Interview with Carrie Wilkerson – The Barefoot Executive

Interview with Carrie WilkersonTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

Wow – this is a huge question :)

I worked in public, private and even educational sectors before adopting my 2 eldest kids. At that point, my life changed and I decided I wanted to be at home with them, but I still needed a paycheck. So I devoted my time to figuring out business models, ways to earn income and most importantly, ways to stay home with my babies.

What did you do before launching your own business?

My last job before business was teaching high school journalism, speech & English.

How did you fund your business?

I bootstrapped every single time. I’ve never taken a loan or sought out venture capital.

How many hours do you work a week and how much is spent is your home office?

I work about 25 hours a week on average during the school year and 10 hours a week during the summer. I spend about 60% of my work time in my office.

How were you able to take your business to the next level?

Consistency and studying what was working and what wasn’t. I’m always following a mentor or working with a coach that will challenge me and help me see the cracks in what I’m doing.

What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?

Juggling 4 kids, life, and business is a challenge, but totally worth it. Learning to think like a business owner instead of someone ‘just making money’ is a huge shift–but very necessary.

What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?

Have a plan. Follow someone you trust (just 1-2 people, not everyone). Focus on one core idea to cash before you start fragmenting your efforts all over the place.

How do you manage being a work at home mom while running a business?

We run a tight ship. Schedules, checklists, calendars and teamwork. I’ve also trained the kids (since infancy) that I’m working sometimes and they’ve learned that sometimes is play alone time or watch a show time. We have a good balance of boundaries (but that takes LOTS of consistency and discipline from the Mom’s side!)  I also realize that my house will not be perfect. Sometimes chores will go undone and my recordings will sometimes have kids in the backgrounds. You learn to roll with it :)

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Also make sure to check out Carrie’s book for home-based entrepreneurs, The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom.

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