Cassie + Shay are BFFs + co-founders of The Bucketlist Bombshells
In late 2013, the two bonded over ditching their 9-5’s and buying one-way tickets to Mexico, in pursuit of an alternative lifestyle. Before teaming up to create The Bucketlist Bombshells, the two created their own online businesses that gave them the freedom to work online and travel the world.
And now, the two are obsessed with empowering and teaching other millennial women on how to do the same thing — build a successful online service-based business that gives them the freedom to travel the world and live creatively!
How do you guys collaborate together?
Cassie: Well…we call ourselves “The Dream Team” so I think that says it all ;) ha! But honestly, I feel so blessed to have Shay as my partner in crime and business bestie. We have very different strengths when it comes to running our business but at our core, we have the same vision and mission for Bucketlist Bombshells. I think that’s what makes our collaboration so strong. She’ll sit down during our morning meeting and say, “OMG, I’m seriously so excited to share our 3-year financial plan with you!” As the creative left-brained side, I seriously LOVE that she’s so passionate about aspects of our business that sometimes make my head spin!
Shay: We live, work AND travel together. As Co-Founders, we are collaborating almost every second of every day in a sense. But to get to the nitty gritty of our collaboration method... each morning we have a meeting to discuss what the day, week and month looks like. We feed off each other's ideas and bring the very best ones to life through our business. We are extremely detailed and think through every aspect of everything we execute inside our business so our morning meetings can range from an hour to a whole day and I just love that I have someone I can refine these awesome ideas with. I wake up so excited to meet and discuss how we can grow The Bucketlist Bombshells and nurture our current communities.
Why did you decide to do what you do as a duo versus going solo?
Cassie: Super early on in our newbie freelancing days, we clung to each other for advice and support since we literally had no idea what we were doing. That, and we were basically the only 20-something’s we knew who had booked one-way tickets after graduation and we’re now living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico! When we met in that little coffee shop in Mexico, it was literally meant to be.
About a year later when we had the idea for Bucketlist Bombshells, it only made sense that we started the business as a duo. We wanted to teach other millennial women how to build an online service-based business and travel the world without having to make all of the rookie mistakes that we had to make! We wanted girls to have a community to turn to for support, advice, and questions during their journey…something we desperately wanted when we first started out. There’s no way Bucketlist Bombshells would be what it is today without us coming together as a team.
Shay: As cliche as it sounds two heads are better than one. We both have strengths in different but complementary areas and this is why we work so well together. Being a solopreneur is great, but getting to work with someone else is much more my style. Being able to collaborate on ideas and execute them with a partner is much more enjoyable but more than that I think the ideas we do execute are much stronger than if we were working on our own. We have the ability to look at a project from so many different angles, talk it out and decide how it will grow our business. As one person sometimes you can get caught up in whether or not you should execute or maybe you miss something and then you're half way through executing and realize it won't work. With another set of eyes and a second brain that thinks differently than you do it's rare that we execute something that isn't successful or beneficial to our business. PLUS it's absolutely WAY more fun to be able to run a lifestyle business with my best friend, I feel like it doesn't get any better than that, it's simply F U N!
What’s one challenge you have you faced in collaborating?
Cassie: It might sound silly but because we do literally everything together (roomies, besties, business partners), we had to learn that we aren’t actually the same person! Which means, we have different work styles, different ways of handling criticism, challenges, overwhelm and even different ways of winding down after a long day. I think once we recognized that, it made so many things in our friendship and business run more smoothly because we’re not trying to unnaturally force ourselves to always act like the other person!
Shay: We collaborate on almost every single aspect of our business and since we are so detailed we can spend more time than we probably need to on one project since there are two of us possibly we could delegate more separate assignments to each other. I think this is an area we are working on and will only improve as our business grows.
What's surprised you the most about your partnership?
Cassie: Ohhh this is a good one! I’m surprised and not surprised all at the same time at just how easy our partnership is! Everyone is always shocked that we live together, travel together and run a business together…they seriously look at us with wide eyes like, “HOW?!” And honestly, it all just flows quite naturally and we tend to be on the same page ALOT of the times!
Shay: How easy and conflict-free it is. I was surprised by this not because I was expecting it to be hard to work with Cassie, but because so many people had told me that it was a bad decision to go into business with your best friend. I know the statistics on friendship business partnerships isn't good, but that's just not the case with us. Running the business is hard work, but building it with Cassie isn't. Since we traveled together and live together we know each other so well, we know why one of us approaches a situation differently or has a different way of thinking because we know each other. In that regard, it's easy and conflict-free because we understand each other and are supportive of each other.
Who’s your favorite dynamic duo? Fiction or nonfiction. Why?
Cassie: YASSS I’m so prepared for this question and anyone who knows me will most definitely already know my answer: Joanna and Chip Gaines from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper. They are literal #relationshipgoals! From running a successful business together, to having adorable kids, being totally fun and genuine and despite their fame, staying true to their beliefs…they are without a doubt my fave dynamic duo!
Shay: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, because they are crazy hilarious (like Cassie and I), they are strong, independent female role models (which we strive to be), and they are both extremely hard working females that have seen huge success in their fields (which is how I view Cassie and I). Also, I don't know them, but I feel like they would be there for each other for the hard times too in both their personal and professional lives no matter what nothing could tear them apart. To me they are the perfect picture of true BFFs.