Do you have what it takes to be a Solo-preneur?

Do you have what it takes to be a Solo-preneur?

Here are two facts:
1) The majority of home stagers in North America are solo-preneurs (single owner entrepreneurs).
2) 80% of women entrepreneurs in North America do not have any employees. (They will have contractors who they contract with)

Having taught home staging for many years now, as well as interior decorating, there is one question that I like to ask potential students inquiring about getting into either of these businesses.

This is it: “Do you like to work at home alone?”

If the answer is ‘YES’ then they have a better chance of succeeding in the long term with their business. However, if the answer is ‘NO’ that doesn’t entirely mean that being a successful solopreneur it unattainable. People like and need to feel connected to other people, often in the same industry. So here are a few suggestions so you don’t give up on the dream:

* join associations so you can connect with other home stagers – find out who you might be able to contract with or for
* consider taking a part-time job in an industry related field such as a paint store, lighting store, Home Depot, Home Sense, flooring store, etc. This way you get to interact with other people and may get some clients as well.
* get out to as many networking events as makes sense with your schedule
* follow up with people you connect with so you get out of the home as much as possible
* RESA has an annual conference in Las Vegas in January. Check it out and get connected with like-minded successful people to get inspired and learn some new ways of doing business

And most importantly keep connected because being isolated can feel devastating in the long term. Connect – get out there- read inspiring books – follow bloggers who inspire you – get that I CAN DO IT ATTITUDE!

Colleen McClure
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.