply to your own process. So worth the investment."

From Annette Stepanian, the creator of Let’s Get Down to Business:

What Chelsea F. had to say about Let’s Get Down to Business: "I was so happy I found Annette when I was first starting my business! I was terrified of the legal aspect of setting up and owning my own biz and she took all the fear away. I first bought her mini-course on how to set up your biz legally. At the end, I had my action plan mapped out for filing all the required documents, not to mention a huge weight off my shoulders because I knew I was doing it the right way."

From Ashley Cox, creator of Interview with Heart:

My client Ginny was a great success story! She had been thinking about hiring a team member for a while, but wanted to make sure she took the right steps to hire the right person. Ginny didn't have a ton of time to waste hiring the wrong person, so she really wanted to nail it on the first try.

After going through the Interview with Heart materials, she was able to structure a solid interviewing process, select interview questions to help her gather the information she needed during the interview process, and narrow down her candidates to find the one who best suited the position and fit her culture!

Ginny's new team member was a breath of fresh air and just what she needed in her business. She was able to quickly acclimate to the culture, brought talents and skills to the team that Ginny didn't possess (but that she desperately wanted and needed in her business), and having this new team member created space for Ginny to continue growing and scaling her business while doing work she truly loved.

Later, Ginny told me, "Your guide was everything I needed and more! I found the perfect team member and could not have done it without your knowledge." It doesn't get much better than that!

From Abagail and Emylee, creators of Trello for Business:

One of our students took this course and told us that it was more valuable than some of the $1K courses she's taken. And this course is $29. We've had people say that they thought they would ALWAYS be scatterbrained and struggle with productivity. They took our course and the game changed. They're organized, their businesses are streamlined, and they're crushing their goals.

From Meera Kothand, creator of Email Lists Simplified:

One of my students took a maternity break and still grew her list and made sales with the systems she put in place after taking the course!

From Brittany Berger, creator of Build Your Own VA:

Rae Targos of Productive Co was able to systemize and automate enough that she created time to take on new clients and directly increase her income from automating her business!

And allow us to remind you: These raving reviews are from individuals who spent up to $297 for just one of these products! Imagine how much they’d rave if they had gotten their hands on all 18 Bundle products. (It would probably break the internet.)

Needless to say, we want you to experience the same kind of success these students/purchasers have -- and not just in one of these courses, but in all.

But the clock is ticking! Get your 2017 Solopreneur Success Bundle here.

2017 Solopreneur Success Bundle

Ever thought,

“Gee, I wish I had a resource for that”?

We’ve partnered with a small group of stellar creators to curate a one-time, uber-robust Bundle packed with ebooks, workbooks, and e-courses for your solo biz.

  • Streamlining and automating
  • Conquering your cash flow
  • Mastering SEO
  • Becoming an email marketing expert
  • Kicking ass with DIY design
  • Maintaining your sanity as a business owner
  • Getting set up, legally – the first time
  • Hiring with confidence
  • Crushing your copy + content
  • And hey, even making barista-level coffee at home

Whether it’s a product you’ve been dying to buy or topics you’ve never even thought to invest in, there’s something in it for you.

The Solopreneur Success Bundle is the best deal on the internet for the resources that will unlock your potential as a solo business owner.
But the clock has run out...

Are you serious about your success as a solopreneur? Here’s the list of kick-ass products + resources that will help you make it happen:

Build Your Own VA

What it is:

Self-paced e-course to help you master workflow automation, set your systems on autopilot, and say “girl, bye” to boring biz admin once & for all! Through six modules, a 24/7 community, and monthly live calls, you’ll learn how to use workflow automation tools to slay your systems, tackle your to-do list, and become a freaking queen of productivity.

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What others say about the course:

“BYOVA has allowed me to save time operating and marketing my business, giving me the opportunity to take on another client without having to work longer days. That means I earn more money without having to work more hours and, for that, I can’t thank Brittany enough.”

– Rae Targos

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About Brittany:

Brittany Berger is a content strategist and productivity junkie who helps crazy ambitious women work brighter, trash the productivity rules, and create time for everything important in their businesses.

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Conquer Cash Flow

What it is:

Turn non-paying clients into paying ones, create invoices that actually get paid on time, and find ways to increase your cash flow this month. Get worksheets, sample freelance contracts, email templates and more throughout five, self-paced modules. By the end of the course, you'll have a better idea of how to organize your business finances with a well-developed plan for increasing cash flow.

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“Thank you for the insight about getting paid and increasing cash flow! The timing is perfect, as I’m beginning to take on more clients and need to up my revenue. Thanks, Carrie, for sharing the wealth!” 

- Lauren S.

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About Carrie:

Carrie Smith Nicholson is the founder of, where she works as a business influencer and productivity blogger. Using her past experience as a small business accountant, she helps burned-out business owners who are tired of chasing money start earning money on their terms.

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Creative Convex Photo Bundles

What it is:

A collection of 160 high-resolution photos and mockups that help you stand out visually to build your brand, increase your traffic, and grow your business. The bundles are designed exclusively for creatives for use on landing pages, ebook covers, blog post graphics, social media promotions, and more.

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What others say about the course:

“It's like Christmas morning every time I receive a new Creative Convex photo pack from Chaitra! It's my absolute favorite resource for high-quality photos for creatives." 

- Kayla Hollatz

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About Chaitra:

Chaitra is the the founder and photographer behind Creative Convex, a photography studio for creative entrepreneurs. She thrives on helping women entrepreneurs stand out and create a bigger visual impact online through high-quality photography.

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The DIY Content Empire Kit

What it is:

Create a results-focused content strategy and the systems you need to put it into practice. Complete the training, create your strategy and set up your systems in a day...or even less – meaning you can start reaching your business and content goals right away. Delivered through a combo of videos, PDF templates and Google Sheets.

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What others say about the Kit:

“Before, I didn’t have a process at all. I woke up each day and tried to throw something together. Now I have a strategy and finally feel organized -- like I can actually plan in advance. This is for anyone who wants to grow their business!”

– Missy Hacker

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About Hailey:

Hailey Dale, MA is a certified content strategist and founder of Your Content Empire, where she partners with small business owners who are over the “shoulds” and ready to build their content empires -- their way. Through her DIY content kits and tell-all weekly newsletter, she’s helped more than 7,000 entrepreneurs create smarter content on a consistent basis.

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E-Course Idea Generator

What it is:

The complete, step-by-step system for finding your profitable e-course concept. With instant access to two workbooks, four videos, four guided meditations and bonus printable quotes and affirmations, the E-Course Idea Generator will help you understand what your audience is looking for, leverage your existing skills and assets, and generate a profitable e-course idea.

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What others say about the course:

"Kathryn helped me to precisely plan and focus on what I can deliver as an e-course. The content is designed in a coherent and logical way and really guides the user to develop their ideas and think about what they can deliver an e-course on."

- Kristy Goodwin

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About Kathryn:

An E-Course Expert and Launch Strategist, Kathryn Hocking helps passionate service-based entrepreneurs create unlimited impact and income through profitable, purpose-driven e-courses.

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Email Lists Simplified

What it is:

Grow, nurture and profit from your email list, from start to end. Start from scratch with no list, no opt-in freebie, and no traffic to a fully-guided email strategy, right up to cleaning that list. The course is five modules with videos and transcripts, templates, examples, and formulas that you can swipe and deploy for your own use.

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What others say about the course:

“My email open rates and click-through rates are much higher than industry standards. Without Meera's advice and automated systems, my email list would have stopped growing during my maternity leave. This course has been one of the best investments I’ve made for my blog!” 

- Emily McGee

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About Meera:

Meera is a certified email marketing specialist, blogger, and a self-professed email nerd. She blogs over at where she helps solopreneurs and small businesses create a stand-out online presence with email.

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Hashtag Hero

What it is:

Video training program that walks you through the exact steps you must take to find and select the most powerful hashtags for your unique business or brand on Instagram. These hashtags will not only attract targeted visitors to your feed, but can also massively increase your engagement, followers, and paying customers.

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What others say about the course:

"I followed the guidelines offered in the training to develop my hashtags and since I did, my post engagement has increased by around 300%!" 

- Deb Ames Livernois

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About Alex:

Alex Tooby quit her job in 2014 to start a social media consultancy and fell in love with Instagram along the way. She's since grown a loyal following of over 450,000 people, turned the platform into her primary income generator, and has taught thousands of other entrepreneurs how to do the same.

