How To Be A Solopreneur
Here it is; July 4th! To American’s, the date better known as Independence Day. Today is a day to celebrate independence, but not just for America’s independence. Let’s also use today to celebrate independent workers all around the world. This includes solopreneurs, remote workers, freelancers, and small businesses looking to contribute to the economy on their own terms, in their own way, and on their own time!
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has found that the number of independent workers around the world are growing in numbers. Their reasons and methodologies are picking up speed. As the independent worker-base continues to grow, solopreneurs along with startups are in need of spaces and independent-friendly work environments. Spaces where fellow solopreneurs and small businesses can collaborate, motivate, and inspire each other to keep going strong!
Today’s Best Cities For Solopreneurs
If you’ve made the decision to become an independent worker in today’s economy, you need to be sure that you live in or near a city that is conducive to that type of lifestyle. In today’s day and age, we most often find ourselves chasing after jobs wherever we can, and solopreneurs and independent workers feel this just as much, if not more! However, over the last few years, several cities around the country have championed the independent lifestyle and have built successful independent workforces with loads of opportunities.
According to NerdWallet, solopreneurs in Atlanta, Georgia currently make up 4.4% of the city’s entire workforce. While this may seem like a small percentage, when considering the size of Atlanta’s workforce, it is a pretty substantial statistic. While the city’s construction industry is booming, the technology sector also offers many opportunities for independent workers. And, Atlanta has given a warm Southern welcome to shared work spaces designed for SMEs and solopreneurs. I’m biased but I know my lovely city should be at or near the top of your list!
The Big D has fully embraced the independent lifestyle. While Dallas is a larger city with a larger workforce, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center has had tremendous impact in helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses. Solopreneurs will have plenty of opportunities to work in cooperative working environments. There they find an open community of other solopreneurs, independent workers, and small businesses.
How Coworking Spaces Support Independence
When discussing Atlanta and Dallas as great choices for solopreneurs, I’ve highlighted the fact that both cities maintain a healthy independent community built around coworking spaces where solopreneurs can collaborate, motivate, and inspire each other, without necessarily working in the same job, profession, or industry.
Coworking spaces have been around for some time and have become more popular as the wave of the solopreneur movement grows and expands. At a minimum, coworking spaces provide essentially basic amenities; Wi-Fi, printers, conference rooms, bike storage, mail handling, coffee and refreshments, and kitchen access. It’s essentially an all-in-one office package for small businesses; effectively taking care of the necessary infrastructure required to run a business.
Not only do coworking spaces provide the tools necessary for solopreneurs, remote workers, small businesses and startups to do their jobs, they also provide open, shared environments where members can naturally collaborate and network.
Coworking spaces are a solopreneur’s dream! What better way to celebrate your independence this July than finding a spot in your local coworking space!