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Shake it Off: Shift your perspective to get out of a creative rut

I once dated a guy who got really upset because I was eating my dinner one night with my hands instead of the “proper” knife and fork. He was so embarrassed and his mind boggled, sighing: “Why can’t you just eat like a normal person, Stephanie? It’s so gross.”

Now, this man had never traveled outside of the United States, particularly to places where eating certain dishes with your hands IS what “normal” people do. Places where people would look at him and think he was a crazy person for using utensils.

So often we become completely entrenched in the perspectives (and guidelines to how things “should” be done) of our home country, our education, our corporate training, and our culture, that we often see the world through a single, tunnel-visioned lens. We get set in our ways of doing things, stay inside our perspective bubble, and approach the world with a singular, often limiting, viewpoint. We get stuck thinking our way is the “right” or “only” way.

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If You Can Plan a Dinner Party, You Can Plan a Business

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

Build It and They Will Follow: Why to do your site before social media

When you’re just starting your business, a lot of the job is building your brand. There’s a lot of pressure to start building your audience STAT, and nowadays the fastest way to do that is through social media. If done properly, your brand can spread like wildfire. And maybe it’s just me, but the general feeling around building your social media presence is “the sooner the better,” even if you don’t have your website or product fully fleshed out yet. But is building your following really more essential and pressing than building your product or service?

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R is for Reliability

We’ve previously introduced you to Brene Brown’s BRAVING acronym, which define her Seven Elements of Trust. In August, our gregarious little (ok she’s actually taller than me) copywriter, Gabi, wrote a blog post called “B is for Boundaries.” And in it, she shared some of the elasticities we find in our own boundaries and learning how far they can stretch before they snap to point of no return. For this week’s blog post, I decided to take on R, for Reliability.

Reliability, according Brene is: “You do what you say you’ll do. At work, this means staying aware of your competencies and limitations so you don’t over promise and are to deliver on commitments and balance competing priorities.”Read More

Make Your Marketing Plan Strategic, Not Shiny

As an entrepreneur, when you’re doing everything yourself (or as a small team), it’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning and implementing your marketing. It takes so much work to build and grow your new business and it never seems to end! Will you ever figure it out and feel on top of it?! Although you’re ambitious and want to do everything you’ve read about, seen your competitors do, or what your trusted colleagues swear you have to do because it works for them. Stop. Take a second to breathe. Please don’t go through the motions of marketing just because you think you’re supposed to do X, Y, and Z!

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Negotiate Like a Boss

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

Profit Goals: How to find your price tag as a freelancer

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

Don’t Let Your Past Decide Your Future

Reading The Everygirls’ article about the “20-Minute Rule” and the power of taking just 20 minutes to “delete” your grief, losses, or messages of bad news and then moving on, it occurred to me that maybe this was a good approach to more than just coping but also for creating the life you want. Before Wildernest, I was in the process of starting over, having spent my years post-college working in exclusively traditional (read: spirit-squelching) corporate jobs until I left it all… which eventually and unexpectedly led me to meeting the love of my life and moving to Bali (I know, I know – old news if you’ve read my bio).Read More

SEO Basics for Small Businesses on a Budget

As a new small business owner, you may not have much of a marketing budget to work with (maybe even none!). So although you need to help your future customers and clients find your newly launched website to grow, paid advertising is probably not an option right now. What do you do when faced with the challenge of building up a following before you can afford marketing to do so?! Ugh, sounds pretty frustrating, doesn’t it? Read More

Why You Should Never Stop Learning

We all want to know the keys to success and happiness – amiright?! Success is defined in many different ways, but I know many of us root our definitions in wanting to be happy. So how do you foster happiness? How do you guarantee some form of success? And what does learning have to do with any of it?! Below I share some insights I’ve gathered along my own journey and hopefully they spark some motivation in you too!Read More

**Special COVID19 crisis e-course pricing assistance**

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact, we are currently completely focused on what we can do to best support each other - our community, our families, and our fellow wild women. As we all navigate this crisis, we want you to know that we’re in your corner, and we want to do our part to help you find some hope and to feel empowered as you find your way forward to a new normal. While social distancing and quarantines have many downsides, the most valuable resource we all have right now is extra time, and if we take advantage of that extra time by working hard on our dreams we all may just be able to turn some sour-ass lemons into some Beyonce-level Lemonade. And we are in a unique position to help you do just that with our Nest for Success ecourse, which helps you work through every step of laying the foundation for your dream business - culminating in the creation of your very own business plan (COVID be damned!). Our hope is that this course will help you utilize this time to truly evaluate what is possible for your future, to start thinking big, and begin laying the essential groundwork for building the company and life of your dreams when the dust of the pandemic settles.

As small business owners ourselves who have all been impacted by the crisis, we know that right now finances are scary and the future of your work may be shaky. We’ve been talking with a lot of you behind the scenes and know that many of you have lost your income, or had it drastically reduced, affecting your ability to support yourself and your family, or that your 9-5 job security is on thin ice. So we have made an immediate decision to make our course as accessible and affordable as we can to you during this time in order to lend a hand. 

So starting now through April 15th, we’re going as low as we can go and making our $997 course available for $99. (We’d give it for FREE if we could but need to make sure our team is cared for and keep the lights on over here too!). We’ve also set it up so you can split your payment into 3 monthly charges of $33, with the normal payment plan fees waived. 

And if you’re doing a little better than most during this time, we would encourage you to pay it forward and choose the option to sponsor a woman who is in financial crisis. If you are one of those women who’s in financial crisis, please be brave and send us a message via social media direct message, or email us at hello@wildernestwomen.com to let us know what’s going on and we’ll work on getting you taken care of. 

We love you, we’re here for you, and please remember to throw kindness around like confetti and lean on your sisters during this time.

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