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Home Barista Coffee Course

What it is:

This 14-lesson video course will teach you how to find, brew, and enjoy the best barista-approved coffee on the planet. You'll learn how to brew consistently amazing coffee at home for a fraction of the price your favorite local coffee shop charges. You deserve to drink great coffee without going to a hipster cafe, right?

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What others say about the course:

“My barista dreams have seriously come true -- and I don’t need to get a job at Starbucks. Matt broke down everything I could ever want to know about brewing coffee, and made sure I never ran out of options to get caffeinated again. Cheers, Matt!” 

- Sara F.

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About Matt:

Matt Giovanisci started in 2014 because he loves coffee. He grew up in South Jersey where the lack of good coffee shops forced him to drive to Philadelphia to get a decent cup. He's since moved to Boulder, Colorado and continues to promote making the best cup of coffee possible at home.

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Inbox Anxiety

What it is:

Easily editable scripts that help you run your online business. The vault features 30 scripts that you can customize to your business personality + particular situation, delivered in a way that bypasses all of the formatting struggles you get with copying out of a PDF.

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What others say about the course:

"Because of the scripts in inbox anxiety, I'm able to breathe easier and focus more on my business, not wasting time trying to figure out what to say!" 

- Kari

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About Alison:

Alison Monday is a responsive WordPress developer + support system for online entrepreneurs. She’s fixed/maintained/built/improved online presences for dozens of amazing clients over the last decade.

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Interview with Heart

What it is:

Everything you need to interview candidates, so you can hire the right person the first time. You'll receive 100 interview questions designed to help you gather the information you need during the interview process, an interviewing template to help you interview fairly and consistently, a guide for how to use these tools, plus best practices for creating a streamlined and effective interviewing process.

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What others say about the course:

"Ashley's Interviewing with Heart guide was exactly what I needed when it came to preparing to hire the right candidate for my team. I felt confident and prepared to go into my interviews, and most importantly, I felt that I was being 100% fair to every candidate. I found the perfect team member and could not have done it without Ashley's knowledge." 

- Ginny Krauss

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About Ashley:

Ashley Cox is the HR Partner for Entrepreneurs at sproutHR where she helps you hire, train, and lead a productive and profitable team.

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Launch Design Kit

What it is:

You already know your new product is awesome. But, at the end of the day, it shouldn’t only be better, it should look better, too. Save yourself the headache of designing everything from scratch for your launch, and use these 97 plug-n-play Photoshop and Canva templates!

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What others say about the Kit:

“The Launch Kit templates are beyond helpful for those of us for whom designing is a challenge -- but who still want our graphics to be consistent, look good, and be on brand. The Kit is a one-stop shop for social media graphics, slide decks, and more, and the templates could not be simpler to use!” 

- Jodi Brandon

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About Jess:

Jessica Freeman is an award-winning graphic and web designer, helping service-based entrepreneurs create a brand that shines through every level of their business. Outside of designing, she also loves producing for her YouTube channel. 

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Let’s Get Down to Business

What it is:

Your go-to legal roadmap for your business. This online training walks you step-by-step through how to get your business started -- the legal way. Say "goodbye" to confusion about the law, and "hello" to your dream business.

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What others say about the course:

"I was terrified of the legal aspect of setting up and owning my own biz, but Annette took all the fear away. At the end of the [training], I had my action plan mapped out for filing all the required documents, not to mention a huge weight off my shoulders because I knew I was doing it the right way.” 

- Chelsea F.

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About Annette:

Annette Stepanian is an attorney and business strategist who equips other creative professionals and small business owners with the legal and business knowledge needed to confidently start and grow their businesses. Combining her passion for law and small business, Annette seeks to make the law practical, approachable, and dare we say it – even a little fun.

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The Productive Solopreneur

What it is:

Stressed by an endless list of blogging + business tasks? This video workshop will teach you how to create processes + systems to publish blog content consistently, promote on multiple social media platforms, avoid email overwhelm, automate + organize projects, products, and clients, and plan your weeks, months, and year.

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What others say about the course:

"There is so much information in each video that after I watched one I immediately spent the rest of the day implementing everything to get my business up to speed. There is no way I could grow my business without these systems. I feel more in control, confident, and excited again!" 

- Amanda

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About Sarah:

Sarah Morgan is an Emmy Award-winning digital strategist who strives to help her audience create an online presence that attracts the exact readers, customers, or clients they've been dreaming of, plan blog + social media posts that show off the best of what they do, and DIY it all in a way that they actually have time to manage.

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Say What?

What it is:

Nail that pitch, every. single. time. Say What is a down-and-dirty (read: quick to implement) mini-course that will have you talking about what you do in a way that has people responding "yes please!"

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What others say about the mini-course:

"I can finally talk about what I do without taking 30 minutes to explain it -- hallelujah! And no more blank stares back -- people are actually asking for my card now!" 

- Sarah B.

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About Rebecca:

Rebecca Tracey is the head/only honcho at The Uncaged Life where she works with clients from all over the world who want to have the freedom of working from anywhere by running their own online business. She helps people get clear on their brand message, create packages that sell, and helps them learn what it actually takes to get and keep clients in this crazy online world.

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SEO for Solopreneurs

What it is:

Self-paced, six-module e-course to teach you how to optimize your site and content for search engines. Each module contains a short 10-20 minute instructional video, 1-2 simple, strategic action items to help you make quick wins and helpful worksheet and cheat sheet downloads. Motivation is built-in with an easy-to-use course platform and course completion-only bonuses.

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What others say about the course:

"My organic search traffic increased 274% in 3 months [with SEO for Solopreneurs]!”

- Natalie Bonkowski

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About Danielle:

Danielle Zeigler is an SEO & Digital Marketing Strategist helping entrepreneurs harness their strengths, personality, and energy to attract their ideal clients. As an introvert, she’s all about inbound marketing methods like SEO and content to get found online, grow traffic, and gain clients easily and authentically.

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Sizzling Sales Page Template

What it is:

All the direction, encouragement, and templates you need to create a sales page from scratch whenever you like! Broken down into different sections to make sure you don't miss any of the juicy details about your newest offering, the Sizzling Sales Page Template includes a color-coded key so you know exactly what goes where. Put that in your copy toolbelt and you’ll be selling like a champ for a looooong time.

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What others say about the Template:

“I'm super excited to tell you that my opt-in page (from your template) is now opting in at 44%! Last year's page for this challenge was converting at 1%!” 

- Laurie Joy

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About Your Hot Copy:

Founded by Jamie Jensen in 2013, Your Hot Copy is a boutique digital copywriting agency where getting funny meets making money. The Your Hot Copy team of sales-savvy comedy writers, screenwriters, and creative writers use words to compel and sell. In other words, they took digital marketing, and made it entertaining AF.

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The Solopreneur Sanity Handbook

What it is:

Your go-to guide for finding the intersection of productive and sane to maximize your time working so you can maximize your time living. The 94-page Handbook is made up of scenarios and solutions that will meet you where you are in your solo journey and provide the mindset shifts and action steps needed to achieve the work-life blend you strive for.

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What others say about the Handbook:

Love how you have scenarios and solutions set up and cross-referenced! What a fantastic resource!” 

- Kerstin Auer

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About One Woman Shop:

One Woman Shop is a resource hub + membership community for female solo business owners run by Cristina Roman and Sara Frandina. We believe that business isn’t one-size-fits-all and that going it alone shouldn’t feel lonely. (Oh, and when we’re not creating Handbooks, we’re creating awesome Bundles!)

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Trello for Business

What it is:

We’re taking you inside Trello and walking you, step-by-step, through our workflow to show you how we manage our own small business. Not only are you getting a peek into exactly how we run things every single day, but we’re giving you the exact templates (with instructions) so you can do the same thing. We’re getting you to a better place so you can spend less time being a frazzled hot mess and more time checking things off your list like you're freakin' Santa Claus.

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What others say about the course:

"Trello for Business is seriously amazing! I have been using Asana so I was a bit skeptical about it at first but this course won me over! Trello for Business has literally been more valuable to me than some 1K courses I've taken." 

-  Yana Dirkx

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About Think Creative Collective:

Abagail and Emylee founded Think Creative Collective just months after meeting each other online. What began as a conversation over wine on Abagail’s office floor transformed into building a community and business that had ridiculous goals, dreams and ideas. Together they built a multi-six-figure business in under 12 months by helping thousands of creative entrepreneurs build a soul-fulfilling and freaking profitable business.

