Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For Next Quarter | In this post, I share all the dirty details about running a freelancing business as well as what my current client load looks like and what’s coming up in the future!

Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For The Next Quarter

Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For Next Quarter | In this post, I share all the dirty details about running a freelancing business as well as what my current client load looks like and what’s coming up in the future!

Hi there! I’m trying out a new type of blog post where I share the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes of my business.

In all honesty, I’ve been hesitant to share these types of posts because it’s intimidating to me. I don’t have a huge following. I’m nowhere close to making millions. Who would care what’s going on behind the scenes of my business?

But then I realized these types of posts are my favorite to read. And just like how I started the Day in the Life series, you should write posts you like to read.

So, here I am, writing a post that I would want to read if I were just starting my freelancing business. Hope you enjoy!

Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For The Next Quarter

But first, a little background

I started my online marketing business in January 2016. I had just moved to Dallas with my husband and dog, and we decided now is as good as time as any to start my own business, since I had to quit my job in Wisconsin to move here. We had zero connections in the area and I also had no online presence whatsoever and had never freelanced before, so I was building this thing from the ground up.

Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For Next Quarter | In this post, I share all the dirty details about running a freelancing business as well as what my current client load looks like and what’s coming up in the future!

I initially offered social media services, but ironically most of my clients hired me for other online marketing services. Below is an explanation of the types of clients I work with and what my services look like.

Retainer client services

Most clients I work with are on a monthly retainer, where I do the same type of work each month. I occasionally do one-off projects (website copy, email funnels, podcast research, etc) but I primarily stick with monthly retainer clients. Here’s a breakdown of what my current clients look like (by the way, these are in no particular order in which I got them).

Client #1: Online Marketing Manager

I started primarily ghostwriting blog posts and email newsletters for this client. Then it progressed into other one-off projects (content audit, online shop audit, etc) and eventually, she asked me to come on as basically her online marketing manager. A lot can fall under that title, but here are a few of the tasks I do: Ghostwriting for their blog, email newsletters and funnels, create and launch marketing plans, grow their affiliate program, brainstorm and implement new ways to market their business…the list goes on.

Client #2: Social Media Manager

My only social media only client! I was introduced to a local real estate group that needed help maintaining and creating content for their Facebook and Instagram profiles. It’s been fun having a local client and a great way to get to know Dallas! I go into their office about once a week for an afternoon. I’m also starting to tour houses with them, so that will be really fun!

Client #3: Assistant to her clients

One client, whom I met via Craiglist (strange, but true), I help with her clients. She is an amazing copywriter and needed extra help with social media content creation, copywriting, launch planning, etc. So she is technically my client, but I get to work with her clients which has been an exciting way to connect with even more people!

Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For Next Quarter | In this post, I share all the dirty details about running a freelancing business as well as what my current client load looks like and what’s coming up in the future!

She now lives locally so it’s nice to work with someone in person, instead of my usual virtual meetings.

Client #4: Ghostwriter

This client, who ended up being local (we met in a non-local Facebook group!), has me ghostwrite her blog posts every month. I’ve also written her email funnels.

Client #5,6,7,8, 9: Public Relations and Outreach

Holy public relations, Batman! Public relations has been booming for my business and for that, I’m so thrilled (and grateful!). PR wasn’t even on my mind as a service to offer when I first started but now it’s probably one of my favorite services.

Public relations and outreach can mean a lot of different things. I think when people think of PR they automatically think of a publicist for a celebrity, and while some of my clients are pretty big in the online world (not celebrity status…yet 😜), I also work with some clients that are smaller than you’d think.

Here are some of the PR tasks I’m doing for clients:

  • Podcast outreach (getting them as a guest on a podcast)
  • Podcast guest management (helping them get guests onto their own podcast)
  • Writing pitches to media (this can be magazines, local media, websites, blogs, etc)
  • Campaign management (for any special launches or projects they have for their business, i.e. a book coming out, a new series, etc)
  • Influencer outreach (I use the term “influencer” loosely here because I believe making connections with all sorts of brands and industry people is important…not just people with a “huge” following)

As you can see, I do a variety of tasks but it all relates to online marketing and PR. I personally think small business owners can really benefit from using PR as a way to help grow their business. Perhaps I’ll do a blog series on it? Let me know if that’s something that interests you!

I put it out into the world that I wanted to sign on one more PR client this current quarter, and I ended up with 3 in one week (I talk about this later in the post). Talk about putting your goals out into the universe!

One thing I recommend to anyone starting out

My biggest tip for people just starting out is to talk about your business to everyone you know. Go to in person meet ups, talk with people on the phone or on Skype. Almost all of my clients have come from some sort of networking or referrals.

I’m currently coaching a small group of women and I gave them this advice, and what do you know…after only two weeks of coaching they all had potential clients come out of the woodwork and hired them for their services. This works, people.

I strongly believe that not enough credit is given to building relationships with other people to grow your business. You never know who you will meet, who will be introduced to, and what kind of work will come your way.

So currently a majority of my income comes from client work, which is awesome! However, now that my client work is on somewhat of a routine, I’m ready to dive into other revenue streams, which I’ll talk about below!

What’s coming up next

I have four big goals for Q2, which is probably not attainable but I like to torture myself 🙃. I’ll be super happy if I accomplish 2 of them, #justbeingreal.

1. Get one more PR client

My PR clients are so fun and I’m really hoping to grow that part of my business.

Ironically, at the time that I wrote this I didn’t have any prospects for this yet but now that I’m editing it, I’ve landed not one, not two, but THREE new clients! Writing your goals down actually works!

2. Launch a podcast

I’ve wanted to launch a podcast for years. I never had a solid topic idea but I knew I didn’t want it to be strictly marketing related. Once I launched the Day in the Life series, it hit me, this could make a really good podcast.

Several people (strangers even) say I should launch a podcast because I have a nice voice (ha!) so maybe that’s the universe’s way of telling me to start this dang thing.

Since I’ve already accomplished goal numero uno, I’m moving forward with the podcast. I’m sending out emails this week for potential guests, fingers crossed they say yes!

3. Grow my affiliate income streams

I should probably put an amount of money to this but to be honest, I just want it to grow at least some amount, ha. I feel like I’m established enough now that people can trust the products and services I recommend.

I take this very seriously and am only going to ever recommend products I know and love. I’m not looking to make a quick buck, I’m looking to grow authentic relationships with my followers, no matter how small my little group is.

4. Launch a digital product

I’ve had this on my list for…6 months? And I’m just now getting around to it! I think my biggest struggle I have had is maintaining my client work in addition to growing my own business. Client work is a priority for me right now, so anything new I want to launch always gets put on the back burner.

To help out with this, I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I need help. Up until this point I’ve done everything on my own.

Yes, I have a list of services I invest in, but I’ve never hired out or outsourced for any work and after a long discussion with my mastermind, I realized I don’t want to be a solopreneur working by myself.

Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For Next Quarter | In this post, I share all the dirty details about running a freelancing business as well as what my current client load looks like and what’s coming up in the future!

I want a team that works by my side (either virtually or in-person). I don’t know why it took me what feels like forever to admit that but now that I have I’m hitting the ground running outsourcing #allthethings.

Currently, I’m in the midst of working with a graphic designer (ugh, I HATE doing graphics), a project manager (I can somehow do this for other clients perfectly well but for my own business? Nope. Not happening and nothing gets prioritized), and a virtual assistant.

I’m feeling better already starting these conversations with these potential contractors because I know once we get going I’m going to feel even more motivated to continue to grow my business. It’s true that “it takes a village” and I’m sure at the end of this quarter I’ll be wondering why I waited so long.

Q1 2017 Business Update + Goals For Next Quarter | In this post, I share all the dirty details about running a freelancing business as well as what my current client load looks like and what’s coming up in the future!

So that’s a comprehensive look at where my current business is and what I’m hoping to grow in the next 3 months.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below!

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Day in the Life: Elle Drouin from Wonderfelle | Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a styled stock photographer? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Elle from Wonderfelle shares the ins and outs of being a styled stock photographer, from start to finish. Enjoy!

Day in the Life: Elle from Wonderfelle

Day in the Life: Elle Drouin from Wonderfelle | Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a styled stock photographer? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Elle from Wonderfelle shares the ins and outs of being a styled stock photographer, from start to finish. Enjoy!

Goooood morning! Hope this Tuesday is treating you well.

For today’s Day in the Life, I’m featuring the lovely Elle from Wonderfelle MEDIA and creator of the Styled Stock Society! I think Elle and I first started following each other on Instagram and then that turned into doing a webinar together and eventually joining a mini-mastermind (You can make real connections through social media!).

Of course I wanted to feature her on the series because I’m so intrigued by what her day to day looks like as a styled stock photographer. I think people can easily be misled thinking that it’s an easy job, but taking amazing stock photos is NOT easy (I tried and failed miserably at taking photos just for my own Instagram!).

