Angie Nelson has been working from home since 2007. Over the years she's dabbled in direct sales, customer service, running a virtual assistant business, and publishing various niched blogs. Read on to find out how she finally found her work-at-home bliss with a professional blogging career over at The Work at Home Wife.
Tell 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
How many hours do you work a week?
A lot, but most of it honestly doesn’t feel like work, so I don’t really keep track of the time I spend on personal projects. I only spend around 15 to 20 hours per week on virtual assistant clients these days and the rest of my time is spent on my own blogs.
How would you rate your success?
I make good money doing something I truly enjoy. I don’t know that you can get much more successful than that.
Since you wear many entrepreneurial hats — which jobs/tasks are your biggest earners?
Affiliate marketing is my biggest earner at the moment. That being said, it can fluctuate a lot. I keep a diversified game plan with several income sources that can be scaled up and down as needed.
What do you believe are the hottest telecommuting opportunities right now?
The social marketing and freelance writing landscapes have changed so much in just the past two to three years. And they continue to almost daily! It’s a very exciting time for both. If you can create compelling content in a variety of formats, you will be an asset to someone.
What is your best advice to women who are looking to work from home?
Do your research. Whether you are looking for a work at home job or starting your own business, know what you are getting into. Read the good and the bad. Learn from the mistakes others have made. You can’t avoid every pitfall, but you don’t have to experience them all firsthand either.
How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?
Todoist has been a lifesaver. Though I am an early riser and the first hours of my day are pretty consistent, anything goes after 9 am. This task manager keeps me on track and ensures I get everything accomplished.
What has been your biggest struggle as a home-based business owner and blogger?
Shiny Object Syndrome is a serious threat around here. It’s easy to get distracted by the next big idea or worry that you are missing out. I’ve been guilty of starting two new projects before I finish what I already started. I have to be conscious of what I’m doing. One click of the mouse can spell trouble.
Thanks to Angie Nelson for sharing her story!
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