It’s Not All or Nothing

I just left a lunch meeting with a woman who is considering joining the One Woman Shop movement- she's unhappy with her job but is scared to take the plunge into full-time solopreneurship.

During lunch, I reminded her that it's not all or nothing and I want to remind you of the same thing.

You don't need to choose between a rigid 9-5 or running your own business all day, every day. It's a spectrum and there are tons of options on that spectrum- you can have a side hustle. You can have a part-time job that doesn't even remotely relate to your business. You can have one 20 hour per week contract client that makes you feel more stable. Heck, you can even babysit on the side if you need to.

Having something on the side doesn't make you less full-fledged or not as brave or an imposter.

In addition to running CMR Strategies (my consulting and coaching business) and managing One Woman Shop, I work part-time as a Director of Catering and Marketing. It provides me with coworkers, a reason to get dressed in the morning (well, sometimes), real live human interaction, new connections, and the flexibility to still run my core business. Oh, and I babysit the most adorable kid once a week- I play with him for about an hour and then spend the next few hours catching up on Scandal or working. Not too shabby, right?

I know I speak for the One Woman Shop community when I promise that we won't think any less of you if you're somewhere on the entrepreneurship spectrum that isn't squarely on the full-time, all-in side. Welcome to the #onewomanshop spectrum!

P.S. Not sure how to talk about your multiple endeavors? Try this little exercise in personal positioning.

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Cristina Roman is the Founder and Co-Head Honcho of One Woman Shop (the awesome site you're on right now). When she’s not working on One Woman Shop, she takes salsa classes, listens to NPR podcasts, drinks too much coffee, and explores her stomping grounds of Antigua, Guatemala. Find her on and over on her coaching website.

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