Two years ago, I had never heard the term solopreneur. Entrepreneur, absolutely, but the “solo” variation was new to me and I have struggled to wrap my head around it since becoming a business owner.
While the term is designed to define someone who is running a company without staff, I’ve never felt less “solo” in my entire professional career.
I am the first to admit, feeling solitary was one of my biggest fears about starting my own company — that I would be alone and isolated, slogging down a scary path by myself trying to figure out the right way to go.
In reality, I have felt just the opposite. The path is windy and full of peaks and valleys, but at each point through the process, there is another person who is there to offer support and guidance so you can stay on track and keep moving forward.
Finding your tribe
One of the most important parts of the entrepreneur journey, in my opinion, is finding your tribe. It’s that community that makes the “solo” of solopreneur completely irrelevant. You may work from home or be the only employee on the company payroll, but that doesn’t mean for one moment that you are working alone.
As entrepreneurs, we are constantly connecting with networks of likeminded people who are willing and ready to collaborate and discuss opportunities. As small business owners, we find opportunities to leverage each other for mutual benefit.
We can be competitors and collaborators in the same space.
The MLC Family
The community surrounding MLC is what’s making it possible for me to do what I never thought feasible…maintain my business while taking time off to start a family.
With a new team member (meet Maggie!) and the incredible support of clients and the communications industry around Calgary and beyond, the company can continue to grow and flourish.
I’ve been told “it takes a village” to raise a child. I would say the same about running a business.
And there’s absolutely nothing “solo” about that.