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.

Soul Sister Scoop: Q & A with My Pilates with Purpose Partner-in-crime.

Today we feature a very special lady: Kristen Scanlon. Kristen is an attorney who started her own business, specializing in Alcoholic Beverages, Food & Entertainment Licensing, Zoning, Permitting and Land Use Development. She’s also my Pilates with Purpose partner-in-crime. I first met Kristen in my Pilates classes a few years back. We quickly realized that we had a lot in common and were both trying to grow our respective businesses. In September 2014 we started the philanthropic networking event: Pilates with Purpose.

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Today Kristen’s shares some of her wins and challenges of working for herself with us.
 
Hanneke: What was the scariest part about leaving the formal law firm setting?
Kristen: It’s a tie between 1) not knowing how or when I’d get clients and 2) realizing that every decision now rose and fell on me. It was very nerve-racking to go out on my own and led to a lot of sleepless nights trying to figure it all out at once!
 
H: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about working for yourself?
K: I’ve been able to gain clarity on my strengths and weaknesses really quickly. There isn’t a ton of room for ignoring weaknesses! For instance, I’ve gotten a lot better at time management and organizing my day because I have to. There is no choice. I have to fit it all in and make my schedule work for me, for my clients and for the growth of my business. It’s different from working in a firm and being told where to be and what to do all the time.
 
H: What’s been the most rewarding part of working for yourself?
K: Successfully completing a task or approval process for a client and knowing I made it happen, not a partner above me in a big firm. Also, being able to build my own relationships directly with clients and the community because a lot of what I do depends on the input of the community.
 
H: Where do you see your business in 5 years?
K: I like that meme that says: “5 year plan: not looking at price tags when I’m shopping.” haha. Maybe with a few employees, I’m really not sure to be honest. I just take it one day at a time with the hopes that the decisions I make have potential to turn into something greater in the future. It’s kind of like a long game of chess. But ultimately I want to be successful in the industry that I’m in.
 
H: What advice would you like to give others who are thinking of starting their own business? K: Be very clear on the mission of your business. Never be too proud to accept help when it’s offered. Make sure you’ve got the personality and intestinal fortitude to really take a stab at it alone.

 


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Go from sole sister and flying solo in business to a supported soul sister in my Soul Sister Series: A mastermind for sole proprietors & entrepreneurs.

This series is perfect for you if you’re a passionate business lady who absolutely love what you do, but lately you’ve been feeling:

  • Isolated and overwhelmed and wish you had someone to bounce ideas off of.
  • You’ve hit a ceiling and can’t seem to figure out how to take your business to that next level
  • You feel like you’re missing something and you’re stuck.

A little background about me: I am Hanneke – a certified Life Coach and I am here to help you grow your business with my Soul Sister Series. My Mastermind series has been designed to help you grow your business and take it to the next level. Before we get there:

I used to work as a money broker for 4 years before I started my own Pilates with Hanneke business in 2011. I quickly grew it to an award winning brand. Today I still teach Pilates and also have 6 workout videos available for download online, co-founded Pilates with Purpose, the philanthropic networking event to empower women in business and run my own coaching practice.

I have also worked with different coaches to help me grow and succeed and take regular continuing education courses to serve my clients at the highest level.

Now I’m here to help you grow and succeed in your business with my Soul Sister Series.

Who is this mastermind for:
Women entrepreneurs who have been in business for 2 + years and want to grow their business to the next level.

Benefits of joining this Mastermind Group:

  • Help grow your business with expert advice
  • Support from like-minded women who are going through the same wins and challenges as yourself
  • Find the inspiration and motivation you need to grow your business.
  • Gain perspective and find new ways to take your business to the next level.
  • Accountability partners at your fingertips ready to serve and help you overcome any challenge you may have.

If you’re interested in participating in a program like this, please take this quick 2min survey here. Also feel free to contact me at hannekeantonelli@gmail.com if you have any questions, comments or feedback. Thank you! Please note that if you don’t live in Boston or these times don’t work for you – I will also be offering this mastermind via Skype! Email me if you’re interested.