May 1, 2004
When Kathy Sweeney, Arizona-based certified
professional resume writer and employment consultant, found out
about the 2004 Ruby Slipper Award, she did not hesitate to apply.
After all, the national award was specifically designed to acknowledge
the significant contributions of home-based businesses like hers.
"I wanted to apply because I believe that
home-based businesses are a prevalent force in the economy and deserved
some recognition," reflects Kathy, who started The Write Resume
in 1987. "I wanted to also share with others that you can be
successful with a home-based business that having an outside office
does not necessarily mean success."
In January of 2004, Kathy was selected by an
independent judging panel to receive the prestigious award. Janet
Drez, owner of the home-based business consulting firm A Perfect
Solution and creator of the award, presented Kathy with a hand-crafted
ruby slipper at the awards ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona, and treated
Kathy to a hot air balloon ride.
"Kathy is a shining example of all that home-based
businesses can achieve. She's made her business successful over
the long haul and balances her business with two young children,"
remarks Janet, who developed the award to reflect her belief that
"there's no place like home" for home-based business owners.
Having spent several years working outside of
the home as a Hiring Manager for two Fortune 500 companies, Kathy
wholeheartedly agrees with Janet's philosophy.
The greatest advantages to working from home
include the flexibility to work when I want, to be home with my
children, and the decrease in overhead from renting a traditional
office, comments Kathy, who conducts all of her business over the
phone or via the Internet.
But, working from home is not the only secret
behind the Ruby Slipper Award winners success. I am successful in
my business because my clients are successful.
"For me, it is not always about the money
although I have to support my family," shares Kathy. "It
is about helping others to be successful, because in the long run,
I feel that by giving my knowledge to others, they can be productive
and feel good about themselves."