124: From Overwhelm to Order for the One Woman Show with Sonaya Williams
The Gutsy Podcast
If you're a one-woman show and are feeling overwhelmed, today's episode has your name written all over it, my friend. You love your business and the flexibility that has given you, but you're overwhelmed. It's okay, you're not alone. Each day comes with a new fire to put out, or you spend your days answering emails, shifting around information only to feel like you haven't accomplished a damn thing all day.We're talking with Sonaya Williams, the founder of the CEO Partner, about shifting your life and business from overwhelm to order.In this episode, you’ll learn:What overwhelm looks like for an entrepreneurHow to prioritize the priorities Common signs that build overwhelmHow to move from overwhelm to order The value in asking for help The CEO partner is a systems-driven profit-obsessed digital implementation agency that helps smart CEOs grow their business and meet their goals. Sonaya started the agency in November of 2011. While still working full time as a senior financial systems analyst at TD Ameritrade. Since then, she has built a multi-six figure consulting agency, has been featured in Forbes and founder and is living her dream with her family in the UK. RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODEIf you've been considering hosting a podcast and aren't sure what platform to utilize, head to lauraaura.com/resources and click on the Buzzsprout link to start your free trial.CONNECT WITH SONAYA WILLIAMSFacebook: @TheCEOPartnerInstagram: @theceopartnerLinkedIn: @theceopartner Website: theceopartner.com THANK YOU, GUTSY TRIBE!We love, love, love to read your comments, feedback, and reviews. If you haven’t yet, drop us one below! Your review might even get highlighted within one of our gutsy love posts or on our website.https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gutsy-podcast.Support the showTHANK YOU, GUTSY TRIBE!We love, love, love to read your comments, feedback, and reviews. If you haven’t yet, drop us one below! Your review might even get highlighted within one of our gutsy love posts or on our website.https://podcasts.apple.com/ar/podcast/the-gutsy-podcast/id1445481970
How to Create Effective Workflows for Your Business With Sonaya Williams
Book Your Dream Clients Podcast
Do you have an on-boarding client workflow? Do you know what to do next when some applies to work with you? Creating systems and workflows in your business should be your number one priority so you always know what to do next and have the confidence to move forward. On this episode, I'm chatting with Sonaya Williams all about how to create effective workflows in your business so you can successfully grow and meet your goals. Sonaya Williams, founder of The CEO Partner®, a systems-driven, profits-obsessed, Digital Implementation agency that helps smart CEOs grow their business and meet their goals. Sonaya started her Digital Implementation Agency in November of 2011 while still working full-time as a Senior Financial Systems Analyst at TD Ameritrade. Since then, she has built a multi-six-figure consulting agency and learned many good and bad lessons along the way. The CEO Partner solves the problems she knew so many business owners faced. Her message is clear - When we create systems + gather support, we build incredible, successful businesses AND happy Lives – for ourselves and the people we love. Sonaya lives to help CEOs create an operational master plan for themselves and their teams, teaching efficient and effective systems and tools during the process. She was featured on Forbes, Foundr, and John Lee Dumas also interviewed her on the Entrepreneurs on Fire Podcast. https://www.eofire.com/podcast/sonayawilliams/ Originally from New Jersey, now living in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she runs her international business. She is grateful to be living her dream with her husband and young daughters by her side and has ambitious plans for the future. Sonaya’s Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/theceopartner/ (company) https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonayawilliams/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCEOPartner Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theceopartner/ Sonaya's website: https://theceopartner.com/
The Design Business Show 161: Creating Systems to Hit Your Goals with Sonaya Williams
The Design Business Show
Sonaya Williams (pronounced: so-ni-yah), founder of The CEO Partner®, a systems-driven, profits-obsessed, Digital Implementation agency that helps smart CEOs grow their business and meet their goals. Sonaya started her Digital Implementation Agency in November of 2011 while still working full-time as a Senior Financial Systems Analyst at TD Ameritrade. Since then, she has built a multi six-figure consulting agency and learned a ton of good and bad lessons along the way. The CEO Partner solves the problems she knew so many business owners faced. Her message is clear - When we create systems + gather support, we build incredible, successful businesses AND happy Lives – for ourselves and the people we love. Sonaya lives to help CEOs create an operational master plan for themselves and their teams, teaching efficient and effective systems and tools during the process. She was featured in Forbes, Foundr and on the EonFire podcast. Here’s what we covered on the episode: Sonaya’s Journey to Entrepreneurship How Sonaya and I met through a mutual friend and how she’s here to talk about creating a process to reach your goals without losing yourself in the process Sonaya shares that her background is in IT and before starting her business, she fell into her dream job of business process management in the banking industry, where she got to take the banks old spreadsheet processes and create new logical, efficient processes to help save the teams time When