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 February:
- Hosted our first-ever OWS member “social” (a virtual hangout not focused on getting shit done!) -- a Galentine’s Dinner Party. There were fun discussions of children’s books, favorite recipes, languages, and other nerd talk. Oh -- and we even allowed a boy to join (member Julienne’s two-month old son, Luke!).
- Spread the Galentine’s love with these fun freebies -- which you can grab to use all year round here!
- Had our first post published on The Huffington Post! (Minor typo in there that we're working on getting fixed...)
- Held a super productive no-ideas-rejected brainstorming session for our next big project (When in doubt, talk it out. More on what the project is below!)
- Moved our email check-in threads for our accountability groups over to Slack for easier, more streamlined communication (and room for shenanigans, when necessary!)
Where we struggled:
- Tech snafus are never fun. One had us pulling our hair out for a bit as we transitioned to Google Apps and displaced a good amount of our Drive files. #fail (The silver lining? We’ll have a kickass how-to post coming soon so you can avoid our mistakes!)
- Sara had a serious bout of winter doldrums, leading to a week of very low energy and rescheduled jam sessions. Luckily, our work on The Solopreneur Sanity Handbook taught us that sometimes resting in the valley is quite alright.
- We experienced a fair amount of rejection and ignored emails regarding several of the guest post pitches we sent out to major sites. (The takeaways? 1) Rejection can be random and 2) keep putting yourself there.)
What we blabbed about:
- How to form a great accountability relationship
- Major takeaways (so many) from Brene Brown’s Rising Strong
- What it means to be coachable
Most popular posts:
- Still popular: Establishing Wholesale Relationships as a Solopreneur
- Newly popular: 5 Must-Dos in Your First Week of Solopreneurship
- Oldie but goodie: 3 Effortless Steps to Infuse Personality Into Your Brand
What we’re most looking forward to in March:
- Opening nominations from March 14-25 for the 2016 edition of the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs. Get those wheels turning about what sites you’d love to see on the list!
- Building out The Solopreneur Sanity Bootcamp, a live experience where we work through The Handbook together to equip you with the tools and resources you need to enjoy a higher level of sanity in your solo biz. (See: no-ideas-rejected brainstorm session mentioned above.)
Song on repeat (via Spotify):
- Sara: Who Is Fancy - Boys Like You
- Cristina: DNCE - Cake by the Ocean
This time last year, we were:
- Celebrating Galentine’s Day by asking our members what solopreneurs they were girl crushin’ on
- Chatting about finances and taxes during our now-retired #OWSchat
A quick note from Cristina:
I’m so thrilled to be settled back in Guatemala after over a month of travel during the holidays. Settled for me = a ton of cooking (#mealprep), regular workouts, walks up to a beautiful spot overlooking the city, way too much iced soy lattes at my favorite coffeeshop, lots of social outings, and a new makeshift standing desk in my room -- by the window, of course. Oh, and helping my roommate change because she broke her arm. Pobrecita, as we say in Spanish 😉
A quick note from Sara:
As mentioned above, February brought a fun bout of the winter doldrums with it. So, I’m focusing on the awesome events of the month: our Galentine’s dinner, my dad’s 60th birthday dinner, one of my best friends getting engaged, and the fact that I booked upcoming trips to Nashville (March), Orlando (May), and California (June)! Can’t wait to jetset again (and see some much-needed sun!).