When my Facebook page was suddenly all in Spanish, I knew exactly who to call – Tammy Hudgin. Tammy is our resident Facebook guru and sure enough, she was able to help me solve the problem.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Tammy and her family moved to Ontario when she was three. When she left high school, she really had no clue what she wanted to be but she knew she wanted to work. She landed a position with Bombardier and in 13 years worked her way up the ranks from admin assistant to program manager.
“It was like my education, explains Tammy, and I learned every aspect of the business. “ Every job move, and there were 13 of them, provided Tammy with new experiences and opportunities, and she had mentors who guided her along the way.
But there came a point when she got bored, there was nothing new on the horizon and she missed her children who were 5 and 3 at the time. So she left. Now financially she couldn’t afford not to be working at all, and she started working for a friend who owned a truck and trailer business. Working three days a week, Tammy ran her office.
Then she took two years off, not working at all, but when her children were at school, she started to drive a school bus. “It worked well at that time in my life, and I got to go on school trips with my kids.”
It was when Tammy got into direct sales, first with Partylite, then lia sophia, that she started to learn and experiment with Facebook.
After three years, she took the plunge and started her own business, which she has been running for seven years now. And as she observed, you can’t get bored with Facebook because it is always changing!
She started off by training people how to use Facebook for their business. “I just love teaching and seeing people grasp something new that they can do.” She also teaches at Seneca College and for the past eight years, has been teaching software to international students.
Meantime, she also takes on clients to work with them individually on their Facebook needs. Often people end up contacting her because their prior “expert” had made vague promises, that Tammy knows they can’t keep. “I am too honest but I won’t lead someone astray just to make a quick sale.”
This year she hired and trained two staff to deliver some of the services, so she could focus more on bringing in more clients.
When I asked Tammy what’s next? She admitted she was really happy with the way things are right now. As long as she’s building and growing her skills, she’s content to grow the business organically.
Her advice to the new entrepreneur is to do some soul searching on what you have to offer, your skill set and then put a realistic value on your services. “So often, she observed, we under-price ourselves, especially when we start out.”
Good advice. And what Tammy has to offer her clients and students is invaluable.