I hope you enjoy!

Want to be featured in the series? You can check out the guidelines and how to submit here. I’d love to feature you!

Day in the Life: Elle from Wonderfelle

8:00 AM Alarm goes off

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So waking up at 8am is actually early for me. I normally don’t set an alarm and wake up naturally between 8am – 9am (or whenever my dog Mochi starts scratching on the bedroom door), but on this particular day I had a lot of things to get done so I wanted to make sure I got an “early” start.

Before I get out of bed, I always scroll through my email + check Mochi’s Instagram alerts. I’m not sure why I feel the compulsive need to check how many followers / comments she’s gotten in the 7ish hours I’ve been asleep but I can’t get out of bed until I do.

8:05 AM – 8:15 AM Morning routine

Stumble into kitchen and say hi to my husband (who’s already been awake and working for a couple hours) and feed Mochi her daily teenie greenie toothbrush. Since Zach gets up earlier he takes care of her morning routine for the most part, but she (not-so-patiently) waits until I get up for her greenie. I don’t usually eat breakfast, but I always pour a glass of water and take my daily vitamins / allergy pills before getting started with my day.

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Emails

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Get back in bed with Mochi and my laptop. I usually give myself up to 30 minutes to answer time-sensitive emails in the AM. Today I scheduled an in person coffee date, replied to a potential client inquiry, and forwarded Mochi’s manager a few emails from brands who are interested in partnerships. I used to spend wayyy more time on Mochi’s emails but her now her manager handles all the back + forth negotiation which is really helpful.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Coffee / flower run

I decide I need caffeine to get me through the day so it’s time for a Starbucks run. I don’t usually drink coffee, but people must think I do because I got a ton of Starbucks gift cards for Christmas that I’m still working through. I throw on leggings and my winter coat over the t-shirt I’m already wearing (which is also the one I slept in… but I promise I “actually” get dressed later today) and walk a few blocks to grab a skinny vanilla latte. I also stop at the deli on the corner to grab some flowers I need for a shoot tomorrow.

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9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Prop sourcing

While I was in the elevator on my way back from Starbucks, I was scrolling through my emails and realized that H&M is having a sale. A lot of props I had my eye on are included – so I “have” to order some candles, vases, and other small home decor items for upcoming shoots. I also remember I need a few things for one of Mochi’s photoshoots that’s due in a couple days so I scour Amazon Prime for a couple of props that are available with same-day delivery. I freaking love Amazon.

9:45 AM – 11:30 AM Photo editing

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During a typical week I have 2-3 different photoshoots scheduled so some days I block off time for shooting and other days for editing. Today’s an editing day so I edit photos from 2 client shoots and then start editing photos for an upcoming Styled Stock Society collection.

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM Chat with husband + cuddle with Mochi

My husband also works from home (in a separate room) so i take a break to chat with him about what we’re doing for lunch (he wants to order from Ando) and cuddle with Mochi for a bit. She’s extra sleepy this morning so cuddling really means she immediately falls asleep in my lap and then I feel bad moving her.

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11:40 AM – 12:40 PM Website planning

I’m making a lot of changes to the Styled Stock Society (my stock photo membership program + shop) and there are a lot of moving parts. I’m moving the current site from Squarespace to WordPress so I work on some wireframe planning for the new site and start playing around with the new membership plugin I’m using. There’s a bit of a learning curve but I’m “pretty sure” that the new site will solve a lot of the issues I’m having with my current setup!

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch break

Our lunch gets delivered so I take a break to eat. I wasn’t that hungry since I had coffee earlier, so I only ordered cookies. I realized that’s probably not going to hold me over until dinner so I grab some fruit and a string cheese out of the fridge and eat them first. Then I lounge on the couch and scroll through Instagram while I eat the cookies. When I’m done, I grab a diet coke and think I should probably drink more water but meh – I don’t really like the taste of water (yes, to recap, I ordered cookies for lunch and don’t like drinking water… #adultingishard)

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Prep for interview

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I have a video interview for an upcoming virtual summit in a bit so I need to actually get dressed for the day. I realize I still need to run through the potential interview questions so I take the lazy route and put on makeup and then only curl the front half of my hair that is visible on camera.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Interview

I chat with Caressa about how I earn passive income with the Styled Stock Society and I think the interview goes pretty well.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Finish getting ready

After the interview I finished curling the rest of my hair because I have to go out into the real world where people actually see the back of my head. I’m taking Mochi to a photoshoot and we haven’t really planned any looks in advance so I throw a ton of her clothing + accessories into a duffle bag so we have options.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Travel downtown

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I hop in an Uber with Mochi and head downtown to her photoshoot. Luckily there’s not a ton of traffic on the FDR and we arrive just in time.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Photoshoot

I should probably back up for a minute to explain – in addition to my business, I run my dog Mochi’s Instagram account which currently has over 75,000 followers. She regularly has photoshoots, attends events, and does various brand partnerships – which is why she has her own manager and her own email. I know that sounds a little ridiculous but she basically has her own business which has paid for our last 2 vacations and the bed we sleep on every night, so feel free to judge… but I’m pretty sure this is as close as it gets to actually being a stay-at-home-dog-mom (#lifegoals).

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Travel back home

There’s more traffic on our way back up town so it takes us almost twice as long to get home which is annoying. While I’m stuck in the car I pop into my Facebook group to reply to a few comments and also post a photo on my Instagram account.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Invoicing + project planning + emails

I have a lot of emails to catch up on so I spend some time replying to clients and sending a couple of contracts / invoices out. I have templates set up so these don’t take very long. Then I needed to add some tasks in Asana for my virtual assistant and follow up with a friend about a webinar we’re planning for next month. I may have gotten distracted by YouTube videos for a bit in here (I’ve been listening to Boyce Avenue covers on repeat lately).

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Break + Instagram

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The sunset was pretty so I shared it on my Instagram story and then spent some time replying to comments and engaging on Instagram for my account and Mochi’s account. I’m not entirely sure how 45 minutes went by but I’m pretty sure I spent at least 10 of them just staring at my dog. #typical

6:45 PM – 7:30 PM Apple store

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My husband needed to go pick up airpods at the Apple store in Grand Central so we decided to walk over to get them and then stop for dinner on our way home. As much as I love living in NYC, I HATE crowded touristy areas so I’m relieved that Grand Central isn’t super crowded tonight.

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner at Sachi

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There’s an Asian fusion restaurant in our neighborhood that we get dinner at fairly often. I like sitting at the bar and ordering a bunch of small plates to share. Also the cocktails are pretty yummy 🙂 We’ve been trying to go to Trader Joe’s more to “cook” dinners at home (and by we I mean my husband – because I am hopeless in the kitchen), but we still order Seamless or go out a few nights a week.

9:00 PM – 11:30 PM Tv + Instagram + shoot planning

We settle on the couch to catch up on tv (24, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder) – though Zach falls asleep pretty quickly (he’s a morning person while I usually stay up late). I get bored watching tv without doing other things, so I start a couple of secret Pinterest boards to start planning some upcoming photoshoots and search for relevant inspiration. I realize I’m going to need a lot of flowers for shoots next week so I place a big order for some farm-direct flowers. I also edit and post a new photo on Mochi’s Instagram account, reply to comments, and interact with some of her followers.

11:30 PM – 1:00 AM Reading in bed

Zach wakes up from his “evening nap” so we get off the couch and get ready for bed. He immediately falls back asleep while I read (via the Kindle app) on my phone for an hour or two before I go to sleep. I go through phases with the types of things I read, but currently I’m making my way through a trashy romance series involving underground fighting and the Russian mafia. It’s almost embarrassing to admit that but since we’re sharing “real life” here – I like escaping through mindless fiction at the end of the day. Some nights I literally fall asleep with my phone in my hand (I know this is bad)… but usually I make myself stop sometime between 1am – 2am to go to sleep.

Day in the Life: Elle Drouin from Wonderfelle | Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a styled stock photographer? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Elle from Wonderfelle shares the ins and outs of being a styled stock photographer, from start to finish. Enjoy!

About Elle: Elle Drouin is the content marketing strategist, product stylist, and brand photographer behind wonderfelle MEDIA. After several years working as a marketing director for fashion and beauty startups, Elle launched her business to focus on helping female entrepreneurs build brands that are as profitable as they are pretty. Elle currently runs the Styled Stock Society, a feminine stock photo membership, as well as works with individual clients to capture their style and brand through custom photography. Elle’s work has been featured on Refinery29, Mashable, InStyle, the TODAY Show and and a number of other media outlets. She is based in NYC and loves exploring the city with her husband Zach and Instagram-famous dog Mochi.

Follow her: Website | Styled Stock Society | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

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Day in the Life: Jackie Stoughton of Jade & Oak | Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a part-time blogger, full-time attorney? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Jackie from Jade & Oak shares how she balances her side hustle with her full-time attorney job, from start to finish. Enjoy!

