10 Office Chairs For Taking Care of Business

10 Office Chairs For Taking Care of Business

f you run a business that in any way involves a computer, then I’d be willing to bet you have suffered aches and pains that even years of yoga can’t prevent. 

I’m currently on a mission to find my next soul mate of an office chair. I like my chairs like I like my work-from-home wardrobe - stylish and comfortable. #realtalk.

So, I scoured the discussion threads on Facebook, checked in with my favorite interior design blogs and bookmarked a few top-rated office chairs during my hunt.

Here are a few of my favorites!

How Coffee Chats Changed My Business

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As an online entrepreneur, it can get pretty lonely. No coworkers, no break room banter, no sneaking out early for a long lunch. In fact, if you even remember to eat lunch in a timely fashion these days - then it's a cause for celebration.

Without that built in community that comes in the office setting, it's probably more important than ever for online entrepreneurs to make the effort to build up a community, and make time to connect with fellow business owners. 

This year I've made it a goal to reach outside of my (very cozy) comfort zone and virtually mingle with fellow creatives and business owners through coffee chats, or Skype dates or what ever you want to call them. In fact, I don't even drink coffee so I usually show up with fresh cup of tea! But you get the idea. 

A coffee chat is just a conversation where you can get to know each other and chat about life and business. I do most of mine on Skype or over the phone, but you could meet up in person if they are local. 

Today I'm sharing a few ways that these seemingly simple coffee chats have changed my business.

I MET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER

If you happen to be one of those people that does better when you have someone to check in with, then get yourself an accountability partner ASAP. I met my accountability partner Ashley Cox last year on a coffee chat and we hit it off, quickly realizing we were stronger together. We now chat weekly to update each other on our projects, discuss any setbacks and celebrate our accomplishments. I have tried several methods and masterminds before, but I do best with our one-on-one accountability. Meeting over Skype is a great way to know if you connect to someone and work well together. 

I MET THE REAL PERSON BEHIND THE NAME

I'm in several Facebook Groups for business ladies and it has been so nice to reach out to a few of the names I always see in the news feed to get to know the actual person. Each time I do this I feel like I'm more connected to the community. I find myself being more open in my commenting and more likely to engage in conversations online. If you are having trouble feeling heard or like you are just one tiny voice in a vast sea of comments. Start reaching out and the online world will start to feel more inclusive.

I'VE BECOME MORE CONFIDENT

Meeting so many fellow bosses has really helped me hone my "who I am and what I do" intro. I practice telling them about who I serve, how I got into this business and what makes me unique. Over time you start to leave out the extraneous details and realize what resonates most with people. In a way, I found my story and I feel more confident each time I share it. 

I'VE HAD A-HA MOMENTS

Chatting with a variety of business owners really gives you a chance to discover other perspectives. We swap feedback on our ideas, brainstorm solutions or daydream about our next big thing. I've had a few a-ha moments, one in particular stands out from a coffee chat I had with Katie Williamsen. She was telling me how she outsourced some tasks because she kept procrastinating. Simple really. But I was like "hold. the. phone. You can outsource something JUST because you are procrastinating it?!"

Yes, duh.

I, for some reason, ignored all the advice of "delegate the tasks you don't like to do or can't do", because it was something I liked doing or could do. But that thing you keep putting off, that you don't really mind doing, and your pretty good at - yet you can't seem to make the time to do it. Hire someone to do it for you! And so I did, and guess who has help making her look book now. This girl.  

I FEEL LESS ALONE

This might be the most important reason to book some coffee chats! The common bond you have with other business owners is undeniable. And every now and then you will meet a true-blue, real-deal friend. One of those friends you can ugly cry with, and share your fears and insecurities. The friend you can call when you need advice about a difficult client situation or a weirdo copy cat. They will also be the ones you call when you book your dream client or get an exciting email from an industry leader! These friends will be there for you in ways that your other non-business (but still wonderful) friends and family can't. These friends will just get it

I'M DOING MORE COLLABORATIONS

If you're looking for more ways to collaborate with other businesses, coffee chats are a great way to reach out. You can get to know them and their business and see if a collaboration is the right fit for you both. In fact, Holly Meyer and I met on a coffee chat and have already cooked up a few collaborations. I'm a guest expert in her course, Brand Your Roar. She provided some branding collateral to help me do a styled shoot. And we're just getting started! 

