Tips for Newbie Solopreneurs

Ready for Solopreneurship? Here are 3 Simple Lessons a Multi-passionate Teacher Followed in her Transition

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When I was in my 6th year of teaching, I was stuck, doing everything:

• Teaching, Being Co-ASB Advisor, & Department Head

• Coaching Science Olympiad and Track and Field at the same time

• Having a busy social life

18 years later, I’m still busy balancing all my passions and wanting to do it all. Here’s what being a multilingual, multi-passionate teacher has taught me about being a solopreneur.

Lesson #1: Being mentally ready for all the tasks.

Throughout my teaching career, I’ve had so much going on and balanced it all. It’s been constant go, go, go.

Now as a generation X teacher transitioning from a school classroom to running an online, business, I’m prepared to do it all.

The only difference is as a teacher I worked for someone else, and now I get to do things that I want and outsource those I don’t want to do.

Lesson #2: Repetition leading to improvement

If I taught a subject and had it only once a day, I was frustrated. Why? I didn’t get a chance to repeat the lesson on the same day to improve delivery. When I had repeat classes, each class would improve throughout the day.

There are tasks like writing weekly emails to my list and writing content that are hard. Yet, I know doing them repetitively helps me improve.

As a solopreneur, I get to play around with what I want to write. I’m struggling with too many ideas, but what I learned in the classroom is pushing me daily.

Lesson #3: Saying NO.

I have lots of passions, but I also recognize I had a problem saying no. During one school year, I was triple-booked after school coaching Science Olympiad from 2:50–3:25, then I’d sprint to the track to coach from 3:30–4:30 and then back to the classroom to teach Spanish for Educators from 4:45–6:00.

Now, I’m learning to say NO to things that could lead to burnout and stop me from growing my business.

I still have a lot to learn, but my experience and my willingness to learn will push me along in my new pursuit.

Esther is a teacher, podcaster, digital product creator, and die-hard fan of the Washington State Cougars, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Lakers, & Osasuna. She splits her time between the beach city of Hendaye, France, and the farm in Moses Lake, WA. You’ll catch her using 4 languages daily & she’s also a proud tía (aunt).

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Esther Ciganda

Esther Ciganda


If I can do it, so can you | Midlife, Multilingual + Multipassionate Teacher turned Edupreneur at 45 | Daughter of Basque Immigrants & Farmers, 🧠tumor survivor