The question is not asking what is there to do, but people don’t actually know what my job is and that I’m working from Tok, not just living there. I’ve even heard of a few people who have said “Well, she doesn’t do anything but sit around the house all day. What is SHE busy with?”
So I thought I’d share with you what I actually do every day when I’m in Tok. I mean every weekday (since I’m not supposed to be working on weekends, right?)
Well, I run a global social media marketing agency that I founded originally in 2003 while still living in Wyoming. When I moved to Alaska in 2005, I got my Alaska business license to do business out of my home in Anchorage and began consulting clients in 2006 including The Foraker Group, Rasmuson Foundation, and UAA.
In January 2009, I brought on a business partner because I wanted to grow my single person consultancy into a business. This is my 3rd business that I’ve started. My business partner is based in Denver. She helped double our revenues last year. She’s brilliant! We renamed the company Conversify.
Today we have 8 core team members and another dozen ancillary consultants who we can work with on a per project basis. We work entirely virtually, and in fact, I haven’t met most of the people I work with face to face yet. They are located from Alaska to California to the UK.
Our clients still include The Foraker Group and Rasmuson Foundation but also include national and global companies and nonprofit organizations. Some of our recent clients include American Indian College Fund, Wine Sisterhood, Kasasa, and Knock Knock.
So what do I do all day?
After I take our 3-year-old to her incredible daycare provider, I am on the phone for 3-4 hours straight talking with team members, clients, potential clients, etc. On any given day I am developing social media marketing strategies for our clients. I’m also writing several blog posts for our clients or my own blogs (like this one); recording or editing podcasts (I produce several per week); manage our company’s marketing and social media efforts; keep up with my own social networking for business and still try to make time to do some pro bono work including some for Tok organizations such as Upper Tanana Imagination Library and Duct Tape Radio and Humanities Forum. I have also made donations to local organizations on behalf of my company.
This week, I’m teaching a webinar on Effective Web Sites for The Foraker Group and have to write about 10 blog posts including a new social media column I’ve been asked to start. And I have 4 podcasts to produce. And I’m writing and reviewing plans and proposals. I’m a little behind because of travel and family illnesses.
So I keep busy. And I do this all from my home office in Tok thanks to AP&T’s new faster Internet connections, my trusty MacBook, and my iPhone.
So…what do YOU do in Tok?