How This Single Mom Made a Leap To Her Own Business

How This Single Mom Made a Leap To Her Own Business

Have you ever felt like you just cannot do it anymore?

You know what I mean – the last straw – that one moment that is IT for you. That pivotal spot that tore you away from a career you depended on the moment before?

If so, you have joined the ranks of Stephani Roberts, A Social Media Strategist and myself and you are making your own way.

I have to say – Congratulations! I know it is not easy. You will want to listen in to everything we share on how to navigate your journey so you can be as successful as possible.

If not, if you are still getting up and heading to a job that just doesn’t feel right to you. Stay here. 

Maybe you can image what that moment will be like. 

Maybe you have even said to your husband or best friend, “If he says ONE MORE TIME…. then I am out!”

Trust me, I have been there! This is an interview you do not want to miss!

Our Favorite Moments in the Video:

  • “You have so many talents and gifts in your corporate job.  With your own clients, you can practically do them in your sleep and people will LOVE you for them.” Lori
  • “It is so fascinating… I look back at what I did five years ago and how everything has blended together to help create the products that I sell now.” Stephani
  • “Everything is all just kind of beautiful coming together in a way that I could never have imagined, even 2 years ago.” Stephani
  • “The first thing you do does not have to be the last or the only thing you do. It is just the first thing that is going to lead you to the next thing and the next thing.” Stephani
  • “The work in the online space is going to change because the online space keeps changing… keeping your skills and branding fresh is where the opportunity is right now.” Lori
  • “I spent money on a high dollar business that didn’t get me there.  It was fluff. It wasn’t worth it. I have been slow on growing How She Quits because I want to be intentional to create something that works for these woman.” Lori
How She Fast Tracked Her Corporate Exit and Became a VA in 3 Months

How She Fast Tracked Her Corporate Exit and Became a VA in 3 Months

Do you wake up dreading heading to work?

Do you go to bed, worrying about having everything together to get out the door on time with your kids?

Trust me when I say – you are not alone – so many working moms are feeling the exact same emotion, right now.

If you have ever felt like there is NO solution to your current work life and that you are drowning in endless commutes, corporate meetings that no longer motivate you or like your heart is being pulled a million different ways when you leave your kids – you need to read on. 

Today, I interview a mom who is just like you. She had a corporate career that worked but not longer inspired her. Her desire to be with her family was stronger and she tried everything – even muli-level-marketing (hey, we all have at some point, right?).

Meet Amy, the owner at AmyLockrin.com. She fast-tracked her exit from the corporate world by creating a thriving Virtual Assistance business in JUST three months. We discuss what worked, what didn’t and which this niche is a viable option for so many women who are itching to leave the corporate world today.

She shares top tips on how to gain clients that retain and most importantly, what she wished she had from the beginning – it is an interview you do NOT want to miss!  

Our Favorite Moments in the Video:

  • “There are so many legitimate opportunities for woman to create businesses online now. Are you a professional? Name your skill. We can create a business for you!” – Lori
  • “To become a Virtual Assistant, you only need two things: find what you love and then figure a skill you have. Boom. Match those up and you have created your portfolio. Keep doing that over and over that is your portfolio growing!” – Amy
  • “You just need to show up, be consistent, be reliable, there is always going to be some new software out there – you have to be a fast learners and get to know your client well.” – Lori
  • “If you aren’t sure – just rip off the band-aid and do it! You deserve it!” – Amy
Scaling Your One-on-One Service Business. Phase Two of How She Quits

Scaling Your One-on-One Service Business. Phase Two of How She Quits

Are you in a career you love? Do you feel conflicted about wanting to leave your job to be home with your family but still pursue your passions?

You are not the only one. There is a solution. 

So often we hear success stories about women who step into the online space to become “coaches” and the hidden tales of the entrepreneur world.

How can I be her?” “What does she actually do?”

Today I am excited to share with you the story of Lisa DeSpain – a successful mother, woman, and founder of Book2Bestseller. She shares with us an inside look at her business plan to leave the corporate world behind (hint – she used her corporate skills to make it a reality!) and the reality of what that looks like in the online space.

 

This interview was such real talk…..about what really happens when you are an online entrepreneur: how to get the clients, how to grow your business to become profitable, and most importantly – what the right steps are so that you can take your business to the next level.

From Corporate to Freelance Web Designer: A Classic Formula to Start Your Own Business from Home

From Corporate to Freelance Web Designer: A Classic Formula to Start Your Own Business from Home

“I spent stupid amounts of money on courses, learning, doing, trying ANYTHING – to find a way to be home.” Victoria Gazeley, Owner thecabindesignstudio.com

Today I chat with Victoria about her entrepreneurial path and how she created a life of freedom. One where she is home with her family, present to homeschool her son, and has built a thriving business that works on her terms.

The moment Victoria said those words, it took me right back. I remember that feeling. The pit in my stomach, the ache where I felt I would do almost ANYthing to get home to my family. Not because my job was bad, but because I knew it wasn’t where I belonged.

I am so excited to share today’s interview with you. Please join us as we chat about the real ups and downs in creating something that can thrive as you navigate which business model is right for you. Victoria shares incredible insight about how you never know what could truly be the answer to leaving your corporate job.

Our Favorite Moments In this Video:

“All of us chase things that are not right. I don’t know how many iterations of things I chased before I finally found what was a sustainable business that matched my gifts that there was a need for that would keep me home.”

“Having someone to guide you, mentor, tell you “what are the pitfalls” would have been huge! I didn’t have that – I didn’t know anyone who had done what I am doing personally. I spent hundred’s of thousands of hours researching…”

“Once you have done this for awhile, all these options, possibilities and potential open up in your brain that weren’t there before.”

