How One Millennial Woman Ditched Her Fears to Launch Her Own Social Media Management Biz
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Each month, we sit down with one of our incredible Bucketlist Bombshells Academy students, who have chased their dreams with a fierce fire, taken the solopreneur world by storm, and are now totally rockin’ the online biz world.
Wanna get to know our next rockstar Bucketlist Bombshell? Let’s get to it, chica!
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👋 Hi there! Annejolie here, founder of Brine and Brevity Studios. I’m here to share strategies and tips on Instagram management and content marketing. I’ll also be sharing some of my experiences as an entrepreneur, which hopefully you can relate to! But this is a two way street and I’d love to get to know you better as well! Share something about yourself or your business in the comments below and I’ll check out your profile. Let’s have a conversation! >>>
Name: Annejolie Roex
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Business: Brine & Brevity Studios
Services she offers: Social Media Management, Email Marketing, Blog Management
We sat down with Annejolie to chat about her own personal girl boss journey, what she’s learned as her business has grown over the past year and her advice for aspiring Bucketlist Bombshells!
What inspired you to take the courses inside the BB Academy? I wanted to work and travel the world! I knew a friend who had taken the course and flew off to Bali. At first I was so jealous that she was able to do that, but then I thought, “If you’re willing to take the leap, you can do it too!”. So I did 🙂
What was the moment that you decided to ditch your 9-5? Did you have an “aha” moment? I basically realized that if I kept doing what I was doing I wasn’t going to reach my full potential. I became afraid that after going through the motions day after day I would look back on my life and realize I’d wasted it. I still, to this day, shudder at the thought of living a ho-hum life and regretting it.
How long did it take you to transition out of your 9-5, and how much time did you dedicate a week in order to make it happen? I got my first client in June, after starting the courses in April, and went to part time then. By the end of July I’d quit my 9 to 5. It was probably a bit premature considering I was only working about 15 hours a week at the time, but I made it work!
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Working from home by yourself can really start to take a toll on your mental health. For some people it’s perfect, but for others who need a little more human interaction (like me) it can be really tough to avoid feelings of aloneness. I want to share a tip with you that took me a while to really appreciate the importance of. It sounds simple, but it is powerful: *** Leave your house every day *** Working from a cafe, a co-working space, or with other entrepreneurs can be an amazing way to level up your productivity, accountability, and add an energizing social aspect to your entrepreneur lifestyle. But it doesn’t have to be work related. Leaving the house for a walk to get some fresh air, running a few errands, or getting to the gym are all great ways to just get out of the house for a few hours. A change can be as good as a break, and there’s no match for a change and a break together to leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to get back to work. What about you? Do you fall into the ‘perfectly happy to stay home all day and not see anyone’ category or do you prefer to have some regular human interaction? Talk to me in the comments and tell me about your liiiffffe >>> . . . | image by @dashacrawfordphoto |
What does a “day in the life” look like for you now that you’re running your online biz? I wake up, have coffee, and make a healthy breakfast, which I did not have time for before. Then I work for a few hours from my home office, with a friend, or at a nearby cafe (cafe life is ma jam!). Next, I make a healthy lunch, go to the gym or do some yoga and work some more. Then – surprise! – I make a healthy dinner (seriously, I love being able to cook all my meals from scratch). I often go for a hike during the day, go for lunch with a friend on a whim, or spend time with family when I would have otherwise been at work! This life gives me so much freedom and I love it!
How has the BB Academy helped you on your girl boss journey? I would not have had the confidence to start my own business and travel while working if I had not taken the BB courses. With the help of the Design Skills Course I was able to design my own logo, create my own brand, and design my website. I had know idea how to do that before, and would not have had the confidence to try it if not for the BB courses!
What’s the most challenging part of runnin’ your own online biz? Being the soul decision maker and decision fatigue. It can feel stressful at times to make all these big decisions on your own when you don’t always know what you’re doing. But then I just have to remind myself that most of this pressure is just coming from me, and no-one really knows what they’re doing in life anyway!
