Category Archives: Templates & Tools

10 Best Podcasts for Solopreneurs

podcast on mobile phoneOne of the most challenging and rewarding parts of being a solopreneur is the need to be constantly learning. Of course, every day has its own lessons to teach—trial and error is the heartbeat of solopreneurship, after all. Sometimes, though, we need to turn to proven mentors and leaders who can offer wisdom from experiences that reach beyond our own.

When we run into these situations, books seem like the obvious first choice. Indeed, there’s a book out there for any problem you may encounter, whether procrastination, apathy, branding, or crippling self-doubt. Besides, shouldn’t we be reading like fiends anyway? It’s common knowledge that the most successful business leaders all share a ravenous appetite for good books.

But what solopreneur has time to read a book every week? Between brainstorming and producing and networking and marketing, it can be hard enough to make time to eat breakfast. Granted, reading is still a great habit to develop, but it may not be your primary mode of on-the-go education.

Thankfully, the world invented podcasts.  Continue reading

These templates will help you make financial projections.

These spreadsheets do a lot of the work for you.

SBA Online: Everything you need to know about small business.

Have you ever wanted answers outside of “normal working hours?” Have you ever wondered what the SBA was all about, but not wanted to call the customer service line?

The online learning center might just be for you. There are more than 50 different training courses including a range of topics:

The courses are all self-paced, many times offering worksheets and takeaways designed to help you strengthen and grow your knowledge in entrepreneurship. Learn about everything the SBA has to offer online in the Learning Center.

It’s time to write your business plan.

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Creating a new business can be a tough journey. Doing so while working full-time may seem tougher, but this route actually offers several benefits. You can continue earning money to put towards your startup. But even if you only work an hour a week building your company, you still need a business plan.

A business plan is critical to every small business, even for pre-startups. Why do you need one so early? It serves as your map through what might be a bumpy journey. A business plan gives you the best shot at a smooth ride.

Business plans typically have four sections: the Executive Summary, the Business Details, Financial Forecasts and Supporting Data.  Continue reading

The ABC’s of business financials.

Improve your odds of business success by understanding your financing needs as well as the options that are available to help you start, manage and grow your business.

Do you need a business license?

Different types of businesses need different types of licenses. It can get pretty complicated, so Washington State has created an online tool that will help you create a personalized Business Licensing Guide based on your answers to a few questions.

To give it a try, click here…

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Then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

Thinking About Starting a Non-profit?

Washington-Nonprofit-HandbookThis will help. It’s the WASHINGTON NONPROFIT HANDBOOK: How to Form and Maintain a Nonprofit Corporation in Washington State, published by the Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations and the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Click the image to download a PDF copy of the handbook.