Soul Sister Scoop with design & interior decorator: Erin Condron

Today we chat with Soul Sister: Erin Condron from Erin Condron Interiors. Erin tells us all about her journey from social worker to owner of her own business, her doubts, challenges and big wins!

I first noticed Erin in my Pilates classes at Equinox, she would come religiously every Saturday morning. My first real encounter with Erin was the day of my Dad’s passing. I was in a state of shock and she was so incredibly sweet and helped me get home from the gym. Little did I know that Erin would later become such an amazing resource of business referrals, insight and more. She’s also the first person that signed up for my Soul Sister Series Mastermind! Be sure to read how you can join her here.

Erin is beautiful inside and out. Her work is gorgeous and this lady’s business is going places fast!

Read and prepare to be inspired:

Hanneke: How did you get interested in the organizer/design space?
Erin: I was living in in New York working as a social worker. It was incredibly satisfying work that was also incredibly draining. I needed a change and wanted to get back home to Boston. I had worked with a college professor part time while in NY doing some organizing for her and her family. So I finally decided to take the chance and I moved back to Boston and started my organizing business. This allowed me into my clients homes, to see how they lived and learn what they wanted out of their lifestyle. I always had an interest and eye for decorating and design, so the interior decorating business seemed a natural evolution for me and my business.

H: What finally made you take the big leap from part time organizer to starting Erin Condron Interiors?
E:  I liked the organizing business, it was satisfying. I was offering solutions to my clients, often during some really stressful times-moving days are never fun. But I had this thought that if I blend my eye for decorating/design with my skills in project management, I could translate my success into interior decorating. That sounds good now but it was SCARY at the beginning. I had a million questions….Could I make it work? Would I find enough clients? Would I disappoint the clients I was already working with? All the fears I am sure most entrepreneurs have when they are considering something new. But I finally made the “big leap” and am so happy I did!

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H: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from working for yourself?
E: The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is not to be afraid to ask for help. There is this whole community of people out there who are willing to help you, guide you, advise you. When you work for yourself you have to reach out and build a community of people who can help you and support you.

 

H: What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far?
E: My biggest accomplishment so far is doubling my sales goal in my first year! I’ve met a ton of really interesting people and had a lot of fun taking some risks on the design side to provide my clients the look they wanted. And even better were the times when we created a style my clients didn’t even know they wanted until we worked together to find that signature look, their signature look!

 

H: What do you love most about your job?
E: I love the people that I work for and with. They are simply AWESOME individuals and families! When I enter their home I am reminded how special their space is, it is a place where really wonderful memories are made. I never take that for granted. I feel special that they invite me to work in their home and create spaces for more happy memories.

Introducing the Soul Sister Series: The scoop from women who succeeded in career & life transitions.

I’m so super stoked about today’s entry. It’s been in the works for months, and today it’s here and ready for you. Starting this month I’ll be running this series every last Tuesday of the month.

As you know, my main focus as a life coach is to support you while you navigate career and life transitions. I am here to help you build a career that lines up with your ultimate definition of success so you can take action and start your own business or get that next big promotion.

As extra inspiration, I’m launching the Soul Sister Series, a new monthly Q&A feature with amazing women who have already gone through these transitions. I hope their success stories will motivate you to start achieving your own.


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We kick off the series with Kristin Quinn, who writes the Boston-based blog Misadventures in Mommyhood, which has led to TV appearances. In addition to Kristin’s interesting thoughts, we thought we’d make it even more fun and give you a chance to win a copy of Kristin’s book. So make sure you read all the way to the end to see how you can win.

For those of you considering starting your own blog or improving the one you already have, Kristin is going to give us a few tips and honest truths about running your own business as a blogger.

Hanneke: What made you decide to start your blog?
Kristin: About a month into nursing my first child, I started writing down all of the funny thoughts that would come to me in the middle of the night. That “journal” turned into my first-ever blog entry, “Tales From the Boob.”

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H: Did you ever think you’d turn it into your full-time job?
K: Not right off the bat. It was more of a way to document my navigation through new mommyhood. I didn’t want to forget a thing, and I wanted other new moms to know they weren’t alone. I have a background in baby-product marketing, and as time went on, I realized I could make a business out of it!

H: What’s the best tip you’d give someone who’s wanting to start a blog?
K: Have something interesting to say and then say it. It’s really as simple as that. People want to read about real-life experiences from your own voice. And don’t hold back! The entertainment value comes from the brutal honesty.

H: What’s been the hardest thing about working for yourself?
K: Knowing when to put down my work. When I had a job in an office, the boundaries were there. The hours were set in stone. Now there is no end time. My work is always right there, staring me in the face and waiting for me to finish. It doesn’t matter if it’s Saturday at 3 p.m. or Monday at 9 a.m. There are deadlines and new opportunities always popping up.

H: What’s been you biggest accomplishment so far?
K: My children, 100 percent. I put everything into raising them. I want to provide the right balance of letting them figure things out on their own and guiding them the best I can. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had – and the best. The second biggest accomplishment I would say is my TV appearances lately. I never, ever thought I would gain that type of recognition. It feels really good to have someone trust you to represent their product or brand on TV to a larger audience.

To enter and stand a chance to win Kristin’s book – we’d like to hear from you: Are you toying with the idea of starting a blog? What’s the main thing that’s stopping you from doing it? Tell us in the comment section below to be entered and be sure to follow Kristin’s blog here. Winners will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday April 1st so head on over!

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