Shop Talk: The Comparison Trap

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The other day, we were browsing through Feedly and ended up spending some time on one site in particular. We started out feeling inspired by the content and the community, but it quickly spiraled into a full-blown case of the comparison trap. Why is their design so sleek? Why is their community more active? Why is their writing so perfect? Why is everyone raving about their e-course more than ours? 

Our sad episode of jealousy led us to wonder how others deal with feelings of comparison in business. We shot out a tweet and got some interesting responses:

Now, don’t get us wrong: we actually think there are some very valuable things we can get out of our jealous tendencies- such as figuring out what we want in life and in business and providing us with motivation to move forward- but we want to know:

How do you handle jealousy when it starts to affect you negatively?

Shop Talk: Productivity

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We’ve all had those days- you wake up, grab your morning coffee, open your computer…and just can’t seem to be productive, no matter how hard you try. We want to know- do you push through and force yourself to work or shut down your laptop and take the day off?

Shop Talk: Expansion

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Some freelancers and solopreneurs start their businesses with the end goal of expanding and managing a team. Others thrive on their own and plan to keep it that way. So, are you happy on your own or are you headed toward expansion? Do you aspire to manage contractors and employees or are you content to be a one woman shop forever?

Shop Talk: Favorite Work Spot

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We all know that your working environment has to be conducive to productivity in order to….well, be productive. One size doesn’t fit all in business- which includes the best spot to get work done. We want to know your favorite work spot- is it a coffee shop, your local coworking space, an office suite, a home office, or maybe even your bed? Do you switch up your location throughout the day and week or stick to the same tried-and-true spot all the time?

Shop Talk: Outsourcing

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You consider yourself a resourceful, intelligent business woman. You know that all answers are just a Google search away. So, do you spend your time finding the answers to your questions (like how to code in CSS or how to use Quickbooks) or do you outsource these parts of your business, knowing that someone else can do it more efficiently?

Shop Talk: Your Mantra

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We all love pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest, right? You may have a quote board with hundreds of inspirational pins, but we want to know: which business mantra do you read when you’re feeling unproductive, full of self-doubt, or tired of being a solopreneur?

Shop Talk: Hidden Gems

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We often hear the same “A List” names floating around the women’s entrepreneurial world. Don’t get us wrong, we love us some Marie Forleo, but we want to know: which flying-under-the-radar women do you look up to in the business world?

Shop Talk: Social Media

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Some people will tell you that social media is an absolute must in this digital age. That your company can’t possibly thrive without it. Others disagree, pointing out that businesses succeeded for decades before the dawn of Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Based on your personal business experiences, what do you think- is social media a necessity, an added bonus, or a fad that will inevitably fade away?

 

Shop Talk: Your Schedule

Welcome to Shop Talk, where we chat about everything from the business processes and procedures you swear by to how you handle tough situations (like letting go of a client) to what gets you up on Monday morning. Give us a sneak peek into your business and inspire (and be inspired by!) our community.

Some people love a consistent schedule: waking up at the same time every morning, going through the same morning ritual, working during a set period of time. Others thrive on variety, choosing to wake up at different times each morning, varying their breakfast, and working as the mood hits them. Which works best for you- sticking to your tried-and-true routine or letting your mood and energy levels determine your schedule?

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