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Interview with Anne Hebert – Independent Marketing Consultant and Writer

Interview with Anne Hebert - Independent Marketing Consultant and WriterTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. 

I moved to Austin, Texas after attending college in San Antonio. While I was looking for a full-time job, I worked as a freelance writer for two different companies. Then I took a job with a public affairs firm, where I worked for just under three years before I decided to start my own business. I’ve now been self-employed for almost 20 years.

How are you making money? 

I have several regular clients for whom I provide ongoing services, as well as returning and new clients who need one-off project help.

Give us an example of how you landed one of your first clients.

I had a friend design a logo and business cards, and I created a simple tri-fold brochure that listed my services. I sent it to everyone I had met or worked with, and I followed up with emails. (more…)

Interview with Nikula Gandhi – Owner of SweetDreamzVille

Inteview with Nikula GandhiTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

My name is Nikula. As a mom of two boys, ages 4 and 6, I enjoy the outdoors and love spending time with the kids.

Since 2008, right after my first child, I started designing sleepwear for him. I wanted something that my child could relax in after his bath, at the same time, was durable enough to play, tumble, and wrestle in (boys will be boys). I could not find much at a reasonable price that was fun, elegant, devoid of Disney characters, and of course soothing to their skin.

So I started to design and tailor sleepwear for my kids. It all started with a great idea and a little hard work. Today, I proud provide quality sleepwear direct to your doorstep.

What did you do before launching your own business?

I have a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and was working as a Senior Test Engineer designing and testing heart catheters. After my 1st child, I switched my full-time hours to part-time, so that I could spend more time with my kids. But even being part-time, I still felt like I was working all the time. It felt like I wasn’t spending any time with my kids, so eventually I quit my job.

How did you fund your business?

This is self-funded business. (more…)

Interview with Jennifer Martin – Business Coach and Founder of Zest Business Consulting

Jennifer Martin - Zest Business ConsultingTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I grew up in a family where if you wanted something you had to figure out how to get it on your own. When I was 8, I wanted a pogo stick, so I knocked on doors in my neighborhood selling vegetable seeds until I sold enough packages to get my prize.

Turns out I had a knack for selling. I ran a ring of babysitters in my teens and opened my first concierge business at 20. I went into Real Estate at 23 and then worked for a number of businesses to become the top producer at most of them. After working for 11 years at Clear Channel Communications, I went out on my own with my first Business Consulting company. Since 1999, I’ve owned 5 businesses and most recently I found my way back to helping small business owners with Zest Business Consulting.

I started Zest in January of 2013 after working as a Business Coach for EMyth for a few years. When they changed their business model and stopped employing business coaches, I became their business development manager. After a few months’ time I realized that I wasn’t having fun anymore.

Zest was born out of the concept that it was possible to create a business that gave you more life instead of taking your life away. Now I work with business owners all over the world helping them learn how to reinvent the way they do business, so it works for them instead of the other way around. I can’t imagine anything more fun or rewarding. (more…)

Interview with Nicole Orozco – Founder of Mompreneur Media

MompreneurMediaTell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.

My journey as a mom entrepreneur began in 2005 after the birth of my daughter when I left my job as an advertising associate with a local newspaper to start an online baby boutique.  I loved being an entrepreneur and while I enjoyed the boutique industry, I realized I was more passionate about design and graphics, and that led to me pursuing my passion as a website designer.  I absolutely love working with inspired, creative and absolutely amazing entrepreneurs who’re pursuing their own dreams and aspirations.

How are you making money online?

My main source of online income comes from my web and graphic design services. However, I also enjoy blogging and recently began accepting sponsored posts.

How are you growing your clients?

I grow my clients by building and nurturing relationships. People like doing business with those they know and trust so it’s so important that I cultivate relationships that customers can count on.  (more…)

Interview With Prerna Malik – Content Chef, Community Manager, and Author

Prerna MalikWhat did you do before launching your own business?

I was working as a Communications Skills and Soft Skills trainer with American Express and then, Dell India.

As part of my role, I was training executives in the art of communicating with empathy and clarity, both verbally and via their written communication.

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

I started working online as a writer in 2008 when my daughter was about 8 or 9 months old. I’ve always enjoyed writing both professionally and personally, and getting the chance to write and get paid while staying at home was just awesome!

Starting my blog, The Mom Writes was the first step. From thereon, I honed my craft by writing for several websites, including Blissfully Domestic, the Untrained Housewife and others, and focused on growing my audience organically by sharing content that reflected my passion as well as resonated with them. (more…)

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