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We’re Sara + Cristina, co-head honchos of One Woman Shop, a membership community and resource hub for female solo business owners. Our favorite things include coffee, popcorn, travel, and (of course), collaborating with other talented business owners to deliver you great resources, like this Bundle.

The Solopreneur Success Bundle is a win/win/win/win. You win (access to 18 awesome products with one purchase), our contributors win (they get to meet and impress you), we win (more money to reinvest into One Woman Shop), and women around the world win (when we lend $10 from every Bundle purchase on Thursday, 9/21 to women-owned businesses around the world through

We’ve curated some sick products that can help you at all levels of your business, and in many different aspects. We encourage you to read the product descriptions above to see if at least a few of the products are a fit for what you need right now or might need in the future. Also, keep in mind that just because you know something doesn’t mean you’ve done it (no shame…). Use these products to hold you accountable as you take action in these different areas.

We want you to make the best decision for your business. (Though we’d obviously love for you to buy the Bundle!) If you truly only want one product valued below $99, it might makes sense to purchase it separately through the creator. However, if you want a product that costs more than $99 or you’re interested in more than one product, the Bundle is an amazing deal for you!

Warning: We’re very biased. In all seriousness, the Solopreneur Success Bundle is unique in that it covers a wide range of business topics -- from hiring to finances to content marketing -- instead of just covering one area of business. While it’s a lot of products (18!), we’ve specially curated it so that it’s the best of the best -- not just a ginormous bundle of a billion products that will surely collect dust.

Here are a few good reasons: If investing $99 will put you in a very tough spot financially, if you think that it’s the single $99 purchase that will change everything in your biz without putting in any work, if the thought of learning something new doesn’t truly excite you, if you have a bunch of untouched e-courses (and you secretly know that this file would gather metaphorical dust, too), and if you know with certainty that you can’t carve out any time in your schedule for working your way through the products and implementing the action steps.

"I look forward to seeing what's in this year's Bundle! Last year, it felt like Christmas had come early!" - Linda Catling, purchaser

“The Solopreneur Success Bundle was, for me, a complete no-brainer! It contained an unmissable amount of offerings from incredible solopreneurs that have worked out how to do the things I haven't - and then offered them out in this generous format, saving me time, money and lots of frustration! It has helped me fill out lots of 'knowledge gaps' and is contributing hugely to the new direction of my business. This Bundle is well worth your investment of $99 and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others - and as an added bonus, you get to 'meet' lots of new, lovely peeps too :)” - Helen Rebello, purchaser

"I don't usually buy product bundles for two reasons: 1) The products included are aimed at beginners, so I don't think I'll get much out of them. 2) The products are really generic or overlap one another, so I don't actually feel like I'm getting a good deal. The Solopreneur Success Bundle, on the other hand, is the opposite. Once I saw the high-quality, highly-niched products in the bundle, I was ready to buy. There are plenty of resources for experienced business owners here. Plus, I love that each product is created by a well-known blogger/solopreneur who has established herself in her niche. I know I can trust the advice I get and that I'm learning from the best of the best. I don't know how you managed to round up such amazing products from so many well-known solopreneurs, but thank you!" - Emily McGee

“... it's packed full of information that is timely and relevant to where you are - right now! I've been following One Woman Shop for quite a while now and have found their resources and connections to be incredibly helpful and trustworthy.” - Ashley Cox, 2017 contributor

What I love the most about the Bundle is the variety of products in it -- you're covered from social media, to systems, to sales + more! The crew of contributors is super talented. (I've purchased some of the products on my own in the last year because of how good they are.)” - Alison Monday, 2017 contributor

"I've been buying it as long as I've been a One Woman Shop member, and have been able to bootstrap and DIY sooooo many things because of what I learn in the included resources every year!" - Brittany Berger, 2016 and 2017 contributor

The Bundle will only be available until 11:59pm EST on Friday, September 22nd. And if you secretly think we might extend this offer to next week -- we assure you, we're not going to 😉 We may run another Bundle sale, but no guarantees...

Once you’ve paid, you’ll be automatically directed to a download link (good for 60 days) that grants you access to a one-stop document with information on how to access each product.

Nope! You have lifetime access (subject to contributor actions) to the courses and products once you’ve downloaded or activated them. (Though we think you’ll want to dive in ASAP!)

Here’s how it works: You’ll have 60 days from purchase to use the SendOwl download link included in your receipt email, which grants access to the access document mentioned above. From there, you have until March 22, 2018 to access each individual resource. Each resource is then yours for when you need it.

Our tip: Even if you don’t intend to work your way through a product immediately, we recommend setting up your access to it and filing it away for later reference. We do send reminder emails, but highly recommend marking your calendar for 3/22/18!

Step 1: Be sure to check the email address you have on your Paypal account, as that’s where it’ll be delivered;

Step 2: Check your spam. (Silly folder.) Since the link will be coming from an unknown address, it can unfortunately end up in there;

Step 3: Still don’t see it? Email us at [email protected]!

While we would love to offer a money-back guarantee, we simply cannot on this deal because of the nature of the Bundle. Thanks for understanding!

It’s not too late! Affiliates get a 30% commission on all Bundles sold through their link. Register here.

We have answers! Don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at [email protected].

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100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

The 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs from One Woman Shop

Welcome to the third edition of the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs from One Woman Shop!

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

As a solopreneur, it’s not tough to find solo business resources -- but it’s a true challenge to find the very best resources that 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 because we’re so committed to you, the OWS community, we promise that it’s better than ever. (Read: more fun, more comprehensive, and more engaging. After all, the third time’s the charm, right?)

The biggest change? For one month, we gave you, our community, the chance to vote for your top resource across each of our seven categories. You'll notice each winner highlighted at the top of each category below. 

Another addition: This year, we’re marking repeat offenders appearances on The List. ** means this is the second time the site has been featured, while *** means the site is a 100 Best Sites stronghold, appearing on all three editions.

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.

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Category winner: Meera Kothand

As one nominator put it, Meera “goes out of her way to help readers with exceptional content” -- and we certainly don’t disagree. Her in-depth and actionable advice on both blogging and email marketing will have all solopreneurs feeling like digital marketing champs by the time they’re done here.

Must-read post: How to Survive, Seduce and Sell With Your First Email Sequence

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Alex Tooby

Alex is all about the ‘gram, coaching you through why you’re losing followers to how to make the most of Instagram Stories to how to monetize your Instagram account. And she speaks from experience: She created and monetized the @MenandCoffee Instagram account, generating over $100,000 in revenue in just 12 months. (We’ll wait here while you go check out that account. You know, for “research”...)

Must-read post: Instagram Shadowban -- What It Means, Why You Got One, How to Get Rid of It

A Prettier Web with Mel Karlik

While we’re definitely fans of the ‘90s, that fandom stops when it comes to landing on sites that look like they’re stuck there. It’s why we love Mel’s mission to help others create “a prettier web” -- and turn to her for all things WordPress via her free resources and the themes she creates for fellow boss and blog ladies.

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Bailey Richert

If we had to succinctly summarize Bailey’s work, it would be teaching the ins and outs of virtual summits for “beginning and budding infopreneurs.” And she doesn’t just teach about virtual summits, she hosts them. Marianne, another #100BestSites winner, can vouch for them, saying Bailey provides “fantastic information on making money online, plus her virtual summits rock!”

Must-read post: 14 Tips for Launching a Virtual Summit

Caitlin Bacher

Should I start a Facebook Group? Ah, the question that’ll likely come up for any solopreneur as they build their community. When it does, look no further than Caitlin’s site, where she shares roadmaps, tips, and stories on running Groups. As nominator Leslie said, “She’s an expert in growing your online presence and teaches it in a way that makes sense.”

Must-read post: How to Avoid Burnout as a Facebook Group Host

Claire Pelletreau

Two words: Facebook Ads. It’s a love/hate relationship. #ThanksZucky Of course, the love is there because they work -- when they’re used right. Thankfully, there are experts like Claire sharing all they know about how to use Facebook Ads, whether you’re an excited first-timer or a frustrated veteran.

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Clapping Dog Media with Meg Clarke

If search engine optimization feels overwhelming (at best) or like a scammy marketing tactic (at worst), allow Meg to change your mind once and for all. In her words: “SEO amplifies your voice. Together we will build a megaphone for your business.” Bonus points to Meg for the "Give back" section on her website, where she outlines how she gives back through her biz. A girl after our own heart!  

