Joshua M. Evans founded his company Enthusiastic You!, a company that assists high potential organizations and individuals build passion and enthusiasm into their daily lives. After 12 years in professional business development, Josh discovered the how powerful and scarce enthusiasm is in the world. He now helps high potential businesses build positive cultures to promote employee engagement and increase customer loyalty. He believes that genuine enthusiasm is essential to our individual and organizational success. Josh’s mission is to help people rediscover and redevelop authentic passion for the work that they do.
Joshua is also a #1 best selling author in Leadership/Management Training, TEDx host/curator, enthusiasm advocate, international speaker, and avid traveler.
1) How did you get started working from home?
After a heated argument with a colleague, I began writing down my ideas behind passion and enthusiasm in the workplace. Three years later, the book was finished and I realized I needed to bring this message to the rest of the world. It was then that I gave my official notice at my ‘9-5’ and started my own company.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
I have always been great at story telling and speaking. I am not what you would consider a shy person, so I naturally gravitated into a place where I could share my message with the most people.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
I started with a large vision of what I wanted 5 years down the road. Be challenging myself to set audacious goals, I was able to build a plan to get there. Starting from a plan is essential. I now know which direction I needed to take the first step.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
I found my first (paying) client at a fund raising dinner for animal shelters. He was sitting at my table and our informal conversation led to a meeting the next week.
5) How do you market your business?
We can’t discount the role of social media and proactively seeking out your clients. The biggest challenge is identifying where your key clients are most likely to hear your message and then focusing on that area. It can be very difficult to stay focused, but it pays off.
6) What does your usual day look like?
After grabbing my cup of coffee, I march upstairs to my office. I send out some emails to clients and potential clients, then I begin working on marketing, proposal generation, or content creation.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
“Don’t be cursed by opportunity!” This is something I struggled with early on because you see others succeeding at certain marketing campaigns or in a different market segment and then you say why not me too. Then you lose traction in the place you are by pivoting to something else too soon. You end up chasing lots of opportunities but not truly capitalizing on any of them.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
Be focused and disciplined! It take a lot to sit in your home and not get pulled into other things. Distractions are plentiful, so make sure that you set real hours for working so you don’t sabotage yourself.
Find Him Online:
Website: Joshua M. Evans
Facebook: Josh M Evans Author
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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