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Practical and proven online business-building strategies, including real-life takeaway lessons from some of the world's most successful solopreneurs.

Why This Hi-Tech Career Mom Loves Her Side Hustle

Why does a sought-after hi-tech sales manager start a website about Tel Aviv? And how did she develop this side-hustle into a steadily growing additional income stream? These are just two of the questions Ayelet Porat answers in our Solopreneur Story of the week.

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Ayelet Porat

Throughout her life, Ayelet Porat combined following the traditional pursuits of life with venturing off the beaten path. She has been in the hi-tech world for 30 years, where she prefers working with startups rather than at larger companies. In the middle of a successful career, she chose to drop out and travel around the world for a year, and still loves to roam the world. She's lived half her life in New York City and the other half in Tel Aviv, where she currently lives with her husband and two children. Ayelet constantly seeks new ways to challenge and enjoy herself, whether it's working on www.go-telaviv.com, exploring Israel in a motorhome, or translating and publishing her father's holocaust memoirs on Kindle.

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Posted on 13 July 2018 | 2:48 am

Video Interview: A Solopreneur Fairy Tale

''I am living the dream,'' says Solo Build It! member Carl Trent. In our video interview he shares how he became the "Disney Dad." Whether you want to add extra income, find your dream retirement job, or completely change career, Carl's story will inspire you to follow your passion.

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Carl Trent

Carl Trent

Carl Trent, Dad, or The Disney Dad is a true Walt Disney World expert. Just ask him. Carl has a dream job. He sits around and thinks about Walt Disney World all day. Carl is the owner of Dad’s Guide to WDW and WDW Magazine. He publishes a yearly Walt Disney World Wall Calendar and in 2015 released The Best of WDW – Volume 1, an incredible coffee table book of Walt Disney World pictures.

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Posted on 28 June 2018 | 12:38 am

How a Fascination with Sleep Helped This Mom Build a Lifestyle Business

Heidi Holvoet was always fascinated with sleep. She had a deep desire for helping others and a strong need for personal freedom. She combined them to build a profitable online business. Now she works at home, enjoys more time with her family, and helps new parents around the world.

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Heidi Holvoet

Heidi Holvoet, PhD, nuclear physicist turned passionate baby and toddler sleep consultant, certified breastfeeding counselor, award-winning author and founder of BabySleepAdvice.com. Since 2007, Heidi’s been helping many 1000s of babies and their parents worldwide to sleep well.

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Posted on 13 June 2018 | 5:49 pm

How This Solopreneur Rebuilt his Future After Being Bullied Out of his Job

After 22 years dedicated to his employer, Anton Hout lost his job, health and home overnight. His search for ways to make a living led him to Solo Build It!. Now he has a thriving online business and hope for his family's future.

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Anton Hout

Anton Hout has a background in advertising production and design in the publishing industry. Anton now develops his online business from his home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and shares his passion for Australian Shepherds and raising awareness about and helping those dealing with bullying and workplace mobbing.

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Posted on 31 May 2018 | 12:28 am

GDPR – What Solopreneurs Need To Know And Do

General Data Protection Regulation comes into force May 25. Do you care? Should you? Does your website-building platform care about you? We look at the risks and benefits of complying -- and not complying -- with GDPR, ask "Is the sky falling?" and look at what to do to ensure your website or blog is compliant.

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Ken Evoy (CEO, SiteSell)

Ken Evoy is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of SiteSell Inc. He is the creator of SBI!, SiteSell's comprehensive Web business-building system. Ken is also a successful inventor, author, and emergency physician. He feels strongly that solopreneurs can be empowered by leveraging their income building potential online.

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Posted on 19 May 2018 | 1:56 am

How a Love for Grammar Funds this Family’s Work at Home Lifestyle

What's the most amazing gift for a family with young kids? Time together! That's what Elizabeth O'Brien achieved with her online business. She and her husband make a full-time income, by teaching English grammar in a fun way - from the comfort of their home.

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Elizabeth O'Brien

Elizabeth O'Brien is the founder of Grammar Revolution, a company devoted to helping people learn and love grammar. Through her website, books, and programs, Elizabeth shows people how to teach and learn grammar the easy way. She's on a mission to inspire and motivate people by making grammar fun and friendly.

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Posted on 16 May 2018 | 9:40 pm

How Understanding Cement Paves the Way to Semi-Retirement

Nick Winter examines cement for a living. Through 30 years of consulting practice and giving seminars, he amassed a ton of specialized knowledge. Learn how expanding his business online brought him not just more income, but a more relaxed outlook on work and life in general.

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Nick Winter

Nick Winter has a degree in geophysical sciences. He worked for a cement company (Blue Circle) before founding his own consulting business. His wife, Nicky, is a bookkeeper and priest in the Church of England. They live near the Suffolk coast in the East of England.

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Posted on 2 May 2018 | 11:47 pm

How This Success Coach Creates a Winning Offline-Online Business Combo

When Mandy Bass, a career coach since 1996, took her business online, she created a perfect and very profitable synergy. Her offline teachings provide the material for her audio products to sell online, and her website brings in new clients. Read all about how she did it in this week's solopreneur story.

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Mandy Bass

For the past twenty years Mandy Bass has taught people to negotiate the turbulent waters of business and life. Mandy works with business owners, healthcare organizations, coaches and consultants who want to grow their business, reduce stress and lead more rewarding lives. She does this both offline and, since 2012, also online with her website, MindtoSucceed.com. Mandy was recently featured on NBC’s Today Show with Megyn Kelly and in People Magazine. She has shared the stage with Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Greg Braden and other world-famous thought leaders. Mandy loves animals, yoga and the outdoors. Her interests include ancient philosophy, mysticism and politics. She lives in Melbourne, Florida with her adorable cat, Sophia.

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Posted on 19 April 2018 | 11:37 pm