The Solo Project

The Solo Project The world’s first media brand by, for, and about soloists. From the people who created and led the Fast Company and Inc. Magazine brands. The Solo Project provides inspiration, ideas, tools, and community for the country’s most ambitious soloists.

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10/19/2021

Like many ambitious natives of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aaron Bolzle left home to pursue a career on both coasts of the US, first to Boston and New York and then to Silicon Valley, where he navigated the tech ecosystem at @Apple. Fifteen years later he returned to Tulsa with a desire to make a positive impact in the community that raised him.⁠⁠
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He launched Tulsa Remote with George Kaiser Family Foundation, a program to reverse the trend of economic migration by incentivizing talented Soloists to live and work from @cityoftulsa. The first of its kind, Tulsa Remote remains the reference in a new form of #economicdevelopment focusing on individuals instead of companies.⁠⁠
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For the premiere episode of Middle of Everywhere, @arjunbasu spoke to Bolzle about the origins of Tulsa Remote, the mobility of the #workforce, the power of #authenticity in #placebranding, and what Soloists bring to the growing list of cities, states, and countries hoping to attract them.

Sure, soloists are on the move. But not everyone is moving halfway across the country. Some of them aren’t moving far aw...
10/19/2021
The Future of Cities Is Flat — The Solo Project

Sure, soloists are on the move. But not everyone is moving halfway across the country. Some of them aren’t moving far away at all. But even these small moves will bring big changes to our cities. And our suburbs. (Oh, and the world.)

Listen to the latest episode of our Middle of Everywhere podcast. Available everywhere.

Sure Soloists are on the move, but not everyone is moving halfway across the country. Some of them aren’t moving far away at all. But even these small moves will bring big changes to our cities. And our suburbs. (Oh, and the world.)

In an audacious second act, long-time Silicon Valley exec Martin Babinec returned to his tiny upstate New York hometown,...
10/06/2021
Second Acts: An Upstate New York Renaissance — The Solo Project

In an audacious second act, long-time Silicon Valley exec Martin Babinec returned to his tiny upstate New York hometown, determined to reimagine the region’s future.

Listen to this new episode of our Here Comes Everybody podcast.

In an audacious second act, long-time Silicon Valley exec Martin Babinec retuned to his tiny upstate New York hometown, determined to reimagine the region’s future.

“I’ve always needed to work exactly where I am, whether it’s at my full-time job or at my home — or while traveling. Mak...
10/05/2021
My Solo-Called Life — The Solo Project

“I’ve always needed to work exactly where I am, whether it’s at my full-time job or at my home — or while traveling. Making my work fit into my daily life is the key to sustainability for me. I never want an opportunity for an excuse.”

M. Moore is a professional art handler by day, but an artist 24/7. She's a rare soloist — the kind with a full-time job.⁠

And you know what? This is what Solo looks like, too.

“I’ve always needed to work exactly where I am, whether it’s at my full-time job or at my home — or while traveling. Making my work fit into my daily life is the key to sustainability for me. I never want an opportunity for an excuse.”

@mayamiddlemiss is a storyteller from the future, obsessed with #autonomy and choice. An #author, #journalist, #consulta...
09/15/2021

@mayamiddlemiss is a storyteller from the future, obsessed with #autonomy and choice. An #author, #journalist, #consultant, and #digitalnomad she and her family left London to move to Valencia, Spain over a decade ago.⁠
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In episode two of Middle of Everywhere, we talked to Middlemiss about living in Spain while working for clients everywhere, what Spain gets wrong about remote work and what it can learn from its neighbor, Portugal, about the psychological barriers to #remotework that everyone needs to overcome, the very real #FOMO of #remoteworkers in a #hybridoffice, and how the ripple effects of the rise of the Soloist will impact, well, everything.⁠
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#podcasting #inspiration #podcasts #podcaster #personaldevelopment #creative #motivational #freelancer #freelancelife #newworldofwork #freelance #middleofeverywhere #spain #portugal #ecitizen #workfromanywhere

Like many ambitious natives of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aaron Bolzle left home to pursue a career on both coasts of the US, firs...
09/15/2021

Like many ambitious natives of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aaron Bolzle left home to pursue a career on both coasts of the US, first to Boston and New York and then to Silicon Valley, where he navigated the tech ecosystem at @apple. Fifteen years later he returned to Tulsa with a desire to make a positive impact in the community that raised him.⁠⁠
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He launched Tulsa Remote with George Kaiser Family Foundation, a program to reverse the trend of economic migration by incentivizing talented Soloists to live and work from @cityoftulsa. The first of its kind, Tulsa Remote remains the reference in a new form of #economicdevelopment focusing on individuals instead of companies.⁠⁠
•⁠⁠
For the premiere episode of Middle of Everywhere, Arjun Basu spoke to Bolzle about the origins of Tulsa Remote, the mobility of the #workforce, the power of #authenticity in #placebranding, and what Soloists bring to the growing list of cities, states, and countries hoping to attract them.

