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How to Make Money as a Retiree – Interview with Carolyn Wainscott

How to Make Money as a Retiree - Interview with Carolyn WainscottTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I am a 75 year old widow of 3 years after 55 years of marriage whose main focus in life has been my family and homemaking. I love designing, creating, and repurposing. I was very involved with my children and their activities, then my grandchildren, and now with my great grandchildren.

I count everything as a learning experience whether a success or not – from making my kid’s Halloween costumes to covering and upholstering our furniture, to designing my first quilt to send to my grandson who was in Hawaii. That was over 30 years ago and that design is now one of the patterns I’ve converted and sold online. I designed costumes and praise banners for our church’s Easter and Christmas productions – some of those will soon be making their way into pattern form too.

I jumped into online marketing on eBay – writing descriptions to catch customers’ interest, taking attractive photos, setting up my PayPal account, and dealing with customers via the Internet. Having to adhere to eBay’s strict customer satisfaction rating was a great experience and I still have a 100% approval rate. I’ve sold handmade items and vintage things I picked up at auctions. I loved it for a while, but have the attention span of a 2 year old and got tired of the packing, wrapping, and hassle of shipping.

In the late 80s while flipping through TV channels, an announcement came across the screen on one of the public access channels on learning to produce your own TV show and since that was something I hadn’t done, decided to call and give it a try. (more…)

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How to Become an Event Planner – Interview with Candice Coppola

How to Become an Event PlannerTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

My name is Candice Coppola and I am the creative force behind Jubilee Events. When I opened this company in 2007 I had two objectives: to give my clients an unforgettable experience while planning their parties and to create beautiful, innovative events that clients and their guests would never forget. I have the amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with extraordinary people as they host a monumental occasion.

I gained my experience in design from studying art and art history at Central Connecticut State University. In 2007, Jubilee Events was created after discovering that the area was missing a fresh, young, and unique perspective on event design and planning. We launched our destination brand in 2014 after working with several clients across the world on their unique weddings. I moved to Barbados permanently after living on this beautiful island off and on since 2012.

At Jubilee Events, we provide an unparalleled level of service to each of our clients with our unique and fun planning experience. Our primary focus is bringing to life your incredible love story and vision through design, organization, and planning.

Our work and voice can be seen in many publications, but most recently and most notably in a new inspirational coffee table book I co-authored entitled, The White Dress: in Color — Inspirations for the Modern Bride. (more…)

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Making Money with YouTube – Interview with Judy Travis

Making Money with YouTube - Interview with Judy TravisOne of the most frequent questions I receive is … How can I make money by creating YouTube videos? While I know the basics of how to do it, creating YouTube videos is not my forte.

So I’m excited to announce this week’s work at home woman, Judy Travis. Not only does Judy have over a million YouTube subscribers, but she’s making millions from her videos!

Read on to find out how she’s doing it.

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

I started making YouTube videos in 2008 for my passion of makeup. When I finally made YouTube Partner a couple years later, I started to earn money and eventually made enough to make it a full time career. Seven years later, I now have four YouTube channels where I get to share what I’m passionate about through beauty videos, daily v-logs, a Spanish translation channel, and currently my biggest passion … sharing my experiences as a mom on my mommy v-log.

What types of videos do you create?

Generally my videos focus on product reviews and hauls as well as tutorials on how to use the product(s). I also have a daily v-log and a dedicated mommy channel where I discuss all things about being a new mom. (more…)

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How This Mom of Four Makes Money from Home

How This Mom of Four Makes Money from HomeTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I actually was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug almost nine years ago, right after the birth of my fourth baby. I had been a stay at home mom at that time for about 14 years, and loved it (still do!) but strangely found myself wanting more. I became obsessed with interested in learning everything I could about business.

Since you wear a variety of entrepreneurial hats — which jobs/tasks are your biggest earners?

Although I’ve been at this for a little while, I’ve had some major twists, turns, and stumbling blocks along the way … even taking a break all together a couple of times to pursue another venture (AKA a JOB).

So that being said, I’m still in the process of building and growing my most recent gigs which are my own blog and my freelance writing career.

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

You’re going to love this answer: I asked! I sent a simple, friendly email about myself and what I could contribute to their business (blog), along with a link to my portfolio. I also keep an eye on the sites I frequent in case they’re ever in need of a freelance writer/blogger. (more…)

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Making Money as a Professional Organizer – Interview with Angela Ploetz

Making Money as a Professional OrganizerTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I have been an entrepreneur from a very young age. Growing up I made a variety of items and sold them. I even sold things out of my window to the neighborhood children. After graduating from college, I worked from local government for several years and after having my first child I knew I was going to have to make a career change. That was when I looked at what I loved and what I could do that would allow some flexibility. I sought out training in Professional Organizing and joined my local NAPO chapter. Soon after that I quit my full-time job and started my business full time.

Do you have any special training?

Yes, I felt it was important to get training before I took my first client. I didn’t want people to think that one day I just decided to be a professional organizer and therefore I WAS one. So I went to training to learn about becoming an organizer and I got certified in the FreedomFiler paper filing system. After a few years in the business, I studied and sat for the exam to become a Certified Professional Organizer, CPO ®. I really believe training is important in building your own confidence and letting your clients know you are serious about your business.

What types of services and products do you offer?

I offer Professional Organizing and unpacking services for clients who have just moved. My team and I can help someone get out of moving boxes and get their home set up in a matter of a few days rather than the months or years it often takes. (more…)

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