Making the most of my solo status
So lately I've been thinking about going at it alone… in business, that is. I remember, in the early days of Pen & Peplum, being so inspired by blogs such as Design Love Fest, Young House Love and A Beautiful Mess. I would spend hours and hours drooling over their killer creative content, beautifully styled shoots or incredibly impressive projects. Plus they always look like they're having so much fun, don't they? And I would have these dreams about creating content of my own that was creative, fun and bright. But I knew that these were big blogs made up of a team of people, or at the very least one other person.
And I didn't have that.
It was just me.
For a long time, that thought used to limit the work I created. For some reason I just accepted the fact that you needed a team of people to work on such amazing projects. I thought that it would be silly of me to try and style shoots of my own or work towards bigger things all by myself. Time went on and I did what I thought was within the limits of my humble little solo venture.
Then I kind of got sick of waiting.
I hope with all my heart that one day I get the privilege of working with a whole bunch of amazing creatives. But until that day, I've decided to just keep working on my skills with the hope that, when that day comes, I'll be able to bring my own experience and expertise to the table. If I want to develop my skills in a certain area, it's up to me to work on that. If the choice was between putting my aspirations and skill development on hold, or feeling embarrassed about doing these things on my own, then the decision became pretty clear to me. I may not be able to create the same level of work as a blog or a business with a bigger team and a much bigger budget, but I could certainly work with what I've got and practice my heart out.
If you're a little solo venture - whether that be a blog or a business, here are 3 ways to make the most of your solo status:
The beauty of being on your own means that you get to play and experiment with lots of different things with no one to influence your decisions. You get to try things on for size and really discover what you like and what you don't. What works for you and your brand, and what doesn't. You get to make lots of mistakes, learn from them and head straight back to the drawing board. Being on your own is a wonderful time to hone in on your area of expertise, your unique aesthetic, your voice, and your philosophy.
2. Practice, practice, practice
Once you get a better sense of what works for you, being on your own means you get to practice, practice, practice! You get the chance to completely immerse yourself in what you love. You get to work on your art and develop your skills. You get to research, refine, and become an expert.
3. Own it
I've recently changed the language I use to describe my blog and business. I used to use "we" a lot to describe Pen & Peplum. "We do this…" and "We are that…" because I thought it made me appear bigger, more established, and more professional. But I've recently decided to honour and declare the fact that - you know what? - I'm a one woman show over here. Everything you see, everything you read is created by me. It takes a whole lotta work to create art, to create content… and I think we should celebrate the fact that we do it on our own (champagne anyone?!). Does being on your own mean that you can't be taken seriously? I don't think so. Own it, baby!
Ok, I'm going to leave it there before I begin fist pumping the air. I hope I've given you something to think about over the weekend. There are plenty of advantages to working with a team, but don't undervalue the work you're doing on your own.
How will you honour and celebrate your solo status?