Like many ambitious natives of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aaron Bolzle left home to pursue a career on both coasts of the US, first to Boston and New York and then to Silicon Valley, where he navigated the tech ecosystem at @apple. Fifteen years later he returned to Tulsa with a desire to make a positive impact in the community that raised him.⁠⁠
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He launched Tulsa Remote with George Kaiser Family Foundation, a program to reverse the trend of economic migration by incentivizing talented Soloists to live and work from @cityoftulsa. The first of its kind, Tulsa Remote remains the reference in a new form of #economicdevelopment focusing on individuals instead of companies.⁠⁠
•⁠⁠
For the premiere episode of Middle of Everywhere, Arjun Basu spoke to Bolzle about the origins of Tulsa Remote, the mobility of the #workforce, the power of #authenticity in #placebranding, and what Soloists bring to the growing list of cities, states, and countries hoping to attract them.

Good morning! We're up early for the launch of our newest show, Middle of Everywhere, now available wherever you get you...
09/15/2021

Good morning! We're up early for the launch of our newest show, Middle of Everywhere, now available wherever you get your #podcasts.⁠
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Hosted by Arjun Basu, MOE introduces you to the #placemakers, #civicleaders, and #digitalnomads who are pioneering #remotework, untethering work from place, sparking new energy in towns and cities, and discovering new ways to live and work ... everywhere. Listen now!

Good morning! We're up early for the launch of our newest show, Middle of Everywhere, now available wherever you get your #podcasts.⁠
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Hosted by Arjun Basu, MOE introduces you to the #placemakers, #civicleaders, and #digitalnomads who are pioneering #remotework, untethering work from place, sparking new energy in towns and cities, and discovering new ways to live and work ... everywhere. Listen now!

09/11/2021

Jennifer Hoppe-House is an award-winning film and tv writer who has written for hit shows like Nurse Jackie, #damages, and @graceandfrankie. She is currently producing a new series (w/ @patriciaarquette and @benstiller) for @appletvplus.⁠⁠
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In the premiere episode of our new podcast, Never Nine to Five, Hoppe-House talks about her long and winding ascent to the top of a notoriously competitive industry.⁠⁠
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Her 25-year-long solo path hasn't been easy: She's been fired from nearly every traditional job she's ever held, flunked out of college, and battled yearning s of drug and alcohol #addiction.⁠⁠
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And yet here she is, more #productive than ever and thriving as an #soloist.⁠⁠
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We delve into it all: Hoppe’s best and worst #workhabits, how the #pandemic has transformed #television #writing, and general tips on how to survive a lifetime of #selfemployment.⁠⁠
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#tv #tvshow #tvseries #bingewatching #emmyaward #goldenglobe #sagawards @nursejackie_fans #podcasting #inspiration #podcasts #podcaster #art #hustle #goals #personaldevelopment #creative #motivational #freelancer #freelancelife #newworldofwork #freelance

Jennifer Hoppe-House is an award-winning film and tv writer who has written for hit shows like Nurse Jackie, #damages, a...
09/10/2021

Jennifer Hoppe-House is an award-winning film and tv writer who has written for hit shows like Nurse Jackie, #damages, and @graceandfrankie. She is currently producing a new series (w/ @patriciaarquette and @benstiller) for @appletvplus.⁠⁠
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In the premiere episode of our new podcast, Never Nine to Five, Hoppe-House talks about her long and winding ascent to the top of a notoriously competitive industry.⁠⁠
•⁠⁠
Her 25-year-long solo path hasn't been easy: She's been fired from nearly every traditional job she's ever held, flunked out of college, and battled years of drug and alcohol #addiction.⁠⁠
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And yet here she is, more #productive than ever and thriving as an #soloist.⁠⁠
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We delve into it all: Hoppe’s best and worst #workhabits, how the #pandemic has transformed #television #writing, and general tips on how to survive a lifetime of #selfemployment.⁠⁠
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#tv #tvshow #tvseries #bingewatching #emmyaward #goldenglobe #sagawards @nursejackie_fans #podcasting #inspiration #podcasts #podcaster #art #hustle #goals #personaldevelopment #creative #motivational #freelancer #freelancelife #newworldofwork #freelance

Our newest show, Never Nine to Five, is now available wherever you get your podcasts (except maybe Pandora, because who ...
09/09/2021

Our newest show, Never Nine to Five, is now available wherever you get your podcasts (except maybe Pandora, because who gets their podcasts there?).

