Just over a year in business and I finally feel like I’ve hit my stride. I know who my ideal clients are (solopreneurs women). I have most of my systems and processes set up. Most days I find time for self care and ‘balance’. My impostor syndrome rears its ugly head less often. And I have some genuine connections with other awesome business owners. Not to mention I have the best clients in the world!
Solopreneurship offers the incredible opportunity to call your own shots and answer to no one (except maybe your clients). However itdoes create a unique set of struggles that other types of entrepreneurs don’t always have to face (or at least have to take on alone). I’ve been speaking with other solopreneurs to discuss some of the biggest pet-peeves, struggles and challenges they face. Are you running the same sticking points in your solo business?
As entrepreneurs, we know that working for and by ourselves can be like a dream come true. It allows for the flexibility we crave to grow your business as you’d always imagined. But solopreneurship does create a unique set of struggles that other forms of entrepreneurs don’t always have to face (or at least have to take on alone).
I’ve been speaking with and working with solopreneurs to discuss some of their biggest pet-peeves, struggles and challenges as solopreneurs. Are you facing the same difficulties running your solo business?
Recently I was on video podcast with AVA Alexander Virtual Assistance talking about my journey and reasons to becoming a VA as well as the process of scaling my business. Watch it here.
As a VA it is essential that I am flexible and knowledgeable about as many tools as possible to meet my clients where they are and take their to-do list stress away. There are loads of absolutely incredible software options out there and I’m a firm believer that there is a system out there for every working style.
That said, I have my most favourite tools that I could not live without. These are the ones I’ve become dependent upon and use absolutely every single day.
At first, I put so much pressure on myself to climb the entrepreneurial learning curve and get to the same level as some of the more established people in my industry. I thought that I immediately needed to learn who my ideal client was, what my niche should be, how to write the most effective copy for my website/blog posts, etc. because that’s what all the business books and podcasts I was inhaling told me I needed to do.
It's all too easy to think "if you want something done right, better do it yourself". This mindset leads to feeling overwhelmed, overworked and burnt out from the burden of juggling everything it takes to run a business. The delicate balance of serving clients, keeping up a social media presence, networking, building an email list, and the never-ending learning in order to become the very best at what you do. The fact of the matter is no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot do it all AND grow as a business (let alone find time to enjoy friends, family and life outside of entrepreneurship).
In organising business trips for myself and for clients, I’ve found that while planning a business trip is typically less intensive than booking holiday, it’s just as important to spend time planning and organising the details to ensure that the trip goes smoothly.
You want to make sure you build in time for travel delays, at least one great meal, and to ensure that the purpose of the business trip is successful.
On Wednesday, I was flying out of Belfast City Airport to go to London on a business trip. As we are rising over the Lagan and gliding past Samson and Goliath, it hit me that Belfast really is starting to feel like home. Which was exciting for me because the adjustment has been tougher than I had initially imagined, but also terrifying, because it might mean that my ‘other’ home is slipping away.
Just over a year ago I moved to Belfast - one of the few places in the world that rains even more than Portland, Oregon. It’s been such an amazing experience in learning and I’ve grown to love and understand so much that is unique to the area. So I’ve decided to make a list of the things that have challenged me to stretch my boundaries in my first year.