Day in the Life: Jackie from Jade & Oak

Day in the Life: Jackie Stoughton of Jade & Oak | Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a part-time blogger, full-time attorney? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Jackie from Jade & Oak shares how she balances her side hustle with her full-time attorney job, from start to finish. Enjoy!

I’m super excited to share this post because I’ve been dying to feature more solopreneurs that also work a full-time job. It can be so hard balancing it all and I love reading how different people manage their time and energy.

Jackie and I met through joining a mastermind together and I know we would get along so well in real life (I mean, hello, she’s obsessed with her dogs like I am).

Jackie is a part-time blogger, full-time attorney and I have no idea how she does it all! Take a look at her day in the life below!

Want to be featured in the series? You can check out the guidelines and how to submit here. I’d love to feature you!

Day in the Life: Jackie from Jade & Oak

So excited to be participating in Brittney’s Day in the Life series. I definitely love seeing how other people spend their days too so this is super interesting to me. For me, things are a little different because I actually have a full-time day job, so every day is busy and also totally different for me. I typically work in my downtown office from 7:15 am to 4 pm, but on Monday’s I actually work from home. I figured this would be the perfect day to share with you since it’s a hybrid of my typical days. I’m not going to talk about my day job tasks since that’s unrelated to my business, but will share about the rest of the day!

Monday April 17, 2017

6:45 am – Wake up time!

When I’m commuting into my office, I get up closer to 5:45 am, so it’s so nice to get to sleep in. When I work from home for my day job, I have my work laptop and calls are forwarded to my cell phone so I need to be up and ready to go by 7:15 which is my typical start time.

Once I’m out of bed, I take the dogs out to do their business – they are loving that it’s lighter outside and not as cold (and I am too!) I then get my coffee and head upstairs to my office.

7:00 am – Stretching

I have been having annoying shoulder and neck pains for awhile. It’s nothing too crazy but I have been trying to stretch as often as I can. I work on my back and shoulders since I’ll be sitting at my desk all day and do some simple arm stretches, planks and down dogs. I wish I had more time to do this every morning, but when I wake up earlier to get into the office, I give myself the bare minimum amount of time to get out the door oops.

7:15 am – 12 pm – Day job

During this time I’m working on my day job, but I also take a few breaks…

9 am – Breakfast one

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I like to have “two breakfasts” when I’m working because I’m a notorious “grazer.” I will pick at and eat food all day especially if I’m bored or trying to distract myself. I usually have something small around 9 am and then something else around 11 am and then lunch around 12:30 or 1-ish.

Today I have half a bagel with cream cheese at 9 am. I usually eat a whole bagel but I had a ton of Easter candy over the weekend and also baked cookies soooo trying to take it easy. I also end up getting busy and forget to have my second breakfast at 11 am oops.

10 am – Post in Facebook group

I quickly jump on my phone to post in my Facebook group to remind everyone to tune in for my Facebook Live later in the day. I don’t have anything fancy set up to automatically post in my Facebook group each day, so I have a reminder in my phone to manually post some news or a prompt in there each weekday.

11 am – Post on Instagram

I’ve been working on upping my Instagram game and have been aiming to post at least Monday through Friday. I have a stash of photos ready to go in my phone so I just quickly edit one and write out a caption to send out there.

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12 pm – 1 pm – Lunch break

Yes even though I’m working from home, I still get a lunch break. If I’m busy sometimes I work through lunch or other times I will run quick errands. Since I have my Facebook Live coming up later in the day, I use this time to brush up on what I’m going to chat about. I am a huge nerd when it comes to having an organized outline, so I work on that so I don’t forget anything important.

During all this, I’m also eating lunch. I usually like to make a fancy salad but it’s been a busy day, so I just heat up my stuffed shells my mother in law gave us for Easter. Quick, easy and tasty!

I also use this time to quickly take one of our dogs outside. Our girl dog Rosie is about 10 years old and is obsessed with my husband. Like, obsessssssed. If he’s home, she will follow him room to room. If he’s not home, she basically won’t move at all. She usually finds his slippers and lays next to them for 8 hours straight and I can hear her snoring. Since she is sound asleep, I just take out our other dog Bowie. He’s about 6 years old and loves going outside too, ahem, water everything ha. It’s a gorgeous day so we hang out a little out there before I get back to work.

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1 pm – 4 pm – Day job

I attend a virtual online training for work from 1 – 2:30 pm so the afternoon goes super fast – yay! (Also as it got closer to “dinner time,” Rosie finally came in to see me to guilt trip me into feeding them dinner. She sat under my desk/chair like a weirdo ha.)

4 – 4:30 pm – Facebook Live

It’s so nice working from home and being able to immediately sign off and not have to commute anyway. I’m able to start my Facebook Live right around 4 pm and chatted all about monetizing your blog, in my Facebook group. I haven’t been utilizing my group or Facebook Live very much lately so I scheduled a month-long series to keep me on task and motivated. I like series that are daily but since I’m not home until later and sometimes have things after my day job, that didn’t work for me, so being able to just do a Facebook Live every Monday for 4 weeks worked better for me. Sometimes it’s hard not having more free time, but I make it work for me!

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4:30 – 6 pm – Gym

After my Facebook Live is over, I change into my gym clothes, feed the dogs and drive over to our gym which is about 10 minutes away. I’ve been slacking lately so I’ve been trying to get myself over there more frequently – it’s rough ha. I use my elliptical time to read a Cosmo that I’ve been getting delivered for free to my house for some reason, even though I never ordered it. Then it’s time for some light weights and stretching (still trying to get those shoulders/neck feeling better! Computer work is the worst for neck pain.)

6 – 8 pm – Dinner and relaxing

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Once I get home, it’s time for a quick dinner. My mom is from South Korea and is an amazing cook and I’m lucky that she loves to give me delicious food. I have a cute little rice cooker and I just get some rice and some leftovers from my mom. While eating, I settle into the living room to watch the series finale of Girls. During this, my husband comes home too and he eats some leftovers too (I really need to cook more oops). We watch the news and catch up on our days.

8 – 9 pm – Mastermind chat

I almost forgot the mastermind group chat I had scheduled but was still able to catch up with two of my ladies (including Brittney – yay!) I brought my laptop into the kitchen and chatted with them while I made my lunch for work for the next day, which is a salad. The pugs go nuts for baby carrots so of course I got distracted with feeding them a few.

9 – 9:30 pm – Shower / wind down

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I’ve gotten into the habit of showering at night and I don’t think I should ever go back. My hair is really long and takes a million years to blowdry so I would have to wake up earlier than I want to in order to get ready for work. Instead I just shower at night, my hair airdries for a few hours and then I throw it up in a bun. Tomorrow before work, I will just blowdry some of the kinks out and then style it. A huge timesaver for me. Anyways – I get my shower and do most of my night time routine, washing my face, brushing my teeth, putting on a million moisturizers that promise to keep my skin perfect, etc.

9:30 – 10:30 pm – Biz work

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It’s been a pretty busy day but I want to squeeze in a few business tasks. I use this time to catch up on emails, schedule out an email to go out to my email list, write out my to-do list for the week and browse Pinterest (of course).

10:30 – 11 pm – Read in bed

I try not to have the last thing I look at be a screen like my phone, tv or laptop, so I attempt to read in bed every night. I prefer to have an hour to read, but tonight 30 minutes is better than nothing. Reading helps me wind down and half the time I’ll fall asleep reading and then can just put down my book, turn off the light and fall right back asleep. I know I said no screens, but it’s one of those paper-like Kindles, so I hope it doesn’t count.

Final Thoughts

Some of my work from home days are a little more relaxing but this one was busy busy, especially I think with the Facebook Live and the chat with my mastermind. It can be hectic, but following the Easter weekend, which I took pretty easy, it wasn’t too bad. I’m working on keeping my to-do lists ready to go so when I have time to work on my biz, I can use the time most efficiently

Hope you enjoyed reading about my day! Honestly, every day is so different for me. Some days where I’m super busy at my day job, I won’t do anything for my biz besides maybe check and post on social media. Some weekends I spend hours on my biz and others (like this past weekend), I might only do 1-2 hours. It’s all about balance for me and, though I always want to grow my business, since it’s not my sole income, it’s nice to be able to take it easy when I want to.

Day in the Life: Jackie Stoughton of Jade & Oak | Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a part-time blogger, full-time attorney? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Jackie from Jade & Oak shares how she balances her side hustle with her full-time attorney job, from start to finish. Enjoy!

About Jackie: Jackie has been blogging for over 4 years and has been a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania for nearly 7 years. Jackie started her blog, Jade and Oak, as a creative outlet as she was working as a litigator. She now works with bloggers and small business owners on making sure that they are keeping everything legal, all while working her day job. When she isn’t working, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two pugs, reading in bed and taking ballet classes.

