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 COMMUNITY BUILDING ORGANIZATIONS

BioForward
A member-driven state association that is the voice of Wisconsin's biohealth industry, that offers networking events throughout the state. 

WiSTEM
A 16 week curriculum based program that connect women entrepreneurs in the Chicago area to capital, community, and technology resources. 

 Work Muse
A Job Share Solutions Firm
Work Muse offers training, implementation, and support to ensure job share success as a competitive workplace advantage.   

Hera Hub
The first international female focused coworking space where entrepreneurial women can create and collaborate in a professional productive spa like environment. 

SheEO
An organization of radically generous women creating a new economic model to fund women entrepreneurs. 

Ellevate Network
A Global Professional Women's Network whose mission is to help women advance in the workplace. A great resource for solo professionals to connect with the business community.

Freelancers Union
A free national member driven organization that promotes the interests of independent workers through education, advocacy and services. 

30 Seconds
A free online community where women connect, discover, and share inspiring tips 30 seconds at a time. 

WARF Entrepreneurons Series
An educational series offered at UW-Madison that focuses on the fundamentals of getting a new business venture started. 

Fairy God Boss
An online platform of job and company reviews for women. 

Apres
An online platform that offers content, tools, and services to help women successfully re-enter the workforce. 

Ellevate - Madison
A Local Chapter of the Ellevate Network that hosts networking events and learning experiences in the Madison, WI area. 

100State
Wisconsin's largest co-working space based in Madison. 100State offers tiered membership options to join their community of startups, freelancers, young companies and solo professionals. 

WeWork
An international coworking organization where you can find inspiring workspace, connect with a global community, and benefit from 100+ services to help grow your business.  

She Did It Her Way Podcast
A collective of interviews with Top Female Entrepreneurs who did it their way.  

SPARK Events
Monthly meet-up for solo professionals hosted by the Freelancers Union to connect, educate, and find your spark. 

 

Ms. Tech
Both an online and offline community organization that helps business women do tech and tech women do business. 

1 Million Cups
A free national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. 

ROKI Mom
A supportive online network for professional moms offering community, support, and workshops.

BRAVA 
A female focused enterprise offering print and digital media, networking and social events, and education & training.

Her Way Challenge
A online accountability community to help you set goals and accomplish them with 15 day challenges.  

LEVO 
An online resource to help you build professional connections, find mentors, and start your career with a purpose driven focus.

 

business resources

SBDC
Business owner and aspiring entrepreneurs ca connect to their local SBDCs for free face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training. 

Rocket Girl Solutions
Business manager for hire. Belinda Wasser works with solo-professionals & small business owners to handle the day to day details of running a business.

Docracy
A vast collection of contracts and other legal documents freelancers can use with clients, and they're all free. 

Zen Habits
Leo Babauta's blog shares advice about simplifying your life, being more mindful and productive as a solo professional and as a person. 
 

UpStart
UW- Madison WARF
A free program for women and minority entrepreneurs that builds community, connects you to local resources, and offers training to help launch your business. 

The Doyenne Group
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing entrepreneurial women with the support needed to start,  launch or scale a business.  

Contently's Rates Database
A list of the nation's top publications and their corresponding rates for freelancers

99Designs
The largest marketplace for custom graphic design online include logos and web design. 

 

Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic
UW- Madison
The L&E Clinic provide free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students and supervising attorneys. 

Business Model YOU
Learn how solo professionals can create and deliver something of value to customers through online resources, trainings, and the Business Model YOU community. 

 Work Awesome
This blog offers tips and ideas on how to increase productivity with a focus on the important impact of health and fitness. 

Lynda.com
Over 4,000 courese in Business, Technology and Creative skills taught by industry experts. 

 

Dream Bank
A space in Madison, WI designed to help dreamers find inspiration, tools, and support to bring their dreams to life. 

ClearBanc
Financial services for solo professionals and entrepreneurs. 

Rocket Lawyer
Get legal help with essential independent contractor documents. 

99U
As the education arm of Behance, this site delivers education content for creative professionals. 

Premium Pixels
A collection of free design resources created and curated by UK based Web Designer Orman Clark.

 

SMART TECH TOOLS FOR SOLOS 

17Hats
Business operation tools including contact management, payment tools, accounting, project management, and invoicing. 

Toggl
Time tracking system for businesses. Let's you track and organize your time to increase productivity. 

Podio
A web-based platform for organizing team communication, business processes, data and content in project management workspaces. 

Wave
Accounting software geared for freelancers to help manage the day to day aspects of their business. 

Harvest
An easy to use time management tool that complies detailed reports and create quick invoices. 

Xero
Accounting software with all the time-saving tools you need to grow your business. 

Painless1099
Automated tax withholding for freelancers. 

Mailchimp
Online email marketing solution to manage subscribers, send emails, and track results.

Bonsai
Automated contract creation, personally branded invoicing and payment tools. 

Trello
A web-based collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards, assign team members, and adding comments. 

Focus Booster
A simple software tool designed to help you focus on the task at hand. 

SquareSpace
The SquareSpace platform empowers people to share their stories and create an impactful, stylish, and easy-to-manage online presence with websites and blogs.

Beewits
Project management tools for web developers. 

Fundbox
A simple way to manage cash flow by advancing payments for outstanding invoices.

Wunderlist
A task management tool that allows you to share your daily 'to-do' list. 

Shake
A mobile app that allows users to create, sign, and send legally binding agreements from their phones. 

Mindmeister
An online mind mapping tool that let's you capture, develop and share ideas visually.

Knack
Knack empowers you to make the most of your data by allowing you to build online databases and web apps. 

Dropbox
Simple file storage and sharing from any device to anyone.  

Shoeboxed
A fast, easy way to turn receipts into an organized, categorized, and IRS-accepted online archive. 

Evernote
An app designed for unlimited notetaking and archiving that allows you to input notes or capture inspiration your find online. 

Timely
A time tracking app that works from your existing schedule and tracks hours spent on client work. 

Cushion 
A cashflow tool for projecting future income, identifying cash gaps, and managing projects to minimize overlap.