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How to Run a Home Staging Business – Interview with Debra Gould

How to Run a Home Staging Business - Interview with Debra GouldTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I am an internationally recognized home staging expert, president of the Voice of Possibility Group, and the creator of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program. An entrepreneur since 1989 and author of several guides, I have staged millions of dollars worth of real estate through my company, Six Elements.

After appearing on HGTV and in major newspapers and decorating magazines across the US and Canada, I started getting emails from hundreds of women who had taken home staging courses and hadn’t figured out how to make a living.

That’s when I realized, no one else was teaching the business of home staging and the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program was born in 2005. I’m proud that I’ve now trained over 10,000 creative women in 23 countries on how to earn a living from their own talents. I give them a comprehensive business model and template to follow, so they can save time and start earning money from home staging and redesign faster and with less effort.

I have lived in 4 different cities, raised a child on my own, and supported myself from a home office during all that time. My latest hobby is Stand Up Comedy and I’ve performed for crowds as large as 350 people. (more…)

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How This Mom is Making Money Helping Others

How This Mom is Making Money Helping Others - Interview with Dawn Berryman of Market MommyTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I live in rural northwest Ohio with my husband of 13 years and our three children. I created my first online business in 2007 and quickly realized how difficult it was to market, even though I had a background in marketing and communications (B.A. from Indiana University). So, I launched Market Mommy in 2009 as an online marketing resource for mom business owners.

We offer free marketing tips and advice via our main website, blog and e-newsletter. We also offer low cost advertising and marketing services to mom business owners. Although I feel the online marketing world is constantly changing and I’m continually learning new things, I think Market Mommy has been able to help many small business owners.

Give us an example of how you first monetized your online business.

One of the first things I did to monetize was to offer ad space on our site and on our blog. I also signed up for Google AdSense. Since then I’ve added several services; including copywriting, sponsored blog posts, and newsletter ads.

What types of marketing strategies have worked best for you?

Social media, most notably Facebook, has been a great avenue for me. It has, however, dropped off in recent years with the changes they’ve made. The thing that I think has been the most consistent has been email marketing.  (more…)

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From a Raw Food Blogger to a Six Figure Digital Strategist

From a Raw Food Blogger to a Six Figure Digital Strategist

Would you be willing to quit your day job on Wall Street to start an online business? That’s exactly what Nathalie Lussier did with Real Foods Witch; a blog that receives over 750,000 visitors a year.

With this success, readers and clients were asking her how she did it … which leads to where she is at today.

Nathalie has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., Yahoo and Fast Company. Read on to find out about her amazing journey to six figures.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I remember always coming up with ideas for businesses when I was a kid growing up, and when I got my first computer I realized I could create websites … I was hooked! I studied Software Engineering in University, and worked as an intern on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley.

When I graduated I had a job offer on Wall Street, but my business was whispering to me … So I turned it down to start my first business, all online, which was a stepping stone to the business I have today and run with my husband, AmbitionAlly – which is a software company designing products for female business owners.

Give us an example of how you first monetized your online business.

When I was just starting out, I offered 1-1 coaching calls and later I created an online training product that I launched and re-launched. I’ve found that starting with a service business is much easier, and it helps you design more leveraged products over time. (more…)

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Sharing Her Secrets on How to Get High-Paying Clients

Sharing Her Secrets on How to Get High-Paying ClientsTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My father owns a furniture restoration company in the Northwest, my brother owns part of the business, and my mom helps him run his business and has had some of her own endeavors as well. Growing up, I knew I didn’t want to work for someone else. This was partially because of the freedom and financial security I saw that my parents were able to achieve by owning their own companies, but also because by nature I’m very independent and creative.  Going into the family business wasn’t an option for me with my need to do something that was my own and gave me creative freedom, so I tried and tested several businesses from a very young age. My first company that I started was when I was 12 years old and so being an entrepreneur has really been the only thing I know.

What did you do before launching your business?

Before I started Amanda Becker Coaching I owned a few other businesses. But, I’ll be honest, they existed only for the sake of making money. I was struggling financially and was stubbornly independent, so I started some of my businesses just out of desperation to make money and for freedom. The key businesses were my music education companies, in which we provided in home music lessons. In other words, myself and my contractors drove to student’s homes, in rush hour traffic, each day to provide the lessons. It was incredibly stressful and not very time efficient.

I had over 20 years of private musical training on the piano, voice, guitar, cello, and other instruments. Everyone told me how talented I was, and how this was what I was “supposed” to do. But in my heart I knew it wasn’t the right thing for me. I just wasn’t passionate about teaching music. I would even say I hated it. It didn’t feel meaningful enough to me. I wanted to impact the world in a different way and always had a passion for working with women. I still wanted to teach, but I wanted to teach what I was really passionate about: business and personal finance.

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How This Single Mom Blogged Her Way to Six Figures

How This Single Mom Blogged Her Way to Six FiguresTell us a little bit about yourself and your blogging journey.

When I started my blogging career, I was in the middle of a divorce. My husband abandoned our family and I was making a full time living on eBay. I felt there was more to life. eBay didn’t really help people and I love to serve others. All of my friends kept asking me the same questions over and over. How can it be possible I have more than them and they were married and both working, yet I “lived like a queen on so much less than them.”

I started my blog simply answering their questions in the form of posts, so that I didn’t have to keep repeating myself all the time and soon it turned into this huge thing that I had no clue would happen. I stood before the judge telling him, I believed with all my heart I could make $1,000/month in blogging in one year’s time and everyone laughed at me. He told me if I continued, I would lose tens of thousands of dollars in the divorce and that I should get a job outside the home. I obeyed God rather than man and 12 months later, I was earning $10,000/month!

You managed to live on $18K a year, how were you able to do that?

I got absolutely everything I possibly could for free, so that I could afford the things I wanted (a nice home with a garage and big back yard, etc.) I have no debt, so that helps a lot, and I’m obsessed with paying as little as I can for only quality items. I go into detail of my journey from starting out in a homeless shelter to making a fantastic living and becoming debt free in my upcoming book, How to Become Financially Free. Here’s a sneak peek of the introduction. (more…)

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