Spotlight On: Gratitude

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As the craziness that is the holidays goes from 0 to 100 over the next few days (with the barrage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal emails to prove it), we wanted to drop in with what we hope is a breath of fresh air.

We want to show our gratitude for you.

For being a community of solo business owners who just gets it. Who can happily chat about outsourcing, email sequences, and live-stream video in one stream of consciousness. Who has no shame in taking an afternoon nap or waking up to work at 2am because an idea struck. Who gleefully celebrates being able to try out all her local coffee shops (as long as there's good wifi, of course), and who also considers putting jeans on as "dressing up." (Because, hey, they're not yoga pants.)

We say it all the time: Solopreneurship is a misleading term -- because even as a company of one, we need to know there are other people out there who get it. Who can help us through it. Who have the expertise, insight, and honesty we might not at that moment.

We count our gratitude each and every time we receive a reply to our emails, when we read through the comments on our Instagram posts, and as we witness the collaboration and sharing that takes place in our private OWS members Facebook Group (lovingly referred to as The FaceGroup).

It's there that we celebrate (yes, celebrate) a Case of the Mondays when the first day of the week rolls around. It's there that members ask for feedback on their latest opt-in, for extra hands when their plates are too full and they need a fellow expert, or for trusted opinions on software choices. It's there that unicorns come out for birthdays and the best gifs, ever, come out for national coffee day. It's there that client communication issues get solved, that mental roadblocks are overcome, and that collaborations naturally and happily form.

This week and always, we're grateful to have you as part of the One Woman Shop community -- and we want to invite you to take that one step further.

The doors to One Woman Shop membership are open for the final time of 2017 right now, but you only have until Friday, 12/1 to get your application in. What it is: Lifetime membership to a tight-knit group of ladies who quickly become friends as they support each other on this winding road of solopreneurship.

Because being a CEO ain't easy -- and we don't pretend that it is. We keep OWS membership simple, but we hit on what's most important:

A closed Facebook Group where you can share openly, ask for feedback, and offer support? Check.

Opportunities to showcase your products and services to your fellow biz owners? Check.

Access to courses and handbooks on solopreneur sanity, building an online community, solo biz finances, and kickstarting your content strategy? Check.

An accountability group who will hold you to your goals and provide a safe place to bounce ideas off? Check.

Grab more info -- and that application -- here.

As you dive into your turkey or tofurkey dinners (or bask in the silence that is your American coworkers being off), we ask you to think of what it might be like to be part of such a community...then we encourage you to actually find out.

In the meantime, we'll be over here celebrating our gratitude for the fact that we get to both lead and participate in such a fantastic community of women doing business -- and living life -- on their own terms.

To gratitude, community, and tofurkey (if that's your thing)!

P.S. We also <3 spotlighting our members. Grab a coffee and hear what One Woman Shops Lauren Pawell of Bixa Media and Lilly Garcia of Wild Olive Branding have learned on their solopreneur journeys so far.

Member Spotlight: Lilly Garcia, Wild Olive Branding

 

Welcome to our One Woman Shop Member Spotlight series, where we highlight what’s going on in the businesses and lives of One Woman Shop members. Interested in joining this ambitious group of go-getters? Apply today!

Today’s Spotlight is on Lilly Garcia, brand strategist and owner of Wild Olive Branding.

Tell us about yourself and your business - what do you do + who do you serve?

I’m a brand strategist and designer who helps heart-centered, conscious business owners get clear about their brand and communicate it visually so they can take bold steps toward their goals.

I believe that brand graphics should be more than just pretty, and so I deep-dive with each of my clients to figure out what makes their business tick and find ways to translate those abstract concepts into visuals that actually work.

Are there any things commonly accepted as truths in the business world that you flat out
disagree with?

Oh, man! Where to start?

I think the biggest myth I disagree with is that we all have to chase the same definition of success. The 6-figure launch and expensive bag + stilettos and fancy home aren’t what success looks like for everyone. And that’s okay.

You have permission to create your own version of success! No matter what anyone says.

What's one thing people might not know just from reading your website and following you on social media?

That I’ve struggled for most of my life with being the weird kid and feeling misunderstood. I suppressed the parts of myself that I thought would offend or be misunderstood for a long time, and I’m just now starting to uncover that part of myself again.

I’ve been working on refining my own definition of success and including a more whole version of myself in that picture.