Sonaya decided she wanted to have kids and stay home with them, she used her childhood as a driving force to create something different for herself and fell into entrepreneurship where she didn’t have to work a traditional 9-5 job How Sonaya didn’t know where to start with her business, so she went to networking events and ended up doing the same thing she did at work, helping people get the processes that are in their heads onto paper The story of Sonaya’s first client who sold office supplies to schools in Manhattan and whose biggest frustration was his salespeople having to make multiple trips to close a deal, but once Sonaya helped them with the process of documenting things, they were able to close deals in 1, maybe 2 visits which resulted in efficiency and more money Sonaya worked full-time and did her business part-time until she replace her salary with her business income in 9 months, then she did her business full-time and worked part-time until she was able to get her systems in place to know she could run her business consistently The Business of Referrals + Sonaya’s Quarterly Magazine A year after starting her business, Sonaya left her job and hired her first virtual assistant and says she got her first 10 clients from finding 2 people who had really big lists of clients she wanted to work with — Sonaya started working with those 2 people, so they could promote a webinar she did to their list Sonaya shares that her first webinar only had 2 people, but says the more webinars she did, the better she got, and soon she was able to generate leads and close them, which really helped her business grow How Sonaya’s business has grown off referrals and how she started doing quarterly client success panels which is how she continuously got clients every quarter and explains she now has a magazine she sends out each quarter At the start of her business, Sonaya didn’t take the design of everything as seriously but says now after having the magazine and her brand, she realizes how important design is, especially when it comes to having a higher-end brand Sonaya explains the thought behind sending out a magazine and says she wanted a way to get in front of her agency clients who weren’t on her newsletter and didn’t listen to her podcast Sonaya says her magazine is a playbook that has a different theme each quarter and offers her audience case studies, articles, tips, and plenty of resources — the theme for this quarter is how you can to still reach your year-end goals How boundaries have been the most important thing for Sonaya in terms of being able to grow her business and still be sane for her kids and family Agency Services + Membership Lab Sonaya shares her team is made up of 5 women, some who are in the US and some who are in the UK, and shares that 60% of their clients are from the US, and the other 40% are from across Europe On the agency side, Sonaya and her team work with a lot of service-based entrepreneurs who are trying to figure out out how to make new revenue online — Sonaya gives us an example of a current client Sonaya’s membership called Work Smarter Lab works with solopreneurs to put systems and strategies in place to create new revenue online Because the agency has systems in place, creates consistent income, and delivers a solid service, it allows Sonaya to mostly lead and do sales on that side while the team is managing all of it Sonaya says this is their second time launching the membership, and says that they provide members with two calls a week, new content in the lab every month, and team support and explains the team roles involved within the membership As the end of the year comes, Sonaya is looking forward to taking 3 weeks off in December and says their goals include planning for a solid 2022 and looking to hire another project manager The system Sonaya and her team follow called, Entrepreneur Operating System (EOS) helps them plan goals weekly and quarterly and she shares they have an annual retreat for goal setting as well While running a business at home with kids can be challenging at times, it gives Sonaya the flexibility she has always dreamt of How the launch of the membership came about accidentally when Sonaya spoke at an event where she had to change her talk to accommodate the audience and create a lower-end offer, which ended up being the membership lab Sonaya tells us about the event where she had to pivot her offer quickly and says she’s learned that you have to go with the flow, otherwise opportunities might pass you by Sonaya congratulates anyone who is in entrepreneurship because she knows it’s hard work and says to just create your systems and boundaries and keep going Go to becomeanonlineceo.com to get what Sonaya calls a get paid guide, which is a resource that will allow you to start generating leads online Links mentioned The CEO Partner® Become an Online CEO Connect with Sonaya on Instagram Connect with Sonaya on Facebook Like what you heard? 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My guest today is Sonaya Williams, Founder and CEO of The CEO Partner. The CEO Partner equips business owners with the right team, technology & operational process to work effectively. Leaving the business owner more time to focus on building the business, make money, and not stress over the day-to-day business operations. In addition, it helps create repeatable revenue through digital products for clients. To see the list of topics as well as all the details of my other guests, check out the show notes here: www.GetMoreHRClients.com/Podcast WANT MORE CLIENTS? Want more clients for your HR-related consultancy or HR Tech business? Check out: www.GetMoreHRClients.com/Services. WANT TO START AN HR BUSINESS? Want to launch your own consulting business in the broad Human Resources sector? Check out the guide and the new online course: www.GetMoreHRClients.com/blog/How-To-Start-An-HR-Consulting-Business.
