It’s no secret that millennials have a different idea of what “work” should be and what our careers should look like. We crave freedom in our schedules, creativity in our craft, and we want to make a difference while doing it.
This is just one reason the entrepreneurial mindset is popular among twenty-somethings. Many of us have side hustles and multiple streams of income. And some of the bravest have struck out on their own, building their own businesses and reputations for themselves.
Kali Hawlk is one of those people. She knew her current day job wasn’t her dream job, so instead of waiting around for it to come to her, she created it. She started as a blogger, and has since transformed that blog into a thriving, successful business as a solopreneur in her chosen niche.
At the beginning of her writing career, Kali was a Contributing Writer at GenTwenty and we’re so thrilled to have her back today to chat about what it is really like to be a solopreneur.
GenTwenty: Let’s start with a definition, what does it mean to be a “solopreneur”?
Kali Hawlk: A solopreneur is anyone who is self-employed and runs a very small business — and by small I mean, a one-person shop. I prefer using this term to describe myself over something like “entrepreneur,” because I feel it aligns more with my own mindset.