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Day in the Life: Ashley Beaudin of The Imperfect Boss | Ever wonder what a typical day as movement maker and creator of the Imperfect Boss campaign Ashley Beaudin? Now’s your chance! In today’s Day in the Life series, Ashley Beaudin shares a real behind-the-scenes look at her life as a heart encourager & movement maker, from start to finish. Enjoy!

Day in the Life: Ashley of The Imperfect Boss

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I’m so excited to share today’s Day in the Life post! I stumbled upon #TheImperfectBoss campaign just over a year ago and immediately fell in love with the mission behind it and creator Ashley Beaudin.

Ashley is a breath of fresh air in the online world and challenges women to share the truth and honesty about what it’s really like to run a business, which I’m clearly all about, hence this very series!

She was one of the first people on my list to reach out to and I was so thrilled she agreed to be featured.

I can’t wait for you to read. I hope you enjoy!

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Day In The Life: Ashley Beaudin of #TheImperfectBoss

Yay! I am so excited to share what a day looks like for me in my business. I am definitely not your conventional entrepreneur in the way that I work and so I am a huge fan of owning who you are and the ways that work for you. I am also all about imperfections. Because you know what? That’s real life.

By the way, if we haven’t met, my name is Ash! I am a heart encourager and movement maker to women on a mission and I also run a social media movement called The Imperfect Boss. I am going to share with you what a typical day looks like.

I am full-time in this business and I am also single with no kids or pets or significant other, so I don’t have anyone else to take care of, but me. Sometimes that’s an amazing thing, but sometimes that is also a lonely thing, and work takes up a lot of my time because I’ll be real with you, it distracts me from how much time I actually spend alone. 😉

I am going to show you an example of a day in my life. Ready? Here we go.

10:00 to 11:00 am

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I wake up. I am by far a late-riser. And I don’t really use an alarm clock. I am all like, “I didn’t get into business, so I couldn’t sleep in.” You know what I’m saying?

11:30 am

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I start all my days with a whiteboard. I need to write out everything I need to do that day and it needs to be on a whiteboard. There is something for me about my to-do list magically disappearing after I do it. Then, I get right to work.

11:30 to 1:00 pm

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This is where I get a lot of work done, I’ll probably always focus on content at the beginning of the day. I will do all the posting I need to do and responding. I’ll answer emails, Facebook messages, and post on Instagram and in my Facebook group. I do schedule social media for Twitter, but I tend to wing it more on the others. I really enjoy doing things in the energy of the moment. I also am an avid empty-inbox person.

1:00 to 1:30pm

Lunch time! I’m really into sandwiches right now, so that is probably happening.

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1:30 to 5 pm

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Phone calls! Tuesdays, I do connection calls to network with other creatives. Wednesdays, I do discovery calls for people who are working with me one on one to craft a movement for their brand, and Thursdays I do client calls where I jam about movements with people. I love these because I love getting to meet, know and support people. Also from time to time, I am able to host classes and teach a bunch of students which lights me right up.

5:00 to 7:00pm

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I work on everything else! Whether that means writing movement making plans for my clients, hanging out in my Facebook group, writing sales funnels or sales pages for my brand, brainstorming new ideas, or sending pitches for my The Imperfect Boss movement, I make it all happen. A big hack for me is that I work at the mall food court because it gets me super productive.

7:00 to 9:00 pm

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In the evenings, it really depends on the day! Sometimes I’ll go out for dinner or to the movies with friends and sometimes I’ll continue to work on things.

9:00 to 11:00 pm

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This is when I start my self-care routine. It is pretty involved for me. I spend time journaling, taking care of my body and using an oil diffuser. It fills me right back up for the next day!

Then at this point, I try not to stay up too late. But I often find myself going to sleep between 1:00 to 2:00 am. Night owl to the extreme.

I love being a creative entrepreneur for the freedom and the opportunity to do what I love and impact as many people as I can. Thanks for stopping in on my day with me!

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About Ashley: Ashley is a heart encourager and movement maker to women on a mission. She is the visionary behind #theimperfectboss; a movement that is liberating thousands of women from perfect. Ashley is passionate about empowering women to create movements for their brands to grow their audience, visibility, and impact.

When she’s not out there loving, inspiring and leading women, she’s likely writing some good words, going heart eyes over bright colors or dreaming up big ideas. After spending time with her, you will feel believed in and empowered to give, to love and to lead wholeheartedly.

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Day in the Life: Jaimie of Jaimie Myers | Ever wonder what a typical day as a social media strategist is like? In today’s Day in the Life series, Jaimie Myers shares a behind-the-scenes look at her life as a mom and business owner, from start to finish.

Day In The Life: Jaimie from Jaimie Myers

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Welcome to another Day in the Life post! If you’re new around here, let me explain what this series is all about.

When I started my business in January 2016, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I had no clue how to structure my days, how to prioritize, or how to juggle #allthethings.

I’ve always loved reading day in the life posts because I like seeing the behind the scenes of what someone’s day is really like. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

I got the idea of asking fellow small business owners to share a day in their life, so I could share different perspectives of all kinds of people from all kinds of industries.

So that’s how the day in the life series all started!

Today’s post comes from Jaimie of Jaimie Myers. She is an Instagram genius and a mom of a two working as a social media strategist in Madison, Wisconsin (ugh, so wish we could have met in real life when I lived in Wisconsin!).

Check out how she balances it all down below!

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Day In The Life: Jaimie from Jaimie Myers

First, a big thanks to Brittney for having me here on the Day in the Life series! I’m so excited because I always want to do more of these lifestyle-type posts! It was a seriously rainy day on the day I documented so my desk was a nice, dark area. I keep it near a window so I get as much natural light as possible, but on this day, nothing but gray. My days are all different depending on various business responsibilities, my husband’s work schedule and kid’s activities, but hopefully this gives you an idea!

6:00 am

My husband’s alarm goes up. It plays Blurred Lines and says “Everybody Get Up” super loud. Because I’m a night owl, I probably stayed up too late and don’t want to get up. I stretch a bunch and try to open my eyes to adjust, reach for my phone to check the weather and Timehop and finally get up. I usually drag myself into my daughter’s room to get her out of bed – she’s six, in kindergarten and not a fan of waking up either. Her name is Mila.

6:15 am

My daughter and I finally make it downstairs to breakfast. My husband (Eric) and 8-year-old son (Evan) are already halfway through packing lunches and eating breakfast. I grab some hot water for a cup of tea and beg Mila to just pick one – toast or cereal. She takes some convincing to choose her breakfast.

6:30 am

By this time, we are headed upstairs to get dressed, brush teeth, etc. Most days lately I get dressed right away too and try to get my makeup done while the kids watch cartoons or Sportscenter. We get a little dance show while Mila brushes her teeth (she likes to procrastinate).

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7:00 am

Our neighbor girl comes over in the mornings because her mom’s a teacher and needs to get to work.

7:10 am

Out to the bus stop. Our bus stop is right in front of our house, but Eric and I both usually go out to wait with the kids. It’s fun to get these few minutes to watch them interact with others and get a little fresh air for ourselves too.

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7:15 am

Head back into the house. I have a lot of client work to get done today, so I eat a quick bowl of cereal and start my day in Trello. Ever since I started using Trello, my life is seriously organized. No more crazy to-do lists all over six different notebooks and pieces of paper.

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10:00 am

Working on an Instagram audit for a really fun new client! I love doing these one-on-one sessions because I really get to dig deep into fun strategies and ideas for just one person and really help them succeed on Instagram. So many of my personalized recommendations are things they hadn’t even thought of!

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12:00 pm

Eric has left for work (he works second shift, so he spends most of the morning at home) and I’m feeling kind of blah so I take one of my famous afternoon showers. I love taking a shower right in the middle of the day because I can get some thinking done and just relax. I always feel more creative and ready to continue work afterward. I highly recommend it if you do a lot of creative work all day long or struggle with creative blocks.

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1:00 pm

Now I’m working on a content calendar for a long-term social media client. Content calendars are such a great way for my clients to feel good about what’s going out on their social media channels. Everything is laid out ahead of time, including copy, links, images, scheduling times – all the client has to do is approve it and then I schedule it all out. A content calendar usually takes a full day of planning and implementing, but it’s so worth it!

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3:00 pm

Kiddos come off the bus. I can usually expect Evan to be hungry and Mila to be singing. I get them in the house, get them a snack and get all the papers out of their backpacks (seriously, so. many. papers).

We spend the next couple of hours playing and talking. Often they’ll occupy themselves so I take the opportunity to catch up on some social media or answer some emails. It’s hard to do any serious work when they’re around, so I save these more mindless tasks for this time.

Sometimes I also like to clean things up a bit, but my husband is a clean freak so there isn’t usually too much to worry about.

5:00 pm

Quick dinner! We scrounge up some leftovers from the fridge and Evan gets all his soccer gear together.

5:30 pm

I find Evan in the bathroom trying to scrape mud off his shoes into the sink.

