Weekly Finds

Welcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds- where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your business- and maybe even your life!

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"Going from agency life to in-house work, to coffices, home offices and coworking spaces (and from New York to Texas and back again), I tried to do it all, to make others happy, to be the best at it all, to know it all – focusing on making things (anything) happen NOW, instead of sitting back and asking myself if what I was doing in my career truly made me happy" -Megan of ProfessionGal on her thoughts on her 27th birthday (an awesome read, especially for right brained women).

Did you read Carlana's story about the time she mistakenly picked a niche? Here's a post on IttyBiz about whether or not picking a niche is necessary.

A post from Alexandra Franzen on Sarah Von Bargen's blog? Yes please! We love these ideas for making your clients feel really, really appreciated.

If you're interested in how strong personal branding can positively affect your business, check out this series from One Woman Shop founder Cristina Roman- Practicing What You Preach- Maintaining Your Personal Branding (sign up for email alerts at the bottom of the post).

Do you write reviews or sponsored posts on your personal or business blog? Be sure to review these new FTC rules and regulations!

We bet you all know the importance of a strong online reputation- but what about a strong time management reputation? When you find yourself just 5 minutes late to a meeting or just an hour late on a deadline, think about how it reflects on your work style and reliability.

And some highlights from this week on One Woman Shop: Steph Gordon shares how to conquer awkward situations, we're running a giveaway of the 21 Day Business Challenge from Shauna Mackenzie, we want you to participate in our My Favorite Feedback blog series, and here's why we think you need both joy and purpose in your business.

Bonus: we love these short and sweet words from Elisa on following your own path, not anyone else's.

What posts did you love this week?

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Why You Need Both Joy and Purpose in Your Business

joy and purpose in businessImagine your perfect work situation. Are you imagining it?

If you’re like us, you want to start work every day feeling like you’re fulfilling your purpose by changing the community, empowering individuals, helping others grow their babies businesses, providing people with inspiration, or something else purpose-y. It doesn’t have to come in the form of working with a non-profit or being a career counselor, but purpose- however you define it- is probably important to you. So we’ve talked about the purpose side of the equation.

Now let's assume that you also care about things like having a schedule that fits for you, having the flexibility to take breaks if and when you need them, getting to work with clients who are fun and easy to work with, and working on awesome projects. That's the joy side of things.

What if you have purpose, but no joy, in your business? Chances are, you're going to burn out- you may lose interest in your work or begin to find it mentally draining- even if you think you're providing a benefit to society in some way, shape, or form. For example, a freelance non-profit consultant might feel that they provide extensive benefits to the clients they secure, but they feel stressed and overworked, especially for the amount of money they're paid. Hence, a purposeful business devoid of joy.

And what about a business that's full of joy but no purpose? You may thrive on your day-to-day work, but you will likely lose steam over the long haul if you only feel that you are serving yourself and your own interests. An example might be a designer who loves their freedom, flexibility, and autonomy, but doesn't feel that they are making any kind of impact through their work. Here we have a joy-filled business that lacks purpose.

Is one or the another enough? We say no, at least not long-term. We believe that a great business is found at the intersection of joy and purpose- so here's to finding your Ah! spot.

Do you think both joy and purpose are necessary in your business? Do you currently have both?

A Quick Guide to Google Webmaster Tools

You just launched your personal or business blog. Awesome! Now what? Before you get too busy publishing posts, responding to commenters and growing your online presence, please do yourself a favor. Take a deep breath and press the pause button. In order to get your blog wheels rolling and attract thousands of page views each month/week/day(!!), it is essential to give your website a solid technical check. What does this mean? Well simply put, you need to make sure that Google is viewing your website (and its brilliant content) the way that it should- enter Google Webmaster Tools (GWT).

GWT can show you things like:

  • Which pages on your site are included in Google’s index?
  • What, if any, errors were found when crawling your site?
  • What other websites are linking to you?
  • How many impressions has your website received in the search engine results pages (SERPs)?
  • I could go on and on… if you’re interested, check out Webmaster Academy

In this quick guide, you’ll learn how to get started with Google Webmaster Tools, as well as a few of my favorite features within the tool to help your site flourish.