NNF gets on the ground and in the spaces of experienced and dynamic soloists to share the paths that led them here and their strategies for succeeding in the new world of work. Listen now!

Our newest show, Never Nine to Five, is now available wherever you get your podcasts (except maybe Pandora, because who gets their podcasts there?).

NNF gets on the ground and in the spaces of experienced and dynamic soloists to share the paths that led them here and their strategies for succeeding in the new world of work. Listen now!

“One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is to know my value and what I’m willing to do for it. It takes awhile to figu...
09/03/2021
Shooting His Best Shot — The Solo Project

“One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is to know my value and what I’m willing to do for it. It takes awhile to figure that out. That being said, one of the best negotiating tools is the ability to say ‘no.’ You’ve got to establish your moral/ethical code.”⁠

Sean Alonzo Harris is a commercial, editorial, and fine art photographer. He’s also a soloist.⁠

This is what Solo looks like.

“One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is to know my value and what I’m willing to do for it. It takes awhile to figure that out. That being said, one of the best negotiating tools is the ability to say ‘no.’ You’ve got to establish your moral/ethical code.”

“I was determined to find a way to retain my freedom. I did not want an obligation to staff to prevent me from doing wha...
09/02/2021
A Force of Nature — The Solo Project

“I was determined to find a way to retain my freedom. I did not want an obligation to staff to prevent me from doing what I felt like doing—like going to the beach for a walk, or working in a café all day.”⁠

Christina Force is a photography consultant, portfolio builder, traveler, public speaker, and, well, a force of nature. She's also a soloist.⁠⁠⁠

This is what Solo looks like.

“I was determined to find a way to retain my freedom. I did not want an obligation to staff to prevent me from doing what I felt like doing—like going to the beach for a walk, or working in a café all day.”

“People don’t believe I’m an introvert. I am. I have to have a ton of time alone. I do think introversion and soloing do...
09/01/2021
The Tao of Spike — The Solo Project

“People don’t believe I’m an introvert. I am. I have to have a ton of time alone. I do think introversion and soloing dovetail nicely.”⁠

Spike Gillespie is a writer, blogger, teacher, wedding & funeral officiant, baker, rancher, and yogi. (Whew!). She's also a soloist.

This is what Solo looks like.

“People don’t believe I’m an introvert. I am. I have to have a ton of time alone. I do think introversion and soloing dovetail nicely.”

“Soloing has given me the joy of self-mastery and self-discovery. I am free to bring meaning and purpose to each day. I ...
08/31/2021
Let Her Speak — The Solo Project

“Soloing has given me the joy of self-mastery and self-discovery. I am free to bring meaning and purpose to each day. I am free to forge that path. It’s exhilarating!”

Demetria Bridges is a voice actor, singer, writer, and proud “Beantown Gurl.” She's also a soloist.⁠

This is what Solo looks like.

“Soloing has given me the joy of self-mastery and self-discovery. I am free to bring meaning and purpose to each day. I am free to forge that path. It’s exhilarating!”

We ❤️ a good “I Quit!” story. Erin Bailey's is downright inspiring.⁠⁠•⁠⁠“I only get paid when I work. I haven’t figured ...
08/25/2021

We ❤️ a good “I Quit!” story. Erin Bailey's is downright inspiring.⁠⁠
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“I only get paid when I work. I haven’t figured out my #healthinsurance. And I’m working at least twice as many hours as I was.⁠⁠
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“But I’ve never felt more #alive. I’ve never felt more #passionate. I’ve never felt more ... me.”⁠⁠
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Since sharing her story — in typical #soloist fashion — Erin's #career path has taken many exciting turns. But here's the thing: she's the one in the driver's seat.⁠⁠
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Erin Bailey is a feminist, an athlete, a fitness guru, and a writer. She's also a soloist.⁠⁠⁠
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This is what Solo looks like.⁠ (Read her story. Link in bio).⁠⁠⁠
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#feminist #athlete #strength #everydamnday⁠⁠ #workout #fit #fitnessmotivation #training #instafit #healthy #strong #fitlife #feminism #everydaysexism #futureofwork #newworldofwork #soloist #solopreneur #freelance #selfemployed #remotework #workfromanywhere

Big news: Here's the trailer for our new show! ‘Middle of Everywhere’ is a new podcast from The Solo Project that explor...
08/24/2021
Middle of Everywhere Podcast: Work Wherever You Want to Live — The Solo Project

Big news: Here's the trailer for our new show!

