We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Cell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started my business I worked ALL the time. I mean ALL the time. After being in business for over 6 years, I now work when I want and play when I want. I try to keep ‘work’ to certain days, but things are a bit different as an entrepreneur. I often work on Sundays, but then I may not do any work on a Tuesday. It’s definitely a balance, but it works. You need to do what you need to do in the beginning, but once you’ve been doing this for a bit you can adjust for what works for you.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the founder of Socially Powered. We started as a social media marketing firm and have evolved to offer additional services including podcast production and event planning. I spent many years in corporate America and was miserable working for someone else. I had major life-changing events happen in 2013 & decided I didn’t want to spend my life being miserable. So, I quit my job, went to Europe for the first time ever, alone. After my return, I started Socially Powered helping business owners with their social media. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to take the first step. Do the things you are most terrified of… I had a coach in the early stages of my business who encouraged me to speak. She said, “get out there in front of others & share your knowledge.” I was terrified! After she told me that, the very next day I was offered a speaking engagement & it was happening within a week. I said YES. I couldn’t believe I said YES, but I did because my coach said I should be speaking. I did it, I did the speaking gig in a loud bar environment & again I was terrified, but I did IT!. Doing it the first time was scary as hell, but it got easier each time I stood up in front of an audience. Moral of the story — is get out there & do the things that scare you the most. The more you do it, the easier it gets.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a tough one — especially in the current COVID environment. I would definitely take them for a stroll through Washington Park. Drive to Red Rocks to see the iconic live music venue that I’ve spent so much time & enjoy amazing views of Denver & the Front Range. If we could we’d definitely see a show at Red Rocks! We’d dine at Sushi Basho & Odyssey. Possibly do an Escape Room downtown. Maybe even grab some selfies at the Denver Selfie Museum. We’d just spend time enjoying the city & the amazing weather we enjoy most of the year.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Joel Comm, he has provided me with guidance, support and encouragement along this entrepreneurial journey. We met through a friend & shortly after meeting started working together to create an event. We kept working together on multiple events & eventually, I started working with him on his hit podcast, The Bad Crypto Podcast. I started doing the social media marketing & I am currently the Producer of the show. Thanks, Joel for your support over the years!
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