Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Alesha Billie, a content strategist, copy editor, copywriter, editor, and ghostwriter based in Schellsburg, PA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a writer - everything from copywriting to ghostwriting to content writing. I've written social media content and plans up to biographies and just about everything in between. I specialize in UX content, blog posts, ebooks, and biographies.
Tell us about yourself
I first got started when my oldest daughter was two months old. My husband was also self-employed then, and I was looking for a way to stay home with our little girl. I had always loved writing, so I signed up for a few projects, and the rest is history.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Without a doubt helping my clients write their stories. It's hard to pick one biography over another because they all hold a deep meaning and story. It's always an honor to help someone turn their life into a book.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
People. But some people choose to make everything hard, don't they?
Dealing with clients is both rewarding and necessary for my business, but it is also one of the most difficult when you get THOSE clients. I try always to maintain my sunny disposition and smile, but some people want to make you pull your hair out.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be ready for constant commitment. Nobody ever built a successful business by just hoping it all works out. Commit to making it work, no matter how hard it gets.
- Be able to find some balance. Don't feel like you have to answer everything and resolve everything in one day. Building a business takes time. Constantly drumming out solutions, emails, and phone calls will wear you down. Granted, there are things that will need to be resolved immediately, but learn to understand the difference between things you have to solve and things that can wait. Taking a short break for lunch probably isn't going to destroy your entire company.
- Be willing to take advice and always keep an open mind to learn from others in your industry. But don't discredit the things you learn yourself, too. There is always something you can learn. You will never be the best - and even if you think you are, I guarantee there will always be something you can learn.
Where can people find you and your business?
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