Chris Brantner, owner of CutCableToday.com, is our featured Success Profile for this week!
1) How did you get started working from home?
I began as a freelance writer on the side while teaching. I created a few blogs that had little-to-no success, until CutCableToday.com snowballed in March 2015. That summer, I quit my teaching job, used my summer paychecks for padding, and went full time with the site.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
Well, first and foremost, I loved to write (I was a language arts teacher). From there, I found particular topics I was interested in, and began starting my own websites focusing on them. My younger brother, who partners with me in the business, was a full-time freelance copywriter and digital marketer. So his influence was important too.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
I started building basic WordPress sites and adding content on a regular basis. Then I began promoting on social media and through reporter outreach.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
With freelancing, my brother introduced me to a digital marketing company that needed a writer. It kind of snowballed from there. Once i began building my own sites, I began monetizing with Google Adsense.
5) How do you market your business?
Social media (Twitter and Facebook). Also by reaching out to reporters who covered my niche, and answering HAROs like this.
6) What does your usual day look like?
I begin by answering customer support emails and checking the news in my niche. From there, I generally work on any guest posts I have for other sites. I also edit article for my own site. Then I spend time interacting with influencers through social media and email.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
You have to set yourself up for scalability from the beginning. Otherwise, you’ll either remain stagnant, or be unprepared when growth comes. We lost some valuable time as the site grew because we weren’t ready for it.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
I’d say find something you can grow on the side while you keep your regular job. However, eventually, you have to bite the bullet and take the leap.
Website: Cut Cable Today
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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