VIRGINIA: [00:01:06] So what made you want to go out on your own? VIRGINIA: [00:02:52] Who do you say your target audience or your niche is for your avatar?VIRGINIA: [00:03:58] How was this past year for you? Were you able to grow a lot with COVID and everything? VIRGINIA: [00:05:06] So how do you get in front of your ideal avatar, your ideal clients? VIRGINIA: [00:06:27] So your magazine, is it free or the subscription based fee?VIRGINIA: [00:08:19] What Are a couple common mistakes that you see some of your clients making?VIRGINIA: [00:11:56] How long would you say that they should be consistent for when they quote unquote try it?VIRGINIA: [00:13:04] What's a big goal or two or that you're Hoping to achieve the next couple of years? VIRGINIA: [00:14:21] So how do you think it would affect or change your business by implementing the done for you or the group style aspect? VIRGINIA: [00:17:31] So do you think there's any roadblocks from getting those implemented?VIRGINIA: [00:18:18] What's the best advice that you have ever received?VIRGINIA: [00:19:09] So what do you think the best advice that you have ever given is?VIRGINIA: [00:19:27] Do you think it's like a societal thing that we don't test ourselves? VIRGINIA: [00:21:05] So is there anything that we haven't talked about yet that you would like to share? VIRGINIA: [00:22:48] So your why was really big on keeping you motivated?Sonaya WilliamsHome - The CEO Partnerhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/theceopartner/https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonayawilliams/The CEO Partnerhttps://www.instagram.com/theceopartner/ Virginia Purnellhttp://facebook.com/distinctdmhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/virginiapurnell/ Virginia PurnellFunnel & Visibility SpecialistDistinct Digital Marketing(833) firstname.lastname@example.orgBook a Free Call http://bit.ly/DDMBookACallEC
Finding Freedom - The New Revenue Journey with Sonaya Williams
Notable Leaders' Radio
In today’s episode, I invited Sonaya Williams, the founder and New Revenue specialist of The CEO Partner, to share her powerful story of how success and transformation happened when she began to trust herself over listening to others. The CEO Partner offers their clients the operational support to launch online project products. Their focus is to help their clients create repeatable revenue streams. Sonaya first started her digital implementation agency in November 2011, while still working full time as a senior financial systems analyst at TD Ameritrade. Since then, she’s grown her company to be a multi six-figure consulting agency. Sonaya lives to help CEOs create an operational master plan for themselves and for their teams. Originally from New Jersey, Sonaya now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she runs her international business. Listen to her story, you’ll be all the better for it! Guest Bio: The founder of The CEO Partner®, a boutique agency that focuses on helping our clients create repeatable revenue with turnkey operational support from launching online products. Our clients are service professionals that are well-known experts in their field and are ready to create new revenue online. Sonaya started her Digital Implementation Agency in November of 2011 while still working full-time as a Senior Financial Systems Analyst at TD Ameritrade. Since then, she has built a multi six-figure consulting agency and learned a ton of good and bad lessons along the way. The CEO Partner solves the problems she knew so many business owners faced. Her message is clear - When we create systems + gather support, we build incredible, successful businesses AND happy Lives – for ourselves and the people we love. Sonaya lives to help CEOs create an operational master plan for themselves and their teams, teaching efficient and effective systems and tools during the process. Originally from New Jersey, now living in Copenhagen, Denmark where she runs her international business. She is grateful to be living her dream with her husband and young daughters by her side and has ambitious plans for the future. Email: email@example.