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"How I Got Started..." with Angie Trueblood, Founder of Angie Trueblood

Angie Trueblood is the founder and creator of Angie Trueblood, a podcast business based out of Richmond, Virginia. Angie effectively operates a successful business, while also being a full-time mom.

 

We had the pleasure of interviewing Angie in which we discussed her transition from being a Biology major to becoming an owner of a podcasting business and how she balances her work and spending time with her family.

 

 

Q: Where are you from?

 

A: I grew up outside of Richmond in Colonial Heights and Prince George.

 

Q: What are you passionate about in your personal life?

 

A: I’m very passionate about empowering women and helping them show up in the world in a bigger way.

 

Q: What did you study in school?

 

A: I attended Longwood University for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Biology with a concentration in Secondary Education. I then went on to earn my masters in Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed two years of a PhD program in biology at the University of Miami before moving home to teach high school.

 

Q: Tell me about your career before becoming an entrepreneur / business owner.

 

A: I taught high school for a few years before my 10-year career in pharmaceutical sales. When my kids were 2 and 4, I quit work so that I could work from home around my family’s schedule. Initially, I worked for a direct sales company and ended up transitioning to my own business where I now help entrepreneurs leverage the power of podcast interviews to grow their own business.

 

Q: What is your company?

 

A: Angie Trueblood.

 

Q: Tell me about the transition from your career to entrepreneurship / why you started your business?

 

A: I was looking for more flexibility and autonomy, which led me to starting my own business. The transition wasn’t like turning a light switch on/off, though. There was a time when I worked my traditional job while growing my business and then eventually when I pivoted my first business, there was also a period of overlap. Being able to ebb and flow as my needs and my family’s needs evolve has been a great benefit of owning my own business.

 

Q: How long have you been in business?

 

A: I have been in business for two years now.

 

Q: What was the biggest surprise as a business owner from working as an employee?

 

A: I realized very quickly just how much work went into being a new business owner. I went from a job where I was able to stay in my zone of genius throughout a good portion of the day, to running a business where, at first, that was definitely not the case. The finances and all the backend things that have to be done was suddenly something I was responsible for. Figuring out what needed to be prioritized, and just the enormity of everything that comes with owning a business, was quite an eye-opener.

 

Q: What have been the biggest challenges in growing the business? What have you done differently as a result?

 

A: Beginning to scale and outsourcing has provided the most challenge in my business, but one that’s necessary for me to grow outside of my current comfort zone. Embracing more of a visionary role takes an entirely different skillset, so I’m developing that as I aim for some bigger goals. I’ve started to spend time setting high-level goals for the business and I’ve begun documenting #allthethings and processes that were previously in my head so that I can continue to grow my team and lighten my load.

 

Q: As a successful business owner, do you have work / life balance? How have you managed to improve the joy and fulfillment in your life?

 

A: I have definitely called in some help for support at home in order to get my work done, and I also have a virtual assistant that helps me with client work. Outsourcing at both work and home helps me balance the workload of both and has brought more joy back to both areas.

 

Q: What can we and others in the community do to help your business grow and be more successful?

 

A: I love connecting with podcasters and building relationships with folks in that space, whether they podcast themselves or work with hosts. Those connections help make my job far easier when I have a client who I’m looking to position in particular niches. And, obviously, if anyone is interested in being featured as a podcast guest, I’d love to chat.

 

Q: What advice would you give other entrepreneurs / small business owners?

 

A: Seeking out a solid support network of business friends and family is something that I have found to be very helpful in my career. Finding a good mentor to guide you through the hardships and successes is also important. Give yourself grace in what your business will become, and go into it with clear goals.

 

 

“How I Got Started...” is a blog series that spotlights the entrepreneurial and life journeys of various small business owners and professionals. The content of this blog was curated by members of the CreativeMktGroup team.

 

 

Angie Trueblood 

Angie Trueblood

angietrueblood.com

 

 

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