Mark your calendars: this Wednesday, July 1, at 9pm EST, we’re hosting our monthly #OWSchat — and it’s all about one of our absolute favorite topics: location independence!
Whether you’re currently a digital nomad or aspiring to run a location-independent business, this is a chat you won’t want to miss. We’ll be discussing what makes a location-independent business work, the common fears that hold aspiring travelers back, and more.
Even better? We’re bringing in a pro: Susan Shain (the blogger formerly known as Travel Junkette!). Susan has been traveling the world and running a location-independent business since 2008. (Want to know more? Check out our Digital Nomad Profile of Susan from last year!)
What better way to kick off July than to explore the world of digital nomadery? (That’s a word, right?!)
Looking forward to chatting Wednesday, 7/1 at 9pm EST!
PS – First ever Twitter chat? We highly recommend using a platform like TweetChat to keep things organized.
While the organic reach of Facebook Pages has (drastically) dwindled, there’s one aspect of the social network that Zuck + friends have gotten right for your online business: Facebook Groups. To make the most of this fantastic tool for solopreneur networking and community building, we asked our One Woman Shop members for their #1 tip for utilizing Facebook Groups. Here’s what they said:
Be extremely selective on which Facebook groups get your time and attention and then show up consistently.
Be sure to read any policy documents, and do your best to stay on the right side of policies. If you’re unsure, reach out to the moderator. Also, focus on the positives whenever possible — even when you may be doing a critique, start with something nice to say. (Editor’s note: try the Hug Bump Hug!)
Be helpful + give advice. Sometimes it feels like people are sales-pitchy in groups, trying to offer their services or products. If you know how to solve a problem, walk them through it instead of trying to make money right off the bat.
Remember that everyone is in a different place and business isn’t one-size-fits-all. What works for you might not work for someone else.
– Cristina Roman
If you’re in a lot of Facebook groups, pick 2-4 that have the most value and focus on building a strong presence in those. Bookmark them on your Facebook sidebar and turn on notifications for them so you don’t miss any conversations.
Join them! Some of my client come from referrals, but A LOT come from entrepreneurial Facebook groups. Play nice. That means ‘following the rules.’ Those rules are usually there to make the group “unattractive” to people who are just looking to sell to the other members. The main purpose of most groups is idea-sharing & networking. Selling & collaboration is usually a natural by-product of that.
If you have a question, use the search function first! Often, someone else has already asked and gotten great advice. By tapping into the feedback that’s already been posted, you can help cut back on the same repetitive questions that are asked in the groups.
Here at One Woman Shop, the energy is palpable (even though we’re running this show 5,100 miles apart from each other)!
You see, we are just three days away from launching our Building Your Online Community e-course. We can’t wait to get this baby in the hands of One Woman Shops everywhere so they can get to work building and strengthening the online communities that will boost their solo business.
To celebrate the launch — and connect with you in one of our favorite ways — we’re hosting a live #BYOCommunity Power Hour at 9pm EST on Monday, June 15th in the Twitter-sphere.
We’re taking questions beforehand (email us!) and will fill in extra time with live questions during the chat! Join in by following the #BYOCommunity hashtag on Twitter (we recommend TweetChat for first-timers!).
Mark your calendars: tonight, Wednesday, June 3, at 9pm EST, we’re hosting our monthly #OWSchat.
It’s the topic we all love talking about: making money. We’ll be chatting about your current revenue streams, what’s holding you back from making more money in your solopreneur biz, and what needs to happen to get you where you want to be.
What better way to kick off the summer months than to find like-minded solo business owners working hard to up their income — and with a fantastic guest, to boot? That’s right, we’re super excited to welcome Alexis Grant of AlexisGrant.com and The Write Life to the Twitter party this month! Her transparency when it comes to making money is just one of the things that make her such an amazing solopreneur + role model.
I’ll admit it – I used to be one of those people who said “I just don’t get it” about Instagram. While my One Woman Shop partner, Sara, was counting the days until she could start using Instagram back when it wasn’t available for all devices, I was decidedly holding out.
If you’re also an Instagram junkie, none of facts below will be news to you. But if you aren’t yet on the #InstaBandwagon, here’s why I love it and encourage you to consider using it in your solo business:
It’s not just photos
When I was under the impression that Instagram was “just photos,” I didn’t see much value in it. Once I discovered that you can do quite a lot with the captions and hashtags, it was a game-changer. Now, I periodically search relevant hashtags, like #solopreneur, #solobusiness, and #creativeentrepreneur, to find women who might be interested in the One Woman Shop community.
There’s an incredible amount of engagement
Facebook and I are on rocky terms, but Twitter and I are in it for the long haul. But despite my love of the little blue bird, I have to admit that Instagram posts get far more engagement- both likes and comments- than most Facebook posts and tweets. Research proves it (this Business Insider piece says engagement on Instagram is up to 50 times higher than on Twitter), and so does our experience with One Woman Shop’s Instagram account.
Instagram is ridiculously straightforward. Still haven’t grasped the ins and outs of RTs, DMs, favorites, and lists on Twitter? With Instagram, you “heart” a photo or you comment. That’s all.
