Community Over Competition

A pink background with red text that says 'We don't have to do it alone. We were never meant to.' A quote by Brene Brown

I am a big advocate for the saying community over competition.

As a solopreneur in business in a competitive industry it would be easy to foster a scarcity mindset and be jealous and just out for myself.

But I have found so much more joy in fostering relationships and building connections that have a sense of community.

I will gladly shout your name from the rooftops, I love to support other amazing women who are good at what they do.

I have belief in myself and that those that are meant for me will find me, it’s all about quality over quantity.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and reach out to other people that you admire or might want to work with. I have made incredible friendships online that also became friends in real life.

The social media landscape can be a tricky one and you will of course encounter the not so nice part at some stage. But if you put out positivity and are supportive, you’ll generally get that back.

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I don’t think people stress enough just how important networking and building your community can be when it comes to building a business (or a career). If I wasn’t the sort to genuinely comment and engage with other people, I don’t think I would be where I am today.

Which isn’t a massive following by any stretch of the imagination, but I have forged amazing friendships and I show them love right back. I appreciate each and every single one…but especially the ones that take the time to send me a DM or leave a comment.

Social media isn’t just about followers and sales, the clue is in the name…SOCIAL. If you truly want to build a community of your own, you need to put in the work. Reply to every comment and DM, take time to go and engage with other accounts you follow and sprinkle some love around. A little goes a long way…

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So this is my little pep talk to you, to encourage you to try and be more social (my introverts, I know this is hard for you…a simple like still shows a creator you like what they do!).

Happy networking and here’s to our community. x

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I feel like most social media managers can relate to that saying.

So many of us are busy giving advice to clients on best practice for their socials yet tend to neglect our own. The busier we get the less we implement all of the things we know we should be doing to help build our own business.

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It’s a bit of a catch 22…makes you feel a little bit hypocritcial if I’m honest. I would be lying if I use the age old excuse that I don’t have time, I could find the time…get up earlier, not binge netflix shows etc.

I kind of compare it to chefs that don’t necessarily enjoy cooking when they are at home because they’ve been doing it all day at work.

The last thing I want to do is burnout or post content for the sake of posting content. I don’t want to lose my love for it or feel resentful about having to ‘do all the things’. The reality is that if I want to grow my business and attract new clients…I need to be showing up consistently.

The whole reason businesses outsource to SMM’s in the first place is because it is a struggle to do it all. As a small business owner you wear many hats, some of them are out of your wheelhouse of expertise and you might need a helping hand to juggle it all.

It’s knowing when to do that and reaching a place (not just financially) where you feel comfortable taking that step. It’s no small decision to entrust your baby with a total stranger. Finding someone that you click with and who you feel will be the right person to help kick your business goals is a big deal.

The journey feels more like a rollercoaster than a leisurely Sunday drive sometimes, social media can be fickle. Things can change at the drop of a hat, the goal posts move. Finding someone who becomes a part of your team/cheer squad is nice to have.

I’m not necessarily just referring to myself, there’s plenty of us out there. We get a thrill out of watching you succeed and grow, that is our job afterall.

I didn’t really have a point to all of this, I just wanted to do a post to kind of explain why I haven’t been active on here. There’s really no excuse though, I could have made the time. If it is a priority you will find the time.

I can say that I am more consistent over on Instagram, that is where you’re more likely to find me. I’m not throwing in the towel here but if you come back in a couple of months and I still haven’t blogged…my bad, I’m sorry.

If you ever have any questions, want a chat or are maybe looking for that right fit you can always shoot me a message or an email. x