A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to Six Months

Do you know what this month is?

(No, we aren’t talking about my birthday, but we can if you want to. I love birthdays.)

No, this marks the milestone of six months since I relaunched 131 Consulting. Exciting, right???

In the world of social media, a lot can happen in six months. We’ve had the Bow Wow Challenge, the rise (and still no fall) of the Cash Me Ousside girl, the roll safe, Meryl clapping to…well, everything, the Trump Orb, Tiny Trump, Covfefe, basically the whole of Trump’s twitter account… Just to name a few.

And in that time, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a history and tourism app, a professional lighting company that has one of the most bomb-ass lighted mirrors I’ve ever seen, an up-and-coming medical app, set to revolutionize how medical testing is done, a children’s clothing company that takes cute and funky to new levels, an accountant, a canine therapist, a test-prep company, a couple doctor’s offices, and many more. Each one an individual brand, unique in their voice and the services they offer.

 

I’ve also been able to find my own voice in how I want to run my business. I used to feel more like my business was a freelance gig, and I’d take whatever came along. I wanted to do any and everything social media related, and it didn’t matter if I had the knowledge or the bandwidth, I’d figure it out as I went along. But that’s not how you run a business. Learning the ins and outs of that has been both a huge challenge and immensely rewarding. But most of all, working with clients, helping them find a path that works best for them and leading them on that path, has been the best kind of reward I could have for going back into business for myself.

 

Social Media is my passion, plain and simple. It has been long before I decided it could possibly be a business venture. I remember my hyper-customized MySpace page, and when Facebook used to be big into poking and virtual food fights. I remember the initial concept behind Twitter parties, and the limits of early Instagram. And sometime, if you get a couple drinks in me, I’ll tell you all about discovering Tumblr during the days of the Holy Trinity, and how I was there for (and am still traumatized by) the Mishapocalypse. Also, I haven’t just rick rolled, I’ve created rick rolls. Every post I’ve personally had go viral has been some sort of internet troll meme, and I’m probably more proud of that than I should be.

This blog post isn’t really meant to be advice for new businesses, or thoughts on what’s going on in the world of social – that all will be coming down the line as I focus more on my own brand in the second half of my ‘first’ year. This is just a little something to say thank you for those who found me and decided to take a chance on me. Thank you to those who have found my knowledge valuable. And most of all, thank you for letting me finally live my own dream. Let’s see where we can go from here.

Stay Shiny.

Posted by Stephanie Cole

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