How She Quits – A Mom Biz Series – What is a Web Designer?

How She Quits – A Mom Biz Series – What is a Web Designer?

Virtual Assistant, not your thing?

Not to worry, I have a slew of career options I am going to explain and share with you because honestly?

The Virtual Workspace is HOT right now. We need people. More importantly, we need QUALIFIED people.

Web Designer 

Web design is a similar business with flexible hours and an even higher top end earning potential.   It goes by various names:   Web Designer, Web Developer, WordPress Administrator (various names…..read closely and use them wisely for the type of work you want to do)

There are 2 obvious paths into this web design virtual work:

1.  If you start as a VA generalist, you will find yourself likely starting to specialize in some areas that in WordPress.

2.  If you are a techie to begin with, maybe doing anything in the data automation, web design, programming kind of space, wordpress was not likely what you worked on but so easy for you to pick up and dive in to help the online small to medium sized buiness world.

Even if the tech thing isn’t your gig right now, consider that these specialized tech skills are more learnable than ever, in high demand and worth a higher dollar per hour rate.

Read on and let me know what you think: could web design be right for you? 

How She Quits – A Mom Biz Series – What is a Virtual Assistant?

How She Quits – A Mom Biz Series – What is a Virtual Assistant?

Trust me, I hear you. 

You want to get out. You are ready to leave and yet? You feel stalled. 

Sure, there is a lot of information out there, but you just aren’t sure what is right for you.

Not to worry, over the next few weeks I am going to share with you some of the top HOT jobs that are in demand in the virtual space. You will get the inside scoop on what is need to be successful and what you can expect in each field!

First Up: Virtual Assistant!! 

This can be so many things and match so many talents you have to offer.   Let me just entice you with this….. I have around 3 – 4 VA’s working for me in some capacity right now.   And I’ve tested and fired at least a dozen who were not up to par.   You know what that means?   There is mega-opportunity for responsible, talented, self-starters to leap into this marketplace and quit your day job (as quickly as 3 months as this interview with one of my VA’s Amy Lockrin).

Your Virtual Assistant Case Study is below.   Do you see yourself in that job?  With those hours?  And that work?   Don’t let go of that vision.  Get out your journal and take notes….then take some action to get started.

From Corporate To Work-From-Home Social Media Manager and Marketer

From Corporate To Work-From-Home Social Media Manager and Marketer

Looking at your baby can bring a rush of emotion.

Love. Warmth. Protection.. and for a lot of us? The desire to never want to leave them with someone else. To never HAVE to put them in daycare.

For Stacey Nachajaski, it was the same way. Today, I chatted with her about what catapulted her career into the virtual workspace and it is pretty simple. She is a mom that wanted to be with her family.

I am so excited to share this story with you today because the simple parts stop right there. 

For most of us, the road to freedom – working for ourselves – is NEVER easy. Stacey and I discuss her success, and just how rocky that path can take to get there. From going with your gut (investing in a $1,000 program without telling her husband!) to deciding to start an in home daycare until she brought on more virtual clients, Stacey HUSTLED. She did the working mom thing that you ALL know so well.

Sit down, pour yourself a coffee, tea, glass of wine, and enjoy – this one is great! 

Our Favorite Moments in the Video:

“The person who is running the business that you want to run is who should be your mentor” – Lori

“That (investing in a high dollar course) was the launchpad for me. It is what got me out of corporate.”  Stacey

“Your mentors change as you business does. You can have several – they can have different specialties.” Stacey

“You can shift your future in so many ways – make the math add up whatever way possible – ie. Watch kids int eh afternoon and do services work in the AM.” Lori

“Do not try to start 1-1 client services and consultant work at the same time – it is too much for your bandwidth – but you can do it soon!” Lori

“If you have 7 ideas, pick one. Pick one you can work on during the weekends or nights.” Stacey

“Your goal is to just find that first client. There are going to times that are working from 9pm-midnight.” Stacey

“The working mom hustle is really, really tough. This is something that can only happen for a few months before real burnout happens.” Lori

Show Links:

How She Quits Course – 6 Weeks to Clients 

Stacey’s Facebook Group: The Content Groove

 

Online Marketing T-Shirt Business

Online Marketing T-Shirt Business

Virtual Job Posting: LoriMercerCTO.com

Contract Job Description:  Online Marketing Tshirt Business

For a small business with a large online audience of 100,000+.

