Did you hear? Membership has launched! It's a deeper, richer One Woman Shop experience with a community of like-minded go-getters to partner with...and we can't wait to see you apply. Clearly, we think this community is great, but take it from this series of blog posts by awesome solo business owners who've already joined- One Woman Shop may be just what you need in your business journey.

For me, the question of why I joined One Woman Shop is simple.

I’ve been in love with the idea behind One Woman Shop since the day the site launched. And after conversations with its passionate founder, Cristina? Tickle me pink! I was sold.

Besides the fact that the site is just plain beautiful, it was the message behind One Woman Shop that spoke to me: “going it alone shouldn’t be lonely”. When I discovered One Woman Shop, I was less than a month away from putting my two weeks notice in at my full-time job. And my greatest fear in taking the leap? It wasn’t nerves over not finding clients or failing at the work. My greatest fear was loneliness.

That’s where One Woman Shop comes in. It’s about building a community for female solopreneurs who are tenacious, passionate, and motivated, but sometimes just plain need some support. Because ladies? Even the most ambitious among us cannot do it alone.

My beliefs about solopreneurship

Let me back up a bit. You see, there are several things that have the ability to really light a fire inside of me. When it comes to solopreneurship, the list is pretty straightforward:

  1. Anyone who isn’t happy with their current employment situation has the right (and, in my opinion, the obligation) to change it. No more complaining. We make our own opportunities. It’s no longer about seeking out the workplace or employer that will satisfy our career goals. It’s about creating those goals and figuring out the best way to succeed in them ourselves. Sometimes that’s in a 9-5; sometimes it’s not. To quote literary legend Maya Angelou: “nothing will work unless you do.”
  2. No one’s success is reached alone. Though I’m a ridiculously passionate solopreneur, I know that my success does not hinge on me alone. My success is determined by the quality of the people with whom I surround myself, with the community of virtual and in-person colleagues I collaborate with and learn from, and the marketplace that those people help me build. Solopreneurship is a bit misleading. We are hardly ever truly solo.

Where solopreneurship is headed

In what I view as a conservative estimate, 50% of the creative world is already made up of freelancers. And the rest of the job market seems to be headed in the same direction. The entrepreneurship mindset and principles are being taught at a younger and younger age (to my delight and envy). Big companies are outsourcing work to contractors to reduce the burden of paying out benefits. Millennials are infiltrating the workplace with an unprecedented attitude toward mobile technology and work that isn’t fulfilling.

Solopreneurship is on the cusp of something even bigger right now. And while the thought of solopreneurship is incredibly exciting (it got my heart pounding every time I thought about it in the months before I left my job!), it also means one thing: community is vital. Now more than ever.

Feeling lonely at home? Sure, you can head to a park. Or set up at a coffee shop. Or try out a coworking space. Feeling lonely in your business? Parks, coffee shops, and coworking spaces won’t help.

One Woman Shop is your workplace. Your coworkers. Your support group. The people that know you, are currently walking in your solopreneur shoes, and are dedicated to pushing you to do better. Membership is comprehensive: it provides a community of support, a host of educational opportunities, the chance to promote your work, and so much more.

Like I said, being asked why I joined One Woman Shop was easy. The harder question here? Why wouldn’t you join One Woman Shop?

What are you waiting for? Jump over to our membership page for more details and to apply!

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Sara Frandina is a New York-based copywriter + editor with a relentless love of words and an insatiable appetite for books, travel, and popcorn. She runs her own One Woman Shop, curing the ails of lackluster copy at sarafrandina.com while also happily serving as Content Editor + Co-Head Honcho here at OWS.

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