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This project has been a labor of passion. I’m convinced that online solopreneurs are the smartest, most creative business owners on the net and I’m on a mission to prove it to the world.When you run a business light and tight on purpose – you are SMART!When you build a business that generates every increasing income while you work an ever decreasing schedule – you are BRILLIANT!I’m so excited about getting a copy of this book in my hands – and into yours! Solopreneurs are Smarter is a pocket sized book with 85 pages dedicated to recognizing the awesomeness of Solopreneurs.I wrote Solopreneurs are Smarter because I want to inspire more folks just like the client mentioned in this chapter. If you really have a vision for running a great online business – I’m certain you CAN!Whether you’re a successful solopreneur now or have dreams of becoming one – I know Solopreneurs are Smarter will spark fresh vision for what you can build for your future.

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  • Kelly McCausey

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  • Dedication

    I dedicate this book to my son, Sean who I hope to inspire to be a Solopreneur someday ;)

  • Kelly McCausey

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    Dedication ................................................................................................................................................. 2

    Foreword .................................................................................................................................................... 4

    Praise for Solopreneurs are Smarter .............................................................................................. 8

    About the Author .................................................................................................................................... 9

    Why I Had To Write This Book ........................................................................................................ 10

    Solopreneurs Can Own Their Niche .............................................................................................. 14

    Solopreneurs Don't Have To Live By the Clock......................................................................... 15

    Solopreneurs Leverage Technology ............................................................................................... 17

    Solopreneurs Are Light On Their Feet .......................................................................................... 19

    Solopreneurs Create Their Own Business Culture .................................................................. 20

    Solopreneurs Don't Have A Boss.................................................................................................... 22

    Solopreneurs Don't Have To Go To College ................................................................................ 25

    Solopreneurs Seek Out Wise Advice ............................................................................................. 27

    Solopreneurs Don't Employ They Outsource ......................................................................... 28

    Solopreneurs Partner with Other Solopreneurs ....................................................................... 30

    Solopreneurs Can Creatively Work With Interns ..................................................................... 34

    Solopreneurs Can Fill Their Time with Variety .......................................................................... 37

    Solopreneurs Can Take It to The Next Level When They Want To ................................... 39

  • Foreword By Nicole Dean, NicoleontheNet.com.

    Schools aren't in the business of teaching us how to become entrepreneurs. In fact, I managed quite well to get through High School and College without learning a darned thing about how to start or run a profitable business. I wasn't required to take any courses about being an entrepreneur and I certainly wasn't going to voluntarily sign up for any.

    I fully intended to pursue a career where I would work for someone else my entire life, getting paid well, having nice benefits and a 401K.

    Start a business? BAH. I didn't want no stinkin' business! That was for other people. It sounded way too overwhelming and frightening to me. I knew people who ran businesses and they always seemed tired and overworked. They had to deal with employees and drama and customers and complicated taxes and payroll. I certainly didnt want that.

    Then a few things changed in my life. I got a new and wonderful name. I was now also known as "Mommy". That was the good news. The bad news? My husband soon after lost his cushy job due to downsizing. All of a sudden I wanted to figure out how to make money - without having to leave my house or get a job!

    So, what are the options for someone who wants to make money from home, without getting a job? That was the question that I was on the hunt to answer. I wanted SIMPLE, but was willing to put in a lot of work.

    To me, simple meant that I didnt have to have employees, payroll, or drama. I wished and prayed that I could figure out a way to form my own destiny and make money while somehow helping others if only such a thing existed.

    The term I was looking for at the time was Solopreneur. I just didnt know it.

    Through a lot of trial and error, I started to put together some pieces and dabbled a bit in various areas, but I wasn't making much money at all. I was pretty much failing - with occasional bits of success thrown in. I was spending hours and hours on my new business and was making very little money. (Pennies per hour.)

    I knew that I was on the right track, but a lack of confidence in both myself and in online business as a business model held me back. Yes, I had voices in my ear from family and friends who were telling me that all work at home businesses were scams and I let that infiltrate and tackle my momentum.