Set Up Google Webmaster Tools

  • To get started, visit the Google Webmasters website and sign in with your Google account (or create one). If you already use Google Analytics, Gmail, etc., then you’ve got a Google account and you can use that same login to access Webmaster Tools

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and enter in your top-level domain (example: http://www.mydigitalally.com in the case of my site), then press Add a Site

  • You’ll then be prompted to verify your site. While there are four different options to achieve this, I highly recommend the “Link to Google Analytics” option for the SEO novice. Note that this option requires you to be logged in with the same account as the one you are using for Google Analytics

    • If you must be difficult, (kidding!) there are other options. You can 1) upload an HTML file to your server, 2) add meta content tag to your <head> tag, or 3) add a DNS record to your domain’s registrar in order to complete the process

  • Voila! You’re done.

Now you have a Google Webmaster Tools account that is successfully linked to your website. What’s next? On the left-hand side of the GWT dashboard, you’ll see various drop-down buttons that show all of the options available within the suite of tools. I highly recommend perusing all of them, but there’s a catch. Before you make any changes, be sure to do your homework. Long ago, there was a girl that erased all of her analytics data with one naïve, innocent click (and perhaps that girl was me…). Don’t be that girl.

My Favorite GWT Features

Submit an XML Sitemap

By submitting an XML Sitemap, you are directly telling Google which pages you want them to index. There are tons of resources available to help you create an XML Sitemap. If you’re using WordPress, I recommend Google XML Sitemaps.

Set a Preferred Domain

You may notice that a lot of websites choose to prefix their domain with “www” while many others do not. What should you do? There is no golden rule for choosing to utilize the www prefix or not. However, you must choose one and stick to it. Because http://www.domain.com is technically a sub domain of domain.com, the engines may see these URLs as two different pages and thus split your rankings. You should institute a 301-redirect to whichever version you prefer from the non-preferred version (if it’s not done automatically – thank you WordPress!) and then select your preferred domain structure in Google Webmaster Tools as seen below:

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Go Fetch!

The Fetch as Google feature is perhaps my favorite tool within GWT. Originally created in 2011, I regularly use the Fetch feature for two very different purposes:

1. Troubleshooting a page. As Google puts it, “The Fetch as Google tool lets you see a page as Google sees it. This is particularly useful if you’re troubleshooting a page’s poor performance in search results. For example, if you use rich media files to display content, the page returned by the tool may not contain this content if Google can’t crawl it effectively."

2. When I publish a time-sensitive post.  After fetching a page, you have the option to submit it to the index. When I’ve just written a post that is timely in nature – about a news event, upcoming festival, etc., it’s important to get traffic as soon as possible. If Google doesn’t re-crawl your site for a few days, you may just miss the boat. Using Fetch, you can tell Google right away that you have new content that searchers will be interested in reading. I recently used this in the case of my review of the Dove Real Beauty Sketch Ad, as seen below:

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Time to go become a webmaster! May the force be with you!

4 Strategies for Conquering Awkward Situations (in Business and Life)

When was the last time you were uncomfortable? Not like there's-a-tag-in-your-shirt-that's-scratching you uncomfortable…I'm talking about socially uncomfortable. That feeling where you want to crawl under something or at the very least avert your eyes because you can't bear to meet the eyes of the other person. You might look back and cringe over the moment because it was just so uncomfortable or the way you handled it was just…bad.

  • Did someone ask you that dreaded, "So, what do you do?" question?
  • Did you have to have a discussion with someone on the topic of money?
  • Did you have to stand up for something when you knew you were going against the majority?
  • Did you make a faux pas so bad you wish your could erase the memory, Men In Black style?

This topic always makes me think of that deodorant commercial where the cute 20-something is at a work party with her boyfriend. She sees him standing at the refreshments table, walks up and flirtatiously smacks his butt then he turns around and it's her boss wearing the exact same outfit as her boyfriend. I'm shuddering just thinking of it!

Now think of one of those moments in your life (bonus points if it was in your biz). Do you have a super uncomfortable moment in your mind? Tell me- what happened as a result?

Was your life in danger? No? Did you almost lose your home? No? Did you business go under? No? Do you get what I'm getting at here? The point is that we're all conditioned to be almost deathly afraid of awkward and uncomfortable situations.

