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How I Landed My First Business Trip as a Solopreneur

As you’re reading this, it’s possible I’m flying overhead (in an airplane of course… I left my broomstick at home), somewhere between Toronto and Washington DC.

I’m taking off on my first official Web of Words business trip, and we’re going international, baby!

But before I hop on any trains or planes, I thought I’d take a minute to reflect. It’s been a challenging week for the world – and many of us have been reminded, in the harshest of ways, why we should never take our safety for granted. My heart aches for the people who have experienced profound loss over the last days, weeks and months – the kind of loss the rest of us go a lifetime hoping we’ll never have to endure.

There were moments, after watching the news late at night, when I wondered whether I should be going on this trip at all.

But then I reminded myself: that’s exactly how they want me to feel. And why should I succumb to the fear mongering?

For as long as I can remember, it has been a dream of mine to build a career out of the words and use it to see the world. And in my first year of being the boss, I’m making it happen.

Want to know how I got to this point?

I did it by refusing to let my fears hold me back.

Because the truth is, I’ve faced a lot of them in the last 11 months. And I’ll admit, some of them knocked me around a little. But I learned, I grew, and I moved forward.

Over the last week, it’s been hard not to notice all that is wrong with the world.

But sometimes, you have to find a way to look past the wrong and focus on what’s right.

Like the people who opened their doors to the streets of Paris. Guess what? They were scared too.

Like the father who assured his son flowers can be used to fight guns. Guess what? He was also afraid.

Like the cities around the world that stand up together to face evil. Guess what? They have no idea what’s next.

None of us really do.

If there’s one key lesson I’ve learned since being in business for myself, it’s this: fear never wins. You may not be able to control what happens tomorrow, or next week. But the choices you make today, in this moment, have a lot more power than you think.

So, next time you hear from me, there’s a good chance it’ll be from Capitol Hill.



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.

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