Calling All Moms!
How one mom’s desire to work-from-home led to a successful home-based business
To describe Cindy Riley as a giving person is an understatement. After all, she is the adoptive mother of four children, two of whom have special needs. She also gave 15 years of her life to corporate America without getting much in return. Cindy gave as much of her time and attention to her children as she could, but didn’t feel it was enough as she struggled as a single mom after her husband passed away. Then, in 2012, Cindy started her own business that finally gave her something back – her life.
“The idea of working in an office, commuting every day and having to rely on day care and babysitters was not what I wanted for my life or my kids’ lives. I wanted a legitimate work-at-home business opportunity that would allow me to schedule work around life and not the other way around.”
Cindy had heard about Arise from a friend, and the rest as they say, is history. Arise Independent Business Owners, like Cindy, enjoy the flexibility of earning a living while working from home, scheduling when they want to work, and being their own boss.
Becoming an Independent Business in the Arise Network
Cindy launched her business, KahlCenter, LLC, in 2012 after meeting her now partner, Hans Kahl. The two knew they wanted to start their own business but without the high overhead costs or difficulty. The Arise Network offered the perfect opportunity. Once Cindy and Hans established their own company, they were able to join the Arise Network of Independent Businesses and enjoy all the infrastructure, resources and support that the business-to-business partnership provides.
Cindy was able to schedule her work at her discretion so that she could enjoy the flexibility of staying at home and taking care of her children. “I wanted to bring harmony to my work and personal life, and Arise made that vision possible. I also knew it afforded me the opportunity to grow my business as little or as much as I wanted, the decision was all mine.”
Ultimately, Cindy and Hans decided to grow their business, and grow it did.
How Starting Her Own Business Helped Hundreds of Other Moms Work From Home
As an Independent Business Owner that in the Arise network, Cindy is able to hire fellow moms to work as Client Support Professionals, providing services to clients during intervals that fit with their schedule and lifestyle. “I love helping other moms attain the lifestyle and benefits that I’ve experienced,” said Cindy. “One of the most rewarding aspects of working as a customer support professional is that they have control over all aspects of their work – from scheduling when to work, to even having control over their own pay because it is all performance-based. They decide when they want a raise!”
Many Client Support Professionals ultimately decide they want to establish their own companies and register in the Arise network as well. “We encourage any of our Client Support Professionals if they have the desire to start their own independent business, to go for it. I enjoy being a mentor and role model to other moms, and to show them the tremendous growth potential and possibilities being a business owner can bring.”
Cindy and Hans’ company has more than doubled in size in the last year. They currently engage 320 Client Support Professionals, with another 180 in the process of joining. More important to them, Cindy and Hans have helped many others move on to establish their own small businesses and achieve their dreams.
Today, Cindy can’t imagine commuting anywhere beyond her home office. Yet there was a time when doing anything other than a 9 to 5 job in an office seemed equally inconceivable. Her advice to other women who want to have it all is simple: just believe.
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