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How You Can Use Your Entrepreneur Support System to Help You Find a Biz Bestie with Jannelle Photopoulos #47

Janelle Photopoulus has an entrepreneur support system but she searching for the right biz bestie. Jannelle owns a residential interior design firm in Rhode Island. Blakely Interior Design is growing quickly and she would love to find a biz bestie to help her on her entrepreneurial journey. Jannelle loves to learn and grow personally and apply her knowledge to grow her business. She is looking for a bestie that will help her to learn more and also help to keep her accountable. Discover how she can use her entrepreneur support system to find a biz bestie on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

What made her think of looking for a biz bestie?

Jannelle met Amber and Maelisa and was intrigued by the idea of the biz bestie relationship. She has been a part of a group mastermind over the past year and although she has found a fantastic entrepreneur support system she is not sure if they are the right people to search for a biz bestie. Jannelle isn’t sure if she should look for a biz bestie within her industry or if she should look for someone outside the interior design realm. She thinks it would be wonderful to share her knowledge and skills with a biz bestie as well as to have a special person to learn from.

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What kind of entrepreneur support system is she looking for?

Jannelle is already in a large group mastermind where she can get vulnerable with the close-knit group of women entrepreneurs. She would like to create a biz bestie relationship that meets at regular intervals. She is looking for someone with whom she can get real, but also have some fun with. She appreciates other’s feedback and support especially during those not-so-great periods of entrepreneurship. She thinks that maybe it would be best to find a biz bestie that is not in the design business since she is set in her ways in that aspect. She knows the right biz bestie can help her recognize her worth and keep her focused on her entrepreneurial mindset.

How do you find a biz bestie?

Finding a biz bestie can seem like a daunting task. Can you find someone you connect with? Can you find someone at the same stage of business? Do you have similar growth mindsets? There are so many levels of connection to consider. It can seem like there is no way to find someone that checks all the boxes. Remember, it’s ok to ‘date’ multiple people and you may not find the one. It's also important to note that there are friendships made for a reason, a season, and a lifetime. Cultivate the relationships you already have within your entrepreneur support system. Listen in to discover how to take the next step in a business relationship.

How do you ask someone to be your biz bestie?

So if you have found someone or a couple of people that you like, how do you broach the subject of the biz bestie relationship? There are several routes that you could take.

  • Ask for a virtual coffee date and see if you can connect personally and professionally.

  • Ask if they want to be accountability partners. Then from there, you can set up parameters surrounding the partnership. Then consider if that is the right kind of support you are looking for.

  • Define the relationship. At a certain point, you need to set expectations and define the support you need. Eventually, you have to define where you’re going in the relationship. Initially, it may be awkward, but then it is freeing. Sometimes it happens naturally, but sometimes it doesn’t. Do you need the structure of defining the relationship or not?

Learn how to talk to your future biz bestie by listening to Amber and Maelisa’s sage advice on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

In this episode...

  • [2:12] Janelle owns a residential interior design firm

  • [3:22] What made her want to look for a biz bestie?

  • [7:04] What kind of entrepreneur support system is she looking for?

  • [10:45] How do you find a biz bestie?

  • [22:07] How do you ask someone to be your biz bestie?

Resources & People Mentioned

Connect with Jannelle Photopoulos

Connect With Maelisa and Amber

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Finding the Right Business Friendship with Stacey Ogden #34

Stacey Ogden joins Maelisa and Amber today to find a bestie. Stacey is a busy working mom that loves building her side hustle. She needs to build a business friendship with some entrepreneur friends because no one at her day job understands what she is going through. She loves her teacher friends but is looking to find a bestie that understands what it is like to work full-time, be a great mom, and build a business on the side. Stacey is an expert when it comes to time management and loves to help others master their to-do-lists. Listen to this episode to hear Stacey’s story, who knows she may be your next biz bestie!

What does Stacey do?

Stacey has been trying her hand at entrepreneurship for years. She is not afraid to fail, she started as an entrepreneur with network marketing until she realized that she was terrible at it. She found her niche by developing a blog called Creating My Happiness. She loved it so much that she began a podcast called the Busy Mom Collective, she just forgot to tell anyone about it. Over time Stacey has gotten better at marketing and branding, but her true expertise is time management. Stacey loves to help people become the master of their to-do-lists. Listen to this episode to hear Stacey tell of her trials and tribulations as an entrepreneur.

Why does Stacey need a biz bestie?

Stacey is looking for a business friendship to have someone to talk to about entrepreneurship. Stacey has plenty of teacher friends, but they don’t understand what it’s like to build a side business from scratch. She would love to find someone that also has a full-time job and is building a business on the side. She is an expert in time management and even helps busy moms tackle their to-do-lists. Stacey would love to find someone that also uses structure to help them plan their days. Listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie to find out if Stacey would be the right biz bestie for you.

Why was the Podcast Movement a challenge for Stacey?

As an ISTJ, throwing herself out there into big networking events can be a challenge. Stacey met Maelisa and Amber at Podcast Movement and she also met several other people whom she hit it off with as well. She found a way to balance her needs at the Podcast Movement conference and she was able to meet people and then retreat into her solitary hotel room oasis. She enjoyed the conference in spite of her introverted nature and found a few connections there that she may interview on her podcast or simply follow up with to say hi. Stacey is able to balance being an introvert and getting out to networking events to meet people. Listen to this episode to hear how Stacey balances her introverted nature and her desire to network with other entrepreneurs.

How will Stacey look for a bestie?

Stacey is looking for a biz bestie that is walking a similar path. She thinks that meeting up with weekly or bi-weekly calls would be a great way to structure the friendship. Beginning a friendship as an accountability partner is a fantastic idea. Stacey realizes that a trial period for a budding friendship might be a good plan. One way for her to meet people in the online space. Facebook groups are excellent ways to see if a person is a good fit, and Facebook Messenger is an ideal way to begin a connection. Listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie as Maelisa and Amber walk Stacey through the steps of finding a biz bestie.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] What does Stacey do?
  • [5:45] Why does she need a biz bestie?
  • [10:40] What is her local scene like?
  • [13:43] Going to Podcast Movement was a huge challenge for her
  • [21:55] What are Stacey interests?
  • [25:15] What is her goal for her business?
  • [31:42] How will she look for her bestie?
  • [36:55] Facebook is a great way to find people

Resources & People Mentioned

Connect with Stacey Ogden

Connect With Maelisa and Amber


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Find Me a Business Bestie with Vickie Maris #28

Find Me a Business Bestie with Vickie Maris #28

On this episode of My Biz Bestie, Maelisa and Amber embark on a challenge: to find a business bestie for Vickie Maris. Vickie met Maelisa and Amber at Social Media Marketing World and was intrigued by the idea of finding a biz bestie. The gals thought that this would be a fantastic idea for an episode. Consider this the Tinder of podcast episodes, but for biz besties!

Structuring Your Biz Bestie Relationship

Structuring Your Biz Bestie Relationship

Once you find your Biz Bestie, it’s time to get clear about what you need in the relationship. After all, you want to make sure you and your Bestie are getting the optimum amount of support and love you need to find success, however you define that.  It all comes down to values, and how you can support one another in those values…