This week’s Work-At-Home Success story comes from Brad Hines of NerdPlaythings.com. He is a digital marketing strategist, and a writer.
1) How did you get started working from home?
My first sale was on eBay, age 18, in 2002, when I sold a toy gumball machine to someone in Japan! I have been hooked ever since.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
I have always been taken with e-commerce. Separately, I have always liked “brain toys” and especially ones for all ages.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
I registered the domain name “NerdPlaythings.com” with a web provider, got a good word press theme, selected what I think are the best toys from around the Internet, and I got designing a site!
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
They had found my stuff through Pinterest.
5) How do you market your business?
I use all digital marketing, a combination of social media, digital PR, (almost never ads), and SEO.
6) What does your usual day look like?
Lots of time on the computer, but even more off because I think that is healthier. I take breaks to do things like motorcycle rides, ice skating, walking my dog, anything physical really. Also I am a coffee lover.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
How competitive that the online e-commerce space is, and specifically, how long it can take marketing to begin to make a dent.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
Delineate in your mind, and physically in your home, what is office space and home space, home activities, and work activities–let your family know likewise. The biggest hurdle to successful home work, is avoiding all the distractions.
To connect further with Brad, visit
Twitter Handle: @nerdplaythingscom
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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