Karen Grosz grew up near Mt. Rushmore, moved to Alaska for 25 years, and now resides in Billings, Montana. These locations have given her a can-do frontier spirit, which served her well when she designed Canvas Creek Team Building’s Collaborative Art Process. Karen has worked with over 50k people and is ready for the next team!
1) How did you get started working from home?
I had a remote corporate job that required a lot of travel and a home office. I loved the life style of working when it suited me, and being able to move from spot to spot during the day.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
I designed a team building process that uses collaborative art. I knew I wanted to coach, but I didn’t want to coach individuals, as the time investment was too cumbersome. Working with teams means I can devote 100% of my attention to them for a few hours, then move on to the next thing.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
- Designed the process.
- Wrote a business plan on a napkin, in the time honored tradition of entrepreneurs everywhere.
- Tested the process, with very vocal participants so they could spread the word.
- Hired a marketing team to design my initial pieces and website.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
This is a fun story I actually talk about in my TEDx talk. I thought of the process on Tuesday. Tested it with my family on Thursday, then 20 friends were in a test on Saturday. One of them hired me to work with their team the following Tuesday. It seldom works this fast, but it was how I knew I was doing the right thing!
5) How do you market your business?
Word of mouth. The luck of the God’s when someone finds my website. Linked in and Google Ads.
6) What does your usual day look like?
I wake early and work for a few hours before hitting the gym. Then I either work with a team or network until noon. In the afternoon I spend time with family or learning. In the evenings I network if there are any events going on or prep for my next team.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
How important a good accountant can be to the process of running a busy business. He saves me thousands and asks great questions. Now I just have a tape of him in my head and make better decisions when I know how they impact my goals, and taxes. Also, that you have to value your work. People will ask you for discounts, because you work for yourself, and then spend freely on dinner, and it will drive you a little mad. You have to charge for your best work, so you can deliver your best work.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
Define hours. And rules. It is work. Your family needs to know when you can’t be bothered, and they need to know what hours you aren’t working, otherwise they’ll say “you’re always working!” When you set your hours be clear about when you won’t work (meals, the hour after they come home from work or school, Sunday…) whatever works for you, honor not working as much as working. Oh yeah. And shower. Really. You’ll do better work if you’re dressed for work.
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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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