Woman entrepreneur

The Importance of Collaboration: 3 Reasons You Should Collaborate

Last Friday, I was featured with Heather Hartman Coaching on her 'Real, Raw & Uncut AF - Live Spotlight Series'. I was so excited to be highlighted as her VERY FIRST EPISODE, as we discussed the importance of self care as a female entrepreneur.

It was an honour to be asked by Heather to be on her show (which also included having this nifty graphic shared all around Facebook) - because Heather is someone I truly admire and who also encourages women to step into what they're capable of.

While working with Heather in preparation of this episode, we naturally chatted about the importance of collaboration with other like-minded women.

Running your business - especially if it's mostly done online - can sometimes feel isolating.

When you're first starting out, it's typically just you in your office - by yourself, without a team.

And while having the freedom and flexibility to be your own boss is one of the main blessings I'm so grateful for - it can also mean that sometimes you feel lonely, without being surrounded by co-workers, like you're used to in the corporate world.

(But don't get me wrong - I still wouldn't go back to corporate, haha.)

With that being top of mind this week, I've compiled a short list of the top three reasons to collaborate with other women:

 

1. You may be surprised by what you can learn from seeing the way other women manage their business.

Checking out how someone else runs their business can be an awesome learning experience.

You can very easily learn a new trick to get better organized, to reach your target audience more effectively, or even to approach self-care more regularly.

Talking with other fempreneurs about what's working for them is a perfect opportunity to test out, and potentially adopt, some new behaviours in your own business to become more efficient.

 

2. Encouraging and supporting other women feels amazing!

If you're having a shitty day and feeling down on yourself, one of the best ways to pull yourself out of that funk is to love on some other ladies that you admire.

Comment on how they rocked their Facebook Live, or how delicious their breakfast looked in that photo on Instagram, or how fab their DIY board is coming along on Pinterest.

Spread love to others, and before you know it, you'll be in a much better mood - and can be proud of yourself for supporting your sisterhood.

 

3. It makes you feel like you actually have a support system in place.

I'm not gonna lie - my husband isn't the first one I turn to when I have questions about my business.

And it's not because I don't trust his opinion, it's because he's not currently growing a business, so why would I ask his expertise in that department? 

When I have questions, or want to bounce ideas off people, I turn to the women who are also building businesses, just like me - because they GET IT.

They understand the struggles and challenges, and they can offer advice that is relevant, because they've been there.

And I offer my experiences too, when asked - because it's great to have the opportunity to contribute back to those women helping me.

Speaking of which, check out Episode One of Real, Raw & Uncut AF by clicking the below image:

Click here  to be taken to the replay of our  Real, Raw & Uncut AF episode

Click here to be taken to the replay of our Real, Raw & Uncut AF episode

Check out Heather's other featured ladies weekly, on her Heather Hartman Coaching Facebook page.

Also, watch for my own weekly feature coming your way - a tribute to Badass Boss Babes who are stepping up and letting their light shine!

If you are looking to shine your own light, click here to enroll in our March online group coaching program, Break Through the Bullshit, where we tame that inner critic BS mindset, and release your fearless fempreneur instead!

Or if you want to learn more about one-on-one coaching opportunities with me, jump on a free call!

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Calling All Fempreneurs

This week we're digging into the perks of being a fempreneur (or aspiring female entrepreneur, because maybe you're still sitting on the fence about it).

It's all too easy to get caught up in the BS of being a #LadyBoss - the daily "busy work" that sucks us in, if we're not careful. The time-wasters, the energy-suckers, the feeling of having to take it all on at once.

No, today we're pushing that crap to the side, and just exploring the amazing benefits of being a badass business woman!