I'm not saying that you should go up and smack a random person's butt tomorrow- I'm just saying that sometimes the biggest leaps you can make in your business are just on the other side of an uncomfortable situation.

Some obvious examples:

  • Raising your rates and having to approach your current clients about it
  • Having straight forward sales conversations
  • Approaching big names about collaborations
  • Nominating yourself for an award
  • Speaking in front of a big crowd

Think back again to the awkward moment you were thinking of before. What could have happened if you handled it perfectly? Best case scenario; what was the potential? I'm willing to bet there was serious potential for you to either look awesome, feel awesome, or just grow as a person (bonus points for revenue potential!).

Huge opportunities disguised as potentially awkward moments pop up all the time. Tough discussions and being put on the spot come with the territory when you're running your own business so it's time to get prepared for the situations.

Here are a few simple strategies you can use to prepare for and shine in awkward high-stakes moments:

Ask for more time

I know that I get flustered when I am put on the spot. It's okay to need more time- sometimes we are the ones pressuring ourselves to come up with a quick answer. If it's appropriate in the situation, you can say, "Wow, thanks for asking, that's such a great question. Would it be okay if I get back to you on that? I want to be sure that I can give you the best answer/explanation and I don't feel quite prepared to do that this moment." As a bonus, it makes you look even better because it shows that you care about accuracy and quality.

Say your peace, then shut up!

One of my good girlfriends taught me this years ago and I’ve heard it time and time again since then. Silence is your friend! This is particularly true in negotiations or when discussing rates or rate changes. When we are have uncomfortable conversations, we all seek to make the situation more comfortable, perhaps subconsciously. So, what do we find comfortable? Words, noise, chatting, small talk, filling the space so no one has to deal with what’s right in our face: the uncomfortable topic. My friend told me the story of a friend of hers who was negotiating her new salary and was asking for significantly more than the initial offer. When they asked what number she was thinking, she told them and then was silent. An uncomfortable amount of time went by where there was silence on both sides because both were aware that whoever spoke first “lost.” Finally, the company’s HR rep spoke first- and she got her much higher rate. Although it was an uncomfortable silence (she said it was almost unbearable and felt like a solid minute of silence), she didn’t lose the opportunity and I can damn well bet the people that went toe-to-toe with her in the negotiation respect her for sticking to her guns and negotiating like a champ. Silence is golden. Say your piece and then shut up!

Prepare ahead of time 

If it's possible, get your head together before the potentially awkward situation. I do this by thinking through every possible rebuttal, response, and reaction. There are some situations in which you may be unable to predict how things will unfold but the vast majority of the time, you can anticipate possible outcomes. Once I think of all possibilities, I plan how I will handle each of those situations. Need to fire a client? Think through all potential outcomes and consider reaching out to your network to find out what people in your trusted inner-circle have encountered in similar situations. Ask for their hindsight advice. Think through every possible situation, role play your points and rebuttals, and prepare yourself. You'll feel a million times better going into that conversation than if you were just to wing it.

Employ humor

I love using humor in tough situations when it's appropriate and won't minimize or undermine my stance. As a general rule of thumb, this is helpful in lower-stake situations. In the right situation, I think it's funny to bring attention to the awkwardness of that situation because it eases the tension. You will know when it is an appropriate time to throw in a little one liner but always be prepared to smile, laugh at yourself, and realize that everyone is human. I've seen this work really well when someone is speaking in front of a group and fumbles their words or forgets what they were saying. So make light of it, address it head on, laugh at yourself, and move on. Everyone will appreciate your humanness.

As humans we naturally shy away from uncomfortable situations, even if there's nothing to lose- even if we won't feel any pain other than maybe a pang of embarrassment or momentary emotional dissonance. There's no way to eliminate our self-preservation instinct (and we shouldn't want to!) but I know that if you actively use these strategies, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and confront uncomfortable situations head-on you stand to gain so much.

What's one thing you've been avoiding because it's uncomfortable? What strategy are you going to implement today to confront it?

Shop Talk: Favorite Work Spot

Welcome to Shop Talk, where we chat about everything from the business processes and procedures you swear by to how you handle tough situations (like letting go of a client) to what gets you up on Monday morning. Give us a sneak peek into your business and let yourself inspire (and be inspired by!) our community.

