Each day, we work with fellow One Woman Shops taking their solo businesses to the next level. (How lucky are we?!) We love getting glimpses into how others run their businesses, so we thought it only fair to show you how we run ours! Without further ado, we present to you: this month’s Behind-the-Scenes at One Woman Shop!
Things that we made happen in March:
- Launched The Road to Solopreneur Success ebook -- 47 pages, 18 contributors, countless takeaways!
- Opened the nomination period for 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs, 2016 edition (and they came pouring in, much to our delight! We did our best not to get distracted by all the shiny new-to-us sites that popped up on the nomination form)
- Hosted outsourcing month on the site -- which means some incredibly useful guest posts
- Implemented a new system for tracking the effectiveness of our Facebook ads -- think marketing terms like A/B testing and controls! #nerdalert
Fun additions to the Rainy Day File:
- “It was so much fun! You have an awesome community built up and I'm glad to be a part of it. :)” -- an Insta baton carrier
- “Your resources and the community's support have been instrumental for me so far, and I want to give back and start paying what it's really worth :)” -- a member who wanted to upgrade to Espresso level membership
Where we struggled:
- We really focused in on our financials (projections + budgeting -- you know, the fun stuff) and were met with some unpleasant realizations -- like the obvious but unfortunate reality that as our revenue grows, so will our expenses. Though we’d love to live by the creed “Ignorance is bliss,” we know that’s not a smart move when it comes to finances
- We’ve been working with a business coach for several months and this month, we made the tough decision to put that relationship on hold for the time being. We’re so grateful for the systems and processes our coach helped us put in place so far -- and are looking forward to making them work even better for us in the coming months!
What we blabbed about:
- Our thoughts on living an effective multipassionate life
- How to know what to outsource
- How to overcome stalling + procrastination
- The ins and outs of blogging as a solopreneur
Most popular posts:
- Still popular: 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs
- Newly popular: How to Become a Certified Woman-Owned Business (And Why You Might Want to)
- Oldie but goodie: Unexpected Lessons Learned from Location Independence
What we’re most looking forward to in April:
- The theme of the month: collaborations and partnerships (boy, do we have plenty of lessons to share!)
- Running our first-ever Bootcamp. The theme? Solopreneur sanity (one of our all-time favorite topics, of course).
- Releasing the 2016 edition of the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs list!
Song on repeat (via Spotify):
- Cristina: Pitbull + Santana - Oye 2014 (only two years too late!)
- Sara: The Chainsmokers + Rozes - Roses (that EDM beat, gosh darnit)
This time last year, we were:
- We were figuring out how to put together a list of 100 amazing sites (Picture proof below. Oh, how cute and naive we were back then!)
- We divided our membership offerings into two tiers -- Coffee and Espresso. (Yup, we still love these names.)
- Sara celebrated the arrival of her third niece, Samantha Riley, by gushing to Cristina on video calls all day long
- Cristina “flew back to Guatemala to settle down in the colonial town of Antigua for a few months” (Ha! Clearly “a few months” means “many, many months” to Cristina since her “3-month backpacking trip” has lasted over 18 months)
A quick note from Sara:
March flew by around here. The highlights outside of One Woman Shop? My nieces’ birthdays (Sammy turned 1; Parker turned 3!) and the subsequent birthday shopping on a Friday morning (books, books, and more books!). I also took a few days off to take a quick trip to Nashville to meet a friend I haven’t seen since my wedding more than two years ago. Oh, the perks of solopreneurship… 🙂
A quick note from Cristina:
Not too much to report here! Semana Santa (aka Holy Week/Easter Week) is a huge deal here in Antigua, which means crazy crowds and parades at the crack of dawn (on the negative side) but beautiful carpets (“alfombras”) made from dyed sand and sawdust (on the positive side).