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The Power of Community

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Many Hands Make Light Work (photo by Mikael Kristenson on Unsplash)

Arlington Entrepreneurs is lucky to have a large number of motivated and talented members. You’ve stepped up to the plate more than once and have made our network all that much better. There are very few organizations that represent the needs of freelance, self-employed workers. Arlington Entrepreneurs is trying to help fill that gap, with opportunities for networking, information sharing and more.

We’re a volunteer organization and, as such, we rely on volunteers to help keep things running. Our Advisory Board volunteers its time and expertise. Others pitch in when and where needed: answering questions and offering suggestions and help on an as-needed basis. All our event presenters are volunteers, too.

Maureen Igoe

Maureen Igoe

Volunteers are going to be hosting two events this fall: an upcoming happy hour in October, along with a coffee break in early November.  Maureen Igoe, of Ameriprise, will be our guest host at our fall Happy Hour at Menotomy Grill and Tavern. Maureen has been a long-standing supporter of our network and is also a Premium member. She has a busy life as a financial advisor and mother of a teen aged daughter.

Laura Bergamini

Laura Bergamini

Laura Bergamini will be guest-hosting an early November Coffee Break, this time at Cafe Nero in Arlington Center. Originally from Italy, Laura is a technical translator between Italian and English. She’s also a volunteer member of the Arlington Entrepreneurs Advisory Board.

There are other projects that could use your help. An Events Committee would be a wonderful resource, particularly now that we have spaces to hold meetings, social gatherings and networking events (many thanks to AE Advisory Board member Debra Woog for that idea).

We could also use a Tech Committee, to help develop more web-based resources for our community. For example, Arlington Entrepreneurs is part of a WordPress multi-site installation. That installation could produce a number of web-based products: starter websites for new businesses, wikis, forums, media showcase galleries and more. The AE multi-site includes detailed instructional videos, which would help the non-technical among us navigate the WordPress landscape. Of course, today’s tech volunteer could be tomorrow’s paid tech consultant, either on or off of the AE WordPress installation!

These are only two ideas. Do you have any more (marketing, writing, health activities, etc?). Volunteer work is not necessarily a one-way process. Many people have gained new clients after making a presentation, for example. More hands on-board could also mean more income for the network, too. Part of that income could be shared with the hands that brought it in (that means you!).

We hope to see you at an upcoming event this fall. Fill out the (very) brief survey below if you’d like to participate in – or learn about – any type of volunteer activity. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Ask Your Doctor About Nature

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In keeping with our podcast theme this month on health and wellness, here’s a little prescription that’ll have you up and running (or walking, or dancing, or swimming) in no time!

Listen to Freelance Nation – Arlington Entrepreneurs’s New Podcast!

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We’re on the Air!

Announcing – Freelance Nation, Arlington Entrepreneurs’s new podcast!

Freelance Nation will be talking about all things self-employed, from business development ideas, marketing and more, all from a freelance perspective. We’ll also be talking about health and wellness for freelancers, along with work-life balance and all other issues that confront people who work from home. We’ll be tossing in a bit of philosophy, art and politics along the way.

Listen to our first podcast, an interview with productivity expert Marina Darlow, who will be the featured speaker at our upcoming Networking Seminar (don’t miss it!).

You can subscribe to Freelance Nation on iTunes, or listen to/download it right from our website!

Subscribe to Freelance Nation on iTunes.

Do You Carry “I Should Do It MYSELF!” Shame?

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Reposted from Marina Darlow of Vision-Framework email, May 2017.

Here’s some great advice about our tendency to try to do everything ourselves. Marina has this to say:

Let’s talk for a sec about a particular kind of shame. The “I should be able to do it myself!” feeling. It can keep you stuck for ages – you should be able to do it yourself, but you don’t. And you won’t outsource or delegate, because you should be able to do it yourself. Welcome to a vicious circle.

I should be able to make scrambled eggs without burning the skillet.
I should be able to update my website without crashing it half the time.
I should be able to know how much I made last month.

Well, no.
No, you shouldn’t.
We aren’t in the Dark Ages anymore.

You don’t have to chop wood to heat your house. You won’t stay an old maid if you can’t cook. You don’t even have to be good at math, whatever they said in grade school.
Same is true for a business owner who cannot do her social media, or keep his books, or organize her schedule. You don’t have to be able to do all-the-things, all by yourself.

 For some reason (natural harmony? universal justice?) people with brilliant strengths, those with some unusual genius, tend to lack “basic skills”. And very often they are ashamed to admit it. Ashamed that their handwriting in school was so illegible, they were never given an A. Ashamed they can’t add seven and six and conclude to 13. Ashamed they avoid phone calls to service providers (the person in the last example one of the most successful people I’m friends with).

It’s a destructive and paralyzing kind of shame (wait, is there another kind? I’m trying to think up a action-spurring kind of shame. Help me out here, I’m coming up empty).

Well, as you can imagine, I call B.S. Let me illuminate my viewpoint with a few examples of true, recognized geniuses that are known for lacking some “really basic” skills:

  • J.K. Rowling admits she’s bad at math

  • Bruce Willis was stuttering(!) for the first twenty years of his life

  • Napoleon Hill couldn’t work in an office

  • Sir Richard Branson is famously dyslexic. Do you really think he did the proof-reading for Student magazine he started at 16?

 What’s NOT destructive and paralyzing?

Zero on a skill that you are really good at. Maybe you’re an incredible saleswoman (Hi Jennifer!). Maybe you create inspiring content at a breakneck pace, leaving the rest of us jealous and amazed. Maybe your coaching skills are so rare, they are life-changing.

Once you shine a light on your genius, it’s much easier to admit you are a sorry proof-reader. And then – let go.

