My wild ride so far as an aspiring solopreneur

Abha Malpani Naismith
4 min readJan 26, 2024

After a restful last week of December 2023, I have gone full throttle on my own projects this month.

It’s only January and I have:

  • Done a live workshop, recorded 2 podcasts, will be recording 2 more next month. (I will let you know when they are out!)
  • Connected with other mum communities in Dubai. I am presenting about AI at events for all of them; one tomorrow and 2 in the first week of February, and one in April!
  • Started building a new website. I’m moving from Wordpress to Squarespace, and I am loving how easy it is to build in Squarespace. (I have not outsourced anything, yet)
  • Connected with amazing people (mostly mums!) and I hope to bring their expertise and stories to you soon. There is so much we can learn from each other!
  • Written 2 journalistic stories that will cover my costs for January.
  • Shown up on Instagram with a video post a few times a week.
  • Enrolled in an online ads camp, an affiliate marketing camp and an AI camp.
  • Planned my Youtube channel launch for the second week of February!

I’m listing all this because I cannot believe that when you change your focus to what you really want to do, the momentum that comes with it is incredible. I am literally just going for it!

However, that comes with it’s own challenges and I am working a lot on my mindset to make some fundamental shifts. Especially my money mindset.

One of the challenges I had last year after I left my job in June 2023, was that I took on a lot of freelance work. It was great and I worked on some fantastic projects with incredible people. However, it took away from building my own work.

I think I needed to do that though, as I struggle with not having a stable income and easily get into the mindset of scarcity and lack. Freelancing straight after quitting a corporate job gave me the so called ‘validation’ I needed that I can still be ‘in the game’ on my own terms.

This is the mindset I am working on changing.

It’s okay to invest in yourself when you are building your dream life. It’s the price you pay to build that



Abha Malpani Naismith

Communications professional. Digital strategist. Writer. Mum. AI enthusiast. Newsletter for working mums.