If you are new here, my name is Hannah. I am a faith-fueled entrepreneur, and I am an introvert.
It’s funny because I’ve had a lot of people online mention to me that they don’t see me as an introvert at all, which I think is really just so telling of the three tips I’m about to share with you because I honestly am one of the biggest introverts you will ever meet.
Growing up, I never, ever in a million years thought I would be interacting with people and speaking to people as I do on a daily basis. Being an entrepreneur was not a dream for me growing up. It just was not in the cards.
When I was younger, I was very kept to myself, I was very shy, and I was very reserved.
I knew what drained my energy. I knew how I could refuel my energy, and I learned that very early on.
All of that to say, I just have always known that I am a big introvert, so when I entered the entrepreneurial space, I knew that I had to do business a little bit differently and I had to think about things a little bit differently than a typical extrovert.
So, that said, I have three tips for you today that I know will just help your online business thrive as an introvert.
But before we just dive headfirst into the three tips I have for you, I do just want to get something straight first…
And that is that being shy or reserved does not automatically make you an introvert… Just like being outgoing does not automatically make you an extrovert.
I see this misconception a lot and I just wanted to clear it up just before we dive in.
I’m sure you’re wondering if that’s not how you define them, then how do you know if you are an introvert or an extrovert?
Determining whether you’re an introvert or extrovert actually depends on how you refuel when your energy is depleted. Do you refuel when you’re alone or do you refuel when you are around people?
As for me, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am an introvert because being around people, being on coaching calls, and anything that involves people actually drains my energy. Because of that, I have to be very mindful of the amount of time that I am around people, and when I am around people, I know that my energy is going to be depleted.
That said, I know the thing that’s going to refuel me is actually being alone.
Now, if you are someone who gets more energy when you are around people or on coaching calls, you are probably an extrovert.
It really does come down to how you lose energy and how you refuel that energy. It’s not necessarily about if you’re shy or you’re outgoing… It’s all about the energy.
I think people mistake me for an extrovert sometimes when they meet me because of how I show up. I’m very friendly, I’m warm, I’m welcoming, I’m outgoing… Especially online. I am just not afraid to show up online. But my energy does take a pretty major hit when I am around people, performing for people, making videos for people, or even podcasting for people.
I need that alone time to refuel from the energy that I spent with people or creating for people.
So, that being said, the three tips I have for you today if you are an introverted entrepreneur like myself, are going to help you manage your energy levels, which I find to be one of the most difficult challenges of entrepreneurship.
Introverts are very sensitive to their energy and it’s really just so important to honor your energy if you are going to continue running a business. Otherwise, you might be facing burnout, overwhelm, and even some resentment.
If you’re ready, my introverted friend, let’s dive into tip number one.
Tip #1 – Rotate Creative Weeks and Call Weeks
I fully believe this tip is a necessity for introverted entrepreneurs. I am not exaggerating when I say that.
I just know that this has helped me so much and my time of being an entrepreneur and that is to rotate creative and call weeks.
That means for one full week, I am focusing on creative and CEO tasks. And then next week, that is when I take all of my calls and all of my interviews. So, that means on my creative weeks, I do not take any calls… None, unless I absolutely just have to. But that is very, very rare. And then on call weeks, I am focused on taking all my calls and doing all my interviews.
Now, you may wonder why because that may seem like a lot of calls all in one week, but hear me out.
I like to go into my weeks with a focus, so if I am focused on getting a specific task done in my business, I do not like when things like calls interfere with that. And so for me, I just personally found that I like to have a week open, and it be a very spacious week where I can just get things done in my own business, so I don’t have to worry about my own business when I am helping other people with their businesses.
Even if you are not a business coach, this is still going to be really ideal for you because you’ll be able to have all of your calls in that week. You can actually just be thinking about your marketing and your curriculum creation, your course creation, your podcast interviews, whatever you’re doing the week before all of your calls so that when you go into your call week, all you have to think about is showing up for your clients or your interviews or whatever else you are doing.
I also love doing this because if I just want to take a week off, I can, or if I want to go on vacation for a week, I can, and I can organize my weekly rotation schedule based on that.
It’s not a lot of moving things around because it is dictated by what I’m focusing on each week. And also I’ve found that if I’m going into the week, and I know I have multiple calls in addition to multiple tasks to get done in my own business, my brain just gets frazzled. And then I wind up not getting anything done. I start feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, and I start feeling resentment toward my business, which I do not want to feel.
Creating is an entirely different frame of mind than being on calls, so I just like to have one week where I just get to create and one week where I get to show up and serve my clients. Again, it’s just a very different frame of mind and a very different approach, and I don’t like to mix those two together.
And I personally believe that if you are an introvert, it will definitely benefit you to implement this.
That’s episode 17, which is titled Five Productivity Tips to Implement That Result in Higher Quality Work.
And then episode 18, which is titled My Current Weekly Schedule as a Six Figure Christian Entrepreneur.
Definitely check those out if you want to hear more about rotating creative and call weeks.
