After taking a month-long hiatus from blogging, I’m BACK! And what better way to kick off the new year than with some business planning tips for solopreneurs? Business planning tips for solopreneurs PLUS get a free goal planning workbook to do big-picture planning for your business! Solopreneur business tips and tips for home-based small business owners -- click on over to get it now

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(Pssst… if you’re wondering, “but what IS a solopreneur?”, it’s pretty straightforward! A solopreneur is simply someone who has a one-person business—including freelancers and most home-based business owners. If you have a business without employees, you’re a solopreneur. And in 2017, I’m expanding my area of focus to include all kinds of solopreneurs, not just freelancers—starting with today’s blog post.

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We’ve all been there: Want to FINALLY move forward with your freelance business? Discover the top 10 ways to keep accountable with your business in this article! You'll get valuable tips to help you stay accountable as a small business owner and continue making progress over time. Click on over to get the accountability tips for freelancers now!

“Someday I’m going to start my own business and it will be awesome!”

“Pretty soon I’m going to actually quit my 9 to 5 job and work from home full-time.”

“I’m an *aspiring* freelancer.”

To each of these statements, I ask…

WHEN and HOW are you going to go about starting your own business/quitting your day job/becoming a freelancer?

WHAT is your strategy and timeline, exactly?

It’s like when people say that they’d love to write a book someday:

Okay… that’s great!

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Ready to work from home full-time? You’re going to need an awesome home office to work at! Thinking about working from home full-time? You're going to need an awesome home office to work at! Grab your FREE ultimate home office checklist + get tips for setting up your own perfect home office for your freelance business. Click on over to get the tips + freelancer checklist now!

Today I’ve got a few tips for you on how to set up your perfect home office when you’re starting a freelance business—plus a handy home office checklist for ensuring you don’t miss anything!

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Tips for setting up a home office for your freelance business:
1) Assess what supplies you already have.

You might be surprised at what you already have kicking around your home that would be useful to use for your home office.

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Today I thought I’d share with you a sneak preview of what you’ll get inside the Goodbye 9 to 5 masterclass: 4 tips for creating your plan of action when preparing to work from home full-time! Thinking about quitting your day job and starting to work from home full-time? Get 4 tips for how to map out your plan of action PLUS a 10-point checklist for preparing to work from home full-time in this blog post featuring a sneak preview of the Goodbye 9 to 5 masterclass. Click on over to get the goods! ::: home-based business :: small business tips ::

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The Goodbye 9 to 5 masterclass teaches you step-by-step how to quit your day job and transition from your 9 to 5 office job into working from home full-time, within the space of just 3 months.

The video training provides an overview of a three-phase process with numerous steps (and action items) inside each phase.

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On any given day, there is always so much work that I could be doing. It often comes down to what needs to be prioritized, or what I’m in the mood for—but I’m sure I could work 12 hours days, every day, and still have more things on my to-do lists.Having difficulty staying on task & getting your work done? Find out the top 3 productivity tips for when you're having trouble focusing in this article! Click on the link to get awesome productivity tips that will help you stay productive even when you feel overwhelmed and burned out.

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That being said, even when there’s a lot of interesting and important work to do, sometimes it can be challenging to stay focused on our workload. We all have those days when our work just feels overwhelming,

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If you’ve ever wished you were a little more productive in the morning, these tips will help you out!Wish you were a little more productive during the day? It all starts with a more productive morning! Find out the top 3 things you NEED to do for a more productive morning in this article - read it now to start being more productive instantly! ~ productivity tips ~ how to be productive ~

1. Prepare the night before.

Tidy up your workspace before you wrap up your workday. Make notes on your to-do list for the following morning so that you’ll be set to go when you wake up.

Also make a point of making your lunch and choosing your clothes the night before. This will save time in the morning so that you can focus your thinking on what really needs your attention.

2.
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I have attended a lot of worthless meetings over the years—meetings that just end up wasting your time, and which don’t really seem Are your meetings an effective use of your time... or are they worthless? Find out the main questions you should ask yourself to identify just how useful and necessary your meetings are, plus some tips for being more productive at every meeting to make good use of your time!to have a point to them. It was doubly frustrating when I knew that the meetings could have been useful and meaningful, but they were just conducted poorly.

Nowadays, with freelancing, my meetings are so much better, and I cringe when I think about how many hours of my life were wasted by attending useless meetings.

If you’re not sure about whether your meetings are worthwhile or worthless,
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You all know how much I love to-do lists and planners. Well, I have discovered something new which I absolutely adore! This organizing tool is EXACTLY what you need to manage your time better and be more productive and efficient - starting right now. It's super simple, easy, and customizable to fit YOUR wants and needs. Read the article to find out more!

Let me back up a moment. A lot of my work, for both my blog and for the work I do with clients, is ongoing long-term work. That means that I have to chip away at these projects a little bit each day. And that can be tricky to keep track of and manage, especially when it’s time-sensitive projects such as social media!

But then I discovered this new organizing tool that is absolutely perfect for helping me to juggle everything I have to do every day or second day or once a week…

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Last week I wrote a guest post for Freelancers Union: My Client Didn’t Give Me a Deadline. Now What? I encourage you all to check it out!

We all have those times when you just feel like you’re plodding along. You have work to do, but it’s tough to just sit down and do it. The clock keeps ticking and you have no idea where the time is going!

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Try this simple trick to get more work done! A productivity tip that is especially useful for freelancers. ~ business tips when you're feeling overwhelmed ~

If you’re in this kind of situation,

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This is a common question I get from people who work traditional 9—5 jobs, or who don’t have much experience in the small business world or in freelancing. And it’s an excellent question: if you don’t have a boss, then how can you stay on track with your work? What’s to stop you from just not doing anything all day long? Who keeps you motivated to keep working?

There are three steps, in my experience, to be productive, keep on track, and stay disciplined when you don’t have a boss:

1) Outline your goals and workload.

What is your main goal with your work?

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