How has running a business changed you?

It has made me braver about so many things! About communicating openly -- with clients, with colleagues, with collaborators. I’ve learned to ask for what I want and need in business, and that has seeped over into every other area of my life.

And I’ve gotten braver about owning my own stuff -- my version of success, my values, my background, my priorities. I feel like I’ve learned so much more about who I am and how to be fearless about it.

What's your one piece of advice for new solo business owners?

To get clear on what they’re about and what they want. To invest time finding their brand so that they can build their business intentionally.

There is so much advice out there -- not to mention the endless tools and marketing options and systems. It can easily become overwhelming. But if you start from a place of clarity, the path is smoother and everything is just easier.

Give us a shameless plug for your latest project/product/freebie!

I recently launched the Brand Clarity Quiz to help new and seasoned business owners figure out how well they know their brand. It can help you see how much clarity you have right now and what your next step should be!

That’s a wrap on this Member Spotlight -- thanks, Lilly, for sharing so much insight!

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Member Spotlight: Lauren Pawell, Bixa Media

Welcome to our One Woman Shop Member Spotlight series, where we highlight what’s going on in the businesses and lives of One Woman Shop members. Interested in joining this ambitious group of go-getters? Apply today!

Today’s Spotlight is on Lauren Pawell, marketing strategist + owner of Bixa Media, where she helps entrepreneurs and businesses perform better digitally.

Tell us about yourself and your business - what do you do + who do you serve?

My name is Lauren Pawell, and I'm the founder and owner of Bixa Media, a digital marketing agency focused on helping entrepreneurs generate (and nurture) more leads through their websites.

Are there any things commonly accepted as truths in the business world that you flat out disagree with?

Quite frankly, I’m not sure that any “truths” are universal!

That being said, I don’t believe there is one perfect online channel or one perfect tool for every business. Be wary of someone who says “This is THE tool (or channel) that everyone should be using.” All businesses have different needs; the perfect solution for one business will be very different than the perfect solution for another.

What's one thing people might not know just from reading your website and following you on social media?

My fiance is a pilot and the current nature of his job means we have a few moves in our future. We recently relocated (temporarily) to Denver and will likely be relocating a couple more times over the next five years. From a business standpoint, this means you’ve got to have services + products that move with you. Fortunately, I’ve got that covered.

Being my own boss makes our uncertain future significantly more certain...at least from an income standpoint and the fact that I don’t have to keep finding new jobs frequently. I can’t imagine telling a future employer that I didn’t know how long I could stick around. Talk about unemployable!

What's your favorite social media platform and why?

While most may not consider this a social media platform, I love email. It’s the ultimate 1:1 form of communication and allows you to forge a deep and personal relationship with your audience members that just isn’t always possible on the various 1:many platforms.

If you could do just one piece of your business forever, what would it be?

I LOVE writing marketing emails. Coming up with compelling copy, seeing instant feedback from your audience...I find it very addicting. So much so, it’s one of my favorite things to teach other entrepreneurs how to do! Most think writing emails is difficult; I promise it’s much easier than you think it is.

If you had to describe yourself or your business in one word, what would it be?

Freedom.

Running my own business has given me a freedom that would not be possible otherwise.

I’ve been able to take significant time off to care for a sick family member, helped another family member create their own online business, been able to support my fiance’s career change, and travel the world….all while running Bixa Media.

More importantly, I’ve been able to help clients find their own entrepreneurial freedom. I believe that anyone who is willing to go out on their own and overcome all obstacles in order to do so deserves to take back their freedom, too.

What does community mean to you?

A like-minded group of people. In One Woman Shop’s case, it means women who are brave enough, and crazy enough, to go out on their own and pursue their version of entrepreneurial freedom.

What is the #1 lesson you've learned since being in business on your own?

Experiment and iterate.

When you’re creating something out of nothing, you have to get creative and experiment with things you’ve never done before.

And of course, not everything is a success right off the bat. But, with continued iteration and improvement, you can often turn so-so efforts into home runs.

What's your one piece of advice for new solo business owners?

Want to go farther, faster? Hire help who’s accomplished what you want to, so you don’t waste time doing the “trial by fire” method.

Whether you want to implement Facebook Ads, build a lead-generating webinar funnel, require new contracts, or need to learn how to do bookkeeping...there are experts out there who can help you with all of that. And most of the time, they can teach you how to do it yourself, should you not want to outsource the process completely.