Photo by  Annie Spratt

Photo by Annie Spratt

Entrepreneurship can mean many things to many people, but here's my list of things that has me beyond grateful to call myself a fempreneur:

  • It means we've taken a big leap to believe in our abilities to MAKE IT HAPPEN
  • It means we're ready to take bold action in our business
  • It means we understand the importance of self-care and investing in ourselves
  • It means working with a coach to have support, encouragement and accountability
  • It means we're bigger than our fears
  • It means we have the financial support to allow us to leave the corporate world
  • It means we get to create our own schedules
  • It means we don't need to ask for permission from anyone else
  • It means we can take vacation days without needing a sign-off from management
  • It means we can create an office space for ourselves that inspires creativity
  • It means we get to set goals for ourselves that align with our values
  • It means we can spend more time doing the things most important to us
  • It means we get to build a business by being ourselves
  • It means we're stepping into what we're truly capable of
  • It means we're allowing ourselves to be called to more
  • It means we are in control of our lives
  • It means we get to serve our purpose
  • It means we get to build our business our own way

It means we get to create our ideal life and experience the freedom we deserve!

Sure, there's tough parts about being an entrepreneur - but in the grand scheme of things, those are just blips on the radar.

When your income is based on how many people you're helping with your product or service, that is a wonderful thing.

What better drive, than to serve others and offer them an opportunity to improve their life - all while building a business you can be proud of?

And if you're looking for a community of like-minded women striving to build their empires as well, join us in our free, private Facebook group: Authentic Soul Sisters. We'd love to have you!

 

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Don't Be Afraid to Properly Price Your Product or Service

This is a Facebook post that was made by Tyler J. McCall, Instagram Marketing Strategist, which gives you the PERFECT insight into why it's so important for us, as business owners, to price our products and services properly. I hope that by reading his article below, you'll understand that you don't need to be afraid to price your work at what you deserve to be earning. We put in a lot of hard work as entrepreneurs, and getting paid less than what we deserve (because we're too scared to ask for what we want) certainly isn't helping our businesses be successful.

Why I Charge $500 an Hour

Photo Source:  Tyler J. McCall

Photo Source: Tyler J. McCall

By Tyler J. McCall

I had two Instagram coaching calls today and before I knew it, we were talking about pricing. It’s an important part of how you’re marketing your business AND it plays directly into your ability to spend time marketing and branding your business in the best way possible.

One of my clients is working on increasing her prices to match the all-inclusive offer she’s creating. She’s going to start charging more and build out a full-service offer for her clients instead of charging the bare minimum and being unable to deliver a completed product that she’s proud of. By charging more, she can have control over the results she delivers and can finally provide the full transformation her clients want and need.

Another one of my clients desperately needs to charge more. She’s working herself ragged and she’s not able to show up fully for her clients because she has to have so many clients coming through her doors to make ends meet. She hasn’t had time to really work ON her business in the nearly 10 years she’s been doing what she does because she’s too busy working IN her business. So she’s stuck, spinning her wheels, not seeing the success she deserves.

We HAD to talk about pricing today because it impacts the energy they have to do the homework I assign them. We HAD to talk about pricing because that impacts the sales funnel and sequence we create for their audiences. We HAD to talk about pricing because that impacts what tools or resources they can invest in to implement the lessons I teach them. We HAD to talk about pricing because trying to market your business while you’re on a bathroom break during a 14-hour day is only going to lead to burn out and poor results.

And when we talk about pricing, the fact of the matter is, most creatives need to be charging more.

Let me tell you why I charge what I do…

I’M WORTH IT

Yep, I believe I am worth $500 an hour. I used to say my rate sheepishly or make excuses after I told people how much I charge (especially my friends who work a 9-to-5 who don’t get the pricing structure of the freelance coaching that I do).

I’d say things like, “But, you know, it’s not like I’m taking home $500 for an hour of my time because of taxes and expenses and stuff…hardy har har” or, “But, it’s not like I’m booked out 40 hours a week…lolololol.” I wanted to make an excuse to make people more comfortable with my pricing or as some kind of justification for what I charge. OR as some mechanism to hold me back (hello limiting beliefs).

But, here’s the crazy cool thing, I don’t have to justify my price to ANYONE. I’m in business for myself and I get to decide how much I charge. Pretty cool, huh?

But, when I do think about my worth and how it’s attributed to dollars, I think $500 an hour is a steal.

