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6 Inspiring Solopreneurs Who've Built Successful Businesses

  • By Sophie McAulay
  • November 25, 2020

At one time or another, most of us have had an idea that we think we could turn into a solid side hustle or even a full time gig. If you’ve ever dreamt of saying goodbye to working for someone else, the solopreneur life could be for you.
Not sure whether you could make it work?
It’s not always an easy transition, but those who’ve gone before you have shown that you can build a successful business with a little dedication. For some inspiration (and tips on how to get it right) take a look at these case studies.

From Freelancer to Design Studio Owner – Ryan Bales

When you’re good at what you do, it’s relatively easy to get word-of-mouth referrals from freelancing. Roles like design, writing, marketing and UX/UI are needed by most companies at one time or another, and everyone seems to know someone who is looking for a new freelancer. When his project requests became too much, designer Ryan Bales had a decision to make: start turning down projects or start his own design studio. He now runs Bync, a design studio focusing on UIs for data-heavy web and mobile apps.
Read his story and learnings here.

From Student to Publishing Company Owner – Morissa Schwartz

Morissa started freelancing on Fiverr during college, sharing her passion for music. But soon she was getting more work for editing, proofreading, and writing, and was inspired to publish her own book and start her own publishing company, GenX Publishing.
Read more about her journey here.
Solopreneur case studies

From Camera Store Employee to 7-Figure Website Owner – Allen Walton

Allen Walton calls himself a high school failure, who was working in a security camera store for $11 per hour. When he used what he learnt there to build his own online store, he began a journey to creating a 7-figure business within a year.
Read more about his experience here.
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From Resume-Writing Side Gig to Half-a-Million Per Year – Charmaine Pocek

Charmaine Pocek started using Fiverr while she worked full time to make some extra cash so her and her husband could afford to adopt a child. After moving to freelance full time, she slowly increased her prices along with her experience, and now makes $38,000-$48,000 a month.
Read more here.

From Web Developer to First Million Before the Age of 18 – Adam Horwitz

Adam Horwitz started creating websites when he was a teenager – promoting party locations or high school gossip. When he started making websites based on the affiliate marketing and “pay-per-click” model, his friends and family told him you couldn’t make money online – and he had several failures before he finally found what worked… and ended up a millionaire before he was 18.
Read more or watch his video here.

From debt to six figures through voiceover work – Redd Horrocks

Redd started freelancing so that she could pay off some of her debt, which had reached over $20,000. After a steady start as a freelance voiceover artist, things snowballed and suddenly she was leaving her full time job. She eventually grew her business to earning $15,000 per month.
Read more here.

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