Operating a Successful Home Based Business: Interview With Corinne Kerston

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Today I am excited to share an interview with you. Corinne Kerston, who lives on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii has been working hard during the past several years to build a home based business so that she could earn money and be home with her young children too. Corinne and I met earlier this year online via Triberr and a few weeks ago I noticed that she was working on some very interesting projects so I knew this would be the perfect time to interview her to see what’s going on and to see how she is building her home based business.

Corinne, just recently you published two books on Amazon, yet only a few years ago you had a completely different career in Finance and Banking. What made you leave a career in Finance to start a home based business?

It was the birth of my 2nd child. With my first, I went back to work full-time when she was 2 months old. It was hard. I missed her first step, her first word. I didn’t want to experience it again with my 2nd child. I was determined to stay home with him, though I had no idea how to make money from home.

I met a ghostwriter on a parenting forum I frequented and she was kind enough to direct me to her ghostwriting course. My education background is actually not suited for what I was doing; I have a BA in English, so writing was sort of a natural fit for me. I got started with content mills and a few private clients and never looked back.

What type of home business do you operate?

My work at home goals have changed so much since I first started. I still write, though it’s mostly mainly business blog now. I also write and maintain a personal finance and budget blog called One Income Life. My goal is to help families living on one income live comfortably within their means. I know how hard it can be to makes ends meet and still have fun money!

Can you please share some quick tips on how you continue to grow your business?

Just keep working at it. I was incredibly fortunate to meet Sicorra and other bloggers when One Income Life first launched and their help in promoting my site has got me pretty far in just 6 months. Yes, it’s only been that long!

Also, keep on learning. I recently learned how to write an eBook (really, it’s not as hard as it seems!). I’m also learning more methods of marketing, which I will be sharing on my new blog which will launch early next year.

Have you encountered any personal financial struggles along the way?

Totally! I’m not going to lie, the first year was hard. My son was a newborn, and I was new to working at home, so I barely got anything done. I made maybe $2,000 the entire first year. Once he was a little older and was able to entertain himself a little longer, I started to really put more focus on my writing as a business, rather than just as extra money.

As you mentioned on your personal finance blog – One Income Life – You are a wife, full time mom, chef, chauffeur, nurse, maid, teacher and whatever else my kids want me to be at the moment. How do you manage your time?

I find that keeping a schedule helps the most; but allowing myself to completely scrap that schedule helps too. I work in spurts and try to get things done in the day when my oldest is in school and my youngest is playing nicely. Though anyone who has been around kids knows that they don’t always abide by your schedule. I just go with the flow. Some things get pushed into the night, others to the next day. I try not to stress about it unless I’m working with a deadline.

At what point did you know that your home business was going to be a success?

It took a while honestly. At first I worked with content mills, writing full articles for mere dollars. Once I started working with private clients, and they were willing to pay my prices, I was like “wow! Maybe I can make it as a writer.” It did take a while for me to feel comfortable saying the words “I am a writer” and I think it’s one the biggest things that holds home-preneurs back. If you don’t take yourself seriously, how can you expect anyone else to? Own it! Say it out loud!

You recently published two eBooks. Please tell us about your two books and who you believe would benefit most from them.

Both books are geared toward anyone who wants to start a home business. Start Your Successful Home Business in Less Than 2 Weeks is a general book. It will take readers from finding the business that is right for them, all the way to setting it up and marketing it. Start Your Freelance Writing Career is a bit more specific. It is for anyone looking to get into freelance writing, but will also take the reader from picking a writing niche to setting up a website and marketing their business.

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The new year is right around the corner. What do you have planned in regard to your business?

I have a 2nd blog in the works that will be launched early next year. It’s called Home Biz Mom. My goal for that blog is to educate other home business owners (or wannabe home business owners!) how to start, manage and market their business so they can make a real living from home.

I also have plans for more home business and online marketing books. 2014 should be busy, but fun!

Sharing is Caring

Please download your copy of Corinne's new eBooks, and please help spread the word about her excellent new eBooks with your friends as some of them may be wondering how to start their own home based business too.


    • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

      Laurie @thefrugalfarmer 12/02/2013 6:42 a.m. #

      Thanks for sharing your story, Corinne. It's so nice to know that a home-based biz truly can be successful!

    • Michelle @fitisthenewpoor

      Michelle @fitisthenewpoor 12/02/2013 10:04 a.m. #

      Great read. I am looking in to going in to ghost writing. Is there any website you recommend to get started?

      • Corinne

        Corinne 12/03/2013 6:07 p.m. #

        Hi Michelle,
        Well, freelance writing and ghostwriting are one in the same mostly. With ghostwriting, you don't get any of the recognition.
        You can start by reading my Freelance Writing Career book (I bet you knew I was going to say that) :)
        For website, I like Carol Tice's http://www.makealivingwriting.com/
        and Jennifer Mattern's http://allindiewriters.com/freelance-writing/
        Both have been around freelancing for a LONG time and are good at what they do.

        Good luck!

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 12/02/2013 10:25 a.m. #

      Great to see you here, Corinne! Congrats on publishing two new ebooks. I know how much work that is! :) Sounds like 2014 is going to be a great for you and looking forward to you new site. Have a great week, ladies!

      • Corinne

        Corinne 12/03/2013 6:09 p.m. #

        Hey Shannon!
        It was a lot of work, but I just told myself to do at least 30 minutes of writing a night. Amazing how fast it goes by if you actually sit down and work LOL. Focusing is my biggest problem.

    • Corina Ramos

      Corina Ramos 12/02/2013 3:17 p.m. #

      Great interview Sicorra!

      Corinne it sounds like you're going to have a fabulous 2014 and I'm hoping that it will be girlfriend! Congratulations on your two eBooks. I'm in the middle of mine but haven't gotten around to the next chapter in several months. You sound just as busy as I do, how did you find the time to write two :).

      It was great to get to know you a little better....I bet living in Hawaii is just dreamy! My cousin was stationed out there before he was deployed to Afghanistan.

      Sicorra you certainly know how to do an interview! Happy Monday ladies :). Have a great new week!

      • Corinne

        Corinne 12/03/2013 6:12 p.m. #

        Hi Corina! You are busy! When I considered starting the second site, I totally thought about you and figured if you could do it, I hope I can do it too. I still have some work to do before it goes live but it's coming along.

    • Jay@MoneyRebound

      Jay@MoneyRebound 12/02/2013 10:03 p.m. #

      Wonderful post, Sicorra! Most people wouldn't believe that a home business can actually be successful or even just be able to compete in the industry is tough. Even me, working at home have never really truly grasped the whole idea of a successful home-based business. Thanks for clearing it up!

    • Corinne

      Corinne 12/03/2013 6:14 p.m. #

      Hi Jay,
      I think the difference lies in the mindset. If you treat what you do at home as a business (have a business plan, do the necessary research, enter the market wisely, advertise wisely) then anything can be a home business. Believing you are running a business is what separates those making some money from home and those who are running a home based business.

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