Financial Stress Reduction Workshops
Los Angeles, California
Year started working from home: 1995
Hours per week you work: 30
Happy at home index: 1 - miserable, 10 – nirvana. 12!!!
Success at home index: 1-can’t make ends meet 10-fabulously wealthy I'm not Bill Gates but I still
consider myself a 10. Most Americans are richer than 95% of the people on the
planet and I think we all need to be thinking of ourselves in that context, which
puts us in the "fabulously wealthy" category. I describe myself as a "Zillionaire",
which in my book "Zero to Zillionaire" is "...someone who has a zillion dreams of
infinite possibility, is taking a zillion actions to make them come true, making as
many zillions of dollars as possible, making a zillion friends, doing a zillion good
deeds, taking a zillion naps and a zillion vacations, and having a zillion adventures
in a long, fun-filled life!"
What kind of business do you have at home?
I teach Financial Stress Reduction Workshops, which is an 8-week course designed
to help people make more money and have more time off for fun at the same time.
In addition, I have an active outside speaking schedule, run an on-line membership
club called the "Dolphin Club", and have written two books published by
Sourcebooks: Zero to Zillionaire (2006) and The Wealthy Spirit (2002).
What did you do before you started a home business?
I started teaching workshops as a side-line to my 13-employee bookkeeping service
business. But I quickly grew to love teaching the workshops much more than
managing employees and running a larger business.
Why did you start a home business, and why this particular business?
I bought my partners out of the bookkeeping service, and shortly thereafter the
biggest client we had left with 2 weeks notice. It was 75% of my income! I went into
debt, lost my home to foreclosure, and filed bankruptcy. Well, okay, I could live
without all that, but I loved my workshops and didn't want to give them up (even
though at the time I was the most financially stressed person in the class). I saw that
I could move that business home, that it was low overhead and all I needed was a
telephone in order to enroll participants. So that's what I did, and the business has
grown and thrived ever since. Me, too!
What was your biggest challenge in starting your home business?
At first, I believed that I was "less-than" as a home-based business on my own than
I had been as the owner of a business with an office and staff. But once I
experienced the freedom of planning my days for myself without interruptions,
saying yes or no to things just because it was what I wanted, I bloomed here and I
reveled in it! And living on the West Side of Los Angeles with all its traffic
problems - you just can't beat my commute: 12 steps.
What has been your biggest challenge staying in business?
Running a workshop business is 90% sales and marketing, and 10% delivering the
workshop. Once I made peace with the fact that the majority of my time was going
to be spent in enrollment conversations and doing PR in order to get the word out,
I was fine!
What do you love about working from home?
I'm in my pajamas right now typing this. That's one thing. On workshop days, my
day looks like this:
I put the coffee on.
People show up.
I teach them.
People go home.
I turn the coffee off.
For non-workshop days, I make phone calls (it's gold calling--not cold calling) from
9:00 am to noon. Then I eat lunch, then I take a nap. Evenings I go to a networking
group or speak someplace. Or I take the night off and go play poker.
What do you hate about it?
Not a thing. It's sometimes rather solitary, but I like that. When I want to be around
people, I go to a networking group meeting
How do you inspire or motivate yourself everyday?
I say postive affirmations every day (they're in my book "The Wealthy Spirit: Daily
Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction" and look at my "Treasure Map" or "Dream
Board". That gets my energy up and running and looking forward to creating my
How do you separate home life from your work life?
I only work when I am in my home office, or teaching the workshops in the den.
When I am not in the office, I am not working.
Where is your office in your home?
In a separate room next to my bedroom.
What is your daily routine?
Mondays: Buffer days, paperwork days, e-mails. Walk with neighbor at noon.
Teach workshop in the evening.
Tuesdays: E-mails, morning phone calls, afternoon teach class. Some evenings go to
a networking meeting.
Wednesdays: E-mails, morning phone calls, afternoon off, teach workshop in the
Thursdays: E-mails, morning phone calls, afternoon off, evening networking
Fridays: E-mails, pay bills, done by noon.
What is your biggest (or proudest) achievement so far?
I created a life I love while creating a living. And I've helped thousands of people,
through my books and workshops and speeches, to do the same. The best
achievement of my life is the life I've helped others achieve. Every time one of my
"Dolphins"* win big, it's just like it happened to me. And that expands the joy of my
life far beyond myself.
*Note: Dolphins are friendly, smiling, successful people - as opposed to Sharks who want to eat
you and Tuna who want to complain to you.
What are you working on right now to grow your business?
I've been doing a lot of PR lately -- like being on Home Office Weekly!
What advice can you give about starting a home business?
List all the rewards that don't have anything to do with money and see if you love it
enough to dedicate yourself to it. Then price your product or services so that you
make a lot of money and can take time off to enjoy life with vacations and travel.
Learn how to SELL well - selling is serving: find people that want what you have
and help them to have it.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do (or not do)?
I would have dumped the bookkeeping service and moved the workshop business
What do you do for fun when you’re not working?
I play poker. I just finished 3rd place in the Ladies No-Limit Texas Hold'em
Tournament at Commerce Casino and got paid $10,030 (it cost $1,060 to enter). I was
featured amateur of the month at www.ladiespokerassociation.com in January. I
started playing in '92 at a home game and really loved it, so started playing in the
local card rooms. This was way before the recent poker explosion on TV, so I like to
say I was playing poker when poker wasn't cool...
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HOW Profile: Chellie Campbell / Workshop Leader (Financial Stress Reduction)