11 years ago I started out using Facebook to build a direct sales business I was in and couldn’t believe how quickly I could grow that business. It was kinda crazy to be honest, as I never believed that I could sit on a social site and talk to people and then have them become customers and/or new consultants. People told me I was wasting my time, I was not doing anything productive.
I was playing in FB and trying to figure out how I could build a business, I mean why couldn’t this be about me finding customers, right? I started creeping around FB to see what was available to me and noticed that there were all these “fan” pages that were for the different towns and cities. I thought “why can’t I have a fan page too?” So, I create a fan page for my direct sales business (A Finishing Touch). Well, this was great BUT who the heck was going to see my fan page?
As, I continued to creep FB, I came upon the different groups however, these groups were really about bringing different hobbyist together. Well, of course, I decided to create my own group called “Home Based Businesses”. I loved the idea that I could bring different business owners together where we could network online. Now, at this point, I had to laugh to myself because I didn’t know any other business owners (I came from the corporate world, then a stay-at-home mom, so didn’t really know what an entrepreneur was or even running my own business). So, what I thought I would do is a post on the different City Fan Pages, calling all other business owners to join me in my group. I created a post and copied and pasted it onto a TON of different Fan Pages and guess what happened? I went into FB Jail lol, yep, I was considered a spammer, my first real FB lesson.
Fast forward a couple of years and I built a very successful group where we brought 5,000 business owners together to network, to learn, to be inspired (I had different questions and topics I would post every day to get people talking), to promote their business (I have since closed down the group). It was really awesome and it led me to building a successful direct sales business until the doors of the company were closed 6 years later.
Throughout this journey, one of the things that was happening was the different business owners I was meeting, started reaching out and asking me to teach them what I was doing on FB to build my business. Funny, as I had never really thought about what I was doing, I was just using my time on FB to talk to people. I launched my FB business “I was a FB Nobody” 6 years ago.
I started out doing group training sessions, traveling from one city to another, and teaching business owners the importance of privacy, their news feed, their personal timeline, groups and of course, their business page. I absolutely LOVED doing this, LOVED teaching others, LOVED watching them grow their business.
As I did more and more training sessions (I trained over 600 different business owners), and overwhelmed some owners, I was now receiving requests to manage their business pages for them. My next step was now adding Business Page Management to my growing Facebook business.
I continued to grow from many different aspects, which allowed me to add more elements to my business, including speaking engagements (one of my all time favourite things to do). It also taught me about understanding my true value, that I was worth something, that I had knowledge that people wanted to learn from, to absorb, to be mentored.
I decided to rebrand and launch my NEW business as Tammy Hudgin – Creating Your Presence. This was so perfect as I had been creating my presence since I started working FB way back when. It is ultimately what I have been teaching other business owners to do for themselves.
These past 6 years have seen me take different steps BUT always steps forward. I continue to add more to what I can offer based on all my own personal experience, because if I don’t do the work myself, then how can I ask others to do it?
I have learned many things about myself and FINALLY give myself the credit that I deserve. I have worked very hard to get where I am and can honestly say, that I am truly happy with where my business is. I am always looking to grow and will continue to do so, because I am not ready to say “sorry I can’t take anymore clients.”
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