    Thank God I found Kelly McCausey... or that she found me. I'm not even sure how we initially connected. But the result of that interaction was that I realized this lady was quite a ways ahead of me and was actually willing to teach me what I needed to

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    do in order to make real money. I had no concept of why she would do this, but I, without a doubt, knew that I wanted in.

    I took a leap of faith and joined Kelly's mentoring group SoloMasterminds.com in February of 2005 (it was formerly known under a different name at the time, but is the same mentoring group). Kelly officially became my mentor, and immediately filled that "Big Sister" role that I was searching for. She instructed, advised, and encouraged me.

    And yes, sometimes she even scolded me for not doing what I needed to do to succeed. On occasion, I would turn to her with tough issues because I know that Kellys moral compass always holds true. I knew that I could turn to her and openly and honestly discuss my issues and she would be honest with no holds barred in her response. But, she did it all with love. And, my business (and my income) grew.

    Kelly helped to turn me from struggling Solopreneur to successful Solopreneur - just by being available to answer my questions - and being a step ahead of me in the process. I was (and am) a fan for life.

    But... that's not the whole story that I want to share today. The story that I want to share gives me goosebumps.

    I feel that this book is extremely helpful but that Kelly missed writing one chapter in this book, most likely because shes a humble person. So, I feel it's my job to share it. Solopreneurs Give Back! The biggest blessing that I have had as a Solopreneur hasnt been the income or the amazing lifestyle that it brings.

    Dont get me wrong. I love the income and I love the lifestyle. For instance, I spent five weeks in Europe this summer with my family. Yes, that's great and I'm extremely thankful for the joys and opportunities that my business has brought me. Being a Solopreneur has allowed me to LIVE life more than if I didn't have my business. That is true.

    But - that's not my biggest blessing.

    The most amazing gift that I have gotten from being a Solopreneur is the ability to GIVE to others. And, Kelly has lead by example to show me what that looks like.

    There are many examples, but I will share just a few....

    For me, I have several causes near and dear to my heart, but my biggest joy comes in helping children and animals.

    Specifically, I work with orphans through a program called New Horizons for Children. I also volunteer for a rescue that specializes in saving Golden Retrievers.

  • And I give to Children's Hospitals and families in need. I also try to bless people randomly as I have the opportunity.

    My business makes it EASY for me to give of my time and resources because of the way that Ive built it.

    One of the people who has most inspired me in this way has been Kelly.

    When she was a leader in the Work at Home Mom Community she would raise funds for moms in need. Kelly is a pro at blessing people who have run into a wall for reasons outside of their own control and in helping them overcome and move past their struggles.

    Ive seen her do this time and time again in SoloMasterminds.

    When a member of our community lost her 2 year old son to a genetic disorder, Kelly jumped into action. She rallied and raised $7000 to help that family pay for hospital and funeral expenses. This is a mutual friend of ours, who we both got to know in SoloMasterminds.com which Kelly has turned into a family. Its so much more than just a networking group.

    What I admire about Kelly is that she doesnt just talk about making a difference some day. Some day is today.

    Kelly Goes Bald.

    Kellys most recent demonstration of giving back was the most shocking and the most admirable to me. While up late one night, as Kelly was watching her four little great nieces and nephews, she saw a commercial on TV from St. Baldricks foundation.

    Ill insert Kellys own words here to share her story

    The actress from Rescue Me was talking about fighting childhood cancer and the camera moved out to reveal that she was pregnant. She shared that many children who manage to survive childhood cancer treatment never have children of their own because the treatment renders them infertile.

    The thought broke my heart! I went to the web to learn more about St. Baldricks.

    They raise money to fund research that build better childhood cancer treatment and their unique approach is to encourage fundraising groups to make a bold statement by getting their heads shaved.

    At first I was shocked who would do that? Then I was inspired I want to!