Mom Entrepreneur: Lettie Thomas
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What inspired you to start your business?
My children really inspired me to start my business. I want them learn how important it is to choose a profession that you truly love. I want them to do something they are passionate about. I decided I needed to set a good example by living what I am teaching.
How long have you been in business?
I just started this year.
What did you do in your past work life?
I’ve been a manager in retail. I’ve done data entry for a financial services company and I currently do some secret shopping from time to time.
Describe your ideal workday.
My ideal workday is a day without distractions. I love working from my home office because I can create a schedule that allows me to work when I know I will be most productive.
What have been some of your major successes?
I actually secured my first customer through networking. I’ve never been very good at networking and I had to make a consious effort to put myself out there. Now that I have succeeded I have the confidence to keep going.
What have been some of your major challenges?
My biggest challenge right now is money. I don’t have money yet for a website and have to get creative. Right now I’m networking through social media websites. I’m constantly looking for free resouces and marketing techniques.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
I remind myself that my entire family will benefit from what I am doing. Working from my home office allows me to satisfy my customers and my family more effectively.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to your children about running a successful business, what would it be?
It is hard work! That is why it is so important to do what you love and have a passion for. The harder you work the more rewarding it will be.
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
I make time for myself every night. Sometimes it is only five or ten minutes but I make myself a priority every single day. I take time to sit and relax, read or watch a bit of T.V. This prevents me from becoming overwhelmed and stressed out.
I’m also a bit of a work-a-holic so I literally set a timer when I am working. When the timer goes off I stop working no matter what. Then I can relax or spend time with my family.
What is next for your business?
When I have the money I will be purchasing software that will allow me to work more effeciently. I will be able to increase turnaround time and productivity with these tools.
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