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When the Business Isn’t Your Only Baby Anymore

We have an exciting announcement to share with you all: the Web of Words team is growing…

However, our latest team member is a bit more demanding than most.

They’ve challenged me to give up two of my favourite indulgences: coffee and red wine.

They’ve required a nine-month training period before officially joining our world.

They’ve pushed me to shift my priorities and come to the understanding that the business isn’t my only baby anymore…

This year has been a stage of incredible growth on all levels—intellectually, emotionally and physically—as Luke and I prepare for the journey of parenthood and all of the beautiful chaos this next milestone in our lives is sure to bring.

It’s taken a while for us to get to this point. And I’m not just referring to our fertility journey, or the fact we took time for ourselves after marriage before starting a family.

I’m talking about the choices and experiences that have led us to this point.

The last decade of our lives has been dedicated to building our careers and growing our business.

Back when Web of Words was just a dream I had for more freedom in my writing career, I had no idea it would become what it is today. I didn’t know Luke and I would eventually run this business together. I didn’t know it would develop into the sole means for supporting our family. I didn’t know how much it would consume my everyday life.

It’s taken many stressful days and sleepless nights to get to where we are today. But we did it. We stuck to our values and focused on doing the work we love most. We attracted like-minded clients who believe in us and support us in this next stage of our lives.

We created a business that is fully capable of not only functioning, but thriving, while I temporarily step away to care for our newborn.

And as I type that last sentence, I feel like I’m finally able to not only say that I’m an entrepreneur, but to truly believe it.

We’ve been very fortunate to see significant growth in this business year over year. And 2018 is set to go down as our most successful year yet.

We’ve grown to the point that we’re working with a waiting list for social media clients (connect with us if you want to join it), and we have big plans for the years to come.

That said, we’ve also been spending the last seven months preparing ourselves for some big changes around here.

I know my priorities will be shifting in the months ahead, but I also know this business will be in the best of hands during this time. We’ve worked hard to create a small but mighty team, and to find clients who trust us to do what we are here to do.

Of course, I’ll never be too far away.

Those of you who know me understand how difficult it is for me to give up control, but this feat will be completely necessary in the months ahead. And I’m excited about what this challenge will bring.

I’m excited to see how the business continues to evolve along with our lifestyle. I’m excited to hear about all of the brilliant ideas our team comes up with while I’m away. I’m excited to hand over the “boss” title (for now).

I will be sure to keep you posted on my journey along the way. By stepping back from client work and trusting in my team, I look forward to having some time to fully immerse myself in this next life stage, while focusing on some personal writing projects again and documenting all of the learning and growing that is sure to come with this next big step. I hope you’ll follow along.


Charlotte Ottaway

Charlotte is the founder of Web of Words. She helps solopreneurs and small business owners create real human connections online through blogging and social media. Her work has been published in Maclean's, Canadian Business, Zoomer, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and other Canadian publications. Better known by family and friends as Carly, she currently resides in Newmarket with her husband and fur-babe. To learn more, check out her portfolio at charlotteottaway.com and follow her on Twitter @charlottaway.