We want you to meet Rose Barnett from Mentor, Ohio. She helps women become stay-at-home moms and she owns a content writing business.
What does your dream life look like? Are you currently living your dream or still working on it?
Working on it, but my dream life would be making 6 figures and having a more relaxed writing schedule for myself with only 2 to 3 articles a month. I would also have hired assistants or sub-contracted writers, and a webmaster to handle all of the site backend things that are hard to figure out.
In my personal life, most things would be the same except for having the financial ability to do more of the fun things in life, like having a vacation or 2 each year.
Tell us more about what you do and who you help.
I help moms learn if they should be a stay-at-home mom and how to do it with financial confidence.
But I have a second business that I just started. With all of my blogging experience and SEO knowledge, I started freelance content writing for bloggers and businesses to save them time and build an audience for their products and services. I do have openings right now.
What inspired you to get started?
Two things: my love for writing and my heart for helping and encouraging others.
So initially, I started with a blog that was purely to express the hardships of motherhood that I was enduring and that I knew other moms were too. I really wanted to touch the heart of that mom that she was not alone and to give her some ideas and direction to make her life better.
I had gotten so much help from blogs in particular but also youtube, that I wanted to be a part of that. It’s definitely spiraled out from there with writing to help other bloggers and entrepreneurs, as well as my second blog with cute printable resources for moms.
Besides loving to write, I saw the need of other bloggers and entrepreneurs who are trying to get out content at lightning speed but either struggling with SEO and getting that content seen or plain old just having time to write.
Small business owners especially have their hands full trying to manage social accounts, promotion, producing their product or service, and dealing with clients or customers. Add to that, creating regular quality blog posts!
It’s enough to make your head spin. I can provide that content for them so that they can focus on what they do best.
You’ve been in business for 5 years. What’s a challenge you’ve faced along your entrepreneurial journey?
Actually, I’m still working on overcoming my challenge. It’s the balance between work and home; building a business and caring for a family.
Even though I don’t believe there is any true sense of work-life balance, I do feel you can get to a comfortable level of splitting your time between business and family.
How has being an introvert affected your business?
I think because I’m a writer, being an introvert is to my advantage. I don’t mind sitting for hours in solitude writing and researching.
However, it has also held me back a little because reaching out and talking to people, building work relationships, and going to conferences are just not my strengths. But you have to get out there and make those relationships, ask the questions, and engage. So it’s a learning experience.
What methods do you use to bring in new clients?
I have been using social outlets and again building relationships. You get more work from referrals and just reaching out to see if someone needs your service than anything else.
For my freelance writing, there are also job boards that I use.
Is attending networking events a part of your marketing strategy?
Not yet. I am hoping that once the weather breaks I will be able to get more involved offline.
How do you define success for yourself and your business?
I believe success is accomplishing the thing that God put you there to do. If I’m able to care for my family and my clients, if I’m able to encourage even one mom, these mean success for me.
What advice would you give to other introverted women who are just starting their own businesses?
I would say step out of your comfort zone. Every time you step out, it makes the next step easier.
If you don’t know how to start, talk to others even if they are not introverts. Learn from them and be encouraged that if others are doing it, you can too. With that, remember to have some downtime away from work and others.
Thank you for taking the time to share your story. Where can our readers find more information about you?