Fran, what kind of business do you run from home?

Fran Harris Enterprises is a multimedia and consulting company. I have a
film/television production company. I also have a business development and
coaching arm where we work with entrepreneurs and companies to improve their
human and profit bottom lines.

What did you do before you started a home business?

Since I was so young when I started my first business, I suppose I was playing

What was your biggest challenge in starting your home business?

Money. I didn't know where I'd get the money to get the ice, syrup, cups and cooler
so I got an advance from my mother!

What has been your biggest challenge staying in business?

As an adult, I'd have to say focus as I'm like the woman with so many shoes she
didn't know what to do - I have so many ideas, million and billion dollar ideas, that
sometimes it's a bit overwhelming but that's why outsourcing has becoming my
secret weapon. I don't have to execute all of my ideas -- I can get someone else to do
it. I'm a great visionary but I don't always need to be the executor of my ideas.

What do you love about working from home?

Comfort. I work in my workout clothes on most days. I can hop in the shower at
night and put on my jammies and work for a few more hours.

What do you dislike about it?

Wherever I am, there it is. There's always another idea to hatch. Always an email to
answer. Always a website to surf. So, it's hard to turn it off sometimes -- and when
you love what you do, it's even harder.

How do you do to inspire or motivate yourself everyday?

Freedom is the ultimate aphrodisiac for me. What drives me every single day is
knowing that I have complete personal and financial freedom. I can look at my
calendar on Jan 1 of each year, decide how many days I "want" to work and know
pretty much what my income will be for the year. It's great being an entrepreneur.

How do you separate home life from your work life?

Well, I'm inspired by great ideas. So, sometimes I'll be having some personal time
with a friend and they'll say something that spawns a new idea and my wheels will
just start turning. My friends will say, "We've lost her. She's already written a
mental business plan about something I said!" They bear with me, I'm sure. I love
down time and I vacation really well, when I take them. Honestly, it's hard to
distinguish what I do from a vacation because my work is very easy because it's my
passion and my love.

How do you keep family/home/work all in balance?

I schedule balance into my life otherwise it doesn't happen. So, I put a manicure,
lunch with my Dad, volunteer time and other things into the calendar or else my life
would be pretty unidimensional.

Where is your office in your home?

In front of a window downstairs where I get lots of sunlight. Very close to the
kitchen, I just realized :-)

What is your daily routine?

Up by 7 or 8 a.m. for quick quiet time or meditation, out the door to run, breakfast,
phone conference with virtual teams, lunch, coaching clients, dinner, admin,
Internet time, bed...

What is your biggest (or proudest) achievement so far?

Taking seven years off from elite level basketball and then beating out more than
200 women for 1 of 2 spots on the Houston Comets' first WNBA championship team
in 1997. It was also the inaugural year of the league, which makes it even more

What are you working on right now to grow your business?

I'm turning my attention to launching a few television shows. I'm also developing
an online education model and some online TV networks. And this fall we'll launch
my coaching certification program.

What advice can you give about starting a home business?

Do what you love and love what you do. Never forget that when you love what you
do, motivation's never an issue. Also, overestimate your expenses and
underestimate your revenues.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do (or not do)?

I'd have more fun as a college basketball player. I was waaaaaay too serious. It's a
game! I'd take more risks on the court to test my limits a bit more.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working?

I'm always working! I love movies and art, so I'm usually involved in something
highly creative. I love to work out so if I'm not at my computer or at an event, I can
be found running around the lake near my house or at the gym spinning.

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Fran Harris Enterprises, LLC
Los Angeles, CA & Dallas, TX

Year  started home business:
1974 - I was 9 when I started my
first business -- a snow cone stand
Hours per week you work: about 30
Happy at home index: 1 - miserable, 10 – nirvana. - NIRVANA squared
Success at home index: 1-starving, 10-fabulously wealthy - 8 - financially free
and always hungry for more prosperity
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