“Find your interest or passion and you can
write about it!” ~Kim Hageman
The Work She Loves:
Owner Surviving Oshkosh and Hageman Consulting, LLC
Kim Hageman, lives in Oshkosh after transplanting from Baltimore, MD over 10 years ago. She has found Oshkosh to be a remarkably easy city to live in, full of interesting things to see, do and get involved in. She believes that in order to “survive” anywhere, it is important to keep trying new things and visualize where you are with fresh eyes. Surviving Oshkosh is a positive blog to encourage everyone to find something new in their own town and do it, shop it or visit it! It is published every Monday through Friday morning.
In addition to Surviving Oshkosh-the blog, she will begin writing a weekly Surviving Oshkosh column for the Sunday Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper. In addition to her current list of social media maintenance clients and the content writing she does for other blogs, Kim tries to be a decent stay-at-home mom, providing the family with nutritional meals and a house clean enough to be safe (smile).
How did you discover your current position?
I knew that I needed to start thinking about what I would do when my daughter graduated in 5 years. I also care for my 88 year old mother, so traditional employment is not a good fit for me right now. After reading the “Digital Moms Handbook”, I thought I’d give blogging a try. Six months later, I have developed a nice local following and a paid social media/writing client base. I can meet all of my client’s needs during times best suited for my family.
What was the path you took to get you where you are today?
I have always written, whether in my former places of employment or for personal enjoyment. I will never forget my first grade teacher putting her hand on my shoulder and saying in my ear “I think you might be a writer one day.” I was thrilled and never forgot it!
Was there any one person or situation that has helped you along your way?
My husband is just amazing! He has allowed me the freedom to create, learn, grow and fail for almost 18 years. If I am anything in this world, it is because of his faith and love.
What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love to tell stories and meet people. Somehow, I have managed to create a job where I do both. It is wonderful to be able to share the optimistic, hard-working, diligent spirit of Oshkosh through the blog.
What have you found to be the most challenging?
In order to post 5 days a week, you have to generate the content to do it. That content must be genuine, not just noise. This means I am out every day meeting with people and writing at night after the family has been cared for. It’s hard to balance so much.
Though you make it look easy, what is the biggest personal sacrifice you’ve made because of your job?
For many years, when my daughter was younger, she was accustomed to my undivided dedication, because I did not work outside the home. With this new enterprise, the attention is no longer undivided. I believe the timing was right, but it is still hard for her to know that Mom has to write and she has to help with laundry. No, she won’t die (lol), but you know what I mean. You always want to do what is best.
What are the top lessons you have learned about life and/or business that sticks with you?
1. Be a part of the solution 2. Figure out how to make “yes” work 3. Most people are really nice!
What would you say are the rules you live by?
Get 8 hours of sleep regardless!! Nothing productive comes out of being tired.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for work at home moms today, particularly those in your industry?
Goodness, I must say, the laundry is really killing me right about now. It’s usually that sort of thing. Do I clean out the hall closet before everything falls out on my head, or just avoid that closet, get the writing done for my client and go to bed at a decent time. I thought when I started out, credibility or how long I’d been out of the workplace would be the biggest hurdle, but those have not been issues. Laundry has.
What advice do you have for other work at home moms who want to be in your industry?
You can tailor this type of career to you own personal interests and time requirements. I started the blog about my local area because that was interesting to me. Now, I am writing for a marketing firm that supports local businesses, a local non-profit and our local paper. Find your interest or passion and you can write about it!