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Publisher's Summary

Working for yourself comes with many upsides - and downsides. The Fail-Safe Solopreneur is your survival guide for managing the downsides.

Running a business can be stressful, lonely, and brutal on your mental health. And surviving alone - apart from a tribe - runs against our evolutionary heritage. Whether you’re a freelancer, creator, or solopreneur, working independently requires a new set of skills to safeguard your well-being, so you can do your best work and fully enjoy your freedom. 

After running a solo business virtually for 10 years, Darren C. Joe shares six field-tested practices to handle the inevitable failure, anxiety, instability and loneliness of solopreneurship. Each chapter centers around one key practice critical to survive and thrive being your own boss. 

The Fail-Safe Solopreneur distills 10-years of hard-earned lessons into a practical, actionable framework that will help you weather the emotional rollercoaster of self-employment and design a work-life that thrills and fulfills you. 

Includes a PDF with nine diagrams from the book

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Darren C. Joe (P)2021 Darren C. Joe

Critic Reviews

"A practical guide with concrete suggestions on how to make the entrepreneurial life less taxing and hopefully filled with more moments that matter." (Howard Lo, founder and co-owner of Empire Eats Group)

"Darren has pulled out the 'gold nuggets' from his experience and has explained each essential practice in a way that is approachable, doable and relatable. A truly informative and inspirational read." (Erin Conley, marriage and family therapist) 

"A guide to anyone wishing to navigate through life today with the proper toolkit for being a part of the shared economy, and more importantly, managing oneself." (Bruce VonCannon, former CEO and author of A Guidebook for Today’s Asian Investor)

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A super helpful mental framework for solo-preneurs

There's a ton of helpful frameworks and exercises in here that I think are so important for moving your business and yourself forward.

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Sharp. Crisp. Personal.

Great lessons from other thinkers put into context for Solopreneurs with a personal touch.

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Everybody talks about success… Darren C Joe talks about the downside of entrepreneurship, and it’s very insightful.

Meanwhile most of the books and blogs and Youtube videos out there explains you how to make millions… Darren C. Joe walks us through his life journey, sharing with us essential things about failures, anxiety, instability and loneliness. Which I believe, after being an entrepreneur for 8 years are part of the equation of choosing such a lifestyle. Let’s face it; you will have to deal with failure more than success. We are trained to deal with success but no ones tell us how to handle the downside of our own story. And Darren’s book is a very good resource to find ways to understand it’s mechanism and how to handle it.

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Insightful & worth reading

This book is not only a good guidance for the entrepreneurs but also valuable for young people as millennials who consider themselves whether to maintain in large corporations or suitably switch into self-employed world. You will easily hear people share about how to be successful, how to make lots of money, but you barely hear people talk about their failures & how to handle such things & stabilise their well-beings. That's why those 2-side mountains are the clearest examples of the beings that we all need to face when it comes to real life's problems. Also coming from Asian family background, I totally understand what & how it is to live somehow not like the way parents want, don't wanna let parents down, taking the pressure to settle down from Asian culture, but also need to balance our emotion, ambition, the needs of our own life. I kept replaying this audiobook again & again for a couple of times since the author's experience & stories are such 'treasures' and the narrator voice is pretty warm

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Loved every minute of it. Packed with gems.

This book is so relatable for anyone who is traveling and building their dream. I highly recommend this for solopreneurs, digital nomads, and expats too. It covers all the points of how to do this successfully and brings to light some of the downsides of this lifestyle. I need to listen to it a few times because there are so many tips, things to ponder on, and prompts for me to action.

Do yourself a favour get this book, then carve out some time and take notes.