In today’s Entrepreneur in the Triad blog, I get to showcase a fellow mompreneur who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for several years now. Rachel Hoeing juggles not just one successful business, but two. She is the co-owner of Triad Moms on Main and a travel counselor with The Magic for Less Travel. Read on to hear all she has to say about being an entrepreneur.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I always wanted to be a teacher. It never wavered. I set up desks and chairs in my room when I was younger and would teach all the kids in the neighborhood. I loved making worksheets and grading work! I attended Appalachian State University and graduated with my degree in Elementary Education. I taught in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem until I had my first child and continued to educate by tutoring for years after. In a way, both of my current jobs incorporate teaching. With The Magic for Less Travel, I am always teaching others about Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and other travel opportunities. With TMoM, we are always sharing blogs that teach!”
What is your favorite part about being an entrepreneur?
“I love setting my own goals and my own schedule. I enjoy having the flexibility to set my work hours around my family and our needs at home. There are, of course, times where I have to miss something due to work commitments, but most of the time I can juggle both.”
How is writing important in your business or as an entrepreneur?
“With both of my jobs, I probably spend 90% of my time in front of a computer corresponding with others, so writing is extremely important! I need to be able to relate to clients and team members through my writing, which we all know can sometimes be tough. In addition, I write tips for my travel clients that need to be clear and concise to make their vacation go as smoothly as possible. I also write blogs, newsletters, and directories for Triad Moms on Main on a regular basis, so I am consistently editing and modifying!”
How do you overcome obstacles that being an entrepreneur throws at you?
“I rely a lot on my team. With Triad Moms on Main, Katie and I have worked together for 11 years now. When one of us needs support, the other is always ready to jump in. Our team of bloggers and sales reps are always helpful when we need advice or opinions on sticky situations. With The Magic for Less Travel, we have almost 100 agents all over the country, but we communicate constantly through Workplace. Any time I have a question or obstacle, I know I can rely on my team to help. In both of these situations, I started by being a team player myself. When you are willing to assist others when “it’s not really your job” it benefits everyone in the long run.”
What is one piece of advice you would give future entrepreneurs?
“Do it only if you feel passionate about it. With both of my jobs, my starting income was not much. When dividing out my work by the hours I put in, I was literally making pennies. But when you love what you do, it doesn’t matter. As time goes by, you will begin earning more, which will make the initial physical, emotional, and financial investment worth it.”
What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
“It means taking an idea and putting it into action in order to build a career that serves others and yourself.”
How do you manage to wear all the hats an entrepreneur is required to wear? Do you have tips for staying organized?
“My email is my number one organizing tool. I use it as my to-do list. I even email myself constantly with items that I need to take care of. Instead of crossing off the items on a pad of paper, I just delete the email. With team and client emails, I am super diligent about filing, deleting, or responding to every email that comes my way within 24 hours. By Friday afternoon, if I can look at an empty in-box, I know I can take a breather!”
Learn More About Rachel!
Whether you are ready to book a trip with Rachel or find some amazing resources she provides with Triad Moms on Main, below is how to find out more.
Triad Moms on Main
The Magic for Less Travel
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