Welcome to the home of soloism
All across Australia you can hear the buzz of spare rooms and garages being transformed into home offices. Since 2005, Flying Solo has supported this army of individuals who turn their backs on traditional careers to create a new way of living and working. Join the community.
Driven by potent forces like connected technology, waning job security, globalisation, the rise of project work and a thirst for lifestyle, more and more people are choosing to spread their wings and fly solo.
Once considered the poor cousin of a proper job, participants in this soloism movement now command respect and admiration. Previously the preserve of a small band of young audacious entrepreneurs, we have now firmly infiltrated the mainstream.
Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics puts the number of solo and micro businesses operating locally at around 1.8 million, making up over 70% of the total small business sector. And the stampede to soloism continues to gather pace. Flying Solo is home to 85,000+ Australian business owners, along with 40,000 others connecting across our social networks.
"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come."
- Victor Hugo
Soloist, independent professional, business owner, freelancer, lifestyle entrepreneur, moonlighter, contractor, free agent, gun for hire … whatever label you choose, you'll find members of our community at the forefront of every industry.
Amongst us you'll find business advisors, mentors, virtual assistants, yoga instructors, designers, landscapers, writers, photographers, tradies, health practitioners, cleaners, finance consultants, architects, social media gurus, brokers, real estate agents and many more.
We're strongly represented across all industries including tourism, training, retail, marketing, finance, hospitality, technology, food, beauty, fashion, engineering, building, public relations and media.
And we love our work! Flying Solo's Understanding micro business survey found that a resounding 85% are happy in their ventures, with lifestyle factors such as flexibility and autonomy being the biggest benefits. What's more, soloists enjoy household incomes higher than the Australian average.
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”
- Bob Dylan
Whether you’re well established or just taking off, Flying Solo aims to be the aphrodisiac you need to fall in love with your business. Here are just a few of the resources on offer.
Lisa Crocker: Community Manager
Lisa (Peter’s sister) is our super organised, one-person customer service department, who loves to nurture all members and visitors.
Dave Gillen: Forum Concierge
You’ll find Brisbane-based Dave lurking expertly in the forums on most days of the week, working on top secret member education and marketing missions.
Paul Brice: Forum Concierge
From the Gold Coast, Paul helps make our forums an awesome place to be for soloists, welcoming newbies and answering questions.
Jennifer Tumanda: Admin Angel
No job is too big, small or annoying for the super patient, Jennifer. She works tirelessly behind the scenes keeping everything running smoothly.
Richard Jenner: The Design Man
Based in Melbourne, our design & branding man, Rich helps make us look the part. As he freely admits, he’s still figuring out how to juggle work and family.
Alex Pooley: Techie
Forever tinkering away in the mysterious back end of our website from his hideaway in Perth, Alex juggles a young family while keeping Flying Solo live and crafting beautiful code.