I’m Mary Ellen Bates, and I’m a Reluctant Entrepreneur. I went into business because I love what I do, not so I could build a multinational enterprise. I don’t like talking about budgets with clients. I don’t really enjoy marketing myself. In other words, I’m probably a lot like you.

I have been in business for myself since 1991, and have thrived through both boom times and recessions.  I’ve mentored and coached other solopreneurs for a decade and I have learned that most solopreneurs work too hard and make too little money.

I want to share with you what I’ve learned about having more fun and being more profitable as a solopreneur. I can’t make cranky clients go away, but I can help you manage them and turn them back into great referral sources. I can help you figure out how to price your services so that you make a good living and your clients know they received high value. I can help you find out what your clients actually need, value and will pay you for —not just what you are “sure” they want.

In other words, I help fellow solopreneurs build more successful businesses and enjoy their work more.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about my webinars and online courses.


From Zero to Clients


Getting Paid What You’re Worth



Online Courses

Getting Your First Five Clients 


Pricing For Solopreneurs


If you’re curious about what else I’m up to, check out my tweetstream, my LinkedIn profile, my Facebook page, my Reluctant-Entrepreneur blog, and my web site.

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