MegSquats and her Strong Strong Friends
Tell us about how MegSquats started, and how you got to where you are today with over 100k followers on both YouTube and Instagram.
I started to upload videos on Instagram and Youtube to track my own strength progress. I had a friend who was doing the same, and thought it was a cool way to connect with other lifters, get feedback on my form, and actually just make workouts fun.
I slowly transitioned from just lifting footage, to informational and lifestyle videos that documented my life as a competitive powerlifter, and now as a strength coach.
What are your top 3 tips for creators looking to grow their following?
I credit the growth in my community to consistency, honesty, and good ole fun. I'm enjoying myself, and don't think others would care if that wasn't clear. Find something that you really have fun doing, and show it.
The fitness industry can be pretty spammy on Instagram-- fit teas, photoshopping, etc. What are you doing to stand apart from that?
I'm truly just being myself. I value my bad-assness and those things are just... so not bad ass.
You recently quit your job to do MegSquats full time-- tell us about this decision and your experience with becoming your own boss full-time.
I eased into it more than what you'd think. A year ago I told my boss at the time I was moving to New York and if he wanted to keep me, I had to work from home. Pretty ballsy right? He went for it, and I kept my salary but had the flexibility of a home office that helped me manage several projects at once.
I kept that full time gig plus a few others until my revenue streams added up to enough so that I could replace it.
Being your own boss and working from home is great because of the flexibility and terrible because of the flexibility. I like to work hard, and I like to work a lot. In 2017 I'm working on managing my time better and turning off my work brain when I need to.
Not many people know, but you also do some freelance graphic design. Do you have any tips for freelance creators?
Focus on finding long term clients and building a relationship that will last.
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