One Woman Shops:
We sent this letter out to people who've considering One Woman Shop membership, but after re-reading it (and re-reading it) ourselves, we decided it might just be a message all of us solopreneurs can use. Here it is:
We're about to get real for a second. (Okay, perhaps for a few minutes.)
We just finished reading Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes (talk about a powerhouse woman), and we stopped dead in our tracks when we got to her chapter entitled, Yes to People.
It was this excerpt from Ms. Rhimes, in particular, that made us pause:
"I don't know if anyone has noticed but I only write about one thing: being alone. The fear of being alone, the desire to not be alone, the attempts we make to find our person, to keep our person, to convince our person to not leave us alone, the joy of being with our person and thus no longer alone, the devastation of being left alone.
The need to hear the words: You are not alone.
The fundamental human need for one human being to hear another human being say to them: You are not alone. You are seen. I am with you. You are not alone."
Whew. (We told you we were getting real, right?)
Here's why this matters so much to us:
Because on days when your client is giving you the runaround on that invoice, it can feel like you're in this alone.
Because on mornings when the alarm's going off and you just can't make yourself get out of bed, it can feel like you're in this alone.
Because on evenings when you're working late into the night because you got an idea that you just can't wait to get started on, it can feel like you're in this alone.
Because when you land that first paying customer for the product you poured your heart and soul into, it can feel like you're in this alone.
Because when you haven't showered in three days and your hair is in a greasy knot on top of your head, but oh!, you finished watching the Gilmore Girls revival despite being in the middle of a launch...it can feel like you're in this alone.
The greatest fear in solopreneurship often isn't failure. It's loneliness. It's why, as leaders of One Woman Shop, we believe in community above all else.
Because no matter the curveballs clients, customers, colleagues, family, friends, random internet strangers, heck -- LIFE -- throws at you, you need people in your corner to tell you:
You are not alone. You are seen. I am with you. You are not alone.
Because it's the truth, fellow solopreneur. You're not alone. You're seen. We're with you.
And we've got a pretty stellar group of ladies who will tell you the same as a One Woman Shop member.
The doors are closing very soon, and we don't want you to miss it. Because it's time that you had the right people in your corner.
Oh! And when it's one of those three-cups-of-coffee kinds of days, we just want you to know you are definitely not alone. You'll always have us in your corner.