Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Cell.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Erin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After spending entirely too many years in corporate America & going through some major personal losses, I decided something needed to change in my life. I did NOT want to end up feeling like I wasted my life working for someone else & being treated poorly.
So, I quit my corporate job & bought a ticket for Europe for six weeks by myself. This was my first time over the pond & I went alone — it was the BEST thing I have ever done in my life. I was terrified the first week, but once I found my groove, I could have stayed there forever. If you haven’t done something that scares the crap out of you — DO IT!
My plan was to come back & work for a friend of mine in telecommunications sales. I did that for a few months & realized it wasn’t my thing & decided I needed to start my own business. I had been volunteering for a non-profit organization (Pancan.org) as their social media coordinator & my background is in marketing. I’ve got an undergrad & MBA in marketing. I thought maybe it was time to put all of that schooling to use.
That is when I founded my company “Socially Powered” in May of 2014. I got the website and social media platforms set-up & then did my first post on Facebook announcing my new business. Almost immediately someone responded they needed help & just like that I had my very first client!
Since starting the business it has grown and changed over the years. I primarily focus on helping companies with their social media strategy, event promotion and produce podcasts. One of my favorite parts of the business is helping business owners have that ‘aha’ moment when things click & they get it. I do that through speaking, training, and one-on-one consulting.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not a smooth road – being an entrepreneur usually isn’t. There were so many struggles & I’m sure there will be more. 🙂
I think one of the biggest struggles was realizing I couldn’t (and shouldn’t) try to do it all. I wore all of the hats in my business including trying to manage the financials. I didn’t think I had enough money to hire someone to help. However, I realized it was costing me more to not hire help.
This is truly the most important lesson I have learned in my business is to hire help early & often! If it is not your expertise then hire it out. It will take you longer & cost you more stress if you try to do it yourself.
Socially Powered – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is “Socially Powered” we help business owners “Power Up” their online business. I do this primarily through consulting, training and strategy creation. We also help with social media management if you need someone to help create and schedule content.
In the past two years, we have added podcast producer to our offering.
We also help with event promotion. I created an event here in Denver for Social Media Day 4 years ago and have figured out the best way to promote events online through the various social media platforms.
This is just another way we are able to help business owners learn about social media. The event I host is a full-day conference bringing together the top names in the social media and online marketing world to share their insights, tips, and tricks. You can join us if you are in the Denver area on October 5th at Metro State University. www.socialmediadaydenver.com
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is being able to do what I want – when I want. I knew when I started my business, it was partially because I wanted the freedom to do what I wanted.
However, I didn’t realize HOW important that would become over the years. I set my own schedule, can do my job from anywhere (as long as there is WIFI), never have someone telling me what to do or how to do it.
The biggest defining factor for me is having the ability to pay my bills, rid myself of debt, and do/go where I want.
After five years in business for myself, I can say that is exactly what I do. I travel monthly, don’t have to worry about whether or not I can afford that meal out or the concert (I really love live music and it’s not cheap). 🙂
- Address: 2301 S Marion St
Denver, CO 80210
- Website: www.sociallypowered.com
- Phone: 720 985-8335
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @sociallypowered
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sociallypowered/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SociallyPowered
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erincell/
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@photographeroflife – 2nd photo