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Is social media taking over your day and distracting you from important tasks at hand? Do you feel like you didn’t check off any of the big things on your list today because you were constantly distracted by notifications? I myself deal with this problem on a daily basis and I know all you entrepreneurs who run your own social media have felt like this at some point. Social media is important and most likely necessary for your business. It’s where you engage and connect with your customers, it drives traffic to your website, and is often the first place customers go to find out about your business. But that doesn’t mean that social media is something that you personally need to be in charge of doing in your business. A Social Media Manager can give you hours of time back in your week, and more than that, they can give you back your focus. Be smart about social media in make sure you are spending your time and energy wisely in your business. If you’re an entrepreneur who finds themselves getting distracted easily by social media, or go back and forth between being distracted and letting your social media efforts fall by the way side, I highly recommend you look into hiring a Social Media Manager for your business. If you’re interested in finding out more about what a social media manager can do for you, click the link in my bio >>>
How do you stay inspired and motivated on a daily basis? I try to connect with other entrepreneurs who understand what owning a business is like, and can to relate to what I go through on a day to day basis. Something I’ve found makes a huge difference though is working with a friend. It’s just so fun and makes me feel like I’m living my best life! Another thing that really helps me stay motivated to succeed in my business is taking full advantage of the flexibility that this lifestyle allows and making sure that the space I work in is beautiful and inspiring.
What was your biggest setback, and how did you overcome it? My biggest setback was my mentality and lack of confidence in myself. There are times when that way of thinking still hold me up, as I think it does in every entrepreneur from time to time. I overcame these mental blocks with a lot of positive self talk, unconditional support from my husband, family, and friends, and taking the time I needed to just work through it and let the feeling pass.
What was the one thing that kept you going when you felt like giving up? Twice I’ve really felt like giving up. The first time was right before I went travelling for several months for the first time, and the second time was soon after I returned from travelling. The first time what kept me going was the desire to travel the world and realize that dream. The second time, it was the dread of going back to a 9 to 5 after so long and losing the freedom that I had gained when I started working for myself. Honestly, the lifestyle is what you make it, and I’ve made mine perfect for me.
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Has anyone else been struggling to get out of bed in the mornings lately? I don’t know if it’s the dreary weather, or all the moving/change I’ve been dealing with lately, but it makes me want to cocoon under the covers indefinitely. Here’s my plan to combat what I like to call the “Dementor Effect” to be more motivated and productive: 1. Prioritize going to sleep earlier, and waking up earlier. I find if I let me self sleep in a couple times a week it just destroys my routine! 2. Get out of the house and work at a cafe a few times a week. I find if I work at home all week it makes me feel more drained, I’m not entirely sure why! Any ideas? 3. If all else fails, practice some self compassion and drink coffee in bed until I’m awake and functional 😀 Have you been experiencing the Dementor Effect? Let me know what you’re doing to get yourself right and ready to be motivated and productive!
How long was it until you landed your first client online? I started the courses in April 2017 while working my 9 to 5. I finished the Tech skills course mid-May, and I had my first client by the first week of June.
Now that you can work anywhere, what is your fave travel destination to work from? Chiang Mai, Thailand hands down!
Okay, and our absolute favorite question: What is your #1 piece of advice to aspiring Bucketlist Bombshells? You are the only thing in your way. Get out of your own way.
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Last January I posted this: “My husband and I started slowly packing up our apartment this weekend, starting with the picture frames and decor. I’m sad to be leaving our safe and comfortable little apartment, the first one we ever lived in together. It’s your typical first apartment – old, dingy and drafty, but it’s really become home in the last nearly two years. I’m amazed at how attached I am to this small, cozy space we’ve created together and it’s hard to imagine at the end of the month we’ll leave and never come back. Trying, now, to remember that we are off on an amazing adventure to explore the world, and where ever we are together is home ♡” • Little did I know that less than a year later we’d be in the apartment of our dreams. Trust in your journey, *especially* when you have no clue where it will lead. It will guide you safely exactly where you need to be ♡ . . . | image by @dashacrawfordphoto |
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