Everyone asks and so I am sharing my story!
I want to share with you, not to boast or brag but to encourage you!
December 2017 I had the great honor of doing a podcast with 7 other creatives like me. All in different creative businesses. We all make at least 6 figures a year. (at that time, now my business is a 7 figure business) Click here to find that podcast!
My point of view was from a brick and mortar store owners perspective that also paints furniture and DIY’s stuff! My other fellow panelists owned stores as well, some sold online only but nevertheless we were all earning 6 figures from our creative businesses.
Why is it so important that I tell you about this? Because I feel like someone needs a bit of encouragement that you can do it too! You can take your creative business and blow it out of the water big time! I took my “garage” business and turned it into a successful retail business and online business.
I have grown my social media following to 20k as of Dec 2017 (and growing daily). As of today Jan 2019 my social reach across Facebook and Instagram is well over 45k. I myself have invested and coached other businesses and I stand behind the “hustle” mentality! I do not say “hustle” in a bad way. I say it as in “just work your business” kinda way. So for my readers and those podcast listeners here today I have a freebie just for you! My Social Media Challenge/Tracker Cheatsheet.
Flipping furniture is hard work, but it is creative work too! In so many ways it is “therapy”. Creative people need to be creative. It’s the only thing we know really! I was a stay at home mom, out of the workforce for 10 years. I wanted to “DO Something”. No one would hire me. I had been out of the loop for too long! What did I do before you ask? Medical Billing and Coding! You gotta stay on top of the laws and I was way behind. Rather than start fresh in that field I decided I want to do something I love. I was so blessed that my husband had a good job and I could live out my dream. Little did I know that my dream would turn into what it has. I am beyond blessed.
My mentality was this. Get what I could free! Stay debt free as a “at home business”. What could I get for free? Trash… haha! You got it. I drove behind buildings looking for leftover junk that i could make into money! I found NOTHING…… nothing but pallets stacked for days! I did a quick google search for ways to make money free and I found a blog post on a site I don’t remember talking about using pallets to build furniture. So you know what I did next. So, I decided ok, free pallets. Yeah, I can do this. I loaded up a few, took them home and started tearing them apart in the Southeast Georgia July heat! WORST IDEA EVER! I knew that a hammer and crow bar was not going to cut it. So i made my 1st investment. I bought a reciprocating saw and cut the boards off! $50 investment! I used my husbands circular saw to make my cuts and i used nails I had laying around. I used our palm sander that was barely working and I made my 1st creation!
If you have been wanting to start or grow your business, let me encourage you! You can do it! You can totally do it! I worked my business for 6 years with no coach, no mentor just me and GOD! In September of 2017 I joined forces with Jennifer Allwood who is now my business coach. Best thing I did! If you need a business coach she is your girl. If you want to know about what she offers just check her page out and I know you will see immediately why I could kick myself for not doing it sooner. Click here to find out about her Inner Circle Coaching Group!
While I have you here, don’t forget to grab that freebie! I created it just to help you kick start your social media if your struggling with that. I stand firm on the foundation that if you have a business in this day and age you must have a social media presence. Its vital.
So, I would love to give you my freebie and have you join my email list.
Thank you again for sticking with me and listening to Jennifer’s podcast (which was also aired LIVE too!)
(That’s me and her! I had the pleasure of meeting her at a conference she was the keynote speaker at)
Y’all can I share a totally embarrassing moment from the podcast episode? My microphone battery was dying, my screen was zoomed out way to far. I was a total newbie but you know what It was an honor to be asked and a learning experience. I am humbled to have had to opportunity to be on that panel with other amazing creatives just like me and just like you! Listen to the podcast here, or click to check out the LIVE feed!
If you have a business idea or already have a business jump on it! You got it! I know you do!
Blessings to each of y’all!