5:45 pm

We head to the car to go to Evan’s first soccer practice of the season.

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6:00 – 7:00 pm

Soccer practice. There isn’t very good Wifi connection in the school, so I chat with another parent, while furiously trying to get my Instagram to update. Mila plays with another little girl.

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7:30 pm

We’re home and of course, everyone’s hungry again. Snack time.

8:00 pm

Get the kids in bed. I got really lucky with kids that don’t take a lot of work to settle into bed. They both like to read, so they read a bit before they doze off.

8:05 pm

It doesn’t take long for me to settle into the couch after I get the kids to bed. I’m usually binge watching something I’ve already seen, so I head straight for Netflix. Right now, it’s Dexter.

10:00 pm

Hubby comes home. Sometimes he finds me totally asleep on the couch, sometimes I’m wide awake. Either way, I have a tendency to stay on the couch until about 11:00 or so, even though I totally know that I should just get into bed earlier so I can fall asleep there. Someone remind me to get back into that habit.

11:00 pm

I stumble into the bathroom to make sure I take out my contacts and brush my teeth before sneaking into bed with Eric.

Whew! And that’s it. Every day brings new surprises and new things to work on, which is why I need to be so organized. I am also the President of the PTO at my kid’s school so some days I have to deal with lots of emails from parents or the school. Some days I work more on client work and other days I work more on my own business.

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About Jaimie: Jaimie Myers is a social media strategist based in Madison, WI. She works with private clients in many facets but also loves to teach creative online business owners how to leverage social media (especially Instagram!) to create a community of raving fans.

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Day In The Life Series: Katie Crocombe from Flourish & Co

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Annnd we’re back with another Day in the Life post! This week’s post is from the lovely Katie Crocombe from Flourish & Co! Katie is a professional life coach and we “met” via Jess Freeman’s Facebook group! I’ve been wanting to feature more moms in the series as I know their days can look totally different than those of us who aren’t moms yet so I was happy when Katie reached out to be featured!

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Day In The Life Series: Katie Crocombe from Flourish & Co

I am so thrilled to be part of this series! As you read through this Tuesday that I document, please note that my days constantly look different. Between the girls being with their dad 50% of the time and then with Matt (my husband/their step-dad) and I 50% of the time, various speaking engagements and client commitments, and the fact that I love having flexibility and freedom as entrepreneur, it’s nearly impossible to have the same day twice 🙂

I kept track of my day on a Tuesday and generally speaking this is what a Tuesday looks like for me.

5:30 am

Alarm goes off. Like every normal person, I hit snooze 2-3 times 😉

5:50 am

Then I jump up and head straight to the coffee. One of the best purchases Matt and I made, right when we got married (about 1.5 years ago), was a programmable coffee maker… we both had Keurigs when we met but decided we wanted coffee brewed upon waking up and I just love that!

6 am

Along with my coffee, fuzzy blanket, slippers and neck pillow (which I warm in the microwave for about 2 min- I’m a total grandma!), I snuggle up on the couch with my journal, Bible and sometimes an additional book. I read, journal and pray for 20-30 min.

6:30 am

I typically look at my schedule for the day, might send a few emails and then finish packing the girls’ lunches and tuck them in their backpacks.

6:50-7 am

Take Matt coffee and sometimes change into workout clothes (I try to go to the YMCA near us 2-3 times a week to workout after dropping girls at school). This particular day I totally rocked my pajamas and slippers in the carpool line- no time for working out 🙂

7 am

Wake up girls, help them get dressed and ready for school

7:15 am

Make them each half a bagel, make sure their shoes are on

7:20-7:40 am

Head to school and drop them off in carpool line

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8-8:30 am

Back home to reply to various emails, texts, put together some social media content

8:30-9:15 am

Got ready and poured a fresh cup of coffee and ate small granola bar. Getting ready most mornings, as much as I’d like to do my hair completely, looks more like a shower w/out washing my hair, some dry shampoo and a pony tail!

9:15-11:30 am

Moms’ Bible Study

11:50a- 12:45 pm

Back home, cleaned around the house a little bit with starting a load of laundry, vacuuming a bit and fixed myself a banana w/ some peanut butter while I prepped for a client call.

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12:45-1:50 pm

A few notes on computer and then a client coaching call- so amazing to work with such dedicated clients who are doing the hard work to make shifts that lead to new patterns and allow them to live more purposefully and joyfully!

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1:50-2:00 pm

I switched laundry and started fresh load and quick snack time- remember I have 2 young ladies 😉

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2-4:00 pm

Sent various emails, replied to numerous emails. I’m on the heels of a few different speaking engagements where I wanted to follow up with some women that I connected with who were interested in having coaching support. I also worked on contacting a few women for Flourish Flock Features {you can see more about those on the blog} and attempted to unpack and clean up some of my office mess- yikes!

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4-4:40 pm

I get on a call with Lauren of Grit and Glitter Podcast, sharing some of my story, hearing some of hers and then talking through our schedules in terms of me sharing on her podcast.

4:40-5:20 pm

Drive to pick up girls from aftercare and then come back home – we love taking in the spring flowers in the front yard.

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5:30 pm

The tornado of homework, dinner, showers, lunches, etc ensues 🙂 Honestly, I really try and work towards this being a very grace-filled, sweet time… it’s also often a great time to remember that while the days are long the years are short… And, I truly am so very blessed to be their mama!

6-6:45 pm

We finish up homework sheets, I get them going in their showers and start fixing dinner- tonight it was spaghetti and caesar salad. I also typically pour a glass of wine at this point, get coffee ready for the next morning and prepare their lunches so that in the morning it’s more of a grab the cold stuff, grab the ice packs and we’re done…

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6:45-7:15 pm

Matt arrives home about 6:45p from work and changes and then we sit down for dinner for about 25 minutes. This is one of our family’s most favorite parts of the day… we really try to engage with one another and most nights we have some good laughs- even just about silly things… I think this night it ended up with the girls mentioning that at some point they want to learn how to ski and I said me too and that I really think it’d be fun to ski in a bikini (being totally ridiculous- obviously!)… at which point they of course started laughing and then the thought of boys skiing in speedos made them really get laughing (especially when sweet Ava, our youngest daughter called them “peedos” 🙂 but that’s what we want for our girls- lots of fun, sweet memories with us- so that they never doubt that they are loved and so that they feel so secure.

7:15-7:45 pm

Clean up dishes, Matt helped Bella with her spelling words a bit and Ava played a computer game for a bit

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7:45-8:30 pm

We typically move to the family room and the girls have a towel they spread out on the nice rug and eat their dessert (picnic style) while we watch a show- they’ve been enjoying The Voice lately…

8:30 pm

We head up to bed and read the Children’s Storybook Bible for a bit and then lights out. Both girls LOVE for me to rub their backs and “sing” (I really don’t sing well, hence the quotations 🙂 so I just move from one bed to the other to do this for both of them (they share a room as that allows them to have a larger playroom)

9-10 pm

I do some miscellaneous tasks like fold and put away laundry, check work emails, check Instagram (that’s my favorite) while Matt works for a bit… he doesn’t always work this late but he’s in a busy season at work that requires extra hours.

10-11 pm

We normally get in bed with a small bowl of ice cream (we are big Ben and Jerry’s fans- Phish Food, Cherry Garcia, YUM!) and watch a show… because neither of us had finished Downton Abbey, nor watched it together (we’ve only been married about a year and a half), we’ve been watching that- almost done, we also have loved Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, of course This Is Us, Breaking Bad and many, many more!

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11 pm

Lights out for us!

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About Katie: Katie Crocombe (pronounced like the words Crow-come), is a professional life coach and the founder of Flourish + Co. She is passionate about encouraging giftedness in women and partnering with them to design an intentional life through speaking, coaching and leading workshops. Katie and her husband, Matt, live in Atlanta, with their 2 daughters, Bella (9) and Ava (7).

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How To Balance Your Business With Your Day Job

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Today’s guest post comes from Jackie from Jade and Oak. Jackie and I are in a small mastermind group and I thought she would be a perfect guest on the blog! I know how hard it can be do balance a day job and a side business and since she is currently doing that I thought many of you could relate to her!  Enjoy!

How To Balance Your Business With Your Day Job

Thanks so much to Brittney for letting me guest post for her today! My name is Jackie and I’ve been blogging at Jade and Oak for nearly 5 years, all while I have worked full time as a lawyer. I started my blog initially as a creative outlet while I was working as a litigator. I initially had no real “plans” for my blog being a full-time business or even a part time business. However, over the past few years, I have dedicated more time into growing my business so I’ve had to find ways to balance this with my day job.

I’m going to share my favorite methods for balancing your business with your day job (all without going crazy).

Creating a Management Schedule

Obviously, time management is the biggest hurdle. There are only so many hours in the day and it’s hard enough to management one job schedule, let alone multiple schedules. When I started getting more serious about my business, I knew it would be a lot of work so I figured out how much time I could devote to my biz on a daily or weekly basis.