I’ve been a student of social media marketing for nearly 10 years. I’ve used virtually every platform there is to build businesses and brands online. I’ve started and run non-profit organizations using social media. I’ve built brands using social media. I’ve managed Instagram accounts with hundreds of followers and tens of thousands of followers. I’ve researched marketing and social media trends and know what’s happening now and what’s on the horizon in the weeks and months ahead. I’ve helped clients land customers while they only had 150 followers and helped other clients show up in a more genuine way to book their dream clients on a regular basis. I’ve built an audience of over 25,000 people in less than a year. I’ve launched products and services and booked myself solid for months on end without a website - all while using Instagram. Yep, just Instagram.

So, it’s either hours of you trying to figure it out yourself, piecing together blog posts and podcasts and free challenges and copying what he’s doing or she’s doing or they’re doing to get mediocre results. OR, an investment with someone who’s been there, done that, and is ready to take you from point A to point Z in the quickest and simplest way possible.

That’s worth $500.

AN HOUR OF MY TIME IS MORE THAN AN HOUR

Here’s what an “hour” of coaching looks like for me.

15 minutes of emailing with a client to book.
15 minutes reading my client’s questionnaire to understand their goals and pain points.
1 hour of client research including reviewing their Instagram, Facebook, website, account insights, posting frequency, visual identity, brand voice, hashtag usage, Instagram Stories usage, engagement habits, industry, and overall brand presence.
30 minutes of session prep including a session outline, talking points, and key takeaways.
1 hour of coaching.
15 minutes of compiling call recording and notes and uploading to client portal.
30 minutes of writing action steps and pulling together resources including complimentary guides, workbooks, and worksheets (materials I’ve created over the past 2 years).
2-3 hours of virtual client support for one week after our session including answering questions via email, reviewing hashtag lists, reviewing target account lists, reviewing new content on Instagram, sending more resources to answer additional questions, and harassing clients when they don’t post after our session.

So, that one hour for $500 is actually 5 to 10 hours of actual WORK for that client. Because there ain’t no half-assin’ going on around here. I use my full ass when I’m working on things I love (and I got a whole lotta ass).

That’s not even accounting for the years of experience my clients get, the continuing education I do to stay on top of the industry and trends, the thousands of hours I’ve spent managing dozens of social media accounts over the past 8 years to figure out what works best, AND the ideas and lessons I share that save my clients time and money in the long run. And it’s definitely not accounting for the months or years I’ve spent nurturing my relationship with my audience to get them to the point of booking.

I NEED TO GET PAID FOR EVERY PART OF MY BUSINESS

Okay, here’s a BIGGIE. This is what my girl Oprah would call a “tweet tweet” (and yeah, I know, I can’t call her “my girl Oprah” because I don’t know her…but, I’ve watched enough Super Soul Sunday to FEEL like I know her and she knows me and we’re actually best friends in my head…).

There are 10,000 things that I do in my business that are not directly revenue generating. HOWEVER, I still need to be compensated for those tasks.

Checking emails? Not directly revenue generating.
Organizing my office? Not directly revenue generating.
Cataloging my receipts? Not directly revenue generating.
Weekly check-ins with my community manager? Not directly revenue generating.
Mastermind calls? Not directly revenue generating.
Creating free content? Not directly revenue generating.
Doing Facebook and Instagram Live streams? Not directly revenue generating.
Doing podcast interviews? Not directly revenue generating.
Writing guest blog posts? Not directly revenue generating.
Listening to podcasts? Not directly revenue generating.
Reading business books? Not directly revenue generating.
Attending conferences and summits? Not directly revenue generating.
Taking online courses? Not directly revenue generating.
Digging into the latest social media reports? Not directly revenue generating.
Watching Facebook or Instagram keynotes and product releases? Not directly revenue generating.

I don’t get paid by anyone to do any of those things.

But all of those things are tied to the experience I provide for my clients. They all ensure that I am able to show up fully for my clients and give them the BEST experience when we work together. They ensure my business is running smoothly so I can take on clients and provide coaching.