This approach will save you a ton of time and money long term, even if it requires some upfront investment.

How has running a business changed you?

Unlike my non-entrepreneurial friends, uncertainty no longer scares me. In fact, I’d say it fuels me! I like the challenge of creating something out of nothing...over and over and over again.

Give us a shameless plug for your latest project/product/freebie!

I’m currently teaching my audience how to build a site and create an audience from scratch, in a year-long, free experiment called the Transparent Marketing Project.

It’s a lot of fun (and also happens in my limited spare time), so it’s hyper-focused on marketing strategies that produce results.

Plus, you get to see when I try things that don’t work very well. If you’re new to the online marketing world, I highly recommend checking it out. I give away a ton of awesome freebies (think email scripts, website blueprints, etc.)

That’s a wrap on this Member Spotlight -- thanks, Lauren, for sharing so much insight!

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Spoiler Alert: The Answer is G (One Woman Shop Membership is Now Open!)

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Back in May, we opened the doors to One Woman Shop membership and in turn, welcomed an awesome new class of OWS members into our private community. Lucky for you, we're re-opening the doors one last time in 2017 -- and introducing a new lifetime access model to boot.

If you've been around these parts for a bit, you'll know we love pop quizzes. (Blame it on our days reading glossy teen magazines...)

So, why is now the perfect time to become an OWS member? Is it:

A. You didn't apply for OWS membership last time around and you're still kicking yourself for missing out on the support and the fun

B. You're overwhelmed as the end of the year approaches and would love to be part of a community of people who get it

C. It counts as a business expense for the 2017 calendar year

D. It's an excellent way to ensure that you kick the new year off right

E. You want to take advantage of our new pricing model, which gives you lifetime access to OWS membership with just one upfront fee

F. You don't know when the doors to membership will open next...

G. All of the above

In a shocking twist that no one could have predicted, the answer is G! Just call us super-sneaky quizmasters.

So, how does it work? You apply for membership before Friday, December 1. If it's a good mutual fit (read: we believe that we can offer you value and you can in turn offer value to the community), you'll pay a $360 one-time fee.

One payment and you're an OWS member for life. Just like that.

Head here get all the details and apply.

We can't wait to welcome you to the community!

We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

Are you coffee or espresso? Apply for One Woman Shop membership today!

TL;DR: Even as solopreneurs, we can't do it alone. The doors to One Woman Shop membership are open until Friday, May 26th at 11:59pm EST!

One Woman Shops:

If you're on our email list (you rock!) you got this note in your inbox last week. (That said, it might be worth another read!) If you're not? Keep reading...

We're nearly halfway through the year (whaaa?) and we have no doubt your to-do list might look like this: overstuffed -- with stress levels that just might match.

This is when we remind ourselves that:

a. We can't do all.the.things, every day.

b. Of what we can do, we can't do it alone.

We have a few stellar suggestions for taming that out-of-control to-do list and reclaiming your time (point a) -- but for the purposes of today's letter to you, we want to focus on point b.

You might be wondering, what the heck do other people have to do with getting my work done?

Our answer: Everything.

We're not talking about building a team or outsourcing. Yes, there's a season for both those things -- but one thing that's always in style is having a strong community behind you.

Specifically, a community of people who get what it's like to set up onboarding systems for clients, or to design nurture sequences to sell that product, or to build a business budget. A community that also considers putting jeans on "dressing up" -- because, hey, they're not yoga pants -- and who has no shame in taking an afternoon nap or waking up to work at 2am because an idea struck.

Solopreneurship is a misleading term -- because even as a company of one, we need to know there are other people out there who get it. Who can help us through it. Who have the expertise, insight, and honesty, we might not have at that moment.

That's what we're all about at One Woman Shop: Community. A tight-knit group of ladies who quickly become friends as they support each other on this winding road of solopreneurship.

Doors have re-opened to One Woman Shop membership. We'd love to have you join us before they close again on May 26th. All it takes is a brief application so we can both make sure we're a fit.

After all, the Beatles knew best: In business, as in life, we all get by with a little help from our friends.

To community!

P.S. Here's what a few of our members have to say about being part of OWS.

You Are Not Alone…(Will You Say Yes?)

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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.

Learn more here.

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.

