A little over a year ago, I left a firm of 12 employees and became a “solopreneur” in a fee-only planning practice, branded to focus on teachers, primarily in Illinois.

In the six months of planning before my launch and all the way through, I had to learn that any business decision I made could bring joy or heartache, and I would be the one to enjoy or fix it. If a tech problem occurred, it would be me on the phone to tech support. If a client handed me a stack of paperwork, I would be clearing my afternoon to ensure it was organized and scanned.

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