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Crafting Creative with Meghan Hartman

We’re all about aesthetically pleasing things (read: prettyyyy) here at OWS HQ. But we know that’s not enough; functionality matters too. Crafting Creative is about “content-first, goal-driven design.” In other words? Through implementing user experience best practices, she helps readers create websites that actually convert.

Must-read post: The 7 UX Practices That Will Improve Your Business (and Life)

Danielle Zeigler**

When it comes to finding “tools to help you stand out without selling out,” we’re all about it -- and fortunately, Danielle is, too. When we’re not turning to her for expert (yet simple) SEO advice, we’re definitely referring to her as an example for content curation done right, given her epic Sunday Link Love roundups.

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Design Your Own Lovely Blog with Marianne Manthey**

Marianne isn’t on this list just because we want to keep tabs on her enviable ex-pat life in tropical Costa Rica. (Though that doesn’t hurt.) Her design and branding tutorials over on DYOB are geared to those crafty DIY types out there who want to take charge of their branding, but need a little support along the way.

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Hey Jessica with Jessica Stansberry

“Lord have mercy, I'm a little bit of a nerd.” ← When an about page kicks off with that, it’s likely we’re going to have fun poking around the site. In the words of nominator Ginny, “Jessica's content is always spot on, and so helpful for entrepreneurs at any level.” Her positive vibes, southern charm, and in-depth tech tutorials make learning the tech of marketing fun -- and if that’s not enough, she’s co-host of the All Up In Your Lady Business podcast, to boot.

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Jess Creatives with Jessica Freeman**

Jess isn’t shy about her loves: sweatpants, Diet Dr. Pepper, and her pup, Morgan. What else isn’t she shy about? Helping entrepreneurs build better websites, create better systems, and attract better clients. From one nominator -- fellow #100BestSites winner and OWS member Jessica -- “Jess Creatives is a must-read for me! Her advice on design, productivity and business has proven invaluable.”

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Lara Eastburn

Mixology isn’t just for drinks anymore. Lara -- a self-described Social Media Mixologist and cut-up (not to mention “badass digital marketer,” according to nominator Lee) -- lands on this list partially because she shares our love for adult beverages and partially because she reels us in with blog post titles and GIFs that make us have to click. In all seriousness, she dishes up funny but insightful social media lessons and strategy over on her eponymous site.

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Learn to Love Email with Nicole Murphy

Ask Nicole why she started her site and she’ll say, “Because nowadays, email marketing is everything.” Pretty much. Not only is Nicole “insanely passionate about creating email communications that can influence someone's behaviour,” she’s also insanely qualified, given her experience as an Email Marketing Manager for Freshbooks. Isn’t it time you let Nicole help you learn to love email?

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Miranda Nahmias

We love words, but we have a special place in our hearts for visual representations of information: flow charts, screenshots, Venn diagrams -- you name it. Lucky for us, Miranda has mastered the art of presenting her incredibly thorough business tutorials alongside helpful graphics to make them even easier to digest and implement.

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Paige Media with Paige Wilhide

What do you get when you combine “video” and “marketing”? Video marketing, obviously. Jokes aside, you get Paige Media. With a promise that video content can be “FUN, engaging, and will increase your bottom line,” Paige Media helps you to stop hiding behind your computer screen and start showing your shining mug to the world.

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PinkPot Studio with Chaitra Radhakrishna

A university-trained computer scientist, Chaitra started PinkPot Studio as a lifestyle blog when she moved away from her family and had some time on her hands. Fast forward a few years, and PinkPot is now a full-fledged photography and design studio, where Chaitra teaches solopreneurs everywhere how to shoot beautiful, Insta-worthy photos with their iPhones, curate beautiful feeds, and appreciate design in marketing.

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Must learn to code. Must learn to code. Must learn to code. ← If you’ve been repeating this to yourself nonstop and hoping those coding skills just show up, then it’s time you head over to Skillcrush. Not only does this small but mighty company create epic Blueprints for learning to code, but they’re leading the way in content creation for freelancers and women in tech. #love

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Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn**

We’ll start by saying that the term “passive income” is a bit of a misnomer in the online biz world. But we’ll also admit that earning money while sitting by a pool, hiking a mountain, or taking a nap is pretty darn cool. Pat is one of the most popular passive income bloggers, and for good reason. Warning: Your jaw might hit the floor when you see his monthly earnings. Just promise us you’ll use it as inspiration, not a measuring stick.

Must-listen episode: Pivoting: How, When, & Why to Do It

tiny blue orange with Alison Monday***

What do blue and orange make? In this case, a stellar resource for all things WordPress. Alison and her team -- that’d be her pups, Brutus and Pixel -- are pros at WordPress development and security, and love sharing everything they know, with a dash of sass and sweetness.

Must-read series: Nerd Alert

WP+BFF with Shannon Mattern***

With a killer track record of being the most nominated site two years in a row, you know WP+BFF has to be the crème de la crème. In the words of WP+BFF fan Jane, “It turned me from a dreamer to someone with her own functioning website.” Don’t love the tech side of running an online biz? All the more reason you need a new tech-savvy BFF. Meet Shannon.

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XO Sarah with Sarah Morgan***

Pinterest. Email marketing. Blogging. When it comes to crucial parts of a solopreneur’s marketing strategy, Sarah Morgan’s a pro at sharing both the high-level why and the uber-tactical what. She’ll dare you to blog; we’ll dare you not to get lost in her site.

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Publicity, Launching and Sales

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

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Category winner: Femtrepreneur with Mariah Coz**

Mariah’s been helping solopreneurs turn their blogs into “badass, profitable businesses” for years, and her suite of resources for building and launching online courses is key to helping them get there. From your first online course creation to your 15th, Femtrepreneur is the place to go.

Must-listen episode: How to Break Down Creating a Course into Small “Sprints”

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Alexia Vernon**

Named the “Moxie Maven” by the White House Office of Public Engagement, Alexia’s the lady behind many-a-spotlight talk everywhere. She’s back on the list this year as she continues to reign supreme when it comes to helping women “step into their moxie” and establish their influence through speaking.

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Evolve + Succeed with Halley Gray**

Halley isn’t for the faint of heart, but she is for those who want to do business while braless on the couch. (So it’s no coincidence that her podcast is called Braless on Couch.) If references to cockblocking don’t phase you, hop over to Evolve + Succeed for wisdom on being booked out, writing effective sales pages, and mastering the art of free consulting sales calls.  

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Farideh Ceasar***

Launching. Facebook Ads. Songs. Wait, what? Yeah, those are the three things we turn to Farideh for. If she’s not helping solopreneurs avoid “launch surprises” or showing them how to use Facebook Ads in said launches, she’s likely jamming on her ukelele or recording songs with her band, Rosie & the Riveters. (We might just be her online groupies.)

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Justine Grey

Justine has carved out a valuable niche for herself: Providing guidance on launching and scaling your own affiliate program. Her content helps you increase revenue in order to get your products into the hands of customers through engaging loyal ambassadors of your business. In her words, “I take this unique approach to customer acquisition because it works well with companies of any size, in virtually any industry.”

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Kathryn Hocking

Kathryn Hocking is your “eCourse secret weapon,” coming at you with everything from e-course idea generation to design to organization. Lest you be fooled into thinking e-course creation is all facts and evidence, Kathryn’s tongue-in-cheek “woo-woo” category name on her blog will change your mind. Bring on the woo!

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Kyla Roma***

We love Kyla for sharing our philosophy that launching (and running a business) isn't one-size-fits-all. She’s here to combat the idea that there's magical formulas for anything in business and to encourage you to fit your launching strategy to you. (That’s right -- no more falling into a launching comparison trap.)

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The Rule Breaker’s Club with Courtney Johnston***

Take note, fellow rule breakers. Built to serve “rebels with a cause,” the top rebel herself (Courtney) is a consistent source of fantastic content and advice on everything from writing the launch copy that’s going to sell out your next course to quick website tweaks you can make to land your next batch of clients.

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Sabina Knows with Sabina Hitchen

If there’s one thing Sabina Knows (we’re sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves), it’s how to make quite the grand entrance onto the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs list. With the second highest number of nominations, this new-to-us PR site was a no-brainer to include. Her many nominators describe her as fresh, gregarious, fun, positive, and supportive, just to name a few.