Member Spotlight: Julienne DesJardins

Julienne DesJardinsWelcome to our One Woman Shop Member Spotlight series, where we highlight what's going on in the businesses and lives of One Woman Shop members. Interested in joining this ambitious group of go-getters? Apply today!

Today's Spotlight is on Julienne DesJardins, a virtual assistant for entrepreneurs ready for major biz growth.

Tell us about yourself and your business - what do you do + who do you serve?

I offer digital marketing and virtual assistant services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Most of my clients are women business owners who are passionate about what they do but need support. I usually spend my days doing email marketing and social media management.

What is the #1 lesson you've learned since being in business on your own?

I need to be the CEO I’d want to hire. In practice, that means that I need to investigate everything. I can’t wait for accountants or attorneys or business coaches to prompt me. I need to be clear on things like state and federal guidelines for businesses, and when taxes are due. At the end of the day, the responsibility lies with me. So I’ve focused on being really diligent in my business.

Give us a shameless plug for your latest project/product/freebie!

I’m often asked how to get started in business by aspiring virtual assistants, so I compiled all of my best tips into a brand new e-course! Launch Now is organized into eight lessons that share crucial small business info, like: how to price yourself; where to find clients; and what to do about taxes. (My favorite part was adding in audio recordings to each module where I share some biz lessons I’ve learned the hard way.)

And since I’m a lover of a good bargain, how about a discount?! Enter code ows30 to get 30% off the course!

What's your favorite social media platform and why?

I’ve really fallen in love with Twitter, although I was not an early adopter, for sure. (Confession: I’ve created profiles twice that I deleted after only a few days!) I just love how accessible it makes me to other people. Plus, Twitter parties with other entrepreneurs are super fun!

Are there any things commonly accepted as truths in the business world that you flat out disagree with?

There are so many shoulds in business:

  • “You have to build your website on this platform.”
  • “You can’t make it without this tool.”
  • “Your launch will fail without this strategy.”


Those rules can become so exhausting. I’ve tried my best to build my business with a mix of best practices (not shoulds) and other strategies that feel true to me.

For instance, my website is built on Squarespace. Of course, a lot of people would say that you need to be on WordPress. I don’t have a problem with WordPress, but that should was stopping me from launching my business. I finally decided I was more interested in getting started than I was in waiting until I could afford all the “right” things - like the best web designer and hosting service. It was the right decision for me, for sure.

What does community mean to you?

Community is like-minded people with the same goal. I think having a sense of community and connection is crucial to feeling like you belong anywhere, and the business world is no exception. The connection I have with the other One Woman Shop ladies is so important to my business. This community, specifically, gives me a place to go for asking questions, sharing wins and busting through rough days. I definitely feel stronger with them beside me.

Thanks for taking the time to share with us, Julienne!

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Member Spotlight: Kerstin Auer

Member Spotlight Kerstin AuerWelcome to our One Woman Shop Member Spotlight series, where we highlight what's going on in the businesses and lives of One Woman Shop members. Interested in joining this ambitious group of go-getters? Apply today!

Today's Spotlight is on Kerstin Auer, a freelancer writer, coach, and creator of the coach-yourself workbooks, tools for better.

Tell us about yourself and your business - what do you do + who do you serve?

My name is Kerstin Auer, I’m a freelance writer and coach, and I create coach-yourself workbooks called tools for better. I believe that being a life coach is not about telling others how to live their life, but rather providing the tools so they can make their life better.

The workbooks I create are for people who are willing to do the work to get to better -- and it’s hard work! -- and who want to opt into their best self.

What's your favorite social media platform and why?

I love Instagram, because pictures tell a story -- and storytelling is one of my favourite things. A close second is Twitter, because it provides a wealth of information and a chance to connect -- and seems to be a lot less filled with trolls than Facebook.

If you had to describe yourself or your business in one word, what would it be?

Badass. No doubt about it! For me, badass means to live a life that’s true to yourself and your values, and to be “all in.”

What is the #1 lesson you've learned since being in business on your own?

It’s great to be able to access many different opinions and pieces of advice -- but in the end, you have to be the biggest cheerleader for your business, and be comfortable with that. It does not matter if other people “get” it, but it really matters that you are wholeheartedly on board with your business.

What's your one piece of advice for new solo business owners?

