Though we run our business almost solely online, we think that live events -- conferences, networking events, workshops, etc -- have a place in the lives of solo business owners. So when we got a pitch from sisters Pauline + Clara that read "...just started a new programme called EventChic for female business owners who are looking to learn how to organise their own events (both virtual and live) to build their brands and connect with their customers," we knew we had to chat with them. (It didn't hurt that their website catered to our love of all things sleek and feminine.)
In this 45-minute video, we chat about:
Why in-person events are important to running an online business
What types of events you can considering hosting as a solopreneur
Kicking assumptions to the side when planning an event
The hurdles of creating an e-course
The beauty of living by design, not default (yes!)
When we chose Motivation & Inspiration as our March theme for our 2015 editorial calendar, we have to admit: we were struggling to think of anything completely revolutionary.
Then, we received a guest post pitch from Jennie Mustafa-Julock aka Coach Jennie aka The Audacity Coach. The title? Motivation is a Solopreneur's Worst Enemy. Yeah. Since we know business isn't one-size-fits-all -- and we like to mix things up here at OWS -- we published Jennie's post ASAP, then invited her to join us for a Google Hangout so she could tell us about her unconventional approach to motivation.
In this 45-minute video, we chat about:
What Jennie believes you need instead of motivation or inspiration
Why she believes the Law of Attraction is pure crock
Who "Hilda" is and how to tell her to get the hell out (hint: we all know her and we apologize to anyone named Hilda)
As we were brainstorming people in our community who could speak to June's theme of income and money making, we immediately thought of Rebecca Tracey, the head honcho over at The Uncaged Life and the creator of the awesomely-named Hey, Nice Package!
In addition to having a category on her blog called Kick in the Ass, she also writes extensively about pricing and packaging -- a perfect complement to our money making theme.
We've been admirers of Leah Kalamakis and her online community, The Freelance to Freedom Project, for some time now, and also happen to be huge fans (along with many others) of her e-course, Stress Less & Impress. So, when we were choosing a guest to invite to chat with us about business streamlining, we knew we had to reach out to Leah (it doesn't hurt that she also loves popcorn and wine -- two of our favorite things).
When a new member mentioned that she found out about One Woman Shop through the Bucketlist Bombshells’ email newsletter, we asked her to forward us the email feature. We were immediately sucked into all things Bucketlist Bombshells: their tagline and the name of their e-course (Work Online and Travel the World), their fun branding (love the teal!), and their reference to binge-watching New Girl. (Who’s that girl?)
We wasted no time in reaching out to thank them and quickly asked them to join us for our One Woman Shop Chats With… Live series to talk about all things location independence.
In this 55-minute video, we chat about:
How strange we entrepreneurs can be (think: silly nicknames and our excessive usage of acronyms)
How it's possible (and sometimes imperative) to create routine and community while you're traveling
Fresh Mexican tacos + coconut juice
The people best cut out to take on the location independent life
The greatest fears that hold women back from building a location-independent business
The (few) drawbacks of living the digital nomad lifestyle
How the Bucketlist Bombshells have built such a strong brand and community
The Bombshells’ favorite and least favorite social media channels
Pop in those headphones and listen and/or watch at your own leisure!
After you’ve listened, tell us below: 1) both the best and hardest part about location independence (for our current digital nomads) or 2) what’s holding you back from pursuing location independence (for our aspiring digital nomads).