We all know that your working environment has to be conducive to productivity in order to....well, be productive. One size doesn't fit all in business- which includes the best spot to get work done. We want to know your favorite work spot- is it a coffee shop, your local coworking space, an office suite, a home office, or maybe even your bed? Do you switch up your location throughout the day and week or stick to the same tried-and-true spot all the time?

Giveaway: 21 Day Business Challenge

If you have any questions about personal branding, you'll want to get to know Shauna Mackenzie and her business Mark'd. In Shauna's words, "The concept of Mark'd is built on the notion that generating revenue through your passion is a tasty blend of strategy and personal branding."

One of her core offerings is the 21 Day Business Challenge and we're giving you a chance to win a free copy of the ebook (which includes the opportunity to join the 21 Day Business Challenge community!), worth $49.

Remember when we said you'd fit right in with the One Woman Shop community if you're all about personal development, but at the end of the day, you love to get stuff done? Clearly Shauna fits right in too:

I am all about personal and professional development but my biggest pet peeve is receiving too much fluff and not enough solid, concrete resources and action steps to really develop and flourish. Therefore, be aware that this challenge is exactly that - a challenge. We have a few "warm fuzzies" along the way but you'll receive the action steps and resources needed to really make a change, blended with a little tough love.

Some of our favorite takeaways from the challenge:

  • How to use stories to grow your "tribe," also known as faithful brand evangelists
  • The one thing you should add to your marketing materials, blog posts, and correspondences more often
  • An idea for how to spend the first hour of your day
  • A creative way to reframe your strengths and weaknesses
  • How to build rapport with your audience- and how to ruin it
  • How to fail effectively- because you will fail as a One Woman Shop 

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Out on Their Own: Jessica Remitz

Welcome to Out on Their Own, where brave women share the nitty gritty stories of how they kicked their 9-5 jobs to the curb and began living the One Woman Shop lifestyle. If you want to share your story, email us!

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Meet Jessica Remitz. She's a writer, editor and content producer living in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and pound puppy. She co-writes the blog I Love I Need with her sister and is currently contracting with Food Network and freelancing for various lifestyle, health and pet websites. Check out her personal website and don’t hesitate to contact her to swap freelance stories.

So, what prompted you to quit your job? Was it one moment or was it simmering for awhile?

I had wanted to quit my most recent job, in some ways, even before I started it. I had been working on the advertising/sales side of online publishing, first as an assistant, sales planner and ad trafficker and finally as a client services manger, for three and a half years. While I had wonderful co-workers and great, supportive bosses at both companies, I wasn't happy in advertising and knew my jump from company to company wouldn't change that. I took the job hoping to move into a more editorial or creative position within a year (I had been told that the company was "all about" moving people internally at my interview) and when it didn't happen and time continued to tick by without any concrete plans for a future transition, I knew it was time for a change.

What (if anything) did you do to prepare for the transition out of your 9-5?

Over the time I spent in advertising, I tried to make as many professional connections as possible. I never burned bridges and tried not to blame anyone at work for my situation. I knew I wanted to be writing (in any capacity), so I kept in touch with those early connections and stayed persistent (or lightly stalked, whichever) in order to secure my first freelance writing gigs. Those opportunities gave me the confidence and small financial cushion I needed to feel comfortable taking the next step.

Let's get real: how did you feel the day you quit? Liberated, scared sh*tless, nauseous?

The morning I decided to put in my notice, I was all: "I'm totally quitting today, ain't nothing gonna hold me down!" but when the time came to actually do it, I was shaking like a leaf. Fortunately, my boss had known it was a long time coming (we had discussed what I may do next when it became clear that I wasn't getting the help I needed to move into a role that would make me happy) and was very accepting of it. If she saw that my palms were sweating and my voice was cracking, she had the decency not to judge me for it 🙂 I think, in some ways, everyone feels this panic--physically and mentally--when they're about to do something scary, no matter how prepared they are for it.

Tell us about the days and months following quitting your job- were you overwhelmed with work? Eating Ramen? Networking your butt off?

