Interview with Tracy Kauffman – Author of Children and Young Adult Fiction Books

Tracy Author WAHMTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

A year ago when my son left home for the Air Force, I decided to pursue my dream of being an author. I wrote my first book, Southern Adventures about my journey through life and the things that I over came growing up in Alabama. It is fiction because some things, places and names were changed to create a better book and provide privacy. The book will be released shortly on my website.

What did you do before launching your own business?

I worked at as a registered nurse in a local nursing home. I have pursued several other things in my life too. I owned my own clothing store, but was unsuccessful due to the recession. It gave me a great outlook on what it takes to own a business and how important it is to market it and keep a business plan in motion.

How did you fund your business?

I funded my business from my earnings at the nursing home. My husband’s income pays the bills and mine is usually extra income.

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

I work part-time at the nursing home on average 16 to 24 hours a week. Then, I work at home every day except Sunday, either writing or promoting my books on-line through social media sites.

How would you rate your success?Southern Adventures

Success is measured by the enjoyment and pleasure you have with your family and your career. I feel I am very successful with that. Since I am a new author, I am still working to get my name out there.

What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?

My biggest struggle as an entrepreneur is learning the business of marketing. Authors do not become famous on their own. They work extremely hard at promoting themselves.

What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur? 

Save as much money as you can before you start your business, and make sure you are ready to devote the time to it. It takes time, planning and plenty of revenue to start a business.

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

As a nurse, I have learned how to focus on things that are more important through time management. Therefore, I try to keep a schedule and go by it.

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