It’s Accountability Week here at One Woman Shop. Follow along with all of our posts about accountability, email us your questions and tips, and give #AccountabilityWeek some Twitter love!
You're getting better at holding yourself accountable and you know what makes for a great accountability partner and a successful accountability system- but how the heck do you actually find an accountability buddy? Have no fear, One Woman Shop is here!
One Woman Shop: We're a little biased, but we think we have a pretty awesome community right here. If you're interested in an accountability buddy, please complete this quick form at the bottom of this post. We'll then share you on the spreadsheet so you can peruse other accountability buddy requests and reach out if you find a great potential (tweet this out).
Networking groups: You're almost guaranteed to find a relevant meetup group on Meetup.com. Search for specific business interests (SEO, Etsy shop owners, etc) or general groups, like those for female entrepreneurs. If you're not having any luck, try Google searching with keywords like "female entrepreneurs," "freelancers," or "solopreneurs" and your city name.
Local Levo: Levo League- which describes itself as "a thriving community of young professionals, mentors, and innovative companies taking Gen Y by storm"- hosts local meetups, called Local Levo. If you're lucky enough to be in one of the 23 cities with chapters, take advantage of the opportunity to meet like-minded career and business women.
Coworking spaces: These shared office spaces often host networking events for entrepreneurs and some- like In Good Company, Hera Hub and Posh Coworking- even cater specifically to females. Attend a community event and see if you click with anyone there.
Twitter: Use FollowerWonk to search Twitter bios of those in your area. If you find an interesting profile, follow the link to the person's website, find their email, and ask if they'd like to grab coffee (remember: save the accountability partner request for later down the road).
Conferences and workshops: At local, regional, or national conferences, keep an eye out for individuals you might want to seek out as an accountability partner. A few to consider, depending on your industry: Designer Vaca, Making Things Happen, Women Get Social, Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World, and WomanCon.
Facebook Groups: For many solopreneurs, Facebook groups are an untapped resource. Consider joining one like Operation Entrepreneur or Bounce to meet fellow solopreneurs that you can then connect with one-on-one.
Ask around: Tell friends and family that you're looking to connect with more solopreneurs and freelancers and see if anyone comes to their mind. You never know who you'll end up getting connected to.