‘Middle of Everywhere’ is a new podcast from The Solo Project that explores the importance of place — and how, like never before, you can chose *how* you want to work *where* you want to live. Hosted by Arjun Basu. Available wherever you get your podcasts. Listen now!

Introducing our new podcast that explores the importance of place — and how, like never before, you can chose how you want to work, where you want to live.

It started as a way to master Instagram. It ended as a path to a richer, slower, more engaged, and more self-determined ...
08/24/2021

It started as a way to master Instagram. It ended as a path to a richer, slower, more engaged, and more self-determined life.⁠⁠
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“Every single day, no matter the weather, no matter where I was, I'd go for a walk. I began to understand that I am happiest outdoors. As a creative director there’s so much time spent inside sitting at computers or in meetings or orchestrating things. And then, what became clear, was that it was also the most creative time of my day.”⁠ Recently, she clocked her 25,000th mile — that's once around the world!⁠⁠
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Libby DeLana (@parkhere) is a free-range ECD, cold-water dipper, aspiring pilot, fly fisherman, mom to two kind, tall, smart, young men. She's also a soloist.⁠⁠
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This is what Solo looks like.⁠ (Read her story. Link in bio).⁠⁠
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#thismorningwalk #morningwalks #earlymorning #natureasmedicine #getoutandmove #slowlivingsustainablebeauty #dailywalk #walking #livelikeyouretraveling #longwalks #walkingmeditation #goforawalk #takeawalk #mindfulwalking #futureofwork #newworldofwork #soloist #solopreneur #freelance #selfemployed #ritual #dailyritual

The first soloist hotel in America?⁠⁠•⁠⁠In the new age of covering one’s own expenses, @thejanehotel is both an oasis in...
08/20/2021

The first soloist hotel in America?⁠⁠
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In the new age of covering one’s own expenses, @thejanehotel is both an oasis in the Manhattan desert and evidence of an industry sensing a new market.⁠⁠
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And that roof deck!⁠⁠
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Got a gig in NYC? Check out The Jane. (Lin in bio)⁠⁠
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#travel #businesstrip #businesstravel #remotework #workanywhere #staycation #digitalnomad #digitalnomads #selfemployed #futureofwork #newworldofwork #coliving #coworking #officespace #remoteoffice #soloists #freelance

“I only get paid when I work. I still haven’t figured out my health insurance. And I’m working at least twice as many ho...
08/20/2021
The Leap — The Solo Project

“I only get paid when I work. I still haven’t figured out my health insurance. And I’m working at least twice as many hours as I was.

“But I’ve never felt more alive. I’ve never felt more passionate. I’ve never felt more ... me.”

Read Erin Bailey's inspiring “I Quit!” story

I only get paid when I work. I haven’t figured out my health insurance. And I’m working twice as many hours. But I’ve never felt more alive. I’ve never felt more passionate. I’ve never felt more ... me.

“We wanted a place that we couldn’t wait to get to in the morning. So we decided to make our own. We bought a space that...
08/19/2021
If You Build It, They Will Co-Work — The Solo Project

“We wanted a place that we couldn’t wait to get to in the morning. So we decided to make our own. We bought a space that was big enough to house small teams and soloists. We wanted a diverse, collaborative, healthy ecosystem — not just creatives. And we didn’t want a space that felt exclusive.”

For many soloists, the only kinds of coworking spaces that work are the ones they invent themselves.

“In the new age of covering one’s own expenses, The Jane, NYC is both an oasis in the Manhattan desert and evidence of a...
08/18/2021
The First Soloist Hotel in America — The Solo Project

“In the new age of covering one’s own expenses, The Jane, NYC is both an oasis in the Manhattan desert and evidence of an industry sensing a market. And every soloist filling its sunlit breakfast café knows it.”

In the new age of covering one’s own expenses, The Jane is both an oasis in the Manhattan desert and evidence of an industry sensing a market.

“Leave my regular paycheck and health benefits behind and jump into the chaos that ensues from running a smaller, solo a...
08/17/2021
A Civil Action: Quitting — The Solo Project

“Leave my regular paycheck and health benefits behind and jump into the chaos that ensues from running a smaller, solo attorney law practice and (in my case) a book & video publishing business? Absolutely!”

David Sparks, attorney. And podcaster. And author. And tech geek. Oh, and soloist.

“Despite the occasional anxiety, I find myself with this overwhelming exhilaration that everything in my life thus far has led to this point.”

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