We've assembled an awesome group of solopreneur bloggers - all experts in their fields - to share tips, advice and best practices. Meet the Solopreneur School all star blogging team:
Deborah Daniel, Money Expert
Deborah Daniel, CPA and founder of Charter Accounting, became an entrepreneur in 1992 soon after completing her MBA. During the past 23 years she has purchased and scaled four smaller accounting firms to achieve a client base of over 1,000 annual recurring clients. During this time she and her husband have owned and sold several other companies both on their own and with partners for total values in excess of $10 million dollars.
In addition to operating businesses, she has extensive knowledge and ownership in real estate investment and uses this hands on knowledge to mentor clients in the areas of tax planning, investment planning and financial and wealth creation habits and strategies. By helping clients figure out what numbers really matter in their business and showing them how to measure and evaluate these key indicators she helps businesses take it to the next level.
Tonya Harvey, Sales Expert
Tonya Harvey, as the younger of two girls, grew up on Army posts around the U.S. After a chance encounter, she landed a job in London selling Apple Mac computers instead of working for the European Community to become a U.S. diplomat.
Since she worked in male dominated sales, Tonya was taught all the sales tactics that are awkward for women. Eventually, she developed and implemented successful sales strategies for Fortune 500 companies like AT&T and Office Depot. After corporate, she oversaw a $5.2 million excess goods project for FEMA.
Tonya also started a sales consultancy and training company, whose mission is to “change views of selling” and empower women to exercise their voice and negotiate better in their lives.
John Herbert, Small Business Legal Expert
John Herbert is a partner at Herbert Sparks Law Group, LLC. He and his partners focus on small business law by providing relevant legal solutions at flat-fees. The firm believes that legal services are essential for any small business and should be fair, affordable and transparent.
John has been practicing law since 1994 and is a leader in the movement for alternative billing arrangements. He has handled matters from litigation, contracts and corporations to family law, wills and real estate. Since 2013, John has brought his wide-ranging experience to bear for small to medium-sized companies. John’s practice spans clients on five continents and hoping for Australia and Antarctica.
John earned a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Textile & Polymer Chemistry and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University.
Sonia Lakhany, Intellectual Property Expert
Sonia Lakhany is an intellectual property attorney at Lakhany Law, PC specializing in trademark and copyright law. Sonia also teaches trademark law and is a frequent speaker and blogger. She is active on several boards and committees in the Atlanta legal community.
Sonia is passionate about protecting her clients’ brands and is considered a rising expert in her field. Her work has appeared in dozens of magazine and news articles, as well as on radio and television.
Sonia earned her B.A. at the University of Southern California, Juris Doctor at Emory, and Masters of Law in Intellectual Property at George Washington University. Prior to starting her own firm, Sonia practiced law for several years in Washington, DC and Atlanta.
Linda Minnick, Mindset and Motivation Expert
Linda Minnick is a specialist in transformational thinking. She is a coach, PSYCH-K® facilitator, author and speaker.
Recognizing that a major part of success is in your head, Linda helps her clients get very clear on what it is they really want to create and provides them with support and tools to change the beliefs that are stopping them from getting there.
Nadine Mullings, Marketing Expert
Nadine Mullings is known as The B.E.S.T. Marketing Strategist™. She is passionate about assisting small business owners to market and promote their businesses both online and offline using the four core marketing strategies in the B.E.S.T. Marketing System™.
With over 15 years in marketing and an MBA with an ecommerce specialization, Nadine uses her experience and education to assist entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants, and independent business owners to attract new clients, get repeat business, and build a strong social network.
Abby Hirsch Phillips, Social Media Expert
Abby Hirsch Phillips is a creative business strategist, marketing maven and productivity specialist. Her unconventional ideas and approach have proven effective, and won her numerous awards over the last 25 years.
Abby’s business, Go From Passion To Profit, aligns entrepreneurs’ visions and dreams with practical, actionable strategies that make sense and make money. A heart-based entrepreneur, Abby has six successful business start-ups under her belt. As a VP at DBM, (now Lee Hecht Harrison), a global leader in career transition and talent development, she specialized in career and change management and organization development.
A woman of serious ideas, but not a serious woman, Abby is a 3-time champion of kicking cancer’s butt and Mom is still her favorite job.
John Ray, Entrepreneurship Expert
John Ray is the owner of Ray Business Advisors and Bookkeeping Express of Greater Atlanta. His three decades of experience comprises business management, merchant banking, and financial analysis.
John's prior roles include serving as a relationship manager for J.P. Morgan's Commercial and Investment Bank, Founder and President of Heritage Capital Advisors, a corporate advisory and private equity firm, and Chairman and President of Commerce Capital Management, the investment management subsidiary of National Commerce Bancorporation (acquired by SunTrust).
In 2011 John founded Backpacks of Love, an all-volunteer organization serving children and their families in north-metro Atlanta who are homeless or otherwise in severe need. In 2013, he received a “Light of Hope” Award from CASA of Forsyth County and he was recently named Small Business Partner in Education of the Year by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
Tamay Shannon, Social Media Expert
Tamay Shannon's goal in life is to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Her agency, Where 2 Start Marketing, helps entrepreneurs who don't have the time for social media to have a thriving and active social media community that supports their business. Tamay is an experienced social media strategist who has helped numerous entrepreneurs and small businesses develop and execute strategic marketing plans. Through her educational training, she developed a love for communication, especially marketing through social media.
Her passion for small business is only mirrored by the business owners themselves. She loves the tools that social media is and what it can provide to small business owners. Her commitment is to listens to your needs, spoken and unspoken, to deliver the results that will rock your business. Their focus is strategy and execution. These two things make social media an effective tool for your business.
Jeff Sheehan, Marketing Expert
Jeff is the founder of Sheehan Marketing, a social selling and sales solution provider. His background includes over 30 years of global high technology marketing and sales, working with many Fortune 100 companies
Jeff is a well known speaker nationally on the use of Social Selling and Marketing, as well as the co-host of the weekly radio show, Tech Marketing. He is also co-author of HIRED! Paths to Employment in the Social Media Era.
With over 320,000 followers on Twitter, he has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Social Media Influencers on Twitter
Jeff holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a M.S. in Finance from Bentley University, and a M.S. in Marketing from Georgia State University with additional training at Northwestern University and the University of Virginia.