The two weeks or so felt strange--like an extended vacation that could end any minute. It felt like I would wake up the next day and just go back into work, like any normal day. I was lucky to have some writing work to keep me busy (the same work I used to do at night and on the weekends in my spare time) and spent the rest of my weekdays reconnecting with people, sending pitches and basically telling the world, "I'm available to write for you! Please hire me!" It's only been four months since my last day working full-time so in a lot of ways, it still doesn't feel real.

How do you feel now? Do you wish you transitioned earlier? Do you wish you didn't go out on your own at all?

In July, I accepted a contract position working for Foodnetwork.com in their office 30 hours/week, so I'm readjusting to life in an office three days a week. I'm thrilled to have this project though, and hope it continues on to more contract or freelance work. I'm still juggling my writing gigs and picking up more when I have the time, and it's so nice having two weekdays all to myself to focus on the projects I want to. In a lot of ways, I think I'm still transitioning and am curious to see what next year brings, but I'm so glad I made the leap when I did. It was the scariest thing I've done, and even though I still feel panicky thinking too far into the future, I'm optimistic that I'll always look back on 2013 and have no regrets about going out on my own.

Do you have any advice for others considering going out on their own? Words of warning? Caveats?

Yes! I shared these tips on my friend Amanda's blog, Advice From a Twenty Something, and would love to provide them again here. Even though I still don't have it all figured out (clearly) I have found that these four things have been crucial to my success.

  1. Be realistic—I knew I wanted to leave my job about six months before I actually did, but giving myself a reasonable amount of time to make the changes I wanted helped me to stay positive even when I felt bad about my situation.
  2. Think about YOU—it was so easy for me to get tripped up about what my coworkers are doing, how much my friends were making and what I thought I should do next. Guess what? None of these things made me happy. To find something I’m good at and actually care about doing has given me the drive to keep networking, writing and e-mailing folks every day.
  3. Say “no”—I don’t regret anything I’ve done professionally, but I do wish I was better about saying no to things that didn’t feel like the right fit or that I did because I felt like I had to. This is something we all need to be stronger about business-wise, and I hope to remember it as I consider future assignments and projects.
  4. Grow what you love—I left my job with the hopes of building a portfolio of work I’m proud of, finding a role that fits my skills and passions and give my little blog the time and effort it deserves with my wonderful sister. Who’s to say if any of these things will make me particularly rich or successful, but I can only hope that everyone gets the chance to grow something they care about.

Questions for Jessica? Ask them in the comments!

Weekly Finds

Welcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds- where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your business- and maybe even your life!

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If you follow us on Twitter, you may have seen our tweet about what to do if you find that someone put up a similar blog post to one you were mulling over or drafting. Some people said they would publish anyway, while others said they would delete their own post for fear of being seen as a copycat. Needless to say, we were thrilled to see a post on The Uncaged Life that addresses this very topic: Copy Me. Go Ahead. Seriously.

Amen to Lis' point: Everyone online needs to take a big fat break and remember there’s wars in Syria and shit. We know firsthand how easy it is to get caught up in your solopreneur bubble, but she has a reality check for you.

"So yes, I respond to that text. Yes, we can enter a season of rest. No more accepting projects we aren’t super passionate about. No more racing from one thing to the next. No more on the computer till 3am.  No more cell phones out during dinner dates." -Jenna of Eat, Live, Run on slowing down in life.

Cordelia wants to know if you're chaining your elephant. We'll let her explain the cool metaphor for negative, self-limiting beliefs to you 🙂

And speaking of limiting beliefs, Stephanie Peterson shares the story of how she declared that programming wasn't her thing- but then learned how to turn her fear into action.

We ask a ton of questions to the people we profile here on the site and we love when our questions really get them thinking. Here, Jess Lively explains her thoughts on whether entrepreneurship is a fad or the way of the future (the comments section is really interesting too).

Curious about all of the different aspects of freelancing? Jessica Lawlor is giving you a chance to ask her any question you want!

What posts did you love this week?

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A WordPress Theme for Solo Business Owners

If you're like most solo business owners these days, your website includes both static content (like an about section and testimonials) and dynamic content (like blog posts, videos, tutorials, or interviews).

If you like to showcase both of these kinds of content on your site, then BluChic's Dorothy WordPress theme might be for you. BluChic describes the theme as "fresh and functional" and we concur. The homepage features a half-page slider, which means you can highlight your latest content while still giving website visitors a clear picture of who you are and what your business does.

