What we're about

"Common SENSE is instinct. Enough of it is genius."

George Bernard Shaw

The goal of the Soloprenerds is to reduce the learning curve that so many of us face when working alone. It doesn’t matter if you work from home, run your own business, make extra income online or off, are in a Network Marketing company, or just have an idea to break you out of the 9-5 routine. All who are interested in sharing their business knowledge are welcome!

Our topics are only limited by what you want to discuss. Suggestions include:

--Internet Marketing and SEO
--Managing e-Newsletter campaigns
--Approaching funding sources
--Business legal issues
--Creating a website
--Blogging and article marketing
--Facebook Fan Pages
--Twitter Marketing
--Figuring out the appeal of Pintrest
--Creating YouTube videos
--Publishing a book or ebook
--Hosting webinars
--Using Market Research to boost business
--Developing killer Marketing and Publicity campaigns
--Mastering Money Management
--Playing Cashflow to increase financial awareness
--Business Book Discussions
--and enjoy social networking events to cut down on the isolation of working solo

Since running this Meetup takes time, effort, and yes, money, (Did you know that organizers pay dues? And venues cost money? Crazy!) there are nominal charges for certain events. Others will be by donation. All money collected will go back to the group to defray speaker fees, venue rental, refreshments, and administrative costs. (Don't forget: all costs are tax deductible as a business expense.) Our ultimate goal is to create a supportive environment for your business to grow and prosper…and we request that our members appreciate our efforts by making a small contribution.

Ongoing events include:

"Figure it out Sessions": come hang out at various venues across Seattle and the Eastside and bring a project that you’re stuck on. Could be a web-bug, setting up your fan page, writing a press release, or just getting feedback on a project. Don’t worry, we’ll figure it out together!

Play Cashflow: Developed by Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad/Poor Dad) this game teaches you how to think outside the "rat race" by showing you how to manage finances and take advantage of investment opportunities as they come up. It’s a fun way to get your financial learn on!

Business Book Club: Charlie "Tremendous" Jones once said: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Time to meet some people, and read some books, doncha think? Let’s tackle some old standards and new classics to expand our knowledgebase.

Networking Events: Come on out and meet other indie business owners in a relaxed atmosphere. No pitching, no selling, no formal speaker, just a casual way to meet people who share your same interests.

Featured Speakers: Specific topics geared towards YOUR interests as a solopreneur and indie business owner. Want to suggest a topic? Interested in speaking? Great! Contact Bethany for how to get started.

Volunteers are ALWAYS welcome! You can help by:

Recommending this group and our events to all your solopreneur and indie business friends!

Suggesting good speakers with relevant topics

Finding cost-effective venues for events: quiet spaces with wi-fi and digital projectors, or more casual venues (like restaurants) for happy hours and social get-togethers. Independently owned venues are preferred to chains. (ie: Starbucks has enough market share…let’s support our indie-business neighbors, ok?)

Suggesting community events that appeal to our members (talks through Town Hall, other Meetup events, community classes geared towards developing your business skills, etc)

Finding sponsors for the group to help defray costs

Being an Event Host, (moderate if needed, take photos, set up/tear down, collect donations, seat latecomers, etc)

Monitoring the message board

Posting events through your own social network, website/blog, or community (if appropriate, of course)

…And?

All we ask of any member is that you are interested, engaged, and involved. Remember that this is not a dating Meetup, so don’t be creepy. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don’t spam or oversell members. Respect other’s ideas, insights, and confidences. Show up if you RSVP "Yes." Come with an open mind, open heart, and aim to give…not just get.

We want to support the small business community and are happy to help you promote your events through Soloprenerds. Here are the various options available to you and your group:

1) Any Soloprenerds member, near and far, can post their events for free on the Soloprenerds message boards: http://www.meetup.com/soloprenerds/messages/boards (http://www.meetup.com/sen-se/messages/boards/)

2) You can list your event in our monthly newsletter. If your event is free, the listing is free. If your event has a fee, then the listing has a fee equal to one ticket, with a $10 minimum. You must get the title of the event, day/date/time and link to us by the 27th of the month for the next month. Payments can be sent through Paypal to the email: succeed (at) soloprenerds (dot) com

3) After we get to know you and your group a little better, we can co-host an event. All of our speakers go through a vetting process, (we want to avoid the "sales-pitch disguised as actual content" phenomenon) and once you've attended a few events and see how we do things, we can absolutely work together. This arrangement would have your event on the main page of Soloprenerds and splitting the registration fees.

Legal liability disclaimer stuff:

Soloprenerds and/or its management, members, sponsors, advertisers, volunteers et al, accept no responsibility for any injuries, harm, or loss to individuals or businesses participating in any Soloprenerds events. Each person should understand that they are participating as an independent individual and is responsible for their own actions and that of their business. Safety is the utmost importance when connecting people online, and you agree to follow common sense guidelines when attending, hosting, and participating in events. We have a no-refund/no-rollover policy for fee-based events due to the time, effort, and money it takes for us to coordinate events, venues, and speakers. Make sure you are able to participate in fee-based events before submitting payment. Participation is 100% voluntary and each individual and business does so at their own risk.

