Would anyone be interested in helping to start a Q&A site for Sole Proprietors on Stack Exchange? If you do not feel this would be a benefit to Stack or the tens of millions of sole proprietors around the world, please state why.

"According to the IRS, there are almost 23 million sole proprietorships in the U.S. They cover a wide range of jobs from consultants to roofers. ....., —and numerous indicators predict the number of these businesses will continue to grow as technology allows more geographic flexibility. - smallbusiness.com

I believe a site dedicated to sole proprietors would flourish on Stack. A sole proprietorship has no separation between the business entity and its owner. Therefore, sole proprietors have unique experiences and having a central knowledge base would be a valuable resource. As a sole proprietor myself, I often feel that I am reinventing the wheel, and that many sole proprietors have already faced the same obstacles or difficulties that I am facing and would have the answers to my questions. If only there was a site to ask those questions.


Unfortunately, after almost four years of hosting this subject, we recently closed our Startups site due to long-declining interest and ultimately lack of support.

Sorry I do not have better news for you, but without a clear indication of an avid community ready to move in, we are not interested in restarting this proposal at this time.

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    Thank you Robert for your quick and concise answer. Perhaps the lack of interest was due to the fact that the proposed site lumped Start Ups, Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs and all things non-corporate business related into one site. – Airport Chariot Car and Limo Nov 16 '18 at 1:22
  • <comments removed> Continuing age-old debates about how to scope sites is not a constructive use case for comments. – Robert Cartaino Nov 16 '18 at 3:09
  • Do you think, Robert, that a properly scoped site that aimed to help small business owners and others who make their own paychecks would work? We have workplace, for example, but they focus only on employee relationships. We had freelancers, startups, and startup business, but none of them succeeded. In a site that targets people who manage their own incomes, rather than depend on an employer, all of these would pull together along with already operating small businesses to make valuable q&a content. Do you think that could work? – fredsbend Mar 1 '19 at 21:00
  • @fredsbend No, the solution isn't a minor rebranding exercise. Those subject have been tried and failed. There simply wasn't enough community interested in keeping this going when we had it, so the bulk of support would have to come from elsewhere... or at some future date where we somehow take a radically more active role in how we find and build communities. – Robert Cartaino Mar 1 '19 at 21:16
  • @RobertCartaino Well, once you and SE are ready to jump in again, email me. I'd be all over this one, eager to participate and make a thriving site. - I've been reading some of the discussion posts of the failed attempts. My impression of one of them was heavy moderation without a tight scope, which is a recipe for failure. New sites need loose moderation until the scope can be defined tightly enough. – fredsbend Mar 1 '19 at 21:24
  • Would an email to SE users be accessible? Something to indicate interest? More broadly, why doesn't Area51 have an email list that can alert users on new sites they might be interested in? I'd sign up for that list, if I could check mark various generic things (tags, essentially). – fredsbend Mar 1 '19 at 21:25

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