Are you thinking of changing career to become a Solopreneur? This is the panel discussion for you!
Watch the recording of my latest online event - all about how to change careers and become a solopreneur. I invited three career changers, including Lily and Mikey - two graduates of the Repurpose Your Purpose's Group Program to Change Careers - to share how they went from working full time as employees to making a full-time living as solopreneurs.
A Solopreneur is a business owner who works alone, and might occasionally contract the work of freelancers or other solopreneurs as needed. Each of the panelists works completely online, which means they are location-independent. From writing for non-profits, to developing apps and consulting with top companies, discover how they make it work, even in this economy.
So, what is it really like to become a Solopreneur?
Here are some of the topics we covered:
- How they decided to work for themselves
- What it was like to take the leap and go from a stable paycheck to running a business
- How they manage working solo
- Why you probably have more transferable skills than you think you do
- The best advice they received that helped them become self-employed
- How they handled finances
- What are some surprising things they didn't expect about working for themselves
- Impostor's Syndrome, insecurity, learning new skills and how to overcome challenges
- What it feels like to do work you love
- and more!
A special shoutout goes to our event partner, General Assembly.
On the panel:
JENNIFER NELSON owns her own marketing consulting company, and online course repository. She is also a digital marketing instructor at General Assembly, where she's taught a range of entrepreneurs, small business owners, career changers, and marketing execs. She works with companies to implement marketing automation tools (such as email and chatbots) and develops automation strategies that drive engagement and increase revenue.
MIKEY T. KRIEGER is a freelance developer & project manager. He partners with small-to-medium sized businesses to improve their digital touch points. After spending years in the digital / advertising world as a Project Manager he branched out ahttps://www.developeracademy.unina.it/en/about/nd started his own freelance business, He Likes It.
He graduated from the Apple Developer Academy in Naples, Italy. The curriculum focused around design principles, best practices, and the technical skills needed to become a well-rounded developer. He has built and managed websites for a number of brands including: Flag & Anthem, Clean Beauty, Standard Dose, and the political campaign for Marianne Williamson. He currently specializes in building custom eComm stores, websites, and iOS apps. In his free time, he's producing a new YouTube cooking show, Open Kitchen with Andrew.
LILY CONOVER is a freelance writer and consultant helping mission-driven organizations develop compelling written content to secure grant funding and effectively tell their stories. During eight years in the nonprofit and academic sectors in a variety of roles - including policy analyst, research associate, grant writer, grants manager, and strategic initiatives manager - Lily built a track record of helping social impact leaders transform the ideas in their heads into tangible written concepts and materials, millions of dollars in grant funding, and new partnerships and projects.
In 2019, she decided to launch her freelance career. Over the past six months, working with a handful of nonprofit clients, she has been building and iterating a business aimed at bringing to life important issues through the power of the written word. She specializes in grant proposals, concept papers, strategic plans, annual reports, and presentations. Lily holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, as well as a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California.
Looking for more videos? Watch more video recordings from the How to Change Careers series of live events.
Watch webinars about changing careers and how to overcome fear and take a leap.
And if that's not enough, you can also watch video stories of Repurposers.