In her recent article, my colleague Amy made a bold statement: Solopreneurship is personal freedom. Living and working out of an RV, attending to clients in the wee hours, going for a run in the early morning when others get ready for work… Amy’s lifestyle incorporates that motto inside out.
It made me curious – how is it for other “everyday solopreneurs”? Do they feel the same way? So I turned to the 16 people we’ve interviewed in our “Entrepreneur Spotlight” series to find out more.
And guess what? Freedom is the most frequent answer to the questions “What do you enjoy most about being a solopreneur?” and “Has your life changed since you started your online business?”
So if you’re interested in exploring a home-based business idea, read on to hear everything these online business owners love about the lifestyle.
The number one thing for us is the freedom. Being able to do what we want, when we want, and where we want.Stephanie and Tobias Locsei, homemade-gifts-made-easy.com
Oh my life has changed in so many ways it feels unreal. First of all as I said before I never have to worry about bills, or finding the time to do things anymore. I just fit the work around my life. That is brilliant.David Ralph, joinupdots.com
It is one of the highest forms of creativity. I get an idea, and I can make plans to implement it. I have complete control over all aspects of my website. I have never liked working for others because I don’t like to be told what to do, so working for myself is critical to my happiness!Patty “Sassy” Knutson, vegancoach.com
I love being self employed and owning my own business! I work when I want, for however long (or little) that I want, and I do it wherever I want. It’s given me freedom to work around my busy schedule, to raise a baby (who is now a busy toddler), and everything else that comes with the craziness of life.Rachel Bruner, lovemyfire.com
I love having permission to thoroughly explore something that fascinates me because ‘It’s my business’. Making money in your sleep is also very cool.Nancy Ulrich, polymerclayer.com
Like a lot of the others in the series, my answer is a version of ‘freedom’. For me, the fact that I can get up from my desk and go and do something else, ironically keeps me right there. It means that sitting at my desk is a genuine choice; and a happy one. But most of all, after all these years, I still get an enormous kick out of receiving e-mails that tell me how much pleasure dancing has brought to someone’s life.Suzanne Vennard, danceclass.com
And there’s something else too – the dream of possibilities that working online with a scaleable model brings. The thought that one day we can go to different parts of the world and still continue to work and share the beauty of stained glass is a real change for me. It’s a change of mind set and something that wasn’t a possibility for me before.Milly Frances and Paula Fitzpatrick, everything-stained-glass.com
I love the freedom of working for myself! Freedom has always been something that is SO important to me, and the notion of a 9-5 and having to ask permission to take a vacation – well, it never sat well with me! So these days, answering only to myself, taking off whenever I please, never waking up to an alarm clock, this is like heaven to me.Alison Andrews, lovingitraw.com
Where do I start? I suppose mainly not being stuck in a 9-5 job! In addition, I love the fact that I can reach out and help so many more people than I ever could have by seeing one or two in my counselling room at any time. If I had just retired, all the knowledge acquired from my training and 24 years of experience with thousands of individuals and couples would have been completely lost. It just feels so satisfying, knowing that I can pass on what I have learned to so many people.Elly Prior, professional-counselling.com
Really the VERY best thing about being an online business owner for me is all the free time I can have with my kids when they come home from school. I take them to various sports and arts activities every day, and even tutor them in subjects they love and don’t get enough of at school. My weekends are devoted almost exclusively to my husband and kids, as my chores are done as soon as they come up, instead of spending weekends doing them.Svetlana Rubejov, lasvegas-entertainment-guide.com
The biggest benefit for me as a Mom is the flexibility with my working schedule and the location on where I am working. I can do my work just about anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.Darlene Abarquez, make-fabulous-cakes.com
For me it is the time flexibility and freedom it provides. Our adult daughters live 1 ½ hours away. Finding a day that works to visit required balancing their individual work and college schedules and my own set work schedule. But, not anymore! My online businesses ARE my job now. That means I can work on them when I want and work my schedule around their days off!Cheryl Hatch, preschool-plan-it.com
As a single parent I had always found it hard to balance being out at work and being at home with my children. Now I work from home I have far more time to be there for them and to be part of their lives. My youngest daughter has just had a baby, my first grandchild, and I was able to take a 10 week break from working on the site to help her and to get to know my grandson. Maria Jane, mias-craft-ideas.com
The thing I enjoy the most about being an online business owner is this: Nobody can take away what I have built with SBI!. I’ve taken my knowledge of construction and building sheds, along with SBI!’s amazing site building tools, and have grown a very profitable online business. It is an absolute joy knowing that I have the peace of mind that my retirement will be well funded with my income from ShedKing.John Shank, shedking.net
Imagine not working for days or weeks yet still seeing an income every day. And that’s a reality. The concept of passive income from an online business is infinitely attainable for regular moms like me working from home. I still get such a huge sense of satisfaction whenever I publish a new page. And I know that I will earn an income from that page over and over and over. You simply cannot duplicate that in most other jobs. Now imagine doing this anywhere in the world at any time convenient to you. Have laptop. Will travel. And we do!Antoinette Sawyer, free-legal-document.com
There you have it. 16 personal freedom quotes from everyday people like you and me, who followed their dream of doing what they love, when and wherever they choose.
Which of the quotes is your favorite, and why? Please let us know in a comment.
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