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Interview with Heidi Gollub, Founder of Free Fun in Austin

Heidi Gollub, Founder of Free Fun in AustinTell us a little bit about your blogging journey. 

I started Free Fun in Austin as a creative outlet, when I was ten years into being a stay-at-home mom and still had two little boys at home. I’d take the boys on a new adventure every morning and write about it in the afternoon when they were napping. Gradually, I started writing about free events that were coming up, and added a Free Fun Calendar and a Free Food Calendar.

I used to call Free Fun in Austin the hobby that took over my life. It took me a long time to admit that my blogging had transitioned into a real job. There’s an odd sort of guilt that accompanies working from home when you still have kids at home. It’s a tricky balance.

How are you growing your audience?  

I put the bulk of my social media effort into Facebook. I always have. I’m fortunate that when I started Free Fun in Austin four years ago, Facebook pages could grow still organically with minimal effort (and followers saw all of your posts). These days it requires more strategy, but I still get great results. My reach is generally more than 150,000 on Facebook, which is about five times the number of people who like my page. (more…)

Interview with Becky Flansburg — Virtual Assistant and Freelance Writer

Interview with Becky Flansburg Tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.

I’ve only had four jobs in my 48 years on this earth; babysitting, picking sweet corn, working in the office products industry, and running my successful virtual assistant and freelance writing business. Pretty amazing in a world where some people change jobs like they change socks!

I worked in the office products industry for 30 years, yup, I said thirty. I started when I was 16 and worked for two different companies in 15 year stints. For the longest time, I loved my job and loved sales. But soon I noticed the challenge was draining away and going to work wasn’t fun or exciting anymore. Right around my 43rd birthday, I had this epiphany moment of, “is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?”

The answer was a resounding no. I felt a strong need to try something new for the “second half of my life” because … well … life is an adventure, right? Writing was something I had always loved and blogging gave me a thrill and freedom in writing that I had never experienced. Social media ran a close second and was also something that fascinated me. The problem was I just didn’t know how to make a living doing those things. Then one day I mentioned my dilemma to an acquaintance and she immediately piped up and said “You want to be a Virtual Assistant.” I have to admit, I’d never even so much as heard of a VA much less thought of myself as one. But, once I had that word … that title of Virtual Assistant, I very quickly discovered where to go for support, training, skills and even clients. It was the piece of the puzzle I needed. (more…)

How Three Women are Making Over $100K Annually by Empowering Women

How Three Women are Making Over $100K Annually by Empowering WomenBy Holly Reisem Hanna

One of the many ways in which you can work from home is by providing coaching services to individuals. The neat thing about the coaching profession is there’s a variety of niches you can work in (career, business, writing, money, spiritual, life …)  as well as a variety of methods for delivery (phone, one-on-one, webinars, teleconferences, written programs, events … ).

Let me introduce you to our super star coaches who make their money through empowering women: Traci Bild, founder of Get Your Girl Back, Sarah Dew Finks, founder of the Happy Entrepreneur, and Cynthia Occelli, founder of the Beautiful Life School. Not only are these women sharing their stories of success — but they are dishing the dirt on how they do it.

Traci’s Story:

I started my entrepreneurial journey when I was in college. Just 21 years old, I started a cleaning business that morphed into a corporate janitorial service that was massive throughout the state of FL. After five years of stress, huge learning curves, and the realization that I hated the business, I sold it. My dream was to be a motivational speaker. I fed off of books by Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, and Norman Vincent Peale. When I sold my company I vowed never to do anything again that I didn’t love. I would find a way to make my dream a reality and I did. It didn’t happen overnight but it did happen.

I started my first training company at the age of 28. I conducted seminars for anyone who would listen, literally. After about a year I started getting paid and my first full paid engagement was $500. I was in heaven! I was teaching people how to sell, manage their time and empowering them to pursue their dreams. Within a matter of two years, I was traveling the country, speaking up to 10 times per month and generating anywhere between $10K-$50K per event, depending on how many people were in attendance.

I loved what I was doing so much I would have done it for free! During this time, 90% of these seminars were to women business owners. I then began to get invited to present at large, national conferences for women run organizations. This was a dream come true. I’ll never forget the first time I spoke in front of 15,000 people. I felt like a rock star! (more…)

Interview With Angie Nelson, Virtual Assistant and Blogger

Interview with Angie Nelson, Virtual Assistant and BloggerTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I had worked as an administrative assistant at a company for almost 11 years and I was no longer happy there. I spent months and months looking for a new job I thought I would enjoy, but I just ran into a lot of the same. It was then that my husband suggested I look into working from home. I had been involved in direct sales off and on for years, so I was already frequenting forums like wahm.com. I started venturing out of the direct sales folders and exploring what else was available.

I started working from home in 2007 as a customer service rep while getting my virtual assistant business off the ground. After a few months I was able to leave the phone work behind and focus solely on my own business. As time went on and more people contacted me through my VA website asking if I was hiring or where they could get started I began blogging about my work at home journey. I enjoyed blogging so much that it progressively became a bigger and bigger part of my online life and with several blogs today it is where I spend the majority of time. (more…)

How These Two Women are Making Big Bucks Selling Products from Home

How These Two Women are Making Big Bucks Selling Products from Home - The Work at Home WomanBy Holly Reisem Hanna

People always ask me, “what are the best products to sell from home“? While this seems like it would be an easy question to answer it really depends on your personality, interests, and passions.

The neat thing about selling products from home is there isn’t just one route to take. The products that you can sell are endless (jewelry, food, fashion, beauty, used goods, art, health and wellness products…) and the ways that you can sell vary greatly, as you’ll see in this case study.

Let me introduce you to our rock star sellers, Carrie Steuer, direct seller for Essential Bodywear and Stephanie Maslow Blackman, Etsy seller at Metalicious Jewelry. Not only are these women sharing their stories of success — but they are dishing the dirt on how they do it. (more…)

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