In this series we will be highlighting burgeoning entrepreneurs in the modern era. These are folks who have taken the risk of quitting their conventional jobs in pursuit of their passions. This is a difficult road that many never find the courage to venture upon, but the rewards are so worth it, and as you know, no risk, no reward, know risk, know reward.
This episode focuses on actress, recording artist and musical sensation Lynn Solar. After obtaining her masters degree and teaching kindergarten, Lynn decided to jump off the beaten path and follow her passion. She maximizes her time by using the gig economy to it's fullest potential and then enjoys the freedom to set her calendar based on her needs and objectives. We talk about time management and what it feels like to jump out there on your own. She's a powerful voice for women and entrepreneurs everywhere.
Which Apps Do You Use?
I use, FB, IG , Twitter, Soundcloud, youtube, Gmail, Google drive.
Do you Remember Your First Day? What Were You Feeling?
My first day I remember feeling like a deer-in-headlights! my eyes popped up early in the morning and I thought "oh my god! did I really just do that?! did I really quit my job?! am I really "full-time me". and then I said "Okay God what are we going to do today? and I took that day or two to just chill reflect, refocus and reset for the next stage of my journey. I was both excited for this new found freedom that i created and afraid. But I had developed this phrase " I am more Faithful than afraid." and truly I was more afraid of staying in a situation that no longer fit for me than anything. So i knew it was time to take the leap.
What Were You Doing Before? What Made You Want To Try Something New?
For the past 5 years I was working in the field of Education while simultaneously building my career in music and acting. I took on this artist life 6 years ago to fulfill my need to pursue a powerful living to be happy doing what I loved to do. so while I have been thinking all of my life it wasn't until I graduated with my Master's Degree and had been a Pre-K teacher for a year that I realize that that profession would not sustain me long term. So my sorority sister, sister-friend, who is also my business manager and I got together and created a plan which was the very beginnings of my brand development.
How Do You Balance Your Time?
Ha! not very well it seems sometimes laugh out loud. I use my calendar for everything from business items to social events to even my rest time. it keeps me from getting overbooked, although I still put too many things on my calendar. but generally I make sure that I don't go too many days without taking a break schedule rest times at random times of the day sometimes whole days sometimes just five or six hours at the end of the day. I use the Do Not Disturb function on my phone so in the evenings too late mornings my phone doesn't make any noises or interruptions from text messages or phone calls. And I make sure that after a few days and so that I schedule time to spend with family and friends.
Tell Me About Your Business...
My business I am a singer-songwriter artist and actress. my brand focuses on encouraging others to be their own superhero! That they have everything they need to have the life and to Chase the dreams they desire, right now. I encourage people to live fully and partly. Solar powered is what I call it. my brand is a " power brand".
How Much Time Per Week Would You Say You Get To Dedicate To Your Craft?
Unfortunately I do not spend enough time or as much time as I would like in my craft. I'm even embarrassed to say how many hours. I have been self-employed four eight months now and I'm still trying to figure it all out. Some days I'm so excited everything is going the way i want it, i am Slaying the day. I have these Amazing Music days where I start my mornings off just the way I want it where I don't have to go anywhere and all there is is just me in my home office- the "Solverse" listening to music, doing vocal exercises, learning new songs, learning how to play the guitar, And playing around with my vocal technique. And then some days I feel like I'm failing. my business tasks and odd jobs takes up a lot of my time and by the end of those day I'm often tired and stressed. If I had it my way I spend 40 hours a week at least on my craft. I want to sleep and breathe music!
What Else Do You Like To Do With Your Free Time?
In my free time I love trying to restaurants I love cooking new recipes. I love exploring my city like a tourist, I love spending full day's binge-watching movies. I reeaaaaally love solo travel it helps me clear my mind. And I love when I can take the time to visit with friends especially those with babies! Babies make me happy they make me feel like everything is right in the world.
Any Advice For People Wanting To Follow A Similar Path?