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Branding, Copy, and Content Strategy

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

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Category winner: byRegina with Regina Anaejionu***

One look at Regina’s website will leave you wondering “How does she do it all?” And she doesn’t just do it -- she does it with humor and grace. With a biz school called “Business School for Humans” and a Twitter bio claiming that she’s a “Stage 5 clinger to #business and healthy living,” Regina is the natural pick for fun-loving infopreneurs in need of resources.

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Alexandra Franzen***

If there’s a place to turn for storytelling that tugs at your heartstrings, it’s the articles written by Alex Franzen. Her personal stories and anecdotes drive lessons in writing, business, life, and love. (As she channels her spirit animal, Mr. Rogers.) Her nominator and fellow #100BestSites winner, Veronika, declares Alex “the most authentic voice on the Internet,” and we won’t disagree.

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You’ll recognize Kathleen from the duo behind Being Boss, but here she teams up with her sister, Tara, to throw down insightful advice on brand and business design for “entrepreneurs and purposeful businesses.” As nominator Hillary put it, “This is a site you can lose yourself in for days and come out feeling like you’ve been to Boss University with actionable, unconventional, and wholly fresh insights & guidance!”

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Brooks Editorial with Ashley Brooks***

From how to create a consistent blogging schedule to what to blog about as a VA, freelance writer, or (insert profession here), Ashley tops the list of go-to resources on blogging and content strategy how-tos. We can’t help but want to “cozy up on the front porch” and cheers our iced mochas as we learn from this content pro.

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The Content Direction Agency with Lacy Boggs**

While the world is focused on content marketing, Lacy’s focused on the strategy behind it -- and the results it can garner. If you like a touch of mystery and a solid reminder of Carmen San Diego, The Content Direction Agency is the place to go to unlock secrets to effective content marketing.

Must-read post: KPI For Content Marketing and the Allure of Vanity Metrics

Do You Speak Freedom with Veronika Palovska

Veronika’s many nominators call her site creative, unusual, sensible, direct, authentic, savvy, and fresh. An anonymous nominator said “When Veronika's emails come into my inbox, I know I have to drop everything and read her blog post because I will come away with inspiration, knowledge or advice” and nominator Luciana adds, “It shows you it's possible to have your own voice on the internet.”

Must-read post: How to Blog Like a Designer (Even If You Aren’t One)

Elena Mutonono

When it comes to working smarter, not harder, Elena’s your girl -- especially if you’re ready to take your teaching online. While we appreciate that this “mother of two precious trilingual kids” is a “kids-nap-time-teacherpreneur”, the site’s nominator, Luciana, calls out Elena’s ability to “teach others how to focus and think strategically” in online teaching.

Must-read post: How to Engage With Your Audience After the Launch

Kayla Hollatz***

We couldn’t say it better than nominator L’Oreal: “Kayla is #BloggerGoals.” She adds, “She's down-to-earth, personable, and kind. When you interact with Kayla, you know it's a real person behind the screen, not automated emails.” (We’re going to give partial credit to Kayla’s Midwestern roots for that.) Whether you’re looking for visibility, connection, or expansion (the three paths you can take once you land on Kayla’s site), she’s got you covered.

Must-read post: 6 Things I Learned from Relaunching My Brand

Maya Elious

When someone gets their start designing Myspace pages in college, you can’t help but appreciate how far they’ve come. That’s Maya, now a coach, speaker, and content strategist helping business owners get more clarity and earn more money through content marketing, product creation, and more.

Must-read post: How Much Content Should Go Inside Of A Webinar?

The Savvy Copywriter with Kimberly Crossland

We couldn’t help but laugh when we read Kimberly’s clever mission: “Opening hearts, minds, and wallets with writing.” Ultimately, isn’t that what every solopreneurs seeks to do? If you’re open to getting “real, vulnerable, and sometimes a little edgy” in your copywriting, Kimberly is your girl.

Must-read post: Taking a Page From Television Advertisers Playbook About the Buyer’s Journey

The Write Life***

From marketing to blogging and freelancing to publishing, The Write Life is a one-stop shop for all the things that make word nerds swoon. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to improve your freelance writing business or publish your first novel, we’ll warn you now: It’s tough not to fall down the rabbit hole.

Must-read post: How to Work With a Beta Reader: 5 Tips for Success

Writing Revolt with Jorden Roper

We’ll let Jorden intro herself: “Black-clad Writer. Musician. Chihuahua enthusiast. Gamer. Leading the Writing Revolt against low pay and content mills.” Her nominators say “Jorden has on-point, no-BS advice for freelance writers” and her site is “jam-packed with useful, on-target information.” The thing nominator Kat likes best? “She gives it to us straight.”

Must-read post: How I Used Cold Emailing to Make $800 In My First Month as a Freelance Writer with Jay Acunzo

When a podcast earns itself a review calling it “The ‘This American Life’ of Marketing Podcasts,” you can’t help but want to listen. Then, you dive into Jay Acunzo’s episodes, where he is all about exploring intuition -- you know, the unthinkable -- to create better work and exceptional content, and you can’t stop listening.

Must-listen episode: The Muse Is an Excuse

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.

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Category winner: Tara Gentile***

When she’s not devising her own business strategies for challenging the status quo and stepping outside of cookie-cutter approaches, Tara’s interviewing others doing the same on her podcast, Profit. Power. Pursuit. From marketing to business models, she’s a go-to on all things “running and growing a company in the New Economy.”

Must-listen episode: Discovering a Need And Filling It–Twice–with Marie Poulin

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Amy Lynn Andrews

Declaring her mission to “teach people how to start blogging, in plain English, no technical experience required,” Amy provides that and so much more in her weekly email, The Useletter®, packed with tips on all things systems, productivity, and more. (Okay, so this isn’t a site per se, but this one’s worth breaking the “rules” for!)

Must-read series: The Useletter®

Arianna Taboada

Arianna’s site welcomes mompreneurs everywhere with open arms -- as she puts it: “Consider this your official welcome to the world where business and babies collide.” When you’re done picturing businesses and babies colliding (sorry, had to), get ready to learn how to plan for maternity leave and take care of yourself postpartum -- without letting your business fall by the wayside.

Must-read post: 3 Business Systems You Should Set Up While You’re Still Pregnant

Devon Smiley***

We may as well call her Devon “Negotiation” Smiley, since successful negotiating is at the core of all of Devon’s offerings and resources for entrepreneurs. The goal? Helping business owners develop the skills they need to get what they want, need, and deserve in business. And we say you deserve to know about Devon’s site.

Must-read post: 4 Tips for Negotiating with a Friend

Jessica Lawlor***

It’s not very often that you get a true, behind-the-scenes look at someone’s solo business. (We’re not talking about trumped up, out-of-reach income reports here.) From detailed posts on how exactly Jess scored each of her current clients to the “brutally honest truth” about trying to combine your passions into one business, you get it here. More reason to check out her site? Brittany, another #100BestSites winner, says “Jess' blog is the one that originally got me interested in starting a side hustle.”

Must-read post: Here’s Exactly How Much it Costs to Run an Online Business

Mallie Rydzik

While we celebrate solopreneurship daily here at OWS HQ, we love that Mallie Rydzik encourages you to “go from solopreneur to CEO.” Her reasoning? “We should be approaching our businesses like CEOs. CEOs think big picture, take big risks, and work strategically.” OWS member Danielle praises this CEO mindset, calling it “something that makes her content feel really unique and speaks directly to opposed to broader business advice.”

Must-read post: How to Fight the Online Business Echo Chamber

Megan Flatt

Megan’s tagline, “Run your business like a mother” isn’t just a funny call-to-action. (But it is that, too.) Megan is a consultant for Mama CEOs, helping them recognize and embrace what she calls the “Mama Advantage” -- the idea that motherhood and business ownership can feed each other, not detract from each other.  

Must-read post: The #1 Thing Video Games Taught Me about Business

Megan Minns

Mission: “Turn your business into a well-oiled machine.” Result: With Megan’s help, your biz will be humming along gracefully. The systems pro and half of the duo behind the #Femtrepreneur podcast (with fellow #100BestSites winner Mariah Coz) is the lady to turn to for help setting up systems, tracking the data in your business, and building a website that works.

Must-read post: How to Track and Analyze Your Business Statistics

Nesha Woolery

Designed for designers; applicable to the general solopreneur population -- that’s Nesha’s site in a nutshell. An anonymous admirer of Nesha calls every one of her posts “gold” and nominator Chrys praises her “design process and organisation” resources. Project management tips, marketing advice for freelance design businesses, and portfolio building strategies? She’s got it all.

