One of the key determinants of success for an entrepreneur is how passionate about what they’re doing. And passion is something Stacie Walker, founder of Woman in Leadership, LLC, has in spades. So what fuels her fire? Helping people, especially women, gain the knowledge they need to be successful entrepreneurs and prominent leaders.
Woman in Leadership is an online community for budding entrepreneurs, which specializes in giving them motivation, inspiration, and business building advice. And don’t let the name fool you, because men are just as welcome as women, though Stacie says her site is especially welcoming to female small business owners, stay-at-home moms, and startups.
As with most small businesses, Stacie wears many hats, and is the editor-in-chief, radio host, and blogger for her company as well. Woman in Leadership also offers services such as social media management and marketing, copywriting and ghostwriting, and blog advertising and sponsorship programs. For those of you just starting up with access to a little less cash, Stacie also offers free business building and marketing courses, though they’re unfortunately closed at the moment.
Stacie shared the story behind her company, Woman in Leadership, with KillerStartups recently in an exclusive interview. While she’s a bit mum on the personal details, Stacie has – as you might expect – a lot to stay about her passion for her business, and lots of advice for budding entrepreneurs! Check it out…
What’s your company about?
Our mission is to help you gain the priceless knowledge that is essential for becoming a successful entrepreneur and prominent leader in your industry. Woman in Leadership offers valuable personal development advice, leadership development, financial advice, business advice, and marketing advice to help improve your skill set as a budding entrepreneur in your industry. The Woman in Leadership online community is a place for the novice or experienced entrepreneur, when they need a bit of inspiration and business advice.
What do you do?
It has been my mission and purpose to educate people with establishing a better business model and to assist with improving the quality of their personal life. I adore working with professional leaders and dedicated entrepreneurs in the small business, home business, and online business industries. I believe certain elements are essential to improve your skill set as a budding entrepreneur and leader in your industry. A top priority of mine is to provide a comfortable place for the novice and the experienced entrepreneur to get a bit of inspiration, motivation, and business building advice for long term success.
Who are your customers?
Women thinking about going into business for themselves, budding female entrepreneurs, work at home moms, small businesses, home businesses, and online businesses.
What’s the greatest thing about your company?
The inspirational stories of the Woman in Leadership community. My company is able to connect with clients on a personal level. We promote the successes of women from all over the world and of different backgrounds. You don’t have to be earning six figures to be considered a success.
How’d you come up with the name for your company?
The Woman in Leadership names stands for every woman not afraid to go after her deepest desires, no matter the obstacle. Women are already leaders within their households and this should be recognized.
What time do you usually start work each day? How many hours a day do you usually work?
My work day begins at 4:30 a.m. and I work until 2 p.m.
When’s the last time you went on vacation and where did you go?
Last week. Camping at Canyon Lake, Texas.
What’s the very first thing you do at work every day?
Read three or four pages of a non-fiction book.
When do your best ideas come to you?
My best ideas come to me when I take a walk with my dog. I make sure that I have my tablet with me, so I can use the voice recorder. My best ideas come to me when I’m in bed. I keep a pen and paper on my nightstand.
How many people did you start the company with and how many people work for you now?
I started out solo. Now, I have a small team of five. Looking to expand my team to 20 talented individuals.
A lot of people have big ideas. What gave you the confidence to actually go after yours?
I couldn’t let my family down and needed to provide for them.
Remember the early days of starting up? Describe the struggles you went through.
I didn’t have the funds to invest in my business. I ended up investing a LOT of my time. I had to teach myself how to market my business.
How do you handle frustration?
I go for a walk with my yellow lab, Thor. I meditate and I consult with my mastermind group.
What has been your biggest professional frustration?
Overcoming the fear of public speaking.
What’s your office environment like? Do you listen to music? Watch movies? Play video games?
What’s your office environment like? It’s great. My office is my home and my home is my sanctuary.
Do you listen to music? I listen to trip-hop, world music, classical, jazz, blues.
Watch movies? Horror and comedy genre.
Play video games? I don’t enjoy playing them like I used to. I’m more of an observer.
How do you picture your company in 5 years?
Revenue in the millions. Joint ventures with 10 inspiring women. Worldwide workshops and seminars.
Who or what inspires YOU? Role models? Quotes? Running? Video games? Snack food?
Successful people in my industry. Inspiration books and quotes.
How’d you fund this venture? VC? Self-funding? Crowdfunded? Where’d you get the money, man?
With passive income.
Got any great bootstrapping tips for the lean startups out there?
My best tip is to form relationships with people in your industry. There is power in numbers and they can help you skyrocket your business.
What other advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get started?
Don’t give up and find a coach!
What would you do if you had a year off and $500,000 to spend (on something other than work)?
Travel to Alaska and go off of the grid with the love of my life.
Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur? If not, what’ll make you feel successful?
Absolutely! I never dreamed in a thousand years that I would have my own business.
Top 5 websites you couldn’t live without and why?
- The Smart Passive Income Blog – Pat is a GENIUS! He provides valuable tips that anyone can apply today.
- iTunes – I enjoy listening to podcasts.
- ForbesWoman – there is a wealth of info for female business owners
- PayPal – I love their merchant services and my clients have a simple way to pay for my services.
- The Audacity to Podcast – there is a wealth of info for pod-casters like me.
Top 5 mobile apps you’re in love with and why?
- Smart Passive Income App – He provides valuable tips that anyone can apply today.
- iTunes App – I enjoy listening to pod-casts.
- Google Calendar – I can keep my busy schedule organized.
- Google Drive – I can work on my documents anywhere.
- Evernote – File an image sharing made easy.
Number 1 country you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t yet? (And why that country?)
Africa. The Lion King influenced me.
Three people (other than you) we should follow on Twitter and why?
- Dawn Abraham – She provides an excellent four week success mastermind group.
- Ande Lyons – She is full of positive energy and knows her stuff!
- Emily Chase Smith – She provides valuable financial tips for businesses.
Please share some specific numbers (funding, revenue, visitors) that highlight your growth.
I receive almost 10,000 visitors to my website per day. My revenue has tripled in 2013.
Where can we find you?