Work-At-Home Success: Alicia Hyatte Is Helping Families Live Healthier, All While Working From Home.
Alicia Hyatte is the Co-Founder of Whole Family Living. She is a therapist, health coach, and writer. She empowers health-conscious women and their families to achieve happier, more fulfilled lifestyles, better relationships, improved health and work-life balance.
1) How did you get started working from home?
I started working from home after deciding that I wanted to transition from full-time employee to business owner. I knew that I didn’t want a traditional office situation and that having the flexibility to work from home was my goal.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
It was a natural transition for me. I’m trained a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I’m also trained as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. My work has revolved around counseling and supporting others for over 20 years whether it’s through therapy for mental health issues, career counseling, or helping my clients deal with difficult health issues. I also love to research, write, and educate others, so I feel that my current career is a combination of my multiple interests and gifts.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
When I realized I wanted to transition out of my full-time career, I outlined my goals on paper. For me, it’s important to write things down; it makes things more tangible and achievable that way. I created a vision of my future life; the life I wanted for myself and my family. I researched communities where I could be surrounded and collaborate with those who emulated the values and lifestyle I was working towards. Having mentors is critical. After working in a typical employee role for so many years, I knew this was going to be a big change. I found mentors who had successfully navigated the path I was on. I also established the business entity, found an accountant, etc so that I could have things set up correctly from the start.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
My first client, ironically, was someone who approached me after attending a program we were in together. I hadn’t even started to “officially” promote my business yet so having that first client was a real motivator for me.
5) How do you market your business?
I work on building authentic relationships with others. I’m building my brand and actively working on increasing social media presence; however, I love connecting with people live whether that’s through virtual events or in-person workshops.
6) What does your usual day look like?
There are only a few standard things about my daily routine. One of those is that I wake up by 4:30 am. Developing this habit has been a game-changer for my productivity. I also create weekly goals and objectives. I review my objectives every day in order to stay on track and accomplish what I need to do that day. I like to get things off my plate early. My life used to run by an appointment calendar and to do lists, especially when I was working for an employer. And I didn’t want to bring that into my business by being overloaded every day. I like to get my daily tasks done early and leave open space for family time, meetings, and self-care.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned along the way is that your business model and goals do not have to be set in stone. Be clear about where you want to go, but remain flexible on how you get there. As you grow as a business owner and the needs of your family change, your business will likely evolve as well – and that’s perfectly okay.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
Consider if can really handle the freedom and flexibility. It’s not for everyone, and that’s the plain truth. You must realize that you re your own “supervisor” and motivator. In addition, having a support system is critical. Working at home can be isolating at times. Building a network from the start can be the difference between feeling lonely and lost, or having a pool of resources and support at your disposal to power through any obstacles you might face.
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Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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