“You operate your best when you feel like you. Create a space where you can be authentically you.”

 

 

Show Links:

Victoria’s Website:   The Cabin Design Studio

Victoria’s Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheCabinDesignStudio

Behind the Scenes of a Successful Work From Home Accountant and Mom of 4

Behind the Scenes of a Successful Work From Home Accountant and Mom of 4

Have you ever looked down at your kids and just knownI can’t keep living the life like this?

That you HAVE to make a change and do something different. Whatever it takes.

Senica is just like you. She is you. She had a thriving career, working full-time government job as an accountant and the hours were long, hard and draining. The season (you know, TAXES… we all shudder) is when her door is shut and she gets to work. It’s also when she stops seeing her family.

But what did that mean for her kids?

Today, I sat down and discussed how this brave mom took life into her own hands. How she made the tough decision to leave the secure world of government to go off on her own. With no client base to speak of. No backup plan. Just a passion and a belief that she had to make it work.  Because for her?

Motherhood was worth it. The yearning to create something of her own was there and she knew she could do it.

Meet Senica, mom of four and owner of Simplified Accounting. Today we discuss how she made her business work thrive without one warm lead and what makes this an easily replicable system for you too. She shares her favorite moments of being a working from home mom and how different life is for her now and answers that ever important question – What advice would you give someone who wants to get out of the corporate rat race?

Our Favorite Moments In this Video:

“That first day that you aren’t at your job – you almost need a detox – that feeling is amazing. The details. The date. You will never forget it.”

“Get your first client, get your second client, get your third client and THEN rework your systems because you are now juggling.”

“Being a business owner you have to get out there, let people know you exist, get comfortable, even if it is just closing leads.”  Fun fact….. Senica’s leads come almost entirely from online networking and referrals from her online network.  And she does not have a huge facebook list or email list.  She basically knew exactly the type of client she wanted to target and went specifically for that.

“My first client came from cost per click ads on Google. The coldest lead you can possibly get and it really confirmed for me – yes. I can do this. I am going to make this work!”

Find a mentor!!!  Having a mentor a few seasons ahead of her in this space was key to not feeling alone, avoiding key mistakes and having confidence in starting her own business.

Show Links:

Senica’s Website:   SimplifiedAccount.com

Senica’s Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoSimplifiedAccounting/

Mom of 4, 6-Figure Blog and What She’d Do if She was Starting Today

Mom of 4, 6-Figure Blog and What She’d Do if She was Starting Today

Have you ever sat and wondered, “Can I make money as a blogger?”  Maybe this is my exit path from my corporate job.

It looks so fun, right? To write about the things you love – sharing your passions and being creative and super helpful to your audience.

You CAN make money off of a blog but the game is very different than it was even just 3 years ago.   The internet has grown noisier.  There is content galore.  Getting the attention of the right audience is not as easy (nor necessarily free) like it was a few years ago.

Today, we share the story of an amazing mother who turned her passion into a full-time career, blogging about how food does NOT have to break the bank.

Meet Erin Chase, the owner and creator of 5dollardinners.com. She is the mother of four busy boys and her days are full. Running a thriving business and taking care of her family keeps her on her toes but she took the time today to share how she makes it work.

Like my path into online marketing, Erin started about 4 years ago when you could grow a Facebook page faster than a teenage boy outgrows his blue jeans.  And you could do it for free.   

She shares some of her insider secrets and most especially, what she would do if she were starting a blog right now today.

Our Favorite Moments in this Video:

How does a busy mom of 4 get so much done?   She runs 2 big brands ($5 Dinners and FreezEasy) and manages to network, host a great annual blogger conference and more.   This was one of my favorite secrets:   She eats the same food for breakfast and lunch every day. I didn’t see that coming.    Listen to hear more about eliminating some basic decision making to avoid decision fatigue.

4 Boys. That just sounds crazy right?   Erin humbly boasts that her house does look like Pottery Barn because she’s had to adapt a very minimalist view.   (I want that spirit!  Someone convince the rest of my family!)  Listen to a couple of her methods for her home life in this video.   Her suggested reading for this topic:   Josh Becker, Minimalist

So, it’s no secret Erin has made a very successful and profitable blog income.   She is one of those who can and does make multiple 5 figure incomes each month from a combination of advertising revenue, affiliates and her own products.   I’m certain I’ve never heard any other blogger come clean with where they think advertising and affiliate dollars is heading and what to do to protect your business from the decline that is happening there.

Serve well.  No matter what kind of business you are running, serving your audience well is key.  Running a Facebook page with hundreds of thousands of followers, and groups with tens of thousands, doesn’t happen by accident.  It happens by serving one person at a time with each post, video, and graphic you share.   

Here’s the good news.  It’s WAY faster to make a website, an online course or a membership site today than it was a few years ago.  Erin and I both suffered the woes of WordPress plugin incompatibilities and learning more about PHP and javascript than we’d care to.   The good news is that technology is not a barrier like it used to be.  But it’s also not as cheap as it used to be which is why you need a solid business model and not just a wish to dump your brilliant thoughts in a beautiful way onto Pinterest and hope they come.   Hope is not a strategy.

What’s the most valuable tool in her toolkit?  Ontraport.  By far.  It does everything from email to sales pages to membership site management.   There are many, many choices out there to run your website and online course / membership site but the power of doing that all from one dashboard is such a time and money saver.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Step-by-Step Workbook to Quit Your Corporate Job

Erin’s Website: http://www.5dollardinners.com/  and MyFreezEasy.com  (the best freezer cooking system there is!)