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Work At Home Profile of Stan Kimer
Stan Kimer is the founder and president of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, a diversity and career development consultancy that he formed after a 31-years working at IBM.
1) How did you get started working from home?
When I worked at IBM, I did normally work at home 1 or 2 days a week. In starting my own consultancy as a sole practitioner, the low cost of starting the business at home naturally made the most sense.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
In starting an encore career after 31 years, I knew the most viable option was to work in something I was a deep subject matter expert in (diversity and career development) and had a real passion about.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
Fortunately, having a career transition coach was part of my retirement benefit from IBM, so my coach worked with me to build a business and launch plan. I then formed my S-corporation and launched via a press release and web site.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
A local security company received some bad press for mishandling a diversity situation. I wrote them, and they asked me to send a proposal. I was hired to provide diversity training for their whole staff … within a month of launching.
5) How do you market your business?
Mostly through volunteering to speak at HR conferences and meetings for no charge, and then I follow up with emails and a monthly e-newsletter. I have secured over half my clients through them hearing me speak.
6) What does your usual day look like?
Since I am training as a competitive adult figure skater, I am normally online from 6:45 – 9:00 AM, then I go to the ice rink to work out, and then late morning and afternoon is normally for customer calls and working with my clients.
7) What do your know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I knew how long it really takes to get a business running successfully. Patience and hard work are so important.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
I recommend being very disciplined about your work, stay patient and be diligent.