Must-read post: Why Generalists are the Most Successful Freelancers

SproutHR with Ashley Cox

Just because we’re solopreneurs doesn’t mean we can’t benefit immensely from corporate best practices. Ashley gets that. She delivers her corporate HR knowledge to creative entrepreneurs to help them “hire, train, and lead a thriving team.” (Red tape and business suits, not included.)

Must-read post: 3 Ways Diversity Makes Your Business More Awesome

Work Brighter with Brittany Berger

Brittany might as well go by the “Queen Bey” of automation, as she serves up epic advice on streamlining, automating, and -- as one nominator put it -- “how to do the biz things, better.” But don’t for a minute think that all this talk of robots is boring...Brittany’s a pop-culture guru whose personality never stays hidden. Visit her blog to work brighter -- and grab some solid advice on content creation, to boot.

Must-read post: Scheduling vs. Automation: Comparing the Best Ways to Streamline Your Systems

Finance, Law, and Other Things We Might Not Like to Think About

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

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Category winner: Making Sense of Cents with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner**

You might initially visit Michelle’s blog to grab some free advice on budgeting and paying off debt -- but with nearly 300 pages of archives, you’ll walk away with so (so) much more. With endless ideas for bringing in extra income to an inside look at how she runs her blog and business, we love the mix of aspirational income reports that help us dream and solid financial advice that helps us make it happen.

Must-read post: Great Financial Lessons My Dad Taught Me

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Amy Northard CPA

Amy’s goal is to “take the accounting stress out of your business” -- and if you didn’t think that was possible, we suggest you head over to her site, first. Whether you’re wondering how, exactly, to track your mileage or if you can deduct Starbucks as a business expense (aren’t we all?), Amy’s short video tutorials and blog posts have the answers.

Must-read post: 5 Things to Know About Estimated Taxes

Annette Stepanian

Annette’s site promises “Easy legal solutions for entrepreneurs.” Easy and legal in the same sentence? Sold. Since we’re all about quickies (mind out of the gutter), we especially love her Legal Quickie podcast episodes, with topics like website privacy policies, having multiple companies under one LLC, and filing trademarks.

Must-listen resource: Office Talk Podcast

Autumn Witt Boyd

We never thought we’d be intrigued enough by a lawyer’s site to consider diverting our precious podcast listening time to a legal show. Autumn changed all that with her site and her Legal Road Map™ Podcast. As OWS member Danielle says, “She provides so much great content around the legal side of online business (that I know I can trust!)... [it’s] well-explained and fun to consume.”

Must-listen episode: Make More Money for Your Business by Licensing Your Content and Brand

the artist’s J.D. with Kiffanie Stahle

Legalese is so fun...said no one, ever. Which makes us ever grateful for the resources Kiff, “the friendly legal eagle behind the artist’s J.D,” provides. Whether you’re just getting your biz started and need to know what to have in place or you’re looking to prioritize the legalities as you level up, Kiff’s got your back.

Must-read post: Why You Need to Create an Affiliate Manual


“The business world has a language of its own. We translate the legalese and handle the fine print.” (Cue big sigh of relief from solopreneurs everywhere.) Jamie and Danielle -- the duo behind Businessese -- are here to help you protect #1: you, and #2: your business. (Both pretty important assets, if you ask us.) Nominator Jenny says, “Businessese takes the essential but often tedious aspects of business and makes them simple and approachable.”

Must-read post: Five Must-Have Terms for Your Independent Contractor Agreement

Careful Cents with Carrie Smith***

Carrie took a life-changing success story (paying off $14,000 of debt in two years) and turned that experience into a resource business owners everywhere can learn from. From streamlining your business finances to budgeting, and day-to-day bookkeeping to annual taxes, Carrie’s one of the few people who can distill finances down and make us feel like we aren’t alone.

Must-read post: 5 Ways to Actually Look Forward to Filing Your Taxes Every Year


With a bold call to action like “Invest Like a Woman,” Ellevest had us hooked. While we love other sites on this list for their practical tax time advice for now, Ellevest is the shove we need to remind us that we also need to financially prepare for later. (Even if it means one less latte.)

Must-read post: What’s Goal-Based Investing, Anyway?

Stride Health

“I love figuring out health insurance and I especially love paying for it” said no solopreneur, ever. Luckily, Stride Health is here to make the decision and buying process slightly less painless for independent business owners. Think of it as the intersection of taxes and health insurance.

Must-read post: Health Coverage in the Gig Economy

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.

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Lucky Bitch with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Denise — a.k.a. DDT — is our go-to Money Mindset Mentor. She provides high-level, mindset-shifting advice to help you remove your money blocks and stop your self-sabotaging money habits. She says, “I’m like a gateway drug to a life-long love affair with money.” We say, “Bring on the drugs.”

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Be More With Less with Courtney Carver

Perhaps best known for Project 333, a minimalist fashion challenge Courtney first wrote about in 2010 that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months, Courtney’s a minimalist go-to for all things clutter, work, health, lifestyle, and more.  

Must-read post: How to End the Endless Game of Catching Up

Best Kept Self***

What do mason jar salads, luxury vacations, and intentional posture have in common? They all contribute to solopreneur sanity -- and are recent Best Kept Self post topics. Here’s to “self-help for the self-employed,” one mason jar salad at a time!

Must-read post: How to Have a Luxury Working Vacation and Not Feel Guilty About It

Cerries Mooney**

Everything on Cerries’ site makes us nod along vigorously. Like this declaration: "I believe solopreneurs should come in all shapes and sizes." Us, too. And this question: "Can’t seem to commit to anything?" Guilty. But most of all? Everything on her manifesto page, which will make you want to print it out and hang it in your home office. (Lucky for you, that’s an actual option.)

Must-read post: The Problem with Being an “Expert”

Clarity on Fire**

Sometimes, we praise sites for delivering bite-sized insights and mindset shifts. (See: Seth Godin.) But if you’re looking for in-depth, thought-provoking blog posts that provide you with concrete action steps to shift your behavior once and for all, look no further than Clarity on Fire. Brownie points to Rachel and Kristen for including audio versions of their blog posts for those who do best with auditory learning.

Must-read post: How to Feel More Energized at Work (+ Generally in Life)

Danielle Dowling**

In the words of one of Danielle’s nominators, “Mixing psychology with coaching gives her a unique edge to helping business owners.” We can only add that we love how Danielle tackles issues that are important to solopreneurs but aren’t often talked about in the context of business. (Think: creating healthy relationships, romantic and otherwise, that don’t drain you.)

Must-read post: Why We Stay In a Relationship (Way) Too Long


Design*Sponge isn’t just an epic resource for designing a home you love; it’s a celebration of women entrepreneurs who are designing lives they love. Once you make it past the articles showing off inviting interiors (save those for later), you’ll discover a robust Life & Business section highlighting business tips and the ladies doing it right. (Fun Q&As with people like Nick Offerman don’t hurt, either.)

Must-read category: Life & Business

James Clear

If you’ve ever tried to adopt a new habit, you know it takes more than 21 days of wishful thinking. Enter: James Clear, the prolific writer who believes that you can change your habits to change your life. Through research-backed and psychology-based writing, he demonstrates how often we stand in our own way, and what we can do to get out of it.

Must-read post: The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do and What to Do About It

Katherine Mackenzie-Smith

The overwhelm of the online business world is real for introverts, everywhere. That’s why we love the resources created by Katherine, who dedicates her work “to all the introverts, wall flowers, quiet achievers, and sensitive souls,” and believes that “everyone shines given the right lighting.” #preach

Must-read post: Creating Your Own Success As A Quiet Achiever

Made Vibrant with Caroline Kelso Zook

From the minute you land on Caroline’s site, there’s a 99.9% chance that your day will get better. After all, her content lives up to her brand, delivering thoughtful letters to shift creatives’ mindsets with bright, vibrant personality. Whether you’re looking for a pick-me-up or a thought-provoking question, you’re sure to find it here (and it’ll look pretty darn nice, too).

Must-read post: Re-defining What It Means To Be Selfish

Melody Wilding

“Your success doesn’t have to be a source of suffering.“ (Amen.) If it is currently, hop over to Melody’s site for her advice on coping with the “unique set of emotional challenges” that top performers encounter. We’re looking at you, you “haven’t-taken-an-actual-vacation-in-years” solopreneur, you.  