Be prepared and have a solid business plan. There are always unexpected expenses when starting up, and operating costs tend to add up, as well. It always costs more than you think! You might, for example, subscribe to an app that saves you time, or an awesome community like One Woman Shop, and while I think those expenses are essential to grow your business, they are often not budgeted for. Investing in yourself and your business starts on Day 1!

How has running a business changed you?

I have simultaneously become more and less willing to compromise: more willing to compromise on the things that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things (and that may be caused by the fear of missing out), and a lot less willing to compromise on the things that matter, like my core values.

What is the #1 lesson you've learned since being in business on your own?

Cheesy as it may sound - I can do anything I put my mind to… if I want it badly enough! 😉

Give us a shameless plug for your latest project/product/freebie!

I recently opened my online shop, and I’m adding a new tools for better workbook each month. You can sign up to be notified when a new workbook is available, and receive a sweet freebie!

Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us, Kerstin!

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One Woman Shop Member Spotlight: Joy Ycasiano-Dejos, The MommyProofing Coach

member spotlightWelcome to our One Woman Shop Member Spotlight series, where we highlight what's going on in the businesses and lives of One Woman Shop members. Interested in joining this ambitious group of go-getters? Apply today!

Today's Spotlight is on Joy Ycasiano-Dejos, woman, wife, mom, friend, & the MommyProofing Coach.

Tell us about yourself and your business - what do you do + who do you serve?

My name is Coach Joy Dejos and I’m The MommyProofing Coach. I’m in the business of supporting mamas in kicking Mommy Guilt, Mommy Shame, and Mommy Judgment to the curb, so they can start saying YES to themselves more often, without feeling bad about it!

I serve driven, passionate, ambitious moms who may have strayed off the path because they are just so exhausted trying to balance the complexities of motherhood. They know they want to do more; they just need the support to get going!

Are there any things commonly accepted as truths in the business world that you flat out disagree with?

I flat out don’t accept that just because you’re passionate about your dreams, it will happen. The Law of Attraction is powerful, but success doesn’t materialize at the end of that sentence. You need to work hard, create structures, get stellar help, and put in the hours to make that vision into reality.

What's one thing people might not know just from reading your website and following you on social media?

I’m a tropical island girl, hailing from the Philippines! 🙂 I love to travel; I love fashion; I love art!

Tell us a funny story about something related to your business.

Not so much a story, but the funny looks - I get them all the time when I say I’m the “MommyProofing Coach”... instant reaction is always: “Mommy what???” Yes ladies! Mamas need to proof themselves from the dangers of motherhood!

If you could do just one piece of your business forever, what would it be?

Definitely the actual coaching aspect! What many people don’t realize about solopreneurs is that we do so much “other” work - marketing, selling, branding, back-end tech stuff. I would love to just coach moms all day long without having to do all of the other stuff!

What does community mean to you?

Community means support, celebration, inspiration, motivation, challenge, openness, service. Community is FAMILY.

What is the #1 lesson you've learned since being in business on your own?

Cheesy as it may sound - I can do anything I put my mind to… if I want it badly enough! 😉

Give us a shameless plug for your latest project/product/freebie!

“I love my kids, but sometimes, I just want to escape… I catch myself thinking: what about me???” If you've had these thoughts once (or many times over!), it's okay. It's time we reconnect with YOU - because when you give YOU a chance, you allow yourself to be a happier woman and that means being a happier, better mom too! This September, I'm launching MommyChoosing: Saying Yes to Your Self and Your Life, a shared group coaching experience for Moms. I hope you'll join!

Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us, Joy!

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It’s One Woman Shop’s Anniversary: Help Us Pay It Forward!

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Call it our anniversary; call it our birthday -- whatever you name it, it’s a celebration! You see, two years ago on this day, the idea of One Woman Shop popped into Cristina’s head -- and thus the beginning of this resource hub and community. Though the site itself didn’t launch until two months later, this day shall forever go down as the biziversary! (Cue the bubbly + pass the chocolate!)

