She Sheds Are the New Man Caves and Here’s How to Make One
Move over dudes — there’s a new room in town. They’ve been dubbed She Sheds, and they’re fabulous and adorable. The She Shed is an anti-man cave, usually decked out in string lights and a comfy couch. There are entire hashtags (#SheShed) and Pinterest boards dedicated to the movement, chock full of sheds covered pastel paint and flower vases. Of course, you can decorate it however you want. But we’re bringing you a few tips for optimum output.
1. Find an Area: First and foremost, you need a place to execute your personal getaway. If you don’t have the luxury of a backyard shed, a basement or a personal corner in a room would work nicely. (Photo via Bolig)
2. Figure Out Its Purpose: Some ladies prefer a couch and a book, others want to be able to light a candle and do yoga. Hone in on what makes you feel relaxed and plan the space accordingly. Some ideas: A meditation room, a writing nook or an art space with a canvas and an easel. If you have the patience, it can even be a miniature greenhouse with herbs and flowers you can attend to. (Photo via BHG)
3. Get the Paint and Decorations Ready: This, of course, is the most fun part of the entire experience. You can go with string lights or candles or opt for lots of flowy fabrics and paper lanterns. It’s all about making you feel comfortable. (Photo by VTWonen)
4. Make It an Ongoing Project: Part of the beauty of having your own space is the process of creating it. Your She Shed doesn’t have to stay the same all the time. Change up the flowers by season, hang up new paintings every now and then or rotate your selection of tea. The permutations are indeed endless. (Photo via Home to House)
Do you have your own She Shed? Share a pic in the comments below!
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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.