Jenny Jameson’s alter ego is The Webtech Wonder Woman, Slaying tech baddies so solopreneurs can shine!
It is my mission is to enable entrepreneurs.
For me it is all about inspiring as many people as possible to listen to their gut and follow their intuition!!
So, I’m asking people who I think are great to answer my 8 in 8
– Eight quick fire questions, in eight minutes, not too much thinking – straight from their hearts.
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1, 2, 3 GO
1. What does being an Entrepreneur mean to you?
Freedom. I get to make all the business decisions, there’s nobody I have to consult or get written approval from. I can also wear what I like, start and finish work when I like and eat my lunch when I like. Of course, I make sure the work gets done, but I’m not five years old, I can organise myself.
2. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A train driver, and astronaut or the Prime Minister. I gave up on the last one when I realised I didn’t want to be universally hated.
3. When did you decide to be self employed?
In 2010, I decided that was what I was going for. I did my research though, and launched in 2011.
4. Who inspires you?
Kathleen Hanna and the whole Riot Grrrl movement. I love its energy, the way it won’t let obstacles stop it. The way it makes things happen, rather than sitting back and waiting. I love that energy. I love that it gets criticized but it won’t stop.
5. What is non negotiable in your schedule?
Rest. I do not believe in pushing regular 16 hour days. Sure, if there’s a launch on that’s fine now and then, but to push myself when tired it way too counter productive. I make mistakes, and it’s incredibly hard to be creative and come up with solutions. A lot of my best thinking happens while away from my computer, so I make sure I take time out. This used to be mocked when I was employed, the culture of presenteeism was prevalent. I believe in resting properly so I can give my business the best of me.
6. What makes you feel ARGH!?
Not being organised. I really do feel in panic if I’ve not got at least a paper list. I spend time at the start of each day going through what needs to be achieved. I use bullet journalling for a holistic view of everything, and an online task management system to make sure no client work gets dropped.
I know there is a temptation to “dive in” and “hit the ground running” but in my experience, it’s taking that step back to see the bigger picture which has been key to my success.
7. What do you do that helps you to feel more AHHH!?
Breathe very deeply. Step back. Go out for a walk. Remind myself that all problems can be solved, it’s just that some solutions take a little longer to present themselves. I also avoid any “all-or-nothing” thinking. When I feel “ARRGH” I just remember a line from the Big Lebowski – “nothing is f*cked, man, nothing is f*cked”
Then. Make a plan. I make all my plans offline. I find that if I’m at the computer, there’s a desire to dive in and start working on something. It’s better to take that step back, plan it out into tiny tasks, delegate first then do the rest.
8. What would you like your epitaph to read?
One life. Live it. Be kind where you can. Accept yourself and others as they are. We all have our path.