Since that day, One Woman Shop has grown (more on that shortly), and in the process, we have been incredibly grateful to work with a plethora of women starting, growing, and rocking their solo businesses. To celebrate that gratitude, we thought -- what better than to pay it forward? But, we need your help. Here’s what we’ve got in store:

And for our members, here’s what we’ve got planned:

  • We’re encouraging members to contribute to the One Woman Shop Kiva lending team -- by re-investing profits from their solo businesses into Kiva, they can help carry the mission of One Woman Shop forward. (Want to join our lending team, too? Everyone’s welcome!)
  • We’re asking members to support each other through a Rainy Day Circle -- each participant writes something supportive about each other participant and, in turn, receives kind words from all others. The end result? A bustling Rainy Day File!
  • We’re facilitating a skill swap exchange -- each member can both offer an hour of their time to another member, as well as claim an hour of another member’s time to help propel their business forward.

The fun doesn’t end there! A big part of our goal in seeing One Woman Shop grow is to continue paying it forward. We’ve got some big things coming in the next few months (hint: a killer solopreneur bundle!) where we’ll see our Kiva team expand even more.

Speaking of growth, we want to take a minute to highlight the last year of One Woman Shop happenings (an annual review of sorts, a la member Jess Lawlor). Here’s what we’re celebrating:

  • Forming an official partnership: we share all of the details in this post (including how we’ve never met in person!), but suffice it to say that forming an official partnership between us (Cristina + Sara) was the single biggest factor that contributed to our growth over the past year. Love your solo business but want to dabble in creative collaborations? Check out the recap from our #OWSchat about partnerships and collaborations!
  • Transitioning from pay-what-it’s-worth to tiered membership: taking away our pay-what-it’s-worth membership option was a tough choice, but it was ultimately for the best. We detail the reasoning behind our changes in membership here, but in summary: we decided on the current prices to keep it affordable for you and sustainable for us as we build out truly valuable membership offerings. Also, we got to use fun names for the different tiers that cater to our love of caffeine: Coffee and Espresso.
  • Hitting the 50-member mark: it’s certainly not all about numbers, but 50 members was a fun milestone to reach. We love seeing how engaged and supportive our members are of each other and have been incredibly happy to see some awesome member collaborations come to life.
  • Shipping: With the help of some epic Jam Sessions (more on that below), wine, popcorn, and chocolate, we managed to ship several big projects, like our 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs List, our e-course on solopreneur finances created in collaboration with Carrie Smith, our first-ever behind-the-scenes Instagram challenge, and our Building Your Online Community e-course. Each launch makes us even more excited for the next! (Spoiler alert: we’ve got an epic bundle launch coming soon!)
  • Working with Espresso-level members: While we enjoy working with all of our members equally (seriously, as OWS “moms”, we don’t pick favorites!), we have had so much fun kicking off individual coaching and facilitating the accountability group for Espresso-level members. We’ve seen an amazing support system be built in the accountability group, and following her first coaching session, one member gushed, “I can already tell this will be one of the best decisions I've made for my business!” Needless to say, we blush. A lot.
  • Instituting legendary Jam Sessions: While we’ve learned quite a bit this year, this one’s for certain: when in doubt, schedule a Jam Session. Starting as a monthly, half-day check-in for us in February, we now regularly schedule Jam Sessions to, quite simply, get shit done. And that we do.
  • Hosting events + collaborating with fellow solopreneurs: Our calendar fills up fast -- with our monthly #OWSchat, One Woman Shop Chats With… Live, and member events like Dreaded Task Night and Rise + Shine Coworking -- but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We thrive on interacting with our members as well as the larger One Woman Shop community, and are so grateful for the amazing guests we’ve had for #OWSchat and OWS Chats With… Live. Giving a direct line to fellow solopreneurs for our One Woman Shops to learn from has been fantastic -- and we always end up incredibly inspired, as well!
  • Instagram: Yup, this deserves its own mention. While we will always love Twitter for networking and have a special place in our hearts for Facebook Groups, our love of Instagram has especially grown over the last year. The Instagram Baton has exploded with solo business owners giving us a behind-the-scenes of their days, and our first Instagram challenge proved to be an awesome 12-day stint. Sara’s thanking her lucky stars each and every day that Cristina became a convert.

We seriously have so much to celebrate. When we look back at the year, it’s so much fun to think about the Zumba breaks during Jam Sessions, the virtual freak outs over Mashable mentions, and the rough look of our faces at midnight when we’re putting the final touches on a project ready to ship the next morning.

But we know all of this wouldn’t be possible without our amazing community -- you. So thank you, One Woman Shops, for being here -- and know that we will continue to pay our gratitude forward as time goes on.

Cheers!