Jessica Williams came into Discover Your Dream Business in the spring of 2019, and took her existing business – Tech Biz Girl – to the absolute next level. I just loved being able to take Jessica’s not-quite-working-right business and turn it into one that’s a much more authentic and aligned fit for her! The clients keep coming in, and she’s able to help them work smarter at their side hustle. I can’t wait for you to learn more about her below!
Why did you decide to work with me?
I have been following you since 2013! It’s just crazy that this is the first time we are working together. I think that the application opening for Discover Your Dream Business came at a perfect time for me. I had recently lost my job and was working a part-time contract while also trying to figure out what to do next with my business. So it seemed like the universe brought us together when I really needed it.
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
I was working part-time for a digital marketing company helping with community and partnership efforts. Now I’m working two part-time roles doing a variety of things including customer research, editorial management and some solutions consulting. As well as continuing to build my business, Tech Biz Gurl, where I work with women who like their 9-5 but also want to create an additional income stream doing something they love.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
I LOVED working together. You and the community were so supportive and it was really helpful to have the structure and the framework to think about my dream business. My biggest takeaway that I also tell my clients now is to “keep your Nancy Drew hat on” which was something you told us early on. That as we go through this process of building our dream businesses, to really put our detective hats on and look at it as a learning experience and an opportunity to see what works, what doesn’t and how we might change that in the future.
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
I would tell her to work with Michelle! What I loved most is that we covered the building blocks of starting a business but we talked a lot about the mindset of it all. And I think that’s what often keeps people stuck. You gave them a name and called them “vampire voices”. Those thoughts and fears of feeling not good enough, or that you are an impostor, or that you have nothing new to say. And you worked with us through those which were very loud especially at the beginning of this process.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
My mindset tip would be: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. There will be new skills, experiences and oftentimes a lot of “impostor syndrome” that comes with being an entrepreneur and a side hustler. You will find that it is a muscle you’ll have to continually exercise by moving forward and taking action.
And one of my favorite tools right now is Notion. It’s like this swiss army knife type organizational system. I can take notes, make task lists, plan content, and even use it as a CRM. It’s like planning on steroids and so far, it’s working really well. The other bonus is that it’s really customizable which seems to work well with the different tabs open in my brain.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
I started my #jesspicks newsletter a few years ago and it is one of my favorite things to do every week, where I am curating resources, tips, and articles for side hustlers. I want to continue to grow and improve in 2020. My goal is to get 500 subscribers.
I am also excited about this year-long mastermind experience I will be doing in Chicago next year. And my plan is to continue creating useful content and sharing things I’m learning along the way.
Where can we find you and your work?
You can find me at techbizgurl.com. And sign up for my #jesspicks newsletter: techbizgurl.com/jesspicks. You’ll get the best resources and tips I find every week and get behind the scenes updates of my side hustlin’ journey.
Discover Your Dream Business is on pause for 2020, but if you’re looking to launch your dream business this year, head on over to 90 Day Business Launch and get on the list! Doors open in March so *you* can launch your business this summer (yes, really!).