It adds a human element to your business
Those behind-the-scenes photos we post of our inbox after an #OWSchat or the #coffewithaview pics from various coffeeshops and poolsides in Antigua, Guatemala? They add a human aspect to our business, which we think is pretty critical as a solo business owner. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the #OneWomanShopBaton, it’s that our community loves a little “inside” peek into the lives of their fellow solopreneurs.
It capitalizes on mobile
I won’t bore you with stats about the increase in mobile usage worldwide, but we all know it’s happening. (The fact that Google has changed its algorithm to emphasize mobile certainly says something). Instagram is nearly 100% mobile-based, which means it effectively capitalizes on the growing mobile trend. Grabbing the attention of potential One Woman Shop members while they’re grabbing a latte or riding in a tuk tuk (as the case may be) = priceless.
Of course, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.
The few downsides of Instagram
You can’t add links on Instagram, so it’s a bit hard to track who is coming to your site because of your Instagram presence. Anyone who finds and follows you on Instagram has to make the extra effort to track you down elsewhere online.
Also, Instagram- more so that other social media networks, in my humble opinion- contributes to the comparison trap that we solopreneurs are often so guilty of entering. Instagram is most often a perfectly curated stream of the highlight reel of people’s lives and businesses; we rarely see the less-than-perfect moments captured.
But speaking of Instagram and transparency! We want to do our part to show what running a solo business is really like, which is why:
Announcing: our first Instagram challenge! We love being as transparent as possible in how we run One Woman Shop, and always enjoy getting a glimpse into how others’ structure their days through the #OneWomanShopBaton. So this month, we’re opening it up to our entire community — over 12 days, we’ll be prompting you to share what’s going on behind-the-scenes of your One Woman Shop! We’re getting started in one week — and here’s what we’d love to see from you:
Monday, May 18th: Where I’m Working Tuesday, May 19th: Starting My Day Wednesday, May 20th: Planning My Day + Staying On Track Thursday, May 21st: How I Manage My Inbox Friday, May 22nd: My Favorite Way to Network Saturday, May 23rd: Moving My Body Sunday, May 24th: My Meals + Meal Planning Monday, May 25th: My Much-Needed Breaks Tuesday, May 26th: How I Manage My Website + Blog Wednesday, May 27th: My Favorite Solopreneur Task Thursday, May 28th: My Solopreneur Reading List Friday, May 29th: My End-of-Day Wind Down
How to participate:
1. Upload a photo to your Instagram account that corresponds to the day’s theme. So, on Monday, the 18th, post a photo of your workspace, on the 19th the first thing you do in the morning, and so on! Miss a day? Don’t worry about it. Jump back in when you can!
2. Include the hashtag #OWSBehindTheScenes when you upload your photo for the day. It’s the only way we’ll be able to follow along — and we’ll be re-gramming a few each day from the @OneWomanShop account! (Bonus points for fun captions!)
3. Remember, Instagram is a social network. Be sure to explore the #OWSBehindTheScenes hashtag and interact with others participating in the challenge. (You might even grow your following in the process!)
Let’s have fun interacting on Instagram while inspiring others with the nitty gritty of our day, behind-the-scenes — what do you say?
Are you in? We’ll see you on Instagram on the 18th! Need a quick nudge when we kick off on Monday, the 18th? Sign up for a reminder below or be sure to check back on the OWS calendar!
We can’t wait to go behind-the-scenes of your One Woman Shop!
Our March jam session got us particularly pumped about our theme for April: Collaboration, Partnerships and Hiring. Collaboration has been the key to growing One Woman Shop, and so many other “solo” ventures.
So, along with our April solopreneur playlist (hello, Missy Elliot + Ciara!) and our monthly #OWSchat with Charissa Moore, we headed back to Pinterest to bring you our April Pinspiration.
See pins you think would fit great here? Leave us a comment below or on Pinterest and we’ll add you as a collaborator on the board!
By way of popular request, we’ll be hosting our third official #OWSchat on the ins-and-outs of blogging for your biz. We’re pumped to welcome guest expert and host, Regina Anaejionu of byRegina.com to the party!
If that already isn’t sweet enough, one random participant will be the lucky winner of Regina’s Epic Blog Editorial Planner, so you can put all those insights you gain from tonight’s chat to use immediately.
Join us tonight, Wednesday, March 4 at 9pm EST for a fast-paced hour of all things blogging for your solo business!
PS – First ever Twitter chat? We highly recommend using a platform like TweetChat to keep things organized.
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You know when you get a tweet that absolutely makes your (rainy) day and you want to be sure that as many people as possible see it so they know how awesome you are…but they’re not all on Twitter?
Enter: embedded tweets.
We talked all about social proof in our webinar on personal branding– embedded tweets are a great way to drive home the message that your clients, customers, and followers have positive things to say about you.
Social Media Examiner has some other cool ways to make use of embedded tweets: to back up an argument or statement you’re making on your blog, embed conversations about your services or products (for example, we might embed the search “#onewomanshop”), or get buzz going for an event you’re organizing.
Here’s how to easily embed tweets on your blog or website:
On the tweet you want to embed, click More
2. Click Embed Tweet
3. Copy the code in the pop-up box
4. Paste the code wherever you want it on your site- try putting it into a text sidebar widget, on a page, or within a post