Shopify Store Management:

○ Keep the inventory systems up to date

○ Set the front page, pop ups, message bars, sliders and photos and content for the products to maximize the marketing potential

○ Learn and know the best tips for marketing well within Shopify

○ How to add and merchandise products

○ Ability to evaluate and utilize apps

○ Add-ons for optimizing the customer check out experience and drive higher conversions in sales

○ T-shirt Sales Experience – Understanding of the process of bringing a t-shirt design to market and working with the vendor for the right apparel styles and how to merchandise them well on Shopify and in social media

Facebook Ad General awareness

○ We will enhance this with a FB ad strategist but general understanding of when / where / how to apply FB ads is required

JOB EXPECTATIONS: This is a contract position only. There will be a 1-month contract to test the fit for both you and the organization. This role is expected to take 10 – 12 hours/week.

HOW TO APPLY:

Send a 5 – 10 minute VIDEO introduction including screen share of your Shopify/Tshirt experience.

Tell us how you would update and better market what we already have in place.

Tell us why you believe you are a good fit for the role.

Tell us your expected rate of pay.

Tell us your availability – start date, hours/week availability and what working hours you are available during the week.

Email your Video Application to lori@lorimercercto.com

The Top 7 Products & Services You Can Sell in Your Business Today to Quit Corporate ASAP

The Top 7 Products & Services You Can Sell in Your Business Today to Quit Corporate ASAP

Every day I am asked what is the quickest way to get out of a corporate career that I hate. It is a question that I love and hate to answer. I hate to know so many women are suffering at jobs that leave them unhappy and unfilled but I love sharing my true passion – how to leave the golden handcuffs and show the way to creating a life that works for YOU. There is nothing more freeing and exciting that becoming your own boss.  

Recently, I jumped in LIVE with my own Facebook Community (How She Quits) for women who are interested in doing just this. After I realized that I had to share what we chatted about.

I am sharing it (plus a complete breakdown) below!

Does this take a lot of work? Yes – and while you might not see it – typically the money is made on lower dollar items. What most people are not telling you is that only the few are rising to the top! What I mean is – you need a HUGE mailing list and a big following to make money here.

For example:

If you want to make $50,000 with a $100 product you will need to sell 500 of your item. Doesn’t seem bad right?

Let’s break it down a little more. With a 10% conversion (with is pretty high!) you will need to have to be in front of 10,000, consistently. This is without any advertising costs, team members, anything. Whew. It’s a big undertaking right out of the gate. 

A book

SO many women in corporate want to do. I have done this. Let’s think of it this way – a book for you is a great BUSINESS card.  Typically a book’s money isn’t made from sales, it is actually the tour, the speaking engagements and everything that comes with it. I hear from corporate women all day long that you are interested in doing this, that you want to write a book about your knowledge and experience – I get it! I was right there with you – but know that isn’t going to be your path to replacing income. It is a great path to getting your name out there so people connect quickly.

Speaking Engagements

Do you love getting out in public and wowing a crowd? There is great money in this if you are good at it! If you like PR, love getting out in the public eye and are REALLY good at it, you can pull in tens of thousands of dollars doing this. Just know you will have to hustle to build your platform and be known in this field.

Affiliate Marketing

Selling someone’s products. There is great money in this. You can sell, recommend, and make money through someone else products by various streams of media. Do I recommend it as your only source of income (or even the way you leave corporate)? No – I don’t.

Advertising Space

This used to be this big game a few years ago. Is it the same now? Not so much – things have shifted now. It is hard to get into but that does not mean you cannot jump in if you are ready to work and realize you are in for the long haul. Are you a connector? Are you good at sponsorships and know how to work those deals? This might be right for you. Is this the fastest route? Not likely.

Physical Products

Maybe the most fun! (I am bias – Love our Firefighter Wife Line!) Amazon and Shopify are amazing platforms that are easy to work with and just about anyone can set up, create, and start selling within 24 hours. How incredible is that? Does that mean you will make enough money to leave your job in 24 hours? No – but you can begin the process. You need more capital here – this is a longer process and one that should be fueled with passion. You will be surrounded by your product!

