Today, we're THRILLED to share a tale of two bosses who have shown a huge community the power of partnership.
Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon are the hosts of Being Boss — a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. Here, they share stories, advice and interviews about being boss they way they choose, and blending who they are in work and life.
We love that their story reminds us of our own in a few ways. Like us, these two were good friends who had already done some work together. It makes our heart all warm and fuzzy when #bizbesties level up to #bizwifes.
Without further ado, let's hear it all from Emily & Kathleen!
How do you collaborate together?
Emily: The internet! We've discovered all the tools we need to collaborate from hundreds of miles away by using the internet to help us do. And on a more personal side, we collaborate by listening to each other, trusting each other's expertise, and by focusing on what we're good at.
Kathleen: Emily and I started collaborating together professionally when we started sharing clients. My sister and I own Braid Creative & Consulting together where we do branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs – after working with us they would go to Emily / Indie Shopography to build and launch their website. Emily and I now host the Being Boss Podcast together – but what started as a passion project quickly turned into a full time business. So these days we collaborate not only on our podcast content but our website, blog posts, events, and products / services we want to launch.
Why did you decide to become a duo versus doing what you do solo?
Emily: Because we could have a bigger impact, get more done, and have more fun if we teamed up to do it. Sure, we could have each done this on our own, but it hardly would have done what's it's done if we'd have tackled it alone.
Kathleen: Emily and I were meeting once a month or so to talk through the challenges and victories that come with being our own bosses. Emily decided she wanted a podcast and asked me to do it with her. It was a total no-brainer. Our working style and skill sets complement each other in a way that really works.
What’s one challenge you have you faced in collaborating?
Emily: Defining roles and boundaries, but it wasn't that hard, it just had to be done. And now that it is, we know what we each do, and we hustle it all out.
Kathleen: We're growing so fast that sometimes it's hard to keep up with managing our team, answering all the emails, and being available to all the bosses who would like our attention. We've had to have hard conversations but that's what makes us boss!
What's surprised you the most about your collaboration?
Emily: How much closer we've become. I recently heard someone relate to their female biz partner as their "work wife," and I was all YAAAASSS. Kathleen and I have dove deep into building a relationship that not only grows a business, but grows each of our lives. It nurtures our work and our life, and though I love it, I have certainly found it a little surprising.
Kathleen: Emily and I created something that has become bigger than ourselves – we couldn't do it without all of our listeners and loyal fans who are total bosses in their own right. So in some ways it feels not only like we're collaborating with each other but thousands of other bosses who are tuning into our podcast weekly. When we had our first boss vacation in New Orleans we were so surprised by the 75 other bosses who showed up. We were floored by the magic that was created and the friendships that were formed over a long weekend in the most enchanting city ever.
Who’s your favorite dynamic duo? Fiction or nonfiction.
Emily: Bonnie and Clyde. Talk about partners in crime, and sticking it out through thick and thin. Though I hope Kathleen and I never get faced with machine guns after robbing a bank, I do aspire to maintain the type of relationship that will rise above anything this business relationship could ever throw at us.
Kathleen: Ooooh, this is a hard question! I'd say Beyoncé and Jay Z. They're both powerhouses who are consistently creating and sticking up for what they believe in – from feminism to black lives matter. I love that!