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Featured Side Hustlers: Megan Frantz & Nicole Monahan
Full-Time Job: Megan is a Producer for the Shorty Awards while Nicole freelances full time in events, marketing, and social.
Tell us about your hustle:
We provide women a comfortable atmosphere in which they can network, learn, and connect with each other over the most important meal of the week.
Each month we’ll curate the discussion and speaker to learn valuable lessons and insights from amazing women. Brunches vary between either a Sunday or a Saturday between 11-1 pm, usually an hour and a half to two hours.
What motivated you to start it?
We were motivated to start Women Who Brunch because we felt like there was a lack of women-focused events. We’re also really obsessed with brunch, so it’s a perfect excuse to try every mimosa in Manhattan.
While building your side hustle, who has helped/supported you the most?
The women who have come to our events are a big support to us. They supported our mission and have helped spread the word to their friends, creating a huge supportive community of women.
Who is your biggest side hustle role model?
Monica Lo and Megan Nuttal are two women who were both working full time at an agency yet still had the time to pursue multiple side projects. They were our first brunch speakers, for an event appropriate themed on how to manage a passion project. This event set the tone for Women Who Brunch moving forward, as we’re always rooted in passion and helping other women.
How much time on average do you spend on your side hustle per week?
5-15 hours depending on if we have a brunch event going on.
What was the biggest element holding you back from starting and how did you overcome it?
Fear of failure. We both felt like we’d want to go to this type of event if we were on the other side, but there weren’t many successful case studies to guarantee that we weren’t taking a big risk. But overcoming the fear and launching it anyways was the best thing we could have done — it has exceeded our expectations and then some in terms of support and interest from women.
What is an example of a time you hit a rough patch? How did you handle the situation?
We’re at a place now where we’re nearing the one year mark and the response has been incredible. Now we’re investigating where it makes sense to scale, without losing our mission statement and why we started the meetup in the first place.
What has been the biggest benefit of having a side project?
Meeting the incredible women who have attended our events, in person and virtually. We’ve been fortunate to help build an incredible community of women that we can learn from and be inspired by.
What are your favorite apps/books/productivity hacks?
For someone starting out, what is your biggest piece of advice?
A side project has to come from a place of passion or it will not survive. It has to be something you’ll willingly (and with excitement!) wake up early and stay up late to work on.
We’re also inspired by Simon Sinek, who lives by the philosophy: Start with why. Do you know your Why? What is the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you to do what you do?
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