Must-read post: Come From a “Dysfunctional” Family? You’d Make a Great Entrepreneur

The Mogul Mom with Melissa Bolton**

Much-loved by the mompreneur community (and therefore heavily nominated!), The Mogul Mom is dedicated to the women building businesses as they raise their babies. Covering the gamut from branding to marketing and money to blogging -- with a side of family, always -- expect a plethora of advice from moms everywhere on this multi-author site.

Must-read post: 39 Proven Ways To Get New Clients, Fast

Puttylike with Emilie Wapnick

You can think of Puttylike as the “Home for Multipotentialites” and Emilie as the OG Multipotentialite. Emilie is here to show current and future Puttypeeps that building “dynamic, multifaceted lives, in practical and sustainable ways” as multi-passionates really is possible. Bonus points for her tongue-in-cheek book title, How to Be Everything.  

Must-read post: The Surprising Challenge of Having Fun for Fun’s Sake

Science of People with Vanessa Van Edwards

Get your magnifying glass ready and join Vanessa, “behavioral investigator” and “recovering awkward person,” as she shares insights into human behavior that just might have a positive impact on your solo business. Be prepared for “funny, science-based, sometimes life-changing articles about the science of people.” (Beaker and lab coat sold separately.)

Must-read post: 10 Successful Phone Strategies

Seth Godin**

Once again (like last year), you might wonder how Seth — a kingpin of digital marketing — ends up under Mindset + Solopreneur Lifestyle on this list. And once again, we go back to this: Seth’s 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: Who Are We Seeking to Become?

Susan Hyatt

With her motto “If you crave it, you can create it,” Susan has helped ”women who crave ‘more’ out of life” both visualize and reach their goals for a decade. Don’t let her bold approach to business and life fool you, though -- this is one woman who knows what fun is all about. Grab a serious dose of mindset reframing right alongside “fun Friday” content.

Must-read post: Momentum, Not Perfection

Tara Mohr

If you want to play small, Tara’s not your gal -- but if you’re looking to change the world, this might just be your new home. Tara claims her work was born out of both frustration and hope, and we’re betting One Woman Shops like you are where that hope comes in. Start with her manifesto, 10 Rules for Brilliant Women, then dig into her archives for the shoves you need to push beyond your self-imposed limits.

Must-read post: Can You Have Both?

Thrive Global

It should come as no surprise that we have a serious girl crush on Arianna Huffington. (We love anyone who tells us that midday naps are not only acceptable, but healthy.) So it’s also no surprise that we love her new online home, Thrive Global. The tagline? “More than living. Thriving.” We’re onboard.

Must-read post: How I Became Exhausted by Self-Care

Val Geisler

On the list of reasons we love Val, her ability to appeal to our “inner Humanpreneur” might just be at the very top. Providing “simple solutions for overwhelmed business owners” -- from her Gmail School to her “Dinner Party Strategy," Val shines a light on introversion and helps entrepreneurs everywhere feel more sane in business.

Must-read post: 11 Perfectly Introverted Ways To Make Friends As An Adult

Women Digital Nomads

The site name says it all...Women Digital Nomads is for our wanderlust-filled solopreneur friends who crave location independence. Complete with city guides, resources and tools for working while traveling, and inspirational interviews, Women Digital Nomads is a site after our own heart. After all, celebrating location independence has been part of OWS’ mission since the beginning.   

Must-read post: The Digital Nomad Packing List Guide

All Around

Presenting: 2017’s new category, All Around. For the sites we can’t pin down to just one topic, try as we might. We admit: It’s hard to excel at everything, but these sites succeed.

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Category winner: Think Creative Collective

Not to toot our own horn, but we know the work that goes into running a high-quality, consistent, multi-author online platform. (We never said modesty was our best trait…) Which is why we know how to spot ‘em. Props to Think Creative Collective, which, in the words of OWS member Danielle “always approach[es] digital strategy and business growth from a fresh and fun perspective.”

Must-read post:  4 New Ways You Can Get in Front of a New Audience on YouTube

The top picks for the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs are in!

Being Boss**

“Do the work. Be boss.” Kathleen and Emily -- the team behind the Being Boss blog and podcast for creative entrepreneurs -- bring both “‘you got this’ confidence, and ‘let’s get real’ advice” on the regular, between their own stories and the guests (fellow bosses, of course) they chat with. Ladies after our own hearts.

Must-read post: How To Be a Great Podcast Guest

Blacksburg Belle with April Bowles-Olin***

We’d like to say she had us at the mention of “a Ross and Rachel kinda love” on her home page, but the truth is, we’ve been referring to this Blacksburg Belle for years for reliable advice on digital strategy, creativity, and now, the inside scoop on running a membership site. It’s what’s made April a shoe-in as a 3x winner and a must-have in our All Around category.

Must-read post: The Pros and Cons of Running a Membership Program or Monthly Subscription

Freelance to Freedom Project with Leah Kalamakis***

While “freelance” and “freedom” sound great together, to achieve them together is easier said than done -- which makes the Freelance to Freedom Project ever more necessary. Leah’s multi-author blog and plethora of resources provide a well-rounded look into the freelancing life -- and its ups and downs -- for the newbie and veteran freelancer.

Must-read post: The Freelancer’s Guide to Handling Clients Who Haggle

ittybiz with Naomi Dunford***

If you think ittybiz is about playing small, think again. Naomi’s been helping “turn smart, quirky people into smart, quirky entrepreneurs” since 2006. Her blog is a treasure trove of honest advice and actionable tips for battling “normal, human things like self-doubt, second-guessing, resistance and procrastination on the inside – and information overload on the outside.”

Must-read post: How To Stay Amazingly Productive On Low Energy Days

Marie Forleo***

The All Around category was created with Ms. Forleo in mind. Just when you think she’s all about productivity and mindset, she throws sales advice at you. When you think she’s all about launching and publicity, she hits you with biz growth and digital marketing wisdom. And just when you think she’s all about business, she breaks out in a hip hop dance. No surprise that she’s our woman crush, shiny hair inspiration, and a stronghold on this list for the third year running.

Must-watch video: How to Be Multipassionate Without Looking Flaky

The Middle Finger Project with Ash Ambirge***

It doesn’t matter if she’s riffing on business, on travel, or heck, on the wine she drank last night -- Ash Ambirge is all about the truth, and nothing but the truth. (Even when it hurts. Or makes you pee your pants, laughing.) This girlboss defines unf*ckwithable, and leaves no topic unturned -- making her the perfect fit in the All Around category.

Must-read post: Women Don’t Learn How to Be Strong & Confident & Brave in Home-Fucking-Ec.

Paul Jarvis**

Paul sums up what he does best: “I help nice folks build resilient & sustainable companies of one.” That’s you, One Woman Shop. Paul’s been around for a while, and his knowledge of freelancing, serving clients, and creating products runs deep. Between his Sunday Dispatches articles and podcast, there’s no shortage of things to learn -- and ways to do it -- from the leader of what he deems his “rat people.”

Must-read post: See One, Do One, Teach One

Psychology for Photographers with Jenika McDavitt

Don’t let the name fool ya -- the insights found on Psychology for Photographers can be put to use by just about any solo biz owner. (Hence Jenika’s subtitle: “And other creative professionals.”) With a tagline of "Understand people, be a more successful creative professional," suffice it to say this is a more fun and relevant version of your college psych class.

Must-read post: Get People To Actually Read Your Website (With A Filmmaking Trick)

The Uncaged Life with Rebecca Tracey***

If one-night stands are your thing, no judgment. But Rebecca’s here to fight against them -- in business, that is. Her goal is “Mixing business and pleasure into more than a one-night stand.” If you’re ready to run a business chockful of pleasure, head to her site. (But be prepared for some hefty doses of no-BS reality checks coming at you, too.)

Must-read post: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Running Your First Retreat

She Did It Her Way with Amanda Boleyn

Hop on to the landing page for the She Did It Her Way podcast interviews and you’re sure to recognize a familiar face -- or ten. Tune in as new episodes are released or spend some time digging through the vault of interviews to hear a diverse cast of online biz’s leading ladies talk about how they’re doing business their way. (Cue Frank Sinatra’s My Way.)

Must-listen episodes: The Top 10 Podcasts

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.


Our eternal thanks to Team Calm for providing us a free meditation app and corresponding mindfulness wisdom that gets us through launches (ahem, #100BestSites), stressful client projects, and day-to-day life as as solopreneur. And also? For making us feel okay about uber-short meditations. (We’re looking at you, 2-minute meditation.)