Service Business

My number one recommendation! This can be anything from a Virtual Assistant, Web Designer, Bookkeeper, etc. There are so many options and skills that are needed throughout the world. A client service based business is where you can take your skills from the corporate world and shift them into a marketable offer that allows you to work virtually!

Top 3 Reasons to Quit Your Corporate Career Right Now

Top 3 Reasons to Quit Your Corporate Career Right Now

Hi, I’m Lori.

And I’m a quitter.

I quit my corporate job after 22 years.

I quit doubting my abilities and being paid too little for my talents.

I quit racing out the door every morning to make that next “urgent” meeting set by someone else while being held captive in our corporate cells.

I quit having to fly around the world at someone else’s demand and instead choosing when and where I want to travel with my family for my business.

I quit scheduling 6 am conference calls to Europe and 9 PM conference calls to Asia because that’s my family time.

I quit worrying about what that new boss is going to do to our project budget and timeline and staffing levels.

I quit the corporate rat race but I still do what I love, with all my professional skills and experiences, on my time, with clients I chose, from the comfort of my home.

These days I’m home every morning for breakfast and I’m here every afternoon when the bus pulls up.

Yes sometimes I work early mornings or late evenings but it’s by my choice.

I truly quit working.   Because what I do now rarely feels like work.

If you’re like me, a busy corporate working mom, you’ve spent time choking back angry words and hot tears in your cubicle for a million and one reasons.

>>>>>>>>>>>>  Let me tell you the truth that no one else is sharing <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

You were made for more than this.  And there is a better way to be wife, mom and mega-__________ (insert your super talent) for the world.

You see, you are so talented that the smart people in your company want to keep you around.  They’ll stroke you with just the right compliments and just enough flexibility to make the job tolerable.   Of course, they aren’t going to tell you that you are worth more because they don’t want to lose you.

You might be sitting there thinking, “But Lori, that is great for YOU. It won’t be the same for ME. I won’t be as lucky.”

Nope. Nada. Luck has nothing to do with it. It takes brains (you’ve got them), a system (you can learn that) and a new way of thinking outside of the corporate mold (you’ll start going there with this article.)

There are really 3 primary reasons to quit your corporate job now:

#1 Freedom – You make your schedule

Do you dread setting the alarm clock at night? Does the sound of it going off in the morning make you cringe? Does it make you shiver with anger every time you have to take time off for a doctor’s appointment or vacation? If any of things are ringing true for you, then you are craving a life of control – where you are in charge. Running your own business does not mean you do not have the responsibility, it simply means you are one making the decisions. Many times it is MORE work, but it is work you care about.

#2 Family – Your most important priority

Oh moms. This is where my heart and passion lie. I can remember laying awake night after night just devastated that another day would go by where I would miss seeing those sweet cheeks laying next to me. Hearing the baby belly laughs or experience the awkward elementary plays because I had a late meeting. There is no pain like a mother’s hurt, feeling like she is letting her family down (even though we are NOT – know that I do not feel that way… I just know what YOU are feeling. I have been there!). If you have the passion and desire to BE there with your family. Truly there, in and out every single day no matter the good, bad, in between times – there is a path to do so and the options are more available than ever.

#3 Passion – You were made for more than what’s inside those cubicle walls

Now, don’t think for a second I am getting all “woo-woo” on you! My techie side just isn’t made like that, I promise.  BUT – there is something to be said for following what we love. If you are with me reading this, you have something you love, truly love. You have a piece of you that is missing, where your career just isn’t enough. Where your career + family STILL isn’t filling a void that you NEED to feel complete. Honestly, I have spoken to so many mothers who feel BAD about this. Please do not. This is incredible and is one the things that make you such a great mom. Your passion and drive are what will bring you great success.

You likely have some business ideas and maybe you’ve even taken some steps to get started but it feels like everything is stacked against you and it seems that it may be just easier to tough it out in this job.

Don’t be lulled into complacency with the “easy” money.

Your job there is no safer than the entrepreneurial world.  It could be cut tomorrow and “they” are not going to feel bad about that.  “They” care about the company first, people second.

My only regret with leaving my corporate job is that I didn’t do it soon enough.

Don’t believe the lies within those cubicle walls.  There is a way out that doesn’t mean sacrificing your family nor your professional skills.

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