In our new 1:1 series, we talk to women who are full members in our Pepperlane community about their business and how they use Pepperlane to learn, grow and solve business challenges.
Tell us about your business
I am The Follow Up Boss and I work with service based solopreneurs who desire to grow their business sales through focusing on creating a powerful experience for every business contact. I help you understand how to track and manage contacts in tools like a CRM, but then we take it deeper. We break down the ways that you might be losing leads by over focusing on finding new people instead of growing and expanding the connection with those who already know you and are seeking to increase their trust in you.
Have you always owned this business or what made you decide to start it?
I have been an entrepreneur since I was a child. I enjoy being creative and finding ways to make money while also serving the needs of others. As an adult I started out growing a direct selling business, then launched my first service based business. Later I did a bit with corporate sales. This all lead me to the business I have now. Through all of that I was networking and building relationships, seeing what others were doing that worked or didn't work. At the very beginning of 2020 I created The Follow Up Boss as a way to take my skills and meet a need I saw that was so strong within the networking spaces.
Because of our shared experiences as female entrepreneurs, many of us also juggling the challenges of motherhood along with it, creates an atmosphere of immediate camaraderie that is the perfect stepping stone into growing deeper with one another.
We like to say that everyone has a journey to Pepperlane. How do you use Pepperlane as a female entrepreneur balancing business with motherhood?
I had been seeking a group of fellow entrepreneurs with whom I wanted to really dig in deep with. This group has proven to be just such a group. The focus of supporting, encouraging and guiding one another versus seeing the group as a transactional tool to find new people, that was one of the things that really made this group stand out. Because of our shared experiences as female entrepreneurs, many of us also juggling the challenges of motherhood along with it, creates an atmosphere of immediate camaraderie that is the perfect stepping stone into growing deeper with one another.
What do you struggle with?
Being a solopreneur can be very lonely. We are expected to wear all the hats, yet our skill sets are singular. In growing my business, I struggle with "not seeing the forest for the trees" as I am so immersed in my own business. I need others to bounce ideas off of and share skill sets. I need a community around me to support me in both handling skills I don't have as well as emotionally supporting me when things get hard.
How can someone best work with you and what is your core product offering?
I primarily work with people in the 1 to 1 space. Because what we create together is a customized-to-you plan on managing your vast community of connections so people do not get lost, you don't lose out on opportunities to work with people while also feeling good about the amount of time you are putting into those connections. This program is 3 months long with regular check ins and accountability so you are learning how to create new habits, remove activities that are not serving you or your prospects, understand how your marketing efforts are bringing in new leads and what is best to do with them and much more.
Where can clients learn more about you or purchase a package?
Since I currently work 1 to 1 with people, I also like to build the relationship with them. So I always connect directly with anyone seeking to work with me to make sure we are a good fit for each other.
What's your favorite feature of Pepperlane Membership?
1) I love the Boosts and having the opportunity to brainstorm with other women entrepreneurs.
2) The Facebook group is super supportive and encouraging.
3) The Speed Networking has also become one of my favorite ways to meet more members.