It just makes SENSE to work together ☺

Upcoming events (5+)

Forget What You Know: Content Marketing - Writing that Works

Microsoft Store at Seattle University Village

Forget What You Know: Content Marketing - Writing that Works Price: FREE RSVP email: [masked] or call[masked] Website success is directly related to your content planning and content promotion efforts. Join Wendy and June from bWyse to learn not only what is good content ... but also the techniques and strategies for easy content creation. RSVP to attend our FREE workshop and receive great tools you can use right away. TUESDAY - August 27th,[masked]:00 pm - 8:30 pm Microsoft Store at University Village 2624 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105 Phone: (206)[masked] ~ View Map of Mall At the end of our edutainment workshop you will: Be able to write offers and showcase products Write for readability and user conversion Write for Search Engine Optimization Be able to create a blog publishing calendar Know where to find content inspiration and much, much more! Learn how to write content that search engines can find and people can use! Learn how to write engaging and effective website content. Your web content can increase traffic to your website, help you build an online audience, build your brand awareness and customer engagement. Are you making the most of your website content? A perfect place for beginners – you will leave with the ability to make improvements to your website right away! Don't miss this opportunity to learn amazing internet marketing tips from one of the best online digital marketing experts!

The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Local Search War

The Microsoft Store Bellevue Square

The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Local Search War Price: FREE RSVP email: [masked] or call[masked] Nearly 100% of internet users have search for local business! Join Wendy and June of bWyse to learn important tactics for creating and optimizing your local search profiles to result in first page search engines ranking. RSVP to attend our FREE workshop and learn competitive ways to land your website on the first page of the search engine result! TUESDAY - September 10th,[masked]:00 pm to 8:30 pm Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall 116 Bellevue Square Bellevue, WA 98004 Phone: (425)[masked] ~ View Map of Mall At the end of our edutainment workshop you will: Be ready to claim your local and places listings Be able to validate your local and places listings Know how to COMPLETELY fill out your profiles Be ready to optimize your local and places listings And much, much more! Rank Higher on Search Results! Over 45% of all searches are local searches - and those listed in the #1 position receive between 35% - 50% of the search traffic. Do you want to drive more traffic to your website through Local Search Engine Optimization - but don't know what to do? This class will share the answers with you! Don't miss this opportunity to learn amazing internet marketing tips from one of the best online digital marketing experts!

Digital Marketing 101 - Best Online Advertising Tactics5

Microsoft Store at Seattle University Village

Digital Marketing 101 - Best Online Advertising Tactics5 Price: FREE! RSVP email: [masked] or call[masked] Today's consumers are connected to the internet 24/7. As a business, you must have a digital marketing strategy. Join Wendy and June of bWyse as we explore the digital marketing world to help you understand why now is the time to create an internet marketing strategy for your business. RSVP to attend our FREE workshop and get your questions answered! WEDNESDAY - September 25th,[masked]:00 pm to 8:30 pm Microsoft Store at University Village 2624 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105 Phone: (206)[masked] ~ View Map of Mall At the end of our edutainment workshop you will: Understand your niche target market Know where to best advertise online Learn the strategies and tactics for successful online advertising Be ready to begin advertising online And much, much more! Get your questions answered! Join us for this fun-filled session about creating your online marketing strategy! Don't miss this opportunity to learn amazing internet marketing tips from one of the best online digital marketing experts!

Stop Losing Sales - How to Sell More Online

The Microsoft Store Bellevue Square

Stop Losing Sales - How to Sell More Online Price: FREE RSVP email: [masked] or call[masked] Are you successfully converting your website visitors into website buyers? If not, then join Wendy and June of bWyse to learn the steps to make more sales on your website. RSVP to attend our FREE workshop and learn techniques from our book 6 Steps to Convert Visitors to Buyers. TUESDAY - October 8th,[masked]:00 am to 11:30 am Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall 116 Bellevue Square Bellevue, WA 98004 Phone: (425)[masked] ~ View Map of Mall Stop Losing Sales - How to Sell More Online At the end of our edutainment workshop you will: Know how to get your website ready for more traffic Website design, navigation, copy and content Who buys your stuff? Know how to drive more traffic to your website Linking, Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Know how to build trust and loyalty on your site Your Contact Database Psychology of buying online, personal bonds And much, much more! Do you want more CUSTOMERS from your website? 6 Steps to Turn Website Visitors into Website BUYERS! Great information to help entrepreneurs and small businesses make their websites work. Simple ~ Easy ~ Straight Forward Don't miss this opportunity to learn amazing internet marketing tips from one of the best online digital marketing experts!

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How YOU Can Create Videos for Your Business

The Microsoft Store Bellevue Square

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