There are many reasons why someone in today’s age may want to transition out of a traditional nine-five job and venture into the world of home-based work. Perhaps, someone may not be interested in working for a large corporation for his or her entire life. Someone may possess a true entrepreneur’s spirit which would result in them having the desire to strike out on his or her own. Perhaps someone may desire more flexibility in his or her schedule or the ability to dictate the amount of income he or she brings in every month. Moreover, someone (like AAT‘s very own Anthony Crosby) may develop a home-based business out of a deep passion for producing something they truly believe in. Whatever a person’s motivation may be, there is often a stereotype associated with the kind of person who may choose to work for themselves; this would be the young, overeager, millennial. Though many men and women in their twenties/early thirties have gone down this career path, we’re going to talk with someone today who will prove that you don’t need to be a nineties kid to find success from home.
Today, we’re joined by Stephanie Young. Stephanie, along with her husband, Larry, work from home as representatives for ACN. ACN is a worldwide multi-level marketing company which works to provide essential services such as TV and internet, home security, merchant services, and energy. However, ACN hasn’t always been Stephanie’s occupation. Let’s find out a little bit about what Stephanie did before she became an independent business owner with ACN. “I have fifteen-twenty years’ experience in the airlines; I worked for two airlines in Denver. I started on the ramps loading planes, which was hard to get into because it was a guys’ business. Because of how the airline shift schedule worked, I didn’t spend many holidays at home when my kids were little, which was extremely difficult. I was working during nine/eleven; I didn’t go home for three days. Denver was a top security airport, and we had a lot of planes piggy banked all over the ramp which we had to check every hour. Things changed dramatically after that; it was never the same. There were some very positive aspects of working for the companies. When I was with my first airline company, Larry fell off the roof of our house, while trying to save some money by painting it himself and broke his back. He was self-employed and only worked part-time, so I became our only source of income. However, I couldn’t work because he needed help at home. So, at the time, the company allowed my coworkers to give their vacation time to me, so I could stay home and help my husband; I was able to receive four months of paid time off from the other employees. Today, I don’t think any company would allow you to do that! Eventually, I moved on, got more training, and retired with Frontier airlines (Stephanie’s second airline company) with full, lifetime benefits. The airline thing was fun for me; however, it wasn’t a big money maker. We made just over minimum wage. The upside came in from the free flight benefits; we’ve been to Europe a couple of time and all over the US. I’ve been able to take my kids on trips, my parents on trips, and we’ve not paid very much money for those.”
Stephanie, I must be honest. I’m a little jealous hearing about how you’ve been able to fly around the world for almost nothing out of your wallet! However, I’ll try and rein my envy in! So, then how did an airline worker end up living in Elko? “My husband, Larry, and I were still living in Denver. He had retired, and I was the sole income earner; we didn’t really know what we wanted to do. However, he got a call from a headhunter one day about a job opening here in Elko, and he took it! He was working for the company here for about a year and a half before retiring again, and we love it here! I can’t say enough good things about Elko. Elko has everything I need; it’s just a really cool town. We have a great place in Spring Creek with an uninterrupted view of the Ruby Mountains! We love it so much that we plan our vacations around what’s going on here in town! If something big is going on in Elko, we don’t leave!”
Well, we’re glad you and your husband love it here so much! Now, let’s talk about your business, ACN. I mentioned in the opening paragraph of this feature that there could be many different reasons why someone may want to start a home business. Usually, these reasons come from younger people looking to venture out on their own. What motivated you and Larry, a couple of retired individuals, to start working in this way? “ACN is a way for Larry and me to make extra, residual income without having to work eight to five. We have three kids, and two of them are diabetic and have been, practically, their whole lives; one of them we’ve almost lost twice. She spends a lot of time in the hospital and the ICU; it’s very scary, as a parent, not to be able to do anything for your kids. Also, unfortunately, the medical program in our country is not the best. Even though my kids are working, they need extra help; they can’t even afford to buy the medical products they need to stay alive.”
Gosh, that is a compelling motivation. As a parent myself, I understand the drive behind doing whatever we need to do to help our kids. I truly commend you and Larry for doing that, Stephanie. Do you enjoy what you wake up and do every day? What’s the upside of being a part of ACN? “There are a lot of upsides to ACN! It doesn’t matter where you are; you can work this business anywhere because all you have to do is be willing to talk with and get to know people. Our company works with services that people are already using, so it makes things easy on both sides. And, every time someone signs up for ACN selective services, the company donates to feed a child in our local area as well as raises money for the Ronald McDonald House. Everyone needs food, but a person with diabetes really needs food, so this hits home and means a lot to Larry and me.”
I can tell it truly does mean a lot to you, Stephaine; thank you for your time and for sharing your inspirational story with us, today! If anyone is interested in the services ACN offers, please feel free to contact Stephanie; she would be a wonderful person to know and work with!
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