Tell us your bold boss story!:
I’ve always been passionate about writing and helping people that are struggling with getting the words just right.
So, all throughout school, I daydreamed about one day becoming a self-employed professional writer/ editor. And I even read a lot of books about it.
But it was always something I kind of just expected would be a “someday when I’m a lot older” sort of thing.
I grew up believing that going to university, and working hard, and getting a “regular” 9-to-5, and raising a family was the acceptable thing to do. And maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll score a good client or a book deal and be able to quit your day job.
Right around the time, I was about to finish university my beliefs about what I was “supposed to do” got challenged. Every grad school I applied to rejected me, and while all my friends were getting job interviews, I got…um…cricket sounds.
And then I had a great idea. A risky one but not a bad one. Why not start an online business, focusing on online content creation, editing, and strategy for B2C businesses? I did some soul searching and realized that this was something I was not only really good at but actually enjoyed doing. I made some sacrifices, and did whatever I could to save money, and get started. I sent pitch, after pitch, after pitch, after pitch, to businesses and publications every…single…day. And then I started to actually get a few “yes” answers.
As time went by those few “yes” answers turned into even more “yes” answers, and here I am, nearly three years later, still running the same online business!
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!:
I'm proud of the fact that I've got the chance to add major brands to both my list of publication credits and my client list. I'm proud of the fact that I've got the chance to be part of the growth of some startups and small businesses that are doing really cool stuff within their communities. But most importantly, I'm really grateful that I've got the chance to do something that very few people that I know understand or thought was possible.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?:
Never give up, and never stop putting yourself out there. Running an online business isn't easy, and I find that the ups and downs are more extreme than anything else I've ever experienced. So it takes a very specific person, a very strong, resilient person, to not crack under all of that pressure, and be mislead by the praise of random strangers. And if you're that kind of person, then awesome! And if you're not that kind of person this probably isn't the right lifestyle for you.
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