Time to kick off my new blog and give you all a taste about what to expect from me.
Hi! I’m Stacy, and I’m an entrepreneur. That felt weird. Awkward, if you will. This is all kind of new for me. The whole blogging thing. The entrepreneurial thing isn’t.
So, what’s my plan with this whole blog, you might ask? Good question.
Over the last 5 years or so I have been able to utilize the internet to market for local businesses, and I’ve had great success.
I decided to start a website and devote it to techniques that I have used to create effective, interactive marketing campaigns for my clients. I’ve titled the site “Virtual IMS” which is an acronym for Virtual Interactive Marketing Solutions. Be sure to bookmark my site which can be found at www.virtualims.com.
One of the beautiful things that my marketing has been able to afford me is the ability to stay home with my kids. I’ve had the pleasure of watching them grow up right before my very eyes, and I’ve been able to earn an income that many would dream of while doing so.
Another huge benefit is that I have no problem sleeping at night because I know that my work builds value (and explodes revenue) for every single local business I work with. Take that MLMers!
Been there, done that. Didn’t feel right selling a product that I didn’t really believe in to build a downline where I made money off of friends and family purchasing something that I know they really didn’t need in the first place. I knew that there had to be something better out there.
In my quest for something that I knew I could do (and wouldn’t feel scuzzy explaining it to my grandma), I stumbled upon local internet marketing almost by accident.
You see, one of my friends decided to start a dog walking business to provide an option for pet owners who didn’t want to board their pups at a kennel while they were away from home. Her idea started when word got out about how she helped out a former boss of hers while he was on vacation.
Her boss, who knew of my friend’s love for dogs, called her up and asked if she would be willing to dogsit for a week while he was away. She would come over to his house three times per day to feed, walk, and play with his dogs. She had so much fun plus got paid to do it!
Since she had left the workforce to raise her family, this opportunity seemed like a great career path. She fulfilled a need for those who were not happy with their limited options for in-home dog care and she was paid to do something she thoroughly enjoyed.
Word got out and referrals started coming in. It actually looked like a viable business idea! However, she wanted a “face” for her business, which is when I came in.
She knew that I had always enjoyed creating websites and asked if I could built a website for her. I jumped at the opportunity to help a friend on the path to making her dream job tangible.
Now, she is expanding her business and is a certified dog trainer. It’s been an amazing value add for her clients. They leave on vacation and return to their dogs who have learned some new “manners” during their absence.
She’s constantly adding clients and services and loving every minute of her success.