Go into business she thought, it will be GREAT she thought. I can work when I want, I can make oodles (or at least a quarter of oodles), I can be there for my kids and everything will be on my terms! What’s the downside?!
Hey there lovely,
If you’re still with me then you’ve probably thought one of the about things at some point.
I grew up in a family run business, so business was always a natural progression for me, it’s just what you did right?
Here’s the thing though, business is RARELY what you think it will be, sometimes it has plans and turns that seem to come from nowhere.
If you’ve got a connection to Soar, I don’t need to tell you how important networking is, you already get it. There was a point in my business when I thought “Hey, if I’m in business and want to make more connections then surely there are others like me”.
So, I went on a hunt for business networks.
At one particular event, I heard Jess Jones speak, hearing her passion and her representation of what The Soar Collective was, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
At the time, I couldn’t afford it, I was a baby business. I’m a big believer in goals, ideally, they’re written and reviewed but let’s face it, there are tons that just sit in our heads. I still have the piece of paper that has becoming a member of Soar as a goal from way back then. And achieve my goal I did.
I’m a people person, more than most, and I love the feeling of having a tribe or many tribes. That doesn’t change the fact that sometimes all the travel to the city or inner-city suburbs can be a pain in my impatient bottom! I wanted another option, a closer option. And not as a replacement, as an addition, people close and far.
On my merry way (more like a rollercoaster of business ups/downs and toddler cuddles and tears), Jac found me and asked me to help as an Online Business Manager with Soar. Jac doesn’t know this but I was a like a kid in a candy store. Beyond excited, couldn’t believe it, didn’t she know I was just me and this was SOAR.
Working with Jac, I started to see more of the vision and I also saw some of the gaps. So I put my big girl pants on and officially joined the Soar empire. As a people person, I still found networking a challenge. It was something I had to LEARN. I had to be brave and bold, learn tricks and tips and that’s coming from someone who is all about people. What must it be like for someone who is NOT? For someone who is shy or timid, awkward or feels out of touch? To be honest, at the beginning networking isn’t easy for any of us but the more you do it, the easier it gets.
I want to help make Soar more of a TRIBE. A place that is safe to be who you are and be open about where you are at, really, not the poker face the world sees. I love networking, it’s how I built my own business and I want to share my knowledge with you. Here’s the thing about having a tribe, it’s not a once every few months thing. It’s a week in, week out thing.
I have a vision of an online community where you can check in and get support at ANY minute, coffee catch ups to meet new faces and get a hug from familiar ones. Online events to help boost your business so you don’t have to learn ALL THE THINGS from scratch, to build relationships with those who are close enough in proximity to go for a sneaky lunch, to build strong collaborations, to do business day in and out together.
Here’s the thing though, I can’t do it alone. I need you to help and I hope you’ll travel this journey with me.