Alli Hill is a freelance writer, content creator, speaker, coach, and blogger. Alli provides digital writing services to clients in tech, hospitality, healthcare, marketing, travel, and eCommerce. She also coaches other freelancers to start and grow thriving one-person businesses. She lives in Georgia, USA and spends her free time hiking, kayaking, and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Thank you for joining us here at The Corporate Escapists. Please introduce yourself to our reader. They love to know about you, your passion, and how you came to find and follow your passion.
I wanted to be a writer since I was four years old. But after college, I was in survival mode and didn’t have the time, energy, or know-how to turn my passion into profit. That all changed when I was pregnant with Baby #2. I needed a career that gave me freedom, flexibility, and a better income. Since I couldn’t find the job I needed, I created it myself.
Bob Proctor once quoted ‘To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all. But to believe in the unseen is both a triumph and a blessing”. How important is it to you to have the belief within one’s self?
Belief in yourself is the only thing that will help you turn your passion into something tangible. No one is going to do it for you. You tend to believe whatever you tell yourself — whether you think you can or cannot, you’re right.
Tell us what the word “Trust” means to you?
Trust is the ultimate form of confidence. But more importantly, it’s what this confidence can do for the average business owner. When you have this peace of mind and confidence, you can gain clarity and focus around your thoughts, make better decisions, and be more productive.
What has been one of the biggest business ideas you have had and how did you have the trust and hope within yourself to implement it?
The coaching side of my business fell into my lap. Having grown a successful freelance writing business, I had lots of people asking me for my secrets. It felt only natural to turn my expertise into a revenue stream. What’s more, this has allowed me to help others while also building credibility around my entire brand.
Running your own business can be scary. Success requires moments of trust and hope to push through to the next level. Tell us one of the moments you have had to push through to take your business to the next level?
When the pandemic hit in March 2020, other businesses closed. Mine grew. I had to think fast to keep serving my customers and avoid turning down business. I had to have a heaping amount of trust to hire some help and make sure they could take care of my clients as well as I do. It was a move that’s still paying off today — my team is growing, I’m able to serve more customers, and my revenue is growing.
What is your favourite quote about trust and hope?
Trust is the most expensive thing in the world. It takes years to earn but just seconds to lose.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?
Start small — it’s easier to make $1 than it is to make $1 million. Once you know you can make $1, use what you learned (and earned) to keep it going. Also, build a network before you need it. You never know where your next opportunity will come from.