This week, I had the opportunity to interview Karen Swyszcz, Founder of and business/blog strategist behind MakintheBacon.
MakintheBacon started off as a personal finance blog in 2012. In 2017, the blog transformed into a consulting services company. MakintheBacon provides insight and teaches small business owners how to use blogging and social media for their businesses.
Blogging strategy workshops are held on a quarterly basis. Sign up here to be notified about upcoming workshops within the Halton Region.
Karen is also an instructor at Sheridan College where she teaches the Blogging For Fun and Profit Course and Effective Strategies For Social Media Course.
Paolina: What has been your hardest experience dealing with your business and finance and what did you learn?
There isn’t one specific thing that stands out in my mind. Pretty much everything was tough dealing with business and finance. Everything ranging from how I can live even leaner, the unpredictable income, going from only focusing on one stream of income to trying to create multiple streams of income.
One important thing I learned was to really make the revenue-generating tasks/opportunities a priority. Everything else most likely can be rescheduled, cancelled, outsourced or delayed.
Paolina: What advice do you wish you had gotten about finance when you were first starting your business?
That you don’t have to spend money to have everything set up in the first year of business. I spent A LOT of money in my first year. I had professional photography done, my website redone, purchased a $300 online course that I am still slowly working through, hired an accountant/bookkeeper, I went to a couple of conferences – while all of these were worth it, I probably should have only chosen a couple to invest in to start. While I managed to be somewhat lean in my lifestyle (I have always been pretty frugal, even when I worked full-time), for some reason, I didn’t practice that initially when it came to my business.
Paolina: What topics would you want to learn more about when it comes to finance and your business and why?
I would love to learn about angel investing. In the next 5- 10 years, I want to be able to help entrepreneurs get their businesses of the ground so they can focus on “makin the bacon”.