Who’s paying you when you’re away at that fancy schmancy conference learning the latest industry trends?

Who’s paying you when you’re writing blog posts or scheduling your Instagram posts?

Who’s paying you when you’re revamping your website or updating your bio?

If you’re not paying yourself for alllll of the tasks that go into running your business, you’re not charging enough!

IT’S NOT FAIR TO MY CLIENTS TO CHARGE LESS

This was one of my biggest ah-ha’s in 2017. At one point this year, I had 17 clients on my coaching roster. With meetings schedule once a week or once every other week, I had days upon days filled with coaching calls.

Do you know how hard it is for a human person to talk to 4 or 5 different people a day about 4 or 5 different businesses and be able to show up for each one in a genuine, honest, caring, and creative way?

Yeah, that shit ain’t happenin’.

I realized it was unfair to my clients for me to charge less and work with more people. How were they going to have a transformational experience when I wasn’t showing up fully for each and every one of them? How could they expect me to coach them to the best of my ability when I was cranking through coaching calls like a fat kid eating a pack of Oreos (which is very fast, without breathing, and with no care or concern for my physical appearance…also, I am a fat kid, so don’t @ me).

Now, I work with 2 or 3 coaching clients at a time and those folks get ALL OF ME! They get my attention and my focus. They get my best ideas. They get my mind focused on their business. They get my time. I show up fully for each of them - energized and ready to tackle their problems and help them take their business to the next level. I actually have the time and ability to fully support them between sessions (hello harassing messages about where your Instagram posts have been this week). And, they get notes in the mail because it’s cute and fun and I love stationery, okay?!

THOSE WHO PAY, PAY ATTENTION

If you’ve been in the coaching industry for more time than it’s taking you to read this post, you’ve probably heard this saying. But, this year has proven to me how true the phrase really is. The more people pay, the more they pay attention to what you say, implement what you teach, and value what you sell.

It’s why a $50 plate from a local potter means more to you than a $1 plat from the Dollar Tree.

It’s why you don’t allow food on that new sofa that was just delivered.

It’s why you take so much care in washing your beautiful cashmere sweater.

They have value to you, they cost more money, they are worth something.

I’ve charged $47 an hour and $497 an hour and I promise you that my $497 an hour clients get 100x more from our experience together because they actually do the work. You wouldn’t believe the number of clients I’ve had who have paid hundreds of dollars for 6, 8, even 12 coaching sessions who are in the exact same place today as they were when we started because they didn’t follow through. And, as a coach, there’s only so much I can do on the follow through side of things.

I always tell my clients, I’m here to walk you through it; but, you have to DO it.

So now, I charge more. Because if you’re going to part with $500 for an hour with me, you’re going to get your money’s worth. And that means you’re going to implement what I tell you to do, you’re going to follow the action plan I give you, you’re going to do your damn homework, and you’re going to email me your questions.

Oh, the questions that have gone unanswered because my clients never emailed me or responded to my check-in emails.

That doesn’t happen anymore!

IT DAMAGES OUR ENTIRE INDUSTRY WHEN WE DON’T CHARGE WHAT WE’RE WORTH

And last, but definitely not least, is the realization that not charging what we’re worth damages our entire creative industry.

When I don’t charge what I’m worth, I can’t pay others what they’re worth. When I don’t charge enough, I can’t pay my community manager enough. Which means she can’t invest in education to grow her business. Which means a course creator out there isn’t getting her money for their latest product. So they can’t afford a designer. Who isn’t charging what she’s worth so she can’t afford to hire me to coach her on how to better market her business.

You see how it’s a big ol’ circle and by not charging what we need to charge, we make it harder and harder for us to support one another?

We truly rise together and the longer we wait to charge what we should truly charge, the longer it takes for us all to move to the next level of success in our business.

Not charging what you’re worth means others can’t make ends meet through pursuing their creative passion.

And, as creatives, if we fail to support one another, we’ve lost.

Because artists need to support artists and creatives need to support creatives.

At the end of the day, you’re doing ME a disservice when YOU don’t charge what you’re worth.

