Solopreneur case studies from Solo Build It, my business building software of choice.
A cross section of successful business ideas over a range of topics.
They make for some honest and interesting reading both below and on the results page...
Understanding Cement may not seem like a sexy topic to build a business around but Nick Winter was already a consultant on the topic in the off line world.
He decided he would go online, to bring the topic to a wider audience and this impacted his working life by bringing in more work and more income when he developed a couple of his own products to sell.
He is building up his business so when he final retires he will have a second income stream coming in, all based around his professional experience.
A great idea if you are a little older and wondering how you might supplement your pension, instead of having to work till you drop.
Find a subject you love and build yourself a solopreneur business around it.
Wilderness College is the brain child of Jason Knight and his wife Kerry. A life long adventurer who wanted to turn his love of the outdoors into a business with and for his family.
You can see Jason in action below at his Outdoor School...
He has created the school around the many things about the outdoors that he loves ad has created classes in:
just to name a few...
The aim of their business was to
He has grown his business to employ staff and utilise guest teachers and hundreds take their classes and certification programmes each year.
If the outdoor life is for you, Jason & Kerry are very inspiring as they began as a solopreneur.
Crafting as a Social Enterprise owner Adele, began her online business idea with a simple card making site.
But over the years she has gone away and come back to the business builder platform she is using now and she explains why in her interview.
She also altered the focus of how she wanted to do business and now she says...
Are you thinking of some social business ideas? Perhaps Adele can show you a few pointers.
Home Made Gifts Made Easy owners Stephanie and Tobias had a very clear reason to each become a solopreneur.
And now the have a full time income and the life they want to live, where and how they want to live it with their children.
Life could not be sweeter...
Knitting Business owner Vicki has a difficult story to tell but the outcome is very positive.
Her online business saved her sanity as she explains...
It is wonderful and inspiring to read though, how she made her first $100 whilst living in a women's shelter, and now her life is much more calm and serene as she lives by the sea.
An utterly inspiring read for anyone who is interested in business and how others got to where they are now.
A solopreneur who started in the most of difficult of circumstances but who has triumphed and overcome so many things and didn't give up.
Seamstress Online Judith spent her life...
and she knows she can generate income to help reach her goal of retiring from “regular” work next year.
Passion For Fashion was never meant to be a successful website. It was a test bed for SBI Owners daughter Yuki who wanted to improve the SBI Wordpress module user experience.
She was testing about fashion because that is her degree subject and she wanted to build an honest review proposition.
To express her honesty she explained how she went about things...
So now she is a proud solopreneur in the fashion business. A great case study if clothes business ideas are your thing.
Vegan Coaching & Cooking Classes solopreneur Sassy loves her business online because
She also honestly points out that it is incredibly hard work, but because she loves what she does, it is all worth it.
The Coffee Detective website owner Nick Usborne was already an incredibly successful copywriter but decided, after writing for a coffee client to create a website for himself because he had a ton of information available and he loved Coffee to boot.
He explains how he got started
So his coffee business idea was born and he became an online solopreneur.
Success Coach Mandy Bass was one of the very first life coaches way back in in 1996.
But as time went on, it became more expensive to fill a room and there were a lot more coaches in competition.
So she decided to change course just a little and learned something called the
This became the focus of a new business and she created her own products and services to help people with their mind and body issues.
An inspiring story if you want to be a solopreneur in a helping profession.
Dentist Online Dr Richard Mitchell realised
So he went online and his aim was and still is to provide truthful dental information, bust any dental myths, and start to build the site into something that could provide an extra income in later years..
Baby Sleep Advice owner Heidi turn her very practical sleep tips for her children into her solopreneur adventure.
She realised she could help a lot more people than just her friends and now she is an authority on sleep for babies and helps people all over the world.
Comic Book Cash Solopreneur Ashley Cotter-Cairns is one of the most successful case studies I have to share with you and his business is based upon a hobby he had from childhood.
Here he is on video sharing his story
Vinyl Records Business Danny Sandrik, inspired by his wife has this to say,
What started as a pure hobby is gradually turning into a real business and if you have a mind to do the same, Danny has some great things to share with you.
Pet Business Online Solopreneur Richard suffered an incredibly difficult time in his work life...
It would his love of dogs that saved him and his pet business was born.
Rabbit Breeder Online Karen Patry had a very specific reason for starting her online business...
She is now a specialist solopreneur and global authority with her pet business idea
English Grammar Business owner Elizabeth shares her story on video about how she quit teaching and started an online business instead as a solopreneur.
And how now her and her husband can be stay at home parents for their young family.
TEFL Business Solopreneur Catherine taught English as a foreign language for many years to many people but over time the funding dried up and created a problem for her to find work and to add to the pressure she was heading for retirement as well...
And now she has much more control over her work life and isn't at the mercy of "employers".
This is one of my most favourite case studies because I think a lot of people who don't want to work at a regular job when they retire could start to build up something of their own ahead of retirement.
Leadership Tools solopreneur Richard Gorham thought
So he built a business to address that problem.
If you work in HR or as a consultant Richards case study may be very enlightning for you.
This travel business in Rome generates 6 figures a year and mostly from affiliate income (where the owner sells other peoples products, ie tours and tickets for example) and it is all free traffic to their website.
Elyssa Bernard reveals all in this video interview.
Disney Travel Business owner Carl Trent has built a grown up business from his boyhood passion about Walt Disney World
An excellent example of having an idea and how it develops over time.
This is the thing with starting a business. You may have an idea of where you think you will go but sometimes you don't always end up there.
Tel Aviv Travel Business solopreneur started her site as a way to work on finding more family time, as she says...
She is now working on several different streams of income.
Florida Backroads Travel was started because of a need to create another income stream passed the age of normal retirement. As Mike shares his story he said...
So he became an online solopreneur and the twist in the tale is now actually Mike has 2 successful online businesses to his name.
Jamaica Travel Business owner Wellesley created an online business around his home island of Jamaica.
Wellesly said the biggest benefit he gets from his business is not money but...
He knew he wanted to create some kind of tourism business idea, but he was going to use the affiliate method of doing business.
Where you promote other people's products, so you don't have to create your own.
In the end because he liked the software so much, he decided to build a complete website himself.
And his success has gone from strength to strength as a solopreneur, although the family chip in from time to time.
If you have a travel business idea, this case study is for you
Advice from 37 other solopreneurs who wanted to share their experience of SBI and WHY it is so helpful to them, over and above anything else they have tried when building their business, because
If they are not enough then here are a few more success stories from bloggers who are making money as well.
Some new case studies here too...