Starting your own small business is quite an accomplishment. Many aspiring entrepreneurs don’t know how to turn their dream into a business plan or don’t commit the time to bringing their business to life. But you’ve done your homework, put in the long hours, and have taken the leap. Hell yeah, girl, you’ve done it!
After finally launching the business you’ve worked so hard to create, it’s natural to want to protect it – to make the best decisions to nurture your growing baby and find the right people to help you take care of it. You have a responsibility to yourself, your family, any partners or employees, and your clients to keep things running smoothly and financially successful.
As a small business owner, you hopefully support other small businesses in your community and online. You know what a difference your purchases and partnerships make to the person who makes a living from them – just like you. But there may be some reasons you seek out services from large corporations, perhaps thinking you don’t have any other options or that it is a better choice for your business. Maybe you believe that a larger business can offer advantages on price, convenience, expertise, or offerings. And as much as you’d love to work with a fellow small business owner, you feel like you have to maximize your limited budget, time, and resources and minimize risk.
This is totally not true! Working with small businesses is not just a feel- good, aspirational choice to give back to your community, it actually is BENEFICIAL TO YOUR BUSINESS.
So you wanna know how to build your business in your pajamas (or any attire of your choosing)? The answer is really simple.
First off, to build your business, you’re gonna need to learn all the important steps to create it. We don’t recommend any shortcuts. Second, in order to take out all the excuses of pursuing your dream, what if that process was made really easy? As in being able to do this in the comfort of your own home, AKA… in your cozy pajamas?! So we created an e-course. Just for you!
So, what’s an e-course you ask? An e-course is made of pre-recorded videos providing an accessible, online learning experience for anyone looking to learn a new skill. They’re developed by professionals who are typically fun and engaging and can provide a mix of both the theoretical background and real-world examples to effectively teach any concept. Read More
At Wildernest, we see far too many women with a vision for their “dream business,” without thinking through how that dream business aligns with their actual dream life.
Often our minds get constrained by thinking about how to pursue our dream only in the context of our present lives. But that’s not dreaming big. That’s just trying to fit one more thing into your current, maybe never-ending, to-do list. And when that happens, it’s more than likely that if and when we actually do decide to pursue our dream business, we fall into the pattern of doing things the same way we did when we were working for someone else, because it’s all we know. We replicate the same systems, schedule, and style that we tried to escape from, only to end up feeling a lot of the same things that made us want to leave in the first place.Read More
The holidays are behind us, and it’s a new year and a brand new decade. Phew! I hope you’re feeling renewed, lighter, and super inspired to start fresh! Many of us are taking the opportunity to look ahead with some clarity and make goals for the future. And as an entrepreneur, or what I might call a “near future entrepreneur” if you’re planning to take the leap this year into business ownership, then on top of just personal resolutions you’re probably also thinking about how you want to invest in your business and improve your finances.
The term “invest” is usually used in reference to property, shares, financial commitment, or a purchase. But your most valuable asset isn’t your house, 401k, or a family heirloom you’ll unexpectedly get rich from on The Antiques Roadshow — it’s you, babe! Just like anything else that you hope will appreciate in value over time, you need to invest in it. However, investing in ourselves is not often something we budget for, or make a priority. And I’m not just talking about self care (although that’s important and we’ll talk about that later). When you’re an entrepreneur you ARE your business, and your greatest asset is your ability to earn more. So, how are you investing in yourself?
It’s officially holiday season! And in honor of the season of giving, we’re starting off the month of December with a little gift. No, it’s none of the things Eartha Kitt requests in Santa Baby (although we wouldn’t be opposed to a ‘54 convertible too, light blue!), but hopefully what we’ve got will serve you for years to come in all your world-changing business ventures.
In our e-course (launching soon so stay tuned!), we walk you through crafting the top two essential agreements you need to have in place when starting your company, namely the Operating and Partnership Agreements. We know having those tough conversations with your potential partner(s) can be stressful, but we gave you a conversation agreement to follow so that it could be as painless and productive as possible. But it doesn’t end there! In order to fully protect yourself and your biz, there are plenty more agreements you need in place depending on your business structure, industry, etc. You’ll have to decide what’s right for you, but we always believe it’s better to put more work in from the get-go and not scramble to handle it later when it’s urgent. Here are the four major agreements you might need to consider when launching the secure, profitable business of your dreams!
In case you blinked, we’re fast approaching the holiday season! Your busy schedule is about to be even more packed with work parties, family get-togethers, and other celebrations. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but you’re wondering how to find the time to shop for meaningful gifts for all these special occasions. Before you jump at all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, I encourage you to think about the small businesses and women-owned businesses you can support on Small Business Saturday this weekend, throughout the holiday shopping season, and beyond.
With the holidays coming up, we’re entering the season of get-togethers. I’m hosting my annual Friendsgiving again this year and am always way excited about it! Now, at some point in your life, you’ve also probably coordinated a group event, whether it was a birthday party, bachelorette party, or a dinner party. But have you ever thought about the parallels between planning a dinner party and starting a business? No, probably not. I’m going to take this opportunity to walk you through the essentials of planning a business taking the same approach as planning a kickass dinner party – the kind of dinner party your friends won’t want to leave and can’t wait to come back for the next one!Read More
One thing that we all come across more often than we may want is having to negotiate. Negotiating can seem super scary if you’re someone who sees it as confrontational and/or are more of an agreeable person at heart. It can be daunting to have to negotiate the salary of a new job or a contract with one of your clients. There are times when you’ll even need to negotiate something as simple as where to take your next vacation. Maybe you want to go to the beach and maybe your partner wants to go to the woods.Read More
I’ve been a full-time graphic designer my whole career. I’ve taken some side jobs here and there, but more for fun than to make money. But when deciding to transition from a more traditional form of employment into a freelance or contract path, I’ve realized that I’d need to seriously take the time to think about how many projects or hours I’d need to work to hit my financial goals, be able to quit my full-time job, and make enough money for my side hustle to become just my hustle. Read More
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