One of the most challenging (and rewarding!) things about running your own business is that you have to learn so many new skills. When you hang out that shingle (virtual or brick-and-mortar) you embark on a journey that offers an education in marketing, finance, sales, technology, customer service and much more! Fortunately, there are people like Jessica Brown who make this entrepreneurial education a little smoother. They hold your hand and take some of the more technical aspects of the job off your plate. So you can concentrate on what YOU do best! Meet Featured Sister Jessica Brown
Business Name: Automation Jungle
Business Description: I run Automation Jungle where I help business owners build strategies and automate their processes through Infusionsoft applications.
Jessica’s Story: I was struggling to find a job that would fulfill my desire to do something that mattered. As a more reserved individual, it was always hard for me to understand why people didn’t show up for work to work. Why play the game only to realize none of it really mattered in the end? I guess you could say I was an accidental entrepreneur. I didn’t start out thinking this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to change the world one client at a time and run my own business. Nope. Far from it. If I’m completely honest with you, I’m about as far from an adventurous, risk taking person than anyone I know (perhaps that is because I grew up a daughter of an engineer).
Most of the readers of this blog are moms. That has been my deepest desire, so when I couldn’t find a job and started my entrepreneur journey this thought kept running through my head “When I have a family, this job will be perfect for that.” While I can’t finish this sentence saying that my desire has come true, I’m holding on to the promise that God gave in Jeremiah 29:11, when He says that He has given me hope and a plan for the future. He has already laid out the perfect plan for me and has given me the best tools (gifts) to accomplish His desire.
One day I was listening to a podcast and the speaker was talking about something called a virtual assistant. I was intrigued and wanted to know more. Once I returned home, I began to research this topic and thought yep, this is what I want to do. To make a long story short, I tried it and decided to go in a different direction. While I’m not calling it a complete failure, I am grateful for all the lessons I learned through this experience. The things I learned through this business venture, I now use in my current business, Automation Jungle.
I’ve always been an observer, which means that I’m always thinking of better ways to do something. If I can do something quicker, more efficiently, and less costly, I get a kick out of that. In my current business, I help business owners build strategies and automate their processes. I’m an idea gal who happens to love technology and automation. While not helping build marketing strategies with business owners, I manage Infusionsoft applications. I’ve found that by specializing in a particular area it makes it easier to differentiate yourself as someone who is worth the additional expense.
I’d love to be able to end this article with some profound sense of wisdom, but the only thing that pops into my head is owning a business is hard work, but the payoffs aren’t always monetary. Sometimes, the joy that you hear in your client’s voice when they get that “ah ha” moment, that is priceless. Don’t ever be afraid to use the gifts you have.
Favorite Quote: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Hobbies, interests, gifts: I enjoy being outside and have been known to enjoy the back porch a little too much : ) I’m either running, cycling, or being in a state of constant motion. When I do slow down, it is normally to read a good book, research something, help others in need, or listen to some great music.
Jessica’s Family: This one is easy. I currently am not married or have children, but I’m hoping to be a wife and mother one day!
Greatest challenge as an entrepreneur: Balancing life and business. Wanting to care for others, while still pursuing the dreams you have for your business. Some might say, I don’t have to worry about this one, but in all honesty, it’s tough to find the work/life balance in whatever life stage you are in.
Advice for other entrepreneurs: Don’t be scared to take a step back and tell your clients that your family comes first. So many of us believe that if we tell our clients this info that they will quickly look for someone else. Chances are if they are your ideal client they will understand and might even be amazed that you have priorities that you value and hold dear.
Why I love being a part of the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs: The ability to connect with other christian women who understand the importance of faith and family. I’m always amazed at who God has brought together for “such a time as this”. The area(s) we might be weak in, someone else has that strength. Always a positive when you are in business for yourself and need both accountability and accessibility to be around those who “get it.” Although, I could have joined another group that wasn’t focused on “moms,” I was drawn to Theresa’s story and her method of teaching truth.