Hello Angie! I always start off with this question! If a stranger came up to you in the street and asked, what do you do? What would be your response?
I sell pencils!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from? How was your childhood? What type of jobs did you have on your to becoming an entrepreneur?
I am originally from NY, but moved to Florida when I was very young. My father passed away when I was 7, so that’s why we moved to Florida. It was me, my mom and my brother. I grew up in a very strict, Italian, Catholic home.. no dating until 17, not allowed to do any concerts or parties.. ( I thank my mom today for being so strict)
My first job was filing paperwork in the church rectory to pay for the catholic school that my mom insisted I attend. As a teen, I always had a regular job, I did not discover my talents until 1980, when I worked for Richard Simmons Anatomy Asylum as a babysitter in their nursery. It was a health club that offered babysitting while the mothers worked out. I made friends with all the moms.. one day the manager came to me and told me I was wasting my talent and that she was going to put me in sales. I had never sold anything in my life and told her so.. She took me under her wing and in 3 years I wound up being the manager of that health club. I worked there until they closed their doors. I went to work selling magazines via the phone. I wound up becoming a manager there in 8 months, and stayed until they closed their doors.
Then a friend told me about Atlas Pen and Pencil. that they were hiring. I applied, got the job, and wound up becoming a sales manager there also. I stayed there for 20 years, learning everything I could about the advertising specialty business. In 2005, my husband and I decided it was time for a change, we sold our home in Florida and moved to North Carolina. I then took a chance on opening my own company. AWESOME ADVERTISING. I am happy to say this year is my 10th year in business!
Can you tell us about the moment that you decided to become an entrepreneur? What inspired you?
When we moved from Florida to North Carolina, I didn’t want to have to punch a time clock in a new job, so I just took a shot at my own thing. I guess I must say that it was my husband who inspired me because he always said ‘ You can do this.”
Can you take us into the day in the life of an entrepreneur? What are your favorite things about it? What are your least favorite things about it?
My days vary so much. some days I am so busy, I can’t keep track, other days, I can write a few orders then go do what I want. there is no set schedule for me and that’s what I like most.
my least favorite thing is all the paperwork, that takes me away from my passion.. which is SELLING!
Would you ever go back to “working” for someone else, besides your customers?! Can you tell us why or why not?
I would (hopefully) never go work for someone else. I like the fact that I can run my business the way I want, give good deals, and stand behind my company. Sometimes when company policy gets in the way, you just can’t be yourself.
We have a slogan called “Do What You Desire” aka #DWYD. Can you tell us how this applies to you and what you do!?
I feel like I always wanted to have my own business and that is where I did what I desired, taking a risk.. and succeeding is the best feeling in the world!
Where can we find out more about you and your business?
My web site is www.awesomeadvertising.info
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