Must-read section: Mindfulness Tips


Earning a profit in your solo biz is great, but reinvesting some of that profit back into your community is even more rewarding. Our giving platform of choice? Kiva. Not quite charity, not quite investing, Kiva is the perfect blend of both, making it the gift that keeps on giving. Like we said last year, “You lend; you get repaid; you re-lend. It’s that easy.”

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

NPR Podcasts

NPR lands on this list because their podcasts consistently make us just a little bit smarter, a little bit more empathetic, and/or a little bit happier -- traits that serve us not only in business, but in life. From enhancing our storytelling abilities to providing us with fascinating psychological insights to helping us understand economics (in a fun way, no less), NPR is the home of a large percentage of our favorite podcasts.

Must-listen podcasts: How I Built This and Planet Money

POPSUGAR Fitness**

It’s tough to find a site that tackles physical wellness quite as thoroughly as POPSUGAR Fitness. Whether your exercise drug of choice is yoga, HIIT, weight lifting, running, or Pilates, you’ll find research-based articles, quick tips, helpful instructional videos, and upbeat playlists to keep you motivated and remind you that physical activity is essential for your body and your mind as a solopreneur.

Must-read post: How Do Exercise and Diet Mess With My Period?


If you’re a solopreneur who wants to stay informed about the world -- without cutting too far into your most productive morning work hours -- theSkimm is your new daily read. Combining millennial humor, a daily subject line that references a famous movie quote, and easy-to-digest world news, theSkimm will make you the girl sharing the news, not the one pretending to know the news.

Must-subscribe email list: The Daily Skimm

And with that, there you have it: 100 amazing resources to make your solo biz incredible. Check back soon to see voting results for each category!

100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs

The 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs from One Woman Shop
Editor's note: Want even more? Check out the 2017 list of 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs!

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.


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 -- 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


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 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


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.


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 (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 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 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


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


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.


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


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?)


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


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 🙂


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.

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.)

4 Simple SEO Tips to Optimize Your Content and Attract Your Ideal Client

Using SEO effectively can seem like a headache. Keywords? Links? Content marketing? I’ve been there. If you’re a small business owner, you have enough on your plate, and learning about SEO can seem like more trouble than it’s worth.

But SEO is so much more than a marketing strategy. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is simply helping Google understand your site so that you can easily connect with people who are already seeking the solutions you offer. It’s a necessary foundation for your brand or business, not an online “trick” that requires endless research.

In fact, according to Search Engine Land, SEO is considered one of the most cost-effective digital marketing practices to grow your business. And, let’s face it -- you've likely invested hundreds to thousands of dollars on designing your brand and developing your website, but is it worth the investment if no one can find it?

Here are four quick ways you can utilize SEO to find your dream clients and elevate your business in an authentic, non-salesy way.

1. Keep a list of Frequently Asked Questions from your target audience.

Keep an ongoing list of questions that continuously pop up among your target audience. You could find these questions in Facebook Groups, past client consultations, in replies to your email newsletter, or even while taking a class at the gym.

Use these questions for content inspiration. Answer them on an easy-to-access landing page or turn them into blog posts. Pay attention to the specific language your potential clients use and the way the questions are asked. Word questions and your answers in a way that you could see your clients Googling them. If you have Google Analytics set up on your website, you can see which Google searches have led people to your website, and form questions out of those phrases.

2. Take time to use categories and tags effectively.

When it comes to that "tags" box you see when creating a blog post in WordPress, do you fill it with related terms you think of on the fly? Don't worry; you're not alone. But it's time to get organized! Think of categories as the top level, main topics of your blog. Then think of tags as supporting keywords. Choose 5-6 main categories and only a handful of tags for each category. For example, a main category could be "Fitness" and supporting tags could be "muscle recovery," "at home workout," and "activewear."

3. Use Yoast and fill in your metadata.

Metadata is mostly behind-the-scenes data that helps a search engine understand and rank your site. The preview text that appears in search engine results when someone sees your site link is comprised of metadata. Take a few extra minutes to fill in the title tag, meta description and alt tags of your posts. The Yoast SEO plugin makes these updates, and therefore upping your SEO game, much easier.

4. Audit and update your old content.

If you’ve had a blog for more than a few months, chances are you already have a ton of content. In order to make sure your website is working for you, and not the other way around, go through your old content and see which posts and pages could be improved.

Find which posts are your best and make sure they’re properly tagged and categorized. Edit any content that is outdated or no longer relevant. Auditing your content will make sure your site is full of high-quality, valuable content for your readers. For more ideas, check out my post on 50 ways to give an old post new life.

SEO doesn’t have to be so hard

For many solopreneurs, SEO remains an elusive concept that’s just out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be. The four quick tips above are just a few examples of how you can optimize your site for search engines and make it easier for more of your ideal clients to find you.

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The Road to Solopreneur Success: Day Four

Road to Solopreneur Success

Note! We are officially at day four of the Solopreneur Success Bundle Week! That means you have less than two days left to get this epic deal of 19 products worth $1,504 for just $99. (Ah!)

The Road to Solopreneur Success looks different for each and every one of us. The most powerful thing we can do? Share our stories and shorten the learning curve for everyone around us.

So we turned to our community to share their Road to Solopreneur Success -- the ups, the downs, and the lessons learned as they work toward more celebrations each and every day in their solo businesses.

We are super grateful for what they shared -- and can’t wait for you to learn from them, too. Grab your coffee + a pen, and get ready to take notes from these great reads on day four of our Road to Solopreneur Success:

The Road to Solopreneur Success - Nat Real, The Website Superhero

Nat’s getting real on her blog (how perfect that it happens to be her last name?) and sharing her ups + downs of solopreneurship on the road to get to a place where “things are going so well and smooth and cheesecake-delicious that pretty much every moment is bliss.” Yes, please.

Our favorite quote: “The way I see it, it’s up to me to make the decision that will put more Xs in my successes column than in its gloomier counterpart of a column.”

The Sting of Underquoting Never Lessens. But Here’s What I’m Going to Do About It.
- Christine Funke, Spark Virtual Assistance

Underquoting on a project: we’ve all been there. And as Christine shares, the sting is potent. But we love how she’s changed her mindset to a place of learning -- and how experience will only make the future better.

Our favorite quote: “The uncertain feelings have roots in perfectionism (shouldn’t I just be able to do this perfectly from the beginning?) and that may never go away, but having a different mindset has made me feel less stressed.”

The Productivity Tricks That Have Improved My Business - Kayli Barth, The Freelance Hustle

Kayli’s a self-proclaimed scatterbrain -- not exactly the textbook definition of a successful person. Yet she’s got some tricks up her sleeve that have turned her year around. Fellow scatterbrains: try these on for size.

Our favorite quote: “...even disorganized scatterbrains can get it together and be a boss.”

The Road to Solopreneur Success - Danielle Ziegler

Work-life balance is a lot easier to achieve when you don’t try to go it completely alone. Danielle’s sharing how she’s asked for help, implemented no-work weekends, and pivoted to enjoy the road to success in her solopreneur business.

Our favorite quote: “While being a one woman shop is a wonderful thing, it’s okay to get help when you need it.”

On Managing Overwhelm as a One Woman Business - Indigo Colton

Indigo’s a solopreneur and a college student, so she knows a little something about overwhelm. Get her tips for managing it so you can enjoy more success in the journey as a solo business owner.

Our favorite quote: “I track my time for my clients, so why not make myself a client and do the same?”

Who’s Driving Your Bus? - Kerry Swetmon, Life Business Growth

In realizing, two years ago, that her business wasn’t fulfilling her at all, Kerry took a new look at what was holding her back: fear. And in recognizing the purpose fear does have and imagining a life without it, she found her path to solopreneur success -- and wants you to do the same.

Our favorite quote: “Courage battles the darkness on the path to your truth.”

All of these posts were written as part of the Road to Solopreneur Success blog tour, promoting the Solopreneur Success Bundle: a roundup of e-courses, e-books, and subscriptions designed to help you succeed in all aspects of your solopreneur biz. Your chance to grab over $1,500 in products at just $99 is only here from September 14-18th -- learn more and get yours now!

We think this deal is pretty freakin’ spectacular, but don’t just take it from us:

Carrie, of Careful Cents, puts it in a way we can’t beat: “Seriously. Imagine if you only had to push the "buy" button one time, and save yourself over $1,400. Would you do it? Duh! Of course you would.” She’s also calling it “the only investment you need to make for the rest of the year!” Yep -- it’s that good!