Tip #2 – Find a Community of People Who Get You
This is a juicy one because introverts do lose energy by being around people and talking to people. But with that, they also have this tendency to isolate themself so they can be alone. This is also my tendency, so if you are this person, I totally get you.
But when you find a community of people who get you, of people who relate to you by the fact that you are a business owner, you are an introvert, you are a Christian… Things start changing.
Entrepreneurship on its own can be very lonely. Being a Christian entrepreneur just adds another layer to that. And then if you are an introvert on top of that, oh my goodness, that is almost like a combination for self-isolation.
Your friends in “real life” probably just don’t get you.
I don’t know about you, but a lot of friends I just had growing up or even just people that I knew, they just really didn’t get my entrepreneurial spirit. But then to also be an introvert and then being a Christian entrepreneur who’s an introvert when you’re in the online space, that can be really hard to navigate.
So, that being said, I’ve just always known that it is just so important for the Christian, introverted entrepreneur to find a community of other people who relate to them, who can process with them, who can be supportive of them, and really just celebrate each other and lift each other up, and to hold each other accountable so they don’t just totally isolate themselves.
I knew that this is what I needed when I was growing my business and honestly still need it as an introverted entrepreneur. This mission and this experience are actually the heart of a new offer I am going to be putting out into the world very, very soon.
I am going to be starting a membership of other Christian female entrepreneurs who are in business.
The women that will make up this membership will be just like you. They are creators, dreamers, leaders, and they want to cultivate and steward a friendship with one another.
This membership is going to be very community-driven and Holy Spirit-led, and I am just so stoked about it because again, something that I know is very needed in this space. And that is a place to process, a place to hold yourself accountable, a place to ask questions, to experience coaches like me, or even to potential ideal clients.
I just knew there needed to be a space like this one. And while this membership is meant to be very community-driven, there’s going to be some Bible study, some workshops and some content involved as well. And I am just so, so, so excited about it. It’s coming so soon.
So that being said, if you are a Christian entrepreneur and you just want to be involved in a community of other women that just get you, then you have got to get on the membership waitlist.
Tip #3 Go All In On What You Are Good At
What I mean by this is that instead of trying to listen to all of the experts and all of the things about saying: you need to do a blog, you need to get on YouTube, get on TikTok, make videos, do reels, go live, make carousel posts, etc.
Instead of doing all the things, hone in and zone in on what you’re good at and prefer doing.
A lot of introverts, like myself, actually prefer writing, so there is actually a reason why at this very moment I have just focused on creating carousels on Instagram. It’s because I’m zoning in on what I love and what I’m good at in this season.
Now, I know I’m also good at making videos of me talking but that will be coming in in your future. But what I’m saying is if you are just in a position where you are feeling overwhelmed and you feel as though your energy is being spent in just so many different directions, again, focus on what you’re good at.
If you love writing and you are a writer, why are you so focused on doing trending reels on Instagram? Yes, reels are great for growth, but maybe it’s not great for your growth because you also need to think about sustainability and longevity.
I love podcasting, and I chose podcasting as my main source of content because I can write beforehand and then I can either read off a script or write some notes on a topic, and then riff it. This episode right now, I’m basically just riffing and I enjoy doing this. But if I’m on video, it’s a little bit different.
Podcasting feels very homey. I feel like I’m just sitting here talking with a friend, and I love that/ I thrive off of that. But if you are someone that just enjoys video and being on camera, then you need to get on YouTube and start creating short-form videos.
Right now, I’m not saying I won’t ever get on YouTube. That’s not what I’m saying at all. I will eventually get back to short-form videos and I probably will get on YouTube. But I do think there is a time and a place for those things.
So, if you are feeling overwhelmed at all, focus and zone in on what you’re good at and what you love to do, and put everything else to the wayside.
It is very easy for an introvert to lose a ton of energy this way, and not just for an introvert. It is so easy to lose energy just by exerting energy on things that are not your strong suit. And so as an introvert, you really need to protect that energy and really ask these questions: What do I love to do, and what platforms allow me to do what I love?
And when you do this, try your best not to think about the best strategy or the best move. And I know that’s going to be very, very hard if you have an entrepreneurial brain like myself. Because even when I have a tendency to do this, I really feel like I need to do reels and short form videos because that’s what’s exploding right now.
I have to remind myself that it’s not for me right now, and it’s not what I’m being led to do at the moment.
Don’t get distracted by shiny objects. 😉
That said… that’s a wrap, my friends.
As a recap, the three tips I have for you are to rotate your creative and call weeks, find a community of other people who relate to you, and go all in on what you’re good at.
Now as a reminder, if you are a faith-fueled female entrepreneur and you are ready to find your business besties, cultivate an even deeper relationship with the Lord, ready to overcome the spiritual battles against the enemy that have been keeping you stuck in your life and business, ready to step into your role of being a Faith-Fueled CEO and get mentored by a certified and experienced business coach…
Then you are going to want to get on the waitlist for the membership launching so soon. I seriously cannot wait to get started.
I cannot wait to see you on the waitlist.