I'M GETTING MORE INQUIRIES

I don't directly pitch on a coffee chat. #sorude. If you naturally end up hiring each other because you have services or products the other person needs, that's one thing. But most likely, you will just gain an extra set of eyes and ears to mention your name if they see someone looking for your service, and vice versa. 

SO, WHO SHOULD YOU CHAT WITH?

Chat with people:

  • who have a similar audience.
  • you admire.
  • you see all the time and want to get to know.
  • who reach out to you.
  • you want to collaborate with.

HOW DO YOU TO FIND THEM?

First, I suggest you set up a schedule (like Calendly) with specific times you are available for coffee chats. This just makes is so much easier for everyone to find a convenient time to chat. 

  • If you have someone in mind, just ask! Send them a nice email or private message and you might be surprised how excited they are to chat. 
  • Ask in Facebook Groups. Introduce yourself and be specific about what kind of connections you'd like to make. An accountability partner, collaborations, fellow shop owners?
  • Try Flock + Co, a curated + searchable directory of influencers and small business owners. Their new app makes personalized collaboration and connection suggestions for you and your business! (Right now they are doing a beta test of the app, so request an invite if you want to be one of the first to try it out and give feedback. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for when they fully launch because it will be awesome!)
  • Ask your newsletter list. 
  • Add it to your contact form on your website. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHAT?

Send me a note here and I'll get back to you shortly with my scheduling link! 

Hot New Podcasts for Creative Entrepreneurs

Top 5 Hot New Podcasts for Creatives

I'm one of those dorky people that listened to podcasts waaaay before they were cool. I think I started in 2010 with This Week In Photography and quickly discovered the ridiculous antics of Joy Wilson and Tracy Benjamin of the (sadly discontinued) Joy The Baker Podcast. Seriously, I miss those ladies so much - they were like having best friends right in your earbuds!  Now I just gently stalk them on Snapchat and Instagram... but I digress. 

The point is, I've been a die hard podcast fan for a long time, and I LOVE the recent boom of new podcasts that cover basically anything you'd ever wanted to know. 

Today I'm sharing my five favorite NEW podcasts for creative entrepreneurs!

1. Creative Empire (website)

The Creative Empire podcast focuses on bringing fresh content from the industry rockstars you'd typically only have access to at conferences, workshops and retreats. Reina Pomeroy (life + biz success coach) and Christina Scalera (attorney for creatives) are a creative business owner's dream team and really bring a unique and friendly approach to each interview. They've also started a new series mentoring business owners where they share some genuine a-ha moments! 

Try:
Episode 14 - How To Market Without Sleaze with Ashley Cox  
Episode 16 - Pricing? What Is The Value Of Your Work  

 

2. Blazing Creative (website)

OK, this one is already on season two, but it's new to me and I don't want you to miss out! Meghan Maydel and Steph Schertz of Bushyl are hilarious and have an uncanny ability to translate reality TV drama into lessons about business. Win-win. Self-described as "a podcast for creative biz owners who are equal parts goofball and girl boss. Who love to laugh as much as they launch. And who have guilty pleasures for good measure." These ladies to not disappoint. You will learn and you will laugh. 

Try: 
Season 1 EP4 - Entrepreneurship & Relationships
Season 1 EP31 - Being A Client Is REALLY Hard

 

3. #createlounge (website)

Kayla Hollatz started #createlounge as a Twitter chat community for creative entrepreneurs and is now curating soul-stirring stories from our own community of creatives for all to hear. If you'd like to get to know the real person behind a brand or business - I encourage you to check it out. You will be inspired!

Try:
Episode 8 - Building Confidence With Style with Tiffany Ima
Episode 6 - Unleash Your Inner Roar with Holly Meyer

 

4. All Up In Your Lady Business (website)

Hosted by another pair of funny ladies, Jaclyn Mellone and Jessica Stansberry bring some fun to the business party! You can hear them twice a week interviewing other lady entrepreneurs and chatting it up. Any episode of Lady Business is always a good time!

Try: 
Episode 13 - Hello World Paper Co.
Episode 15 - You can Do It!

 

5. Systems Saved Me (website)

Hosted by Jordan Gill of Personalized Procedures, this podcast is brand spanking new but already a favorite. I'm always curious how other business owners manage to get it ALL done, so this one will be on the top of my playlist as new episodes are posted. I like that she asks each guest what their best business investment was and what was a total waste of money! 

Try:
Episode 5 - Megan Weaver with Digital Product Downloads

 

I'd love to know, what are you listening to lately? What's your favorite new podcast? Let me know in the comments below!