Margaret Vandergriff has taken the path less traveled time and time again. She tried lots of work experiments that led her to work she loved. As you’ll soon her, she has a knack for learning how to turn bad experiences into new opportunities!
She’s run a grant writing business for almost 30 years and has recently started a new business as a moving coach.
Margaret now helps self-employed, empty-nest moms find change and adventure in their next phase of life!
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- How a crummy job inspired her to start her first business.
- How she landed her first client without the internet, a computer, or even a car!
- Why year 3 was a magical year in her business after struggling the first couple of years.
- The importance of maintaining your outreach habit.
- How several unsuccessful moves inspired her to start her latest venture as a moving coach.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Purge your life
- Plan your actions
- Practice self-awareness
How Margaret Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: Around 9:00 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Time management and prioritizing tasks. 2) Maintaining focus on the task at hand. 3) Content creation.
- Definition of success: How fulfilled she feels and feeling like she’s making a meaningful contribution.
- Regains focus by: Realizing she’s off track and making the conscious effort to get back into what she’s working on.
- Favorite productivity tool: Streak CRM
- 90-day goal: Rebranding her business and working on her new website.
“You have to stick with it because, it took three years for things to take off, I mean, it was not overnight.”
“I just don’t think you can underestimate the power of relationships in business.”
If you want to start exploring your options to work for yourself, Margaret suggested this as the first step to take:
1) Identify a few things that really float your boat and that you’re skilled at.
2) Figure out who the people are that are into the thing that you want to solve.