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.theceopartner.com Twitter: @theceopartner LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonayawilliams/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCEOPartner/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theceopartner/ FREE RESOURCES: The New Revenue Show Podcast https://theceopartner.com/podcast/ Belinda’s Bio: Belinda Pruyne is a sought-after Leadership Advisor, Coach, Consultant and Keynote speaker. She is a leading authority in guiding global executives, professionals and small business owners to become today’s highly respected leaders. She gained a wealth of expertise in the client services industry as Executive Vice President, Global Director of Creative Management at Grey Advertising, managing 500 people around the globe. With over 20+ years of leadership development experience, she brings industry-wide recognition to the executives and companies she works with. Whether a startup, turnaround, acquisition or global corporation, executives and companies continue to turn to Pruyne for strategic and impactful solutions in a rapidly shifting economy and marketplace. Website: Belindapruyne.com Email Address: email@example.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/belindapruyne Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NotableLeadersNetwork.BelindaPruyne/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/belindapruyne?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/belindapruyne/
HBW091: Sonaya Williams, Seamless Systems to Make Your Business Run Smoothly
The Happy Black Woman Podcast
Seamless systems are the cogs and gears that make every successful business run. When they work properly, they are finely tuned and seem magically effortless - but they don’t happen by accident. Seamless systems are something you, the business owner (and your team) have to intentionally create. Rosetta’s guest on this episode is Sonaya Williams and you might call her a systems and team guru. She specializes in putting together systems and processes that support and run business so that clients are cared for well, nothing falls through the cracks, and those who work within the business are happy and fulfilled in what they do. We all need this kind of stuff, don’t we? You won’t want to miss this conversation. Your business will live or die on the efficiency of the systems within it. All you have to do in order to see the vital nature of systems is to look around you. The created universe operates according to systems (though we don’t always call them that). The solar system, the water cycle, every human invention - all of them are governed and run by systems. When it comes to your business, the better your systems, the more profitable and stress-free your business will be. In this conversation, Sonaya Williams shares why she’s built a business to teach other business owners and entrepreneurs how to build and implement systems - and how she can help you get your business finely tuned and humming along. She’s even got a free gift for you that will enable you to find and hire the right team members, so be sure you listen. Need seamless systems? Start by creating a list of all the things you do. You won’t have a chance of building good systems for your business until you clarify exactly what it is you do and how you are presently doing it. The easiest way to do that is to begin making lists. You can jot down bullet-point outlines of the tasks you actually do or manage, in order to get an overview snapshot of what is on your plate. From there, begin prioritizing what needs to be systematized, optimized, or delegated first. Sonaya Williams is on the show to give you an idea of what seamless systems can do for you and your business. Your clients will be happier - and you will, too - so be sure to listen. In order to implement good systems in your business, you'll have to make a mindset shift. It’s one thing to recognize what smoothly working systems can do for your business. But it’s another to successfully implement them. Believe it or not, one of the things that often keeps entrepreneurs or business owners from implementing their carefully-devised systems is their own inability to let go of the work. It could be a tendency toward controlling everything that holds them back - or it might be good old perfectionism - but no matter the reason, a mindset shift is needed in order to bring good systems online and make them work. Rosetta's guest, Sonaya has a good deal of insight for you about how you can get over that hurdle, on this episode of Happy Black Woman. If you’re going to implement powerful systems you have to be willing to let go of the work. Most business owners are go-getters, people who can see what needs to be done and have the initiative and drive to make it happen. But that strength often comes with a downside: they believe that nobody can do the work as well as they can. The problem with that belief is that it’s seldom true. No doubt, they are talented but there are many things that go into making their enterprise run that they are not the best at. Letting go of the actual work that happens in your business is hard because it requires that you trust others and empower them to work on your behalf. On this episode of Happy Black Woman, Rosetta