I am Sorilbran, an Atlanta-based mother, writer, and publisher. The idea for this community and the Wily Mompreneur series of how-to products for women actually began floating around in my mind more than 20 years ago. Back then, I was more focused on life skills – helping other women find the intestinal fortitude to navigate life’s challenges.

But my focus changed a few years ago. Let me take you back.

At the end of 2007, the Detroit economy was tanking right along with the economy where you live.  The window installation business in which I was a partner with my ex-husband was slowing down for the winter and my family and team members and I were preparing for a long, snowy season.

A few days before Christmas, hubby asked for a divorce. It wasn’t unexpected and it wasn’t unwanted. So I was emotionally prepared for it. What I wasn’t prepared for was how the down economy would wipe out the payout I was supposed to receive for my stake in the business, and how it would absolutely erase the value of the property we both owned.

Our daughters were 12 and 5 at the time, and I suddenly went from owning two businesses and a couple of properties to being on welfare.

Welfare.

“Boo hoo, boo hoo. Why didn’t you just go get a job, Sorilbran?”

Two reasons.

At that time, employers didn’t hire entrepreneurs. I’d spent the previous decade as a serial entrepreneur. Many employers saw me as unhireable. What was I to do? I had a valuable set of skills but I couldn’t convince anyone I would stay with their company.

(Totally understandable. Training and then losing a good employee is costly.)

Also, Detroit was a blue collar town back then, not the Tech Town it is now. Many Detroiters worked for the auto manufacturers, who were were laying off staff left and right. With tens of thousands of former Big Three employees out of work, every open position had 100 people or more vying for it. I had to find something else to do. And fast.

In 2010, I discovered Elance (now Upwork) and started working as a virtual assistant for companies all over the world. That’s also the time I started writing professionally. I always wanted to be a writer. In 2010, I decided to find out if that was really an option for me.

My first writing gig was with a boutique marketing firm and SEO company in Maine.

Anyway, I got really good at figuring out how to write proposals that got me jobs. My conversion rate was about 25%, meaning 1 in 4 clients I approached hired me. I went from earning nothing at all and being on welfare to no longer qualifying for welfare.

Score!

In the years since then, I’ve honed my skills and switched exclusively to writing. I’ve ghostwritten more than 40 books and written thousands of articles for magazines, websites, entrepreneurs and public figures.

Since I took my first writing job years ago, I have advised countless other women who were also struggling to find their financial footing of different ways to make money online.

Life can be stressful when you’re under-earning. Bills, bills, bills and no money coming in.

I know what it is to eat a Power Bar for dinner, or a cup of warm corn from Walmart for 45 cents. I know what it’s like to have to skip meals so there’s enough food for my daughters to eat.

I know what it’s like to have the lights turned off and the car repossessed. I also know what it’s like to claw your way back from obscurity and poverty and start building your life the way you want it to be, brick by brick.

Here’s some real talk about life: It doesn’t matter how smart or how dumb you think you are