For me, I am gone every day from about 6:30 am until 5 pm. I go to bed around 11 pm each night, which gives me about 6 hours after work. I don’t want to be spending all that time on my side biz of course, so I just tell myself how much time I can spend on my biz each night. Some nights, I have other things going on, so I might spend 30 minutes on my business or I might do nothing that day. I usually also try to carve out a few hours on the weekends, if I have time, to work on some things as well.

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So look at your schedule and see what works for you – maybe a little time each day before/after work or larger chunks of time when you have a day off.

Stop Wasting Time

We all think we are super busy, but in reality, most of us waste a ton of time each day. For example, I spend way too much time scrolling through social media and love look at Instagram or watching videos on Facebook of cute animals. I don’t want to even imagine how much time I waste doing this every day, but I do know that I could be using that time much more wisely. Instead of 10-15 minutes of mindless scrolling, I could work on cleaning up my inbox or scheduling out social media posts for my own business.

Likewise, see those times when you are truly wasting time (as opposed to doing something that you find joy/fulfillment with, like catching up on tv shows or working out, etc). Cutting back on these time wasters will not only free up time for you to work on your biz or do something truly enjoyable, but you might also feel better mentally by not wasting your time in these ways. Giving yourself back some time will be beneficial in so many different ways.

Give Yourself (Real) Breaks

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That being said, make sure to carve out time for yourself to do things that you truly enjoy. You are working your butt off at your day job and with your biz, so you deserve to relax. For me, I make sure to spend some time with my husband, eating dinner together or catching up on our fave tv shows, without looking at my phone. Or I give myself a cut-off time each evening and make sure I have time to read in bed before I go to sleep. If you’re burnt out and don’t have time to relax, that’s not going to help you be better at either of your jobs.

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Multi-Tasking

Now I don’t recommend ALWAYS multi-tasking since I just said you don’t want to burn out on your biz. But if I’m really swamped or don’t have time for things later, I try to squeeze in some simple multi-tasking. If I’m waiting at the doctor’s office or I’ll on the elliptical at the gym, I might review some emails or check my social media. I don’t do this a ton, but I know that if I can cross a few things off of my list now, it will help me out in the long run.

Do Big Tasks One Time

Sometimes we just need to suck it up and spend a few hours (or however long it takes) to get some time-consuming tasks off of our plate. Some tasks can be broken down into little manageable time chunks but for others, it’s better to just rip the bandaid off. For example, awhile ago I switched from Mailchimp to ConvertKit and I dreaded doing the tasks of migrating over and recreating my free email courses in ConvertKit. I could’ve just done a few things at a time, but it was better to just set aside a few hours and get it over with.

Likewise, any big tasks that you really just need to do one-time or infrequently (maybe setting up some new email funnels, working on your taxes, updating your Services page), just bite the bullet and get it done with. It might be time-consuming but it’s so much better than having that task hanging over your head and lingering on and on.

Batch Tasks

Now, for those tasks that you need to do on a more regular basis (such as taking photos, social media scheduling, working on blog posts), batching your tasks can be the best method for saving time. This is where you spend a chunk of time doing just one type of task, such as taking all of the photos for your blog or social media for a time period, all at one time (rather than just taking one photo per day for social media). You are already in the mindset of working on this tasks, so you are way more efficient than if you were switching quickly between different types of tasks.

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Scheduling Apps

These are a HUGE timesaver since you can do all of your social media for the week or month at one time. I use Buffer to schedule out tweets, the native scheduler in Facebook and BoardBooster for Pinterest. Check out some of the different apps that are out there to find ones that are the most helpful for you.

Enlist Help

If you are at a point in your business where you can delegate out some of your tasks, definitely look into this. You can work with others in tons of different ways – help with social media, graphic design, accounting etc. Use a cost/benefit analysis to determine where it’s worth it for you to just pay someone else to do the work for you, rather than wasting your precious time on these kinds of tasks.

Online Courses

Another huge time saver is to find some online courses or guides to educate you on some topics. Yes, you can easily google lots of different things, but sometimes it’s more worth it to pay for a course to teach you the best methods in way less time. This is another cost/benefit analysis, where you can determine if it might be worth it for you to pay someone to teach you something that would otherwise take you tons of ton to learn on your own for free. Do your research and invest where it makes sense for you.

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I know it can be overwhelming to grow your biz while still working your day job, but it’s all about finding the right balance that works for YOU. I have a free email course for people who blog on the side if you are interested in learning more – The Part Time Blogger. Also check out my website for more info on how to grow your blog and biz, including how to make sure you’re keeping it all legal. Thanks again to Brittney for hosting me!

Guest bio:

Jackie has been blogging for nearly 5 years and has been a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania for nearly 7 years. Jackie started her blog, Jade and Oak, as a creative outlet when she was working as a litigator. She now helps bloggers and small business owners grow their business AND make sure that they are keeping everything legal. When she isn’t working at her day job or on Jade and Oak, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two pugs, taking ballet classes and travelling.

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Day In The Life: Lauren from Grit & Glitter Co

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Hey you sweet people you! This week’s DITL guest is the always honest, genuine, and real The Real Female Entrepreneur podcast host Lauren Frontierra. I started following her on Instagram a few month’s ago and immediately downloaded and binge listened to her podcast (this, this, and this are some of my favorites).

I enjoy following her because not only is she inspirational and just an all around fun person to follow, but she shares the real side of being a business owner. Heck, it’s basically what her podcast is all about!

Obviously it’s hard to boil down what an average day in the life is like, especially as a business owner, because in reality no day is the same, but I love how she shares a few of her constants, when she’s most productive, and how she makes sure to have time with her husband and pup at the end of each day.

Enjoy!

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Day In The Life: Lauren from Grit and Glitter Co

In an effort for full transparency, I’m just going to cut to the real, raw, honest part of it all before we nosedive into an hour-by-hour recap of my day. Unlike some, I am not a creature of habit – at least not when it comes to the structure of my day. So, if I were to really take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of a day in my life, you may get a little dizzy. But there are a few constants throughout my days, and I’ll make sure to point those out. As for the rest, well, just hang out. It’s about to get fun. And I promise, as long as you’re sitting (hopefully with a tea or a latte or something yummy in hand) you won’t get dizzy.

So, come along with me on this one particular day. I’ve tried my best to combine all the days into one to give you a look at an average ol’ day!

6 am: Wake Up

I’m an early bird … when I can pull my butt out of bed ! So, my day usually begins between 5-6:30a. But for this day (remember, they’re not all the same), we’ll go with 6a. I’d love to say I’m woken up peacefully by the sun, but I’d just be lying. I’m usually woken by the sound of our 100lb Bernese Mountain Dog shaking his entire body. It’s loud. And he’s realized it’s the perfect alarm clock to get our (our being my hubby and my) butts out of bed. He’s the cutest, though, so I can’t complain.

6-6:30 am: Me Time

Ok. Remember how I said I’d cut to the real, raw, honest part of it all? This 30 minutes of my day is carved out on an ideal day. More often than not, though, I roll out of bed, shake myself awake, and dive headfirst into getting ready (read: pulling on stretchy pants, throwing my hair into a pony, and grabbing yesterday’s shirt off of the floor) or working.

When I do make time for some me time right away, though, my days are always better. I’m happier, more energetic, more productive, and all around just a better, kinder human being. Self-care is important, sweet people. And if you can squeeze it into your early morning, it’s life-changing.

Me time in the mornings for me usually looks like reading, a little meditating, and some yoga. I always have one fiction and one nonfiction book going, so I’ll grab one of the two to read for a few minutes. If I make time for yoga, I always spend time with my lady Adriene of “Yoga with Adriene” on YouTube. As for meditation, I try to do it before I ever get out of bed. I set the alarm on my phone for 5 minutes, close my eyes, lay down, and just try to be still (easier said than done).

6:30-9:30 am: Start Work

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The morning hours are my best hours. I’m never more productive than when I wake up early and get right to work. On an ideal day, I’ll head to the coffee shop early (I have a few favorites here in Charlotte) and crank out a ton of work right away. This early morning work is always, always, always reserved for the podcast. With 3 episodes a week, it’s a lot of work.

During the early morning hours, I try to respond to and send emails, send requests to future guests, plan, and edit upcoming episodes.

9:30-10 am: Time for Breakfast

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I wake up early, but I don’t eat right away. I always start my day with a glass or two of water and either a latte or tea, but I’ll wait a few hours for food. For breakfast, I change it up often, but I have my go-to’s. One of my favorites is toast topped with peanut butter or coconut oil and honey, cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and blueberries or strawberries with a banana on the side. It’s the most amazing power-packed toast ever. And it’s really damn delicious!

10-1 pm: Back to Work

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Once home from the coffee shop, with breakfast in hand, I’ll head upstairs to the office and get back to work. I usually work on the podcast up until 12p. Some days I have podcast recording calls, but I usually try to schedule all of these for one week out of the month.