chats with Sonaya Williams about how to make that transition - and the two of them highlight the incredible benefits that come from making it. This one is a “must listen” episode for every wanna-be or current entrepreneur or business owner. Outline of this great episode [1:19] How Rosetta and Sonaya met (but not yet in person). [2:29] Sonaya Williams: Helping people find solutions and making them easy. [6:01] How Sonaya wound up in London. [8:23] What is a seamless system and how can you implement them in your business? [11:51] The mindset shift behind the implementation of systems and adding team members. [15:50] What are the best places to look for a great virtual assistant? [18:46] Intermediate steps to improve existing systems and workflows. [22:00] The value of using project management tools. [24:00] Sonaya’s personal strategies to stay on track. [30:03] The #1 piece of advice for those starting out (or wanting to). [34:55] How you can get Sonaya’s free gift. Resources & Links mentioned in this episode www.sonayawilliams.com www.sonayawilliams.com/hbw - Get Sonaya’s generous offer to HBW listeners Contactually Less Annoying CRM Teamwork Project Management Tool BOOK: Built To Sell About Sonaya Williams Sonaya Williams the founder of The CEO Partner®, a systems driven, profits-obsessed, full service operations agency that helps smart CEOs grow their business and meet their goals. Sonaya & her team live to help CEOs create an operational master plan for themselves and their teams, teaching efficient and effective systems and tools during the process. Sonaya also teaches online business owners how to build high performance teams with her proven 6 step hiring and training program called Get Support Now. Sonaya recently moved to London, UK from New Jersey, where she is living her dreams of starting a family and running an international business.
Sonaya is the founder of the Sonaya Williams Group, an operations consultancy that helps emerging CEOs grow their business and meet their business goals. After spending more than 10 years in varying operations and project management roles in large corporations, Sonaya is a master at systems thinking and bringing together all the pieces of the puzzle that hold so many businesses back. A seasoned speaker, she has taken many event stages and is a frequent guest expert on leading podcasts and websites. When she’s not running the Sonaya Williams Group, she loves to travel and find adventure wherever she goes. In this episode, Sonaya and Stacy discuss how you can make working remotely not only a viable business strategy but a strategy that can be incredibly effective. Some highlights include: “I was making good money, but I just wasn’t happy.” At minute 2:00, Sonaya talks why she decided to make the jump and go into business for herself. At minute 9:00, Sonaya talks about the biggest mistake she made while growing her team. Make sure you’re following up and checking that work is getting done! Be consistent. At minute 12:00, Sonaya talks about all the reasons that consistency is absolutely the most important part of marketing. “We use a lot of communication tools.” At minute 17:00, Sonaya talks about the tools and strategies that she and her team use to make working remotely very effective. Trust your gut. At minute 24:00, Sonaya talks about the reasons you need to trust your own instincts to survive in business. Ways to contact Sonaya: Website: sonayawilliams.com E-Book: Supercharge. Increase Your Productivity and Have Time to Play Resources: Slack www.hiremymom.com *Business Rescue Road Map may be an affiliate or receive compensation from some of the business listed for referrals, as their “thank you” for sending you their way. However, we would never recommend any product or service unless we personally love the product and have great things to say about it. Our reputation is at stake and we would not jeopardize that!
1088: How love broke Sonaya Williams’ business, and how you can avoid the same fate!
Archive 4 of Entrepreneurs On Fire
Sonaya is the creator of The Business Automator, where she will teach you to delegate, automate, and stop leaving money on the table. She helps clients to make an additional $36k annually, and ditch 5-7 hours of busy work per week.
TOTC EP76: How To Maintain Work-Life Balance in Every Business with Sonaya Williams
Theater of The Courtroom
Sonaya Williams is the creator of The Business Automator, where she will teach you to delegate, automate, and stop leaving money on the table. She helps business owners find the right tech tools, put in the right processes to help them grow their businesses, and end the day to day chaos so that they can create a business that supports their life-style.