It's a new year and as promised, Side Hustle Mom is BACK!
First of all, thank you to EVERYONE who took the time to complete the SHM survey -- you all gave me some great insight into what benefits you the most and how Side Hustle Mom can benefit you even more! As per your responses, one of our more popular features is that of our Mom Boss Interviews, so I will continue to reach out to more inspiring and BA mom bosses who are making a living from home whilst raising their babies!
Speaking on inspiring and completely BA mom bosses, I am SO excited to introduce you to today's mom boss, who is not only a successful Denver realtor, but also a wife, momma of two, and amazing friend!
Side Hustle Moms: Meet Amanda Tally from HomeSmart Realty Group
1.) Real estate is actually somewhat of a newer occupation for you, so tell us about what you did before beginning your new career.
Before beginning my career in Real Estate, I was a Special Education teacher. I have worked with students from kindergarten to 12th grade with a range of disabilities. I very much enjoyed working with my students and by no means did I leave my career in teaching because I did not enjoy teaching.
2.) Have you always stayed home with your kids or were you ever a working mom?
As I mentioned above I taught prior to working in Real Estate, so I was a working mom. I taught until my second child was born which was when I decided to no longer teach. When I left teaching I didn’t initially plan to start a new career. I did have a 6 month period between when my second child was born and getting my Real Estate license.
3.) Teaching and real estate are pretty different, so what inspired you to take this leap and move from one field to another?
I have always had a strong interest in Real Estate. My father has been a Realtor most of my life, so I grew up hearing Real Estate info and looking at homes. To be honest my Real Estate career began out of my strong interest in houses, I just wanted to know more. I would have to say though that there are more similarities between teaching and Real Estate than one might think. Both are both very people oriented fields. In both fields I find it essential to be in good communication with all people involved. Also being a Special Education teacher there is a lot of detailed paperwork, which is the same in Real Estate.
4.) Now that you are fully immersed in your new side-hustle-turned-successful business, what does your day-to-day look like? How many hours a day do you typically work?
It looks different day to day. Thi s is primarily because of the nature of Real Estate. When I am working with buyers I am flexible to their schedule and when they want to view homes. At times this requires a babysitter for the kids. There are days I end up working 10+ hours and days and days I work just a couple. .In general though I work for about 2 hours before the kids wake and then another 2 hours or so when they are napping/ playing. Also my husband is blessed to have a four day weekend so schedule open houses and longer training when he is at home.
5.) How do you market your business? Which means have been the most successful?
I hold open houses, I work to contact individuals who are trying to sell their home on their own, and I keep all my contacts up to date on my current business so that when they are ready to move they know how to reach out to me. . By far my most successful ‘marketing’ isn’t really marketing, but working with friends, family and their referrals. My friends and family have been very supportive of me and I am forever thankful for that.
6.) Do you have any words of wisdom (or inspiration) for any parents out there who are thinking of beginning their own side hustle/business but are not sure where to begin?
Don’t be embarrassed or shy in your new beginning. For me I was worried about what other people were going to think even though in my heart I knew it was the right choice for our family. Find your purpose or reason for starting your new business and hold on to that tight.
7.) What is the best part of working your business from home?
The best part of working from home is that I am able I am still able to do many of the things I enjoy with my kids. Just yesterday, I was able to take my kids to the zoo during the middle of the day on a Monday. It was perfect day. I get to be home every morning when my kids wake up for that first morning hug so in general the flexibility it provides me.
Isn't Amanda awesome? To learn more about Amanda -- or to get in touch -- please visit her HomeSmart website.