Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Peggy Bodde, founder of Sacred Work, located in Pagosa Springs, CO, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I have a freelance writing business called Word Studio, Inc. I research and write textbooks: history, civics, and human geography. My clients are educational publishers. I also write and edit material for individuals, everything from resumes to web copy. I also run a foundation called Sacred Work, where I coach and mentor women in leadership for free. My passions are helping other women succeed in the workplace and writing about the intersection between faith and work.
Tell us about yourself
God had been nudging me to leave my position as senior vice president for some time, but I was afraid! I got the push I needed when I was passed over for a significant promotion. Even though I spent most of my career as a corporate leader, my degree is in English. I've always loved writing, and God made it clear that's what He wanted me to do. I respect the power of words and how they can be used to encourage people and compel change. Whether I'm writing about history or God's word, I'm motivated by knowing that my words will enrich the lives of others.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I think getting established in a completely new and different industry is my biggest accomplishment. The first year I didn't have to chase work because I had regular clients. I breathed a big sigh of relief and a big prayer of gratitude!
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
My background is in the supply chain, where I led several teams: we did everything together. When I transitioned into a small business owner, I went through a period of feeling isolated. That was hard. Another difficult part of business ownership is you no longer have a consistent salary coming in: you have to get out and chase work! That can be scary at first, but God has been incredibly faithful.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Work parallel if you can. For the last 18 months, I have been in corporate. I ventured out into freelance writing. This helped me build my resume and my confidence. Even if you can only work parallel for six months, do it.
- Do your research and create a business plan. Know what equipment, software, or other resources you'll need. Identify your business goals, how you plan to achieve them, and by when. You can do most of this while you're still working your regular job.
- Don't go it alone. Even though you may be a solopreneur, join industry or trade organizations. Use your network to connect with other people who are doing what you want to do.
Where can people find you and your business?
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