My advice would be to take your time exploring what you truly want to do. it will be the thing that makes your heart leap and soar! make the first step now, know that you have whatever you need to start right now. ask a lot of questions, connect with others in the music industry and connect as a make friends with them, find people that share and expand your mindset & interests. share with everyone you know about what you're up to it will help you find your tribe and guide you to someone or some resource that you may need. When you get overwhelmed stop and take a break. catch a breath do something you love to do and then get back to work. And if you ever question who you are or the next step in your process, pray, ask the universe, and then meditate on it. the answers will show up for you. Most importantly do not quit.
For bookings & inquiries, please contact Lo at [email protected] or (872) 221-0077
Lynn Solar's debut single "I Am Enough" is available from her website (www.lynn-solar.com) or digital platforms where music is sold and streamed.
Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.
What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.
The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.
There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!
Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.
Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”
While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.
That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying
the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.
This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.
Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.
That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?
Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”
While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."
In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.
We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.
As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.
What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.
The rising trend of pet-friendly offices is part of the effort to incentivize employees to come back to work in person. Many companies completely embraced the remote-friendly convenience of WFH. Digital nomad culture emerged and “second cities” arose when people exited New York, San Francisco, and LA, and headed to Denver, Austin, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh.
But now, employees and employers have a choice to make. The question now is: to return or not to return to the office? This is no longer about forcing employees to commute. Post The Great Resignation, employees feel more empowered to leave in-person positions and seek out remote jobs. So if offices want people to return, they’ve got to do a ton to entice their employees.
Some huge companies with giant operating budgets are not worried. With major perks like shiny facilities and full-service food bars, they feel comfortable requiring in-office work days — even if it’s for a hybrid week. But the solution might be simpler: pet-friendly workplaces.
The Allure of Pet-Friendly Offices
According to the Washington Post, pet-friendly workplaces are becoming a common solution to improve employee morale and appease the rising number of pandemic pet owners. “As offices start reopening and thousands of workers are being called back for the first time in two years, some companies are allowing employees to bring their pets. About 23 million American households adopted a pet during the pandemic, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many workers say they find pet-friendly environments an important perk for their new furry family members. A recent survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital, owned by Mars Inc., showed that 57 percent of the 1,500 pet owners polled said they would be happiest returning to a pet-friendly workplace. Half of the 500 top executives surveyed said they are planning to allow pets at the office. Tech companies including Google, Amazon, and Uber plan to continue to allow dogs at their offices, even with their flexible office policies.”
With so many people adopting and fostering since the pandemic, becoming a pet parent is a trend. And to welcome these new additions into people’s lives, it makes sense for some workplaces to welcome them into the office.
After spending unlimited amounts of time at home, many pets grew greatly attached to their “parents” — and pet-parents feel the same about their pets. Rather than keeping them locked in the house while their caretakers head off to work, this is a mutually beneficial solution to the current separation anxiety faced by pets.
Pets have also been shown to boost happiness in pet owners. According to heart.org, “Studies show that dogs reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; ease loneliness; encourage exercise and improve your overall health. For example, people with dogs tend to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop heart disease. Just playing with a dog has been shown to raise levels of the feel-good brain chemicals oxytocin and dopamine, creating positive feelings and bonding for both the person and their pet.” Most likely, this might have a similar effect on people who bond with animals at work that don’t even belong to them, lending an overall mood boost to the office.
The controversy behind pet-friendly workplaces
However, not everyone is as enthusiastic about the prospect. Some would rather keep the office separate from their personal lives. Some are allergic to pets. And some people simply don’t like animals.
Offices considering pet-friendly policies are weighing the pros and cons to keep everyone happy. According to the Washington Post, clear guidelines and communication can increase the chances of success.
“Before making the jump, pet experts say that leaders should first understand whether their employees have interest in, or strong feelings against, having a pet-friendly office. Doing an anonymous survey may allow employees to freely share thoughts on the matter.”
Overall, the key to a policy like this is flexibility. “Be ready to adjust: Above all, pet-friendly offices should be ready to listen and adjust their policies as they go. What works for one office may not work for another, but experts say proper planning can lessen much of the burden.”
Ensure your office is actually suited to the pets you want to welcome. “A well-developed pet-friendly office should be both safe and welcoming to pets. That means companies should consider blocking off areas that could be dangerous to pets as well as making sure pets have access to clean water, food, and places to rest.”
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