Around 12p, I set podcast work aside and get started on work for my freelance clients. Contrary to popular belief, the podcast isn’t a money-making machine – yet!!! We’re working on getting there! – so, my freelance work is what I call my “pay-the-bills” work. I have amazing clients and the work is all virtual, so I can do it from my home office, or really, anywhere for that matter.

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1 pm: Lunch

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Food is one of my favorite parts of the day. For lunch, I’ll typically do leftovers from dinner the night before. One perk of working from home, though, is that you never have to plan lunch in advance. And worst case, if there are no leftovers, you can just throw something together.

By this time of the day, I’m usually starting to run out of steam. Like I said, I’m a morning person, so the afternoons aren’t really my jam. So, while I’m eating lunch I’ll watch a YouTube video or two and give myself a little down time.

1:30-5:30 pm: More Work

These afternoon hours are H-A-R-D for me. I spend them finishing up freelance work, typically, and throw in a handful of snack breaks to make it easier. On the days when I don’t do yoga, I try to squeeze in a run. A late afternoon run (about 2-3p) is the perfect way to rejuvenate myself for the next few hours.

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I also like to pour myself a glass of wine around 4p as a “hoorah!” for the day so far and a pep talk to get me through the last little bit. My favorite, though, is when I have an end-of-the-day call between 4-5p. I always pour a glass of a wine and call it a girls’ night!

5:30 pm: Walk le Pup With le Hubs

Once work is over and le hubs is home, we’ll walk the pup. It’s such a sweet time of the day to be outside and to catch up on each others’ days. During the winter months, it’s been the best to catch part of the sunset, too!

6 pm: Make Dinner

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Ok, sweet people, this may be one of my favorite parts of the day. I love food, and I love cooking. So, dinner time is just a big ol’ celebration! Several nights a week I’ll make a more in-depth meal, but I like I to keep it fairly easy during the week. I eat mostly plant-based, vegetarian meals. A few of my favorite dinner go-to’s are this, this, and this when we’re doing breakfast-for-dinner.

7 pm: Eat Dinner + Catch Up With le Hubs

Sitting down at the table for dinner is sacred time in our house. Turn the lights low. Turn on some music. And put the phones away. We like to start the meal by sharing something we’re each thankful for. I love having this extra time to just talk to Josh about life and dreams and catch up more on our days. At least one night a week, we like to make some time right after eating to play a game. Bananagrams is our favorite!

8-10 pm: Time to Pour Into Myself (read: self-care)

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The last bit of the night is really a free-for-all. Some nights I spend this time finishing up podcast work. Most nights, I try to make some more time for myself, though, to wind down and fill myself up. I take a bath several nights a week and kick back in the hot tub with a good book. Bubble baths and reading are two of my favorite ways to practice self-care and pour into myself. Then, it’s lights out typically by 9:30-10p. If this lady is up past 10p, it’s a wild night!

Thanks for coming along for a day in my life, sweet people! I hope it gave you a sneak peek into my mostly showerless, hair-never-done, stretchy clothes way of life and work. If I could leave you with 3 things, though, it’d be these:

Remember that a day in the life is just a snapshot of my day. There are so many ups and downs and tears and fears that I simply can’t fit into this timestamp of my average day. Chasing your dreams is hard work.

Your day will look different. It should look different. What works for me won’t necessarily work for you. Do what works for you and leaves you feeling the most full at the end of the day.

Try swapping the word “busy” with “full” and watch your heart breathe a sigh of relief.

Cheers, my loves! Happy whatever-day-it-is that you’re living!

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About Lauren: Lauren is the dreamer behind and host of The Female Entrepreneur Podcast. She sits down with female entrepreneurs every week to dive into the real, raw, hard parts of their life and business journeys. When she’s not heart-deep in a soul chat, you can find her at a local coffee shop, cooking, or adventuring with her pup and hubby.

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Welcome to another Day in the Life post! If you’re new around here, let me explain what this series is all about.

I started the Day in the Life series because I wanted to show what a day in the life of all kinds of small business owners is truly like. This includes the perfect Instagram flat lays…and the mess on your desk. We all know that life isn’t Instagram or Pinterest perfect, yet not many of us talk about the uglier, less pretty parts of business and I hope to change that.

This series is to show a behind the scenes look at people from all kinds of industries and from all over the world, of what a day in the life is really like.

Today’s post comes from Zoe from ZoeLinda.co! We met via Instagram (yeah, so far everyone in the series I’ve met via social media!) and she’s always been very open about what works for her business as well as sharing the not so great parts of business (just wait until you see what happens toward the end of her day!).

I’m so happy to have her as a guest and I won’t keep you waiting any longer!

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Day In The Life: Zoe Polland from Zoe Linda

Being a solopreneur is tough work. It’s gritty, it’s exhausting, it’s full of twists and turns, and it’s hard. A lot of figureheads online sugar coat what it’s like to run your own business. They sell you this alternate reality where you’re traveling most of the year, emailing by a poolside and working a couple of hours a day at most.

I’m so glad that Brittney asked me to take part in her Day In The Life series to help shine a light on what being a solopreneur really looks like on a day-to-day basis. I’m ALL about authenticity in business and this is right up my street. I get to be honest about what I do on a daily basis in a judgment free zone and you get an inside look into the life of an online business owner. Win-win!

7:30 am

My alarm goes off. I snoozed it – multiple times. This is when my boyfriend wakes up to get ready for work so I drift in and out of sleep as I hear the shower run and the caravan wobble as he walks around. (Yes, I live in a caravan on my Dad’s building site! But this is a very very long and rather interesting story for another day.)

8:20 am

James (my boyfriend) wakes me up. Because James suffers from epilepsy, he is unable to drive. Conveniently, we live in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE so I am his chauffeur extraordinaire, which means early morning starts – and I am not a morning person. #NightOwlsFTW

8:30 am

After dragging myself into some jogging bottoms and woolly jumper, I hopped in the car and drove James to work. It’s about 15 minutes there and back so I’m always home by about 9am.

9 am

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When I got home, I made myself a tea and a slice of toast. I checked my social media and read all my new emails but it’s still too early for my brain to function.

9:10 am

I’ve got my cuppa and a snuggly blanket station on the sofa – I’m ready to relax! I set up ‘Destiny’ on PS4 and fight some aliens for an hour or so. They had it coming, believe me! I LOVE this part of my day because it really lets me unwind and take some time to myself. James usually hogs the TV in the evenings so I rarely have time to play/watch what I want by myself. This is the perfect time to do this!

Sometimes I feel like I should be so much more productive in the morning, but then I realise that just because everyone else online is such a morning person, it doesn’t mean I have to be. I love that I’m more of a night owl – I don’t necessarily stay up til 3am every night but I definitely get more done later in the day.

10 am (ish)

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I say ‘ish’ because I wasn’t really looking at times. I know it must be around 10 am because that’s when my Dad unlocks his front door. My office is in my Dad’s house so I always mosey on over to his (literally a 15-second walk from my Caravan to his front door) with Nala (the puppy) at 10ish to get started on work for the day.

10:10 am

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After boiling the kettle and making myself a hot water bottle (I’ve been having back problems), I planned out my day in my bullet journal. I usually do this the night before but last night I went to the cinema with James and we had a late night watching Gilmore Girls to take my mind off of the heartbreaking ending to La La Land. (I can’t be the only one that cried at the end, right?) I’ve only recently started bullet journaling but I LOVE it – it’s made me so much more productive!

10:30 am to 11:30 am

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I had so many emails to sift through. I’m an ‘Inbox Zero’ kinda gal and I hadn’t gone through my inbox in four days so I had a lot of work to do! I like to reply to everyone who responds to my newsletters so this takes some time. I also have a lot of client emails I need to action before I reply so I end up doing a tiny bit of client work in this time too.

I find purging my inbox to be so therapeutic but it always takes so long! If anyone has any tips, please let me know!

11:30 am to 11:45 am

I took this time to update my business finances spreadsheet/forecast as I’ve had a couple of new clients book recently. I also decided to postpone a course relaunch and move forwards my upcoming Instagram e-course so I needed to reflect this in my forecast!

11:45 am

Wait a second. I’ve gone the whole day so far without a coffee?! How did this happen?! Once I realised this shocking truth, I used my new Nespresso machine to make myself a caramel latte – seriously, it’s like having a Starbucks on my desk. I LOVE IT.

12 pm

My Twitter chat was the next day so I needed to plan my content for this! The topic was ‘blog monetization’ and I usually do 5 to 6 questions with a few ‘top tips’ tweets in between. I spent some time planning this out whilst simultaneously watching a webinar by Halley Grey – I love that woman.

12:30 pm

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I’m planning to create an e-course all about Instagram and I wanted to set up a VIP waiting list. So I spent a while creating a landing page where my audience can sign-up to become a VIP and they’ll be the first to hear more details about the course. I also spent some time here replying to tweets and social media messages.