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Some of our favorite features of the Dorothy theme:

    • The half-page Featured Slider
    • The prominent social media buttons in the corner with the words "Get Social"
    • The mostly black and white color scheme (which can be changed using CSS)
    • The sleek blog layout with built-in "You might also like" feature that showcases related posts
    • The option to buy an all-in-one bundle, complete with WordPress theme, social media design, newsletter design, and business card design, for $109
    • Responsive design, theme documentation, and Photoshop files (like all BluChic themes)

dorothy theme for solo business owners P.S. Want to see how much editing you can do with a pre-designed theme? We love ProfessionGal's use of the Dorothy theme!

Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and may receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time (including on this site), so all opinions are our own!

Multipassionate Muse: Stephenie Zamora

Welcome to our Multipassionate Muse interview series, where we chat with self-described multipotentialites. Need a multipassionate crash course? Take a look on our terminology page and take the multipassionate quiz!

Today we’re talking to Stephenie Zamora, a life coach + lifestyle expert who helps unconventional women transcend “the quarter-life crisis” by translating their passions into profitable online businesses. 

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Describe your various passions and projects.

I'm incredibly passionate about personal responsibility, something I believe has the power to completely change our world for the better. I'm also passionate about branding, design, online marketing, writing, mixed media art, spirituality, learning new things, traveling, personal development, and health/wellness. As for projects... I currently focus most of my time on StephenieZamora.com where I coach women in their 20s and 30s through the quarter-life crisis. I help them to rediscover themselves, find their passion, and build a life and business around it. I also have some other projects in the works, including StartupCorner.org, a nonprofit focused on teaching and inspiring personal responsibility, and a couple other businesses that are in the startup phase.

Where did you first hear the term multipotentialite/multipassionista (or similar terms)? Did it immediately resonate with you?

I originally learned about this idea from Barbara Sher's book, Refuse to Choose. She talks about having more than one interest and uses the term "scanners" to describe people like us. It was a very eye-opening read for me and absolutely resonated with what I was feeling and experiencing at the time.

Looking back, would you say you've always been a multipotentialite (were you that kid running multiple businesses from your front yard?!)?

Absolutely! I loved to come up with school and lesson plans for my toys, be artsy and creative, play imaginary games outside, sell lemonade at garage sales, read and do many other things. Over the years I wanted to be many things as well! An artist, writer, fashion designer, teacher, nurse or engineer (like my parents), actress and the first female pitcher on a male baseball team!

What is the biggest challenge of being a multipotentialite?

Knowing how and where to focus your time and energy. With so many passions, projects and ideas, it can be hard to build something that's sustainable and fulfilling. I've found that uncovering your "overarching theme" or the big WHY behind everything that you love helps create some form of focus for us multipassionistas. Behind my why is a belief that personal responsibility has the power to change the world, creation and self expression, and connection with others. I can now see how everything I do and want to create falls under this big why.

What parts of living a multipotentialite lifestyle are the most rewarding?

There's always something new and exciting to work on or learn! New ideas, new hobbies... we're not boxed in to a certain lifestyle or mindset. I love my curiosity and that I can take interest in a number of things. For example, my boyfriend is a woodworker and, while I have no interest in becoming one, I'm fascinated by it and excited to build some of my own things. Just because. 🙂

We hear a lot these days about side hustles, solopreneurs, and multipotentialites. Do you think it's a fad or the way of the future?

I don't think it's a fad... it's definitely the way of the future, but not for everyone. There's so much possibility and opportunity for creating really unique businesses, offerings and models. I've managed to combine many of my passions into one business and am excited about bringing in more mixed media art in the near future. We have the advantage of creating something really unique and unlike anything else out there.

Any words of wisdom/warning for other multipotentialites?

Don't get down on yourself for the way you are. I highly recommend Simon Sinek's book, Start With Why. Uncover what's at the heart of everything you love. What drives you? Is it connection? Creating? Expression? Knowledge? Use this to create a clear why behind everything that you do and you'll begin to see how it all plays together. But also, don't try to force it all into one thing. Some passions are best as hobbies, others are great for building businesses or careers around.

Questions for Stephenie? Leave them in the comments!

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