Jo Hausman, MBA is a highly energetic, passionate and spiritual leader who is driven to help you succeed! Her first book “Go For It!” A Woman’s Guide to Perseverance obtained International Best Seller status after 3 weeks of being on Amazon. She travels extensively to speak to various organizations and media to talk about persevering through the tough times. She gives hope, encouragement, love and support and inspires her audiences to Go For It! Read our interview with the lovely Jo below…
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
I had started a virtual assistant business in 2005 so I knew what it took to start a home based business. I lost my husband in 2010 and then in 2014 decided to write a book about it and my life. My book “Go For It!” A Woman’s Guide to Perseverance became a Best Seller on Amazon in Feb 2016. I knew then that I wanted to start my own speaking and coaching business from it.
Tell us about your business.
Since I was a virtual assistant for 10 years, I coach others to become virtual assistants. I also coach others to overcome life challenges. I speak on going from “taking back your life” and “how a book can change your life.” I speak with enthusiasm, energy, passion and being positive. Life is worth living!
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
Free signed book and ebooks when you sign up for 3-month coaching program.
- Social media and coaching certified
- City Council Alderwoman currently serving 2nd term
- Real estate investor
- International Best Seller on Amazon
- International Radio Show Host on Voiceamericaempowerment.com
Where is your business based?
South Dakota, USA.
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
Really weighing out the pros and cons of running a home based business again. I had a brick and mortar store that I sold to be able to afford to do this. Then reaching out to people I knew who would support me.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Social Media! Twitter and Facebook. I belong to groups on Facebook that has really helped and I tweet a lot.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
Finding more clients and marketing.
How did you overcome these challenges?
Persistence is the Key. Keep networking yourself over and over and over again. I never stop looking for new places to network myself.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
I love to give back to others. So when I am having trouble staying motivated I reach out to others and see how I can help them. Giving back reinforces my desire to give and get more.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I try to be unique. I talk about the different areas of business I have done. That I will try things and make them work. Even if no one else has ever heard of it before or it is a new concept. For example: starting a virtual assistant business in 2005.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
Eating Cocoa Pebbles will go right to my hips LOL (I LOVE Cocoa Pebbles). No seriously, to never stop focusing on the future. Always keep a positive mindset and don’t dwell on the past.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Never stop trying! Even if it is hard it will be worth it. Don’t be afraid to take the first step and then the second one. A lot of people can do the first step but then get scared of the second one. Take each as it comes and deal with it.
What is your favorite business tool or resource?
The different Facebook groups I belong to and Twitter. I can reach out to others and they are willing to help me. I do the same in return.
What social media outlets do you use? List them below.
Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/goforit
Hashtags #johausman #entrepreneurblogger #womensupportingwomen
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
“Just Ask the Universe” by Michael Samuels and “Draw the Circle” by Mark Batterson.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
I am a speaker and am looking for more speaking engagements on empowerment and positive life. Voice over work and more radio interviews.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
I have quite a few media appearances in the next 2 months and am looking forward to those. Plus I am putting together more extensive coaching and speaking engagements that will help people become who they are destined to be.