Finding Self-Employment

Shamone Ransom is the owner of Ransom’s Recruiting w/Career Services, located in Conyers, Georgia.  Shamone has a Master’s of Business Administration and has been a human resources and general management professional for over ten years. Ransom’s Recruiting is a third party recruitment and full time employment placement organization.  In addition to the employment services, Shamone also specializes in resume writing, a skill she acquired at the end of college which led to her joining the National Résumé Writers Association.

What inspired you to enter the field you are in?
I have always loved reading, writing, communicating with diverse people, helping others and being part of the office environment.  When I personally and professionally experienced how hard it was after college to enter the workforce at entry-level positions, I knew I wanted to help others be more prepared. These passions inspired me to pursue my career and education in business administration and human resources with a focus in general management.

When and why did you start your business?
I started my business in August, 2010. I began as a Résumé Writer. I quickly learned I was not going to be set "financial free" by simply revamping résumés.  After attending a National Résumé Writers Association seminar, I discovered the opportunity to submit résumés as a 3rd Party Recruiter, colloquially known as a headhunter.  As I had already been doing this, just not being paid per placement, this was an eye opener and something that I could see myself enjoying and being successful at.  Therefore, I am Self-Employed by helping others gain employment.

What challenges have you faced in your business?
There have been two primary challenges that I have had to overcome, or rather, learn how to deal with as I still face them.  The first is financial.  Having limited financial resources when starting my business, I needed to learn how to budget correctly and maximize savings.  Cutting down bills and working from home helps keep my overhead expenses low.  The second is candidates.  I am constantly searching for people and marketing my website and services.  I can only make money if I have the right candidate for the right job.  I found I need to always be networking and meeting new people to ensure I have candidates ready for placement.

Do you market your business?
I have done all the basic steps towards marketing my business, a website, business cards, social media, Yellow Pages and Google.  I also work with University Career Services to find candidates and let them know about my services.  I am always trying to network and spread my business with word-of-mouth.

What's your schedule like, what's a typical day for you?
A typical day includes being available by phone and email between 10am-9pm. Going to work is easy as I work in my licensed home office where I take calls, respond to emails, and revamp résumés. I visit the BountyJobs marketplace for new employment opportunities and reach out to candidates as necessary.  Sprinkle in online webinars, seminars from various Membership Organizations and running errands and that fills out my schedule most week days.  Of course, the occasional break outside on the patio when weather permits is my favorite perk of working from home.

When and why did you join the NASE?
I joined the NASE August 2015. I became a NASE member because of the empowerment mission of the NASE for Small Business owners. The NASE website provided an extensive overview of the membership benefits. As a self-employed professional seeking growth, information, resources and success, it was a given to obtain membership with the NASE.

Which NASE member benefit is most important to you?
Currently, the NASE Wyndham Hotel Group Savings Program is the most important to me. Traveling the night before to hotels in order to attend career fairs and receive résumés from candidates seeking full-time employment in their career fields/industries for successful employment placements can be expensive. Traveling for work is fun! Receiving discounts for it and work makes it even better!

What’s the best thing about being self-employed?
The joy and freedom to express my personality and creativity when designing the business cards, logo, letterhead, résumés and website! I enjoy learning and doing various business aspects: banking, human resources, law, information technology, networking, attending events, sales.  Working spontaneously and creatively is something I truly enjoy.  Another thing I find attractive about self-employment is the peace of mind knowing that my ideas will be tried and implanted (since I am the boss) and even if my idea was bad or it didn’t work out the way I planned, I value the ability to make that call myself and not answer to someone else.  Of course, I also love not sitting in traffic as I work right from home.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received from a client?
The best compliment I received was from a client who told me, “You are my favorite person!”  This person was having a difficult time getting through HR tracking systems and becoming employed.  I met this person and reviewed their resume, I knew they were qualified and should easily have a job.  I revamped their résumé and coached them through an interview and one week later they received a job offer.

What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to someone starting their own business?
Create your own happiness! It is not easy running a small business, but it is also not always easy working for someone else's business.  You may have to work a little harder for yourself but it beats working for someone else and is much more fulfilling.