Please state your name, your position, and a bit of your Business.
Sophie Zollmann, Owner, Founder, and Certified Social Media & Online Business Manager. My company is SophieZo Virtually There For You. We are a plug and play implementation team business supporting 6- and 7-figure businesses with the daily management, operations, and tasks to free them up to focus on growing the business and creating the lifestyle they desire.
How did the business start?
It started 18 years ago with two kids and no job that could support daycare and provide a decent income for our family. I started as a freelancer working as a virtual assistant and online business manager for an eCommerce company, then did a bit of transcription where I realized the true potential of VAs and OBMs and my ideal clients. I relaunched myself as a VA, jumped on social media from my son’s hospital room, networked all the time until fellow VAs hired me to subcontract for them. That’s when the business was launched. I worked solo and with a team off and on for years. In 2016, I decided to specialize and get certified in my two favorite areas, management, and social media. That’s when I went to my first David Neagle event, where I signed up for my first virtual coaching program. From there, I grew it to 6 figures, lost it all earlier this year after going exclusive with a client last year, who then let me go this year. I rebuilt, restructured and reorganized with the help of David and his team and am now scaling the business back to 6 figures and beyond.
What are the challenges you met and how did you manage to cope up with these challenges and reach your current status?
Over the years, it was a matter of scaling the business and having the support to know what to do and how to do it. I went from doing it all to specializing, to getting a coach who showed me how to do things better and get my mindset right. The biggest challenge was losing it all this year when the exclusive client let me go. With the support of my husband and David Neagle’s coaching, I turned it around quickly and became profitable again and am on my way to 6 figures and beyond once again.
Who influenced you in this industry and how did he/she influence you?
The first person to influence me was Kim DeYoung. She was a highly successful mompreneur who’s message and support really resonated with me when I was just starting the business. Her story, her coaching, and her work with me as a client set me on the path to where I am today.
How did you manage to market your business and compete with other agencies in your niche?
Social media became my best friend. I worked it all the time, making connections, having conversations, networking, and building relationships with people who then referred me to others or hired me. I don’t compete with other agencies. I put myself out there and attract the people who want to work with me because of the presence I have and the work that I do.
What Best Practice/s can you share to our startup readers?
Never give up and use social media and all online marketing techniques as much as you can to be visible, create relationships and a network of people who want to work with you or send others to work with you.
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