 

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Community Over Competition

Women can be bitches to each other. For some reason, we feel the need to compare ourselves to each other, and if we feel threatened in any way (by a story we tell ourselves), we find anything about the other person that we can put down, in the hopes of lifting ourselves up in the process. But the problem with that is people who are judgmental have their own baggage that stems from, so it doesn't really make them feel better in the long run. Plus, what's the point?!

Through coaching, one of my goals is to help women understand how uniquely amazing they are. Each of us are special in our own way - and that's why there's no point in competing with one another. We are all unicorns! I could be standing beside another Life and Wellness Coach, who is also offering great programs for female entrepreneurs to create work / life balance for themselves - but it's our unique personalities that will attract clients to each of us. Some may choose to work with me, and some may choose to work with her - but we can still still support and encourage each other along the way in building our businesses! 

Photo by  Omar Lopez

Photo by Omar Lopez

The sisterhood that is created between like-minded women is one of the most powerfully beautiful things I have ever seen. Together, we can help a fellow sister - or Authentic Soul Sister, as I like to call them - go from having a shitty experience, to realizing she has a whole community of ladies happy to support and encourage her. Her tribe is there to inspire her - through happy times and sad times (because we all know life isn't always sunshine and rainbows). 

Putting community over competition is so important for your own personal development. If you don't have your own tribe - or even if you do, and are looking to add to it - you're welcome to join our Authentic Soul Sisters private Facebook group; it's a safe place for badass women like you, who want a connection to positivity and a strong and supportive sisterhood. 

When we choose to love each other, and come from a place of kindness and service, we are creating an unbreakable bond of empowered women - who, together, are unstoppable!

 

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That's Some Scary Shit

I want to take a moment and get real, raw and honest with you. Since one of the main goals I have is to live authentically (hence the name of my business, Authentic Soul Coaching), you can be sure that I'll always be honest and true to myself when writing these blogs. And that's no different for today's topic, which is: Building your own business is some scary shit. 

Photo Source: Luca Iaconelli - unsplash.com/@luxdamore

Photo Source: Luca Iaconelli - unsplash.com/@luxdamore

You really have to look yourself in the eye and determine what you're made of. It's one thing to sit back and dream about your own business, and maybe even draw out some plans. If you're anything like me, you probably have hundreds of pages of ideas, topics, things you want to share and ways you want to help - but until you actually put them into action, your business is just a hobby. Until you are getting paid, it's a hobby. And that, my friends, is terrifying. 

I just publicly announced last week that I'm a Life Coach. Until then, my business was just a hobby. Sure, I coached people prior to that - but it was for free, doing what I naturally do - offering a non-judgmental ear, a shoulder to cry on, the support you needed to get through whatever it was you were struggling with. Now I'm a certified coach - I have kick-ass tools and ninja coaching techniques that help you navigate your goals, to actually conquer what you want to achieve. I'm a legit business now - being my own boss, with the ability to grown my business how I want. Life is good.

But I still have fear holding me back. And I've learned to realize that's a GOOD thing! If I don't have any fear, then I'm playing too small. If I don't have fear, then I'm not doing it right. To be a business owner, you need fear - and you need to learn how to harness that fear and use it to propel you through to the other side. You've probably heard the saying, "everything you want is on the other side of fear", and when you're growing your business, that couldn't be more true.

You're fearful of whether you're making the right decisions. You're fearful that people won't like you. You're fearful that no one will buy your service or product. Fuck, we even fear people are judging us while we create free content for them about dealing with their own fear! It's all around us. And it's glorious!

Once you learn how to hone your fear, and channel it in a way that's useful to you - it's a whole new ball game! You start looking at fear in a new light - one that you embrace, instead of cower away from. Fear is a great way to overcome indecision - it essentially forces you to make a decision, one way or the other. You either stay where you are, and let your dream fade - or you decide to grow, and step into your fear, knowing you'll be better for it.

Yes, being a business owner is some scary shit - but so is the thought of never living your dream. 

 

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