1 pm

Once my waiting page was complete, I posted about it in my Facebook group. I need to spend some time adding this into my MeetEdgar queue but this can wait.

1:10 pm

After commenting on a thread in a Facebook group, I ended up messaging a girl who needed help with her pricing structure. I like to do this quite regularly and spend at least an hour a week helping others in Facebook groups.

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1:30 pm

With less than a half an hour until I had a call with a potential client, I scrambled to make lunch and eat as quick as I could. I ended up having a fish finger sandwich – a British classic!

2:15 pm to 3 pm

I had a call with a potential client about my influencer marketing services. It must have worked well because they booked me for a three-month retainer! Woohoo! This put me on a high until…

3:15 pm

I spilt orange juice all over my keyboard! I quickly unplugged it from my iMac and managed to get rid of most of the spillage but it was still very sticky and needed a deep clean. I had another call at 4pm so didn’t really have time to clean the whole thing. I ran back to my caravan and grabbed my wireless keyboard I got with my iMac. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the design of the wireless keyboard but I just prefer the click of ‘chunkier’ keys. Does that make any sense?! Haha!

3:25 pm

My new wireless keyboard was taking ages to connect so I decided to film an Instagram story about my bullet journal whilst I waited. After filming a whole story, I realised that the internet was down and the videos weren’t even uploading! What a day!

3:50 pm

It wasn’t long until my next call, which was a virtual coffee date with the lovely Louise from Solopreneur Sidekick. I decided to make a tea (Assam is my tea of choice!) and brush my very long, very tangled hair in preparation – this was a no makeup day so I needed to make SOME effort!

4 pm to 4:45 pm

I had my virtual coffee date with Louise, which went really well! It’s so important to spend time connecting with other creatives, especially when you live and work in a remote area. I really wish my town had some kind of co-working space but it’s just too small for that! (New business idea for when I have a tonne of cash, maybe? Haha!)

4:45 pm to 5 pm

I had a few tasks I needed to implement after talking to Louise so I made sure to action these right away before I forgot. I have a GREAT long-term memory – like I can remember what my sisters got for Christmas 5 years ago – but my short-term memory is extremely bad. I’m definitely the type of person to walk into a room and completely forget why they walked in there. This is why I have like 3 planners AND Asana to make sure I don’t forget anything!

5 pm to 5:30 pm

A new client had finished a questionnaire I sent over and I wanted to take the time to read her responses through. I got my client notebook out and wrote out all of her answers – I’m a firm believer in writing things out by hand to help drill information in! This really helped me to understand the client’s business and goals better so I can pull together a more bespoke strategy for her Pinterest account!

5:35 pm

I was late to pick James up – he finishes at 5:30 pm every day! Oops! I rushed Nala back to the caravan and grabbed my car keys.

6 pm

When we got home, I ran back to my office to grab my laptop and charger. I decided I wanted to work from home for the rest of the evening. I started on dinner when I got back – we had a broccoli and tomato quiche with chips and baked beans. VERY healthy 😉

7:30 pm

The BRIT Awards were on this evening so I had this on the telly whilst I pulled together an update for one of my monthly clients. This didn’t take me too long so I only had my laptop out for about an hour or so!

10:30 pm

When the awards ended, I was feeling pretty sleepy. I went to bed at around 10:30 pm and stayed up reading my book for about 30 minutes. I’m currently reading ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell – it’s about a sitcom writer who discovers a magic phone that lets her call the past! It’s SUCH a good read.

I must have drifted off to sleep because I woke up when James came to bed at around midnight!

Of course, this isn’t an accurate representation of what EVERY day looks like for me. For example, today (the day I’m writing this post) I’ve spent most of my time on the phone to banks and insurance companies and I pretty much did nothing business related until 4 pm.

I hope this has helped you gain an insight into the working life of a solopreneur!

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Day In The Life: Christina Ochoa from The Social Butterfly Gal

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Another week, another Day in the Life post! This week’s post is from the lovely Christina from The Social Butterfly Gal.

Christina and I “met” via a Twitter chat and then quickly started following each other on Instagram and watching each other’s stories. She’s a Texas gal, so hopefully we will be able to meet in person sometime soon!

One reason I wanted to feature her was that she offers some similar services that I do. I always think it’s interesting to see how other people similar to me structure their day!

Anyways, let’s get to it!

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Day In The Life: Christina Ochoa from The Social Butterfly Gal

Whenever I get asked to describe what a day looks like for me, I always chuckle. No day is ever the same. If you’re just meeting me for the first time, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Christina Ochoa, founder of The Social Butterfly Gal, an event & social media strategy business. I’m based out of San Antonio, TX, but work with creatives from all over.

Creative Entrepreneurship keeps me on my toes. Somedays I finish work at 3 p.m, sometimes I’m working until 1 a.m. The upside is I get to schedule my hours- but that’s also the downside. The way I choose to work is by batching my days. I use Monday and Fridays for admin work, content creation and any other tasks I need to get done with my own business. I work with clients every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and they can schedule their sessions from 9am-6p.m. Finally, I allow myself Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 9am-11am to schedule any virtual coffee chats with creatives. Sometimes I work half a day on Saturdays depending on the occasion and I always schedule out social media on Sunday nights.

To give you an example, I’m going let you in on what a typical busy day looks like for me, which is Tuesdays and Thursdays.

6:15 am

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

My fiance’s alarm goes off which is when I wake up too. By 6:30 am I’m in the shower ready to tackle the day.

7:30 am

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

I watch a bit of “Good Morning America” to stay up-to-date with current events and also feed Maddy, my cat before I get in my car.

7:45 am

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

I don’t have an office space and while I do have a home office, I love bouncing around different coffee shops around San Antonio. My favorites are Rosella, CommonWealth Coffee, Local, and Halcyon.

8:15-9 am

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

Once I arrive at the coffee shop, I spend this time writing my to-do list, looking at my calendar and answering any emails I need to answer. I also update my Instagram stories and Snapchat as I LOVE to give my audience daily updates on my day-to-day tasks!

9am-9:30 am

I check in with The Swarm Society ladies. The Swarm Society is my membership community! We have a Facebook group and do live master classes, meet-ups, and check-in calls. Every day around 9:15 am our daily prompts go out in the Facebook and I’m always on hand ready to comment back!

9:30-11 am

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

I have my first social media client session of the day! I work with creatives that are usually in their 3rd-4th year in business. I focus on enhancing their social media so they can reach their audience quicker. One of my current clients is called “Cafe Con Ellas” they’re a digital website highlighting San Antonio businesses. I’ve been working with Rose since December and our primary focus is on visibility through various social media platforms and media relations.

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11:15 am-12:30 pm

Lunch time! Some days I bring my lunch to the coffee shops, other days I have lunch meetings with other business owners in town or attend networking lunches. I’m part of two women business organizations in San Antonio. National Association of Women Business Owners– San Antonio Chapter & Association of Women in Communications– San Antonio Chapter. Usually, these two organizations have networking lunches once every month.

1-1:30 pm

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

I have a check-in call with one of the members of The Swarm Society. When I launched my membership community, I wanted it to be intimate space where everyone can learn from everyone. Every month, I provide 30 min check-in calls for members. This is where they can ask me any questions they have regarding their blog/business/ social media etc. On this Tuesday, I had one with Byrdie Franco!

2-3:30 pm

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

I have another client strategy session! One of my newest clients is a fashion boutique! Gizelle Jasso owns Blue’s Fashion Boutique. We recently started working together on creating a powerful Instagram and Facebook strategy. Just in the two weeks, we have begun working together, and she already secured a vendor spot for a local fashion event in March!

3:45-5 pm

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

I start wrapping up for the day. I usually update The Social Butterfly Gal’s blog on Wednesdays and Fridays so on Tuesdays; I make sure all of the content is created, edited and scheduled out. I also have a YouTube channel and create content for it and the blog on Mondays. If I have some time, I will either edit my YouTube videos or go LIVE on Facebook live on The Social Butterfly Gal’s Facebook Page. I usually do mini live workshops once a week.

6-8 pm

My fiance comes home from work, and we love to spend time cooking together. I use this time to unplug so I can spend time with him.

8 pm

If there is a Twitter chat, I’m usually participating in it, and I also host one of my own for TSS. It’s #TheSwarmSocietyChat, and it happens once a month usually on the second Monday of the month at 8pm CST.

9-10 pm

Time to go to bed!

No day is ever the same and that’s what makes entrepreneurship so much fun!

Day In The Life: Christina from The Social Butterfly

About The Social Butterfly Gal: I’m Christina, a digital strategist helping creatives build powerful digital strategies. In between the sips of coffee, social media notifications and writing, you will find me living up to my brand name-being a social butterfly; attending various networking and local events around San Antonio, TX. 

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