Automate, delegate, or outsource.
Focus on the stuff that makes you feel powerful. The stuff that makes you happy. The very thing that made you start your own venture.

That’s it for today.
Go do amazing things!
Marina (Darlow)

Thanks, Marina! Now, all of you get out there and do amazing things. Actually, you’re already doing amazing things – bravo!

May Networking Seminar: The Essential Tech Tools to Run Your Business

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Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Workbar Arlington, 1167 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington
Parking and refreshments available

Register for this event.

Fee: $20.00 per person. $10.00 per person for AE Premium members.
Event co-hosted by Arlington Entrepreneurs and Workbar Arlington

Join us in May for Arlington Entrepreneurs’s first Networking Seminar of 2017! Do some networking, nibble on some appetizers and then get ready for a presentation by AE member and productivity expert Marina Darlow.

The Right Tools

Marina will help take your business into the stratosphere with the latest and greatest tech. Learn how to choose the right tools for managing your business: time management, communications, information management, and sales.

Have a question about a tool, or a general productivity challenge? Send us an email beforehand (margy AT arlingtonentrepreneurs DOT org) and we’ll address it in this seminar.

Get more information and register here.
Become an AE Premium member.

Marina Darlow is the founder of Vision Framework. She helps heart-centered entrepreneurs clear the chaos in their business and life, by putting systems in place for managing money, time, people and information. The results allow her clients to get 10-20 more productive hours a week, along with bigger paychecks and fewer stress-fueled breakdowns. Visit her website and connect with her on Arlington Entrepreneurs. You’ll be glad you did

A Holiday Greeting and an Appeal From Margy at Arlington Entrepreneurs

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Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is good to all of you.

I’d like to take this opportunity to make a request for you all. This is the season for giving and I hope you’ll consider making a donation to Arlington Entrepreneurs. I have only my gratitude and continued commitment to offer you in return, but your help would be especially valuable this year. As you know, I experienced some unexpected health problems this summer and my recovery has been steady, but slow. That fact has affected my income and I have only recently returned to full production.

If you’ve ever enjoyed a newsletter I’ve sent out, come to an event I’ve hosted or benefited from some of my peripheral activities via Support Arlington Center, then please consider returning the compliment with a donation to AE. Getting sick is expensive, even with health insurance!

I’m very much looking forward to a productive and profitable 2017. I’m delighted to announce that we have a new Advisory Board on deck (thanks Carol, Debra, Maria and Laura! You’re the best). I’ll have more information about that in January, along with lots of other great news and updates. Until then, have a great Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year. See you in ’17!


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If you’d prefer to skip PayPal and donate directly, please send your donation – in any amount you can afford – to my home address at:

Margy Rydzynski
12 Whittemore Street
Arlington, MA 02474

Thank you!

Coffee at Kickstand

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Kickstand MenuIt’s that time again! Join us in early June at Arlington’s finest coffee shop. We’ll have our usual table, along with a chance to enjoy a beverage and/or snack. Get out of the office and into the light of day. It’s fun – and good for you, too!

Coffee at Kickstand Cafe
Thursday, June 2 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Kickstand Cafe, 594 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington Center

Free, but RSVPs strongly requested.

Register here!

 

Welcome to Calm Island

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Come out and play!

It’s a gorgeous day and I’m fried. Running a social network does that to you. I hope you’ve all received the latest email. Please look it over. We’re officially launching two groups with a double-header meet and greet at WorkBar Arlington. It all happens on April 1 (no joke). Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington will be serving tea and business-building ideas beginning at 10:30 am and going until noon. The Healthy Entrepreneur will get its kickoff in the late afternoon with a call for health and wellness practitioners both in and out of the network.

Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington was launched by AE member Debra Woog of Connect2. Debra has worked long and hard to improve the careers of women professionals. This initial meeting will give us a chance to meet each other, talk about our businesses and brainstorm some new ideas. I’m very excited to be part of this group and look forward to sharing ideas and challenges.

The Healthy Entrepreneur was a joint effort between myself and Leah Gilbert. Leah is an occupational therapist and a licensed mindful meditation teacher and practitioner. She has graciously taken the lead and is going to be heading up the afternoon meeting. That’s good. I’m a happy health and wellness client and patient, but have no background other than that!

Make it yours

Make it yours

I love what I do, but I’ve made sacrifices to get here. Working on your own is stressful, isolating and unpredictable. It’s easy to get lost in front of a computer and you never know what your income will be from month to month. We forget to exercise and don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals. Burning the candle at both ends becomes a way of life. I neglected my health for years and last summer that fact came back to bite me. The experience scared some sense into me. I’m exercising, eating healthy(ier) meals, meditating and getting regular massages. I listen to my doctor, get regular checkups and put up with whatever medication regimen is necessary. I happen to like my life and want to stick around as long as possible!

Chill, girl

Chill, girl

My own experiences were the initiating factors for starting The Healthy Entrepreneur. Arlington has a wealth of health and wellness practitioners and I’d like to use my communication skills and local connections to help that community thrive. The first meeting will include a meet and greet and will give everyone a chance to introduce themselves. Health and Wellness people and people who want to get and stay healthier – this is your group. Do with it what you will!

Thanks for hanging on and reading through to the end. I think I’ll pack up the computer, do a little browsing here at the library and then head out on foot to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Maybe I’ll even stop for a cup of coffee – decaf of course!

 

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You’re Not Alone

Grow together!

Looking for networking members by profession? Use this handy drop-down search box to find your colleagues and collaborators. Arlington Entrepreneurs has over 200 members that come from a wide variety of industries. Connect with them to network, co-create an event, start a group and more!