Interview with Stacey Harris – Head Rock Star of Hit the Mic Marketing

Interview with Stacey HarrisTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

Two years ago, after staying home with my son for 2 years, I decided I missed the part of my brain that worked.  The problem was I had no desire to return to anything I’d done before having my son.  I had worked a lot of different jobs, but they were all just jobs, nothing that really spoke to me anymore.  I spent a lot of time researching online things I could do from home, and found A LOT of scams.

Finally I came across oDesk and thought – yes this is what I’ll do. I used a lot of the skill I’d developed in previous jobs and was able to work from home; the problem was I still wasn’t fulfilled.  I decided to step away from oDesk and create something for myself. So, in July of 2011, I launched my virtual assistant business. 

After about a year I had tremendous growth, but was struggling again with wanting something else. I discovered over the course of that year who I really loved working with and what I really loved doing. I also found I had a lot of success when I acted more like myself, mostly from meeting people face to face at events than when I acted a bit more corporate.  In November of 2012 I made a big change and rebranded my business. I became Head Rock Star of Hit the Mic Marketing – a business I love! I am lucky work with amazing rock star entrepreneurs and really be true to who I am and what I love.

What did you do before launching your own business?

Immediately before launching my business I was a stay at home mom. Before giving birth to my son I did everything from recruit bands for a web radio station to working for a commercial insurance agency.

How did you fund your business?

We bootstrapped baby! When I first launched I worked with what I had. As I was able to grow I invested everything I made into my business.  I am lucky because I was able to establish really early that the business pays for itself. And even luckier now because it does more than pay for itself, it pays me too.

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

I work roughly 50 to 60 hours per week.  And almost all of those are spent in my home office. I work with clients all over the world so meetings are usually handled via Skype or GoToMeeting.  I’m generally only away from my office for networking events.

How would you rate your success?

I would absolutely rate my success as high – I am able to do what I love and be available for my family which was the original purpose. I contribute to my family’s income which is always nice.  And I’m gaining respect from my peers which I love and appreciate. Am I as successful as I ever want to be?

Never! I’ll always have something else just out of reach that I’m working towards.

What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?

My biggest struggle has been balance; I really have to work to find out where my energy was best spent to get my ideas to be action.  Because I’ve always worked very diligently to keep a schedule that allows me plenty of time with my son. I have to focus and prioritize the ideas that pop into my head each day.

What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?

My biggest piece of advice would be to find a community where you can share your struggles and your achievements. One of the best things I’ve done for my business is connecting with other young female entrepreneurs to connect with and learn from.

How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?

I live in a calendar.  If I don’t schedule it and I don’t see it on my Google Calendar I don’t remember it and it becomes forgotten.  That is the easiest way for me to share things with my team, my family, and also to keep myself accountable for time. Before I started scheduling things I would lose time, I would hit the end of the day and wonder what happened. Now I know what I’m supposed to be doing and it keeps me on track and accountable to myself.

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