Today's MITM entrepreneur spotlight features Allison Volk, founder of The Blog Babe., a company that makes "consistent content creation a total breeze by writing your blog posts for you in your voice." Allison found that working a 9-5 job just didn't fit her busy lifestyle (she's also an actress and award-winning playwright). So, she did what any other smart, savvy future mogul would do: she started her own business to give herself the time freedom and flexibility to live life on her own terms.
Check out her story...
Name: Allison Volk
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Business Name: The Blog Babe
Years in Business: 2
Are you a full or part time business owner?
I am a full-time business owner, and I love it!
Why did you start your business?
I’m an actress in Los Angeles, and I got so frustrated with having hourly jobs that required me to be somewhere at a certain time. That was tough, because as an actress, you really need to be able to move your schedule around with flexibility for auditions and shoots and rehearsals.
When I realized that I could make a living and make my own schedule, starting my business seemed like a no-brainer.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?
It’s really empowering to be able to create my life the way I want it to be. I find that I feel more motivated and inspired now that I work for myself, and that the lessons I’ve learned from growing my business and strengthening interpersonal relationships pretty much apply to the rest of life.
Another rewarding aspect is the potential for growth. When I worked hourly, I might get a raise when I’ve been a good employee for a year. When I work for myself, there’s literally no limit to how much money I can make. How many hours do I want to work? How many clients do I want to take on? I get to choose. No one chooses for me. That freedom is... everything.
What are your biggest challenges?
Right now my biggest challenge is managing time. I’m at a point where it’s time for The Blog Babe to grow and there are some pains involved there. It’s really easy to get completely engrossed in work and forget to set aside time for friends and family, but that’s so important!
Another challenge I’m facing at the moment is building solid infrastructure so that the company can grow smoothly. Right now I’m facing questions like, “what’s the best way to bill a customer? How do I remind them to pay an invoice if it’s overdue? How can I most easily automate emails?”
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Always come from a place of love.
Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?
Right now I’m building my team, though I’ve been a one-woman show for about 2 years now. It’s amazing how hard it is to take a deep breath and let go of some things! Delegation is so important, but it’s hard!
Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
I’m really looking forward to building my writing team and serving more clients. I’ve seen the difference it makes for clients when they can consistently put out smart, relevant articles to their audience; suddenly they start getting more clients, they start earning the trust of their readers, and things start to feel really good.
What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?
Don’t wait. Just do it now, because no one is going to do it for you!
For more information on Allison Volk and The Blog Babe, check them out online at:
Website | Twitter
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