When I started my work-at-home journey, the Internet and other resources with home-based career information were scarce. The ones I could find were helpful, but what I really wanted to was to be able to hear the stories about how people who worked at home decided what to do and made it happen. I don’t think I’m alone in believing real-life stories help other to understand the real life decisions, actions and situations that are faced when pursuing a work-at-home career. Work-At-Home Success has long shared stories of successful home-based workers, particularly through the podcast. However, we’re introducing a new Success Profile feature where successful home-based entrepreneurs, telecommuters and freelancers share their stories, tips and words of wisdom.
The first interview for Words of Wisdom is from Stephanie Grams, who has been an online friend of mine for some time. Her services have been invaluable in helping Work-At-Home Success run and grow. Stephanie is a lot like me, pursuing several income options while also taking care of a family. I think you’ll find inspiration and even some tips from her story.
What was your first home business and how did you choose this profession?
My first work from home business was a primitive crafter; I made hand stitched primitive dolls, stitcheries and grubby candles. I then transitioned into a publicity assistant and have never looked back!
Do you have an exit plan and if so, how important is it to have an exit strategy?
Yes, I’m currently building my business consulting practice to help new or struggling network marketing professionals and have written 2 books in the series I hope to complete before the end of 2015. I have plans of creating a workbook in early 2016 that will go along with my books.
Can you give advice to those who are working from home while working an outside job and taking care of a family?
I occasionally work outside of the home while building my business consulting practice so this is something that I have first hand experience with. My advice is to take a percent of your income and put it towards hiring an online assistant who can continually move your business forward. If this is not an option, then getting crystal clear on your business goal and create a schedule that will permit you to continue to move forward with your business without growing stagnant. The worse thing you can do is take time off from your business! Do not do this! Even one action a week will keep you moving towards your goal, so don’t lose heart and don’t give up.
Who is your biggest influence?
I have several! My parents are the first influence in my life; they are both successful entrepreneurs and invited me to start working for them at the age of 7. The next influences would be Jim Rohn, Dani Johnson and Donna Krech.
How do you deal with the feelings of isolation or loneliness that many work from home professionals feel once they leave the hustle and bustle of corporate life.
After resigning from my executive position with an Ohio nonprofit, the feelings of isolation kicked in high! The way I deal with this is by attending business networking groups and exercising.
What does a typical work-at-home day look like.
A typical work from home day is not elegant. My day starts around 5:30 a.m. and ends about 10:00 p.m. I take one day off a week. I also have a traveling office and rely heavily on my smartphone to keep the lines of communication open between my clients and myself.
How do you decide what to invest in for your education or personal growth (you can waste a lot of money on info products etc. How do successful people decide what’s worth the money and effort to them).
I had to revisit my ultimate professional goal of becoming a self sufficiency, out of poverty, online business consultant. There is no real education or certification for this type of professional career choice, so I’m having to locate several different certification/training courses in order to create the perfect educational environment for myself.
What tasks do you outsource?
I currently outsource my event invites, Pinterest marketing and book editing.
Think back to your first day as a work from home mom; did you stare at the computer screen frozen in fear? Did you already have a plan of attack? Who was the first person you went to for professional guidance?
Wow! I would have to say the community of primitive crafters. I joined a forum and just started asking questions. So many crafters really held my hand during all the stages of business. When I transitioned to being a publicity assistant, things really changed! My first coach was Diana Ennen, she really had her work cut out for her when she took me under wings because I didn’t know what I didn’t know, so I had no plan of attack and was truly running on an empty tank. I had just graduated with my Associates of Applied Business from Kent State University and had no idea how to take the classroom knowledge and skills and use them to work from home. Ms. Ennen truly inspired me while leading me by the hand, through the journey of becoming a virtual publicity assistant.
Stephanie Grams, aspiring self sufficiency consultant currently working as a social media and online service coordinator for Leslie Truex. With over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Stephanie can walk you through the beginning stages of online business and lead you to a future of success. Join Stephanie over at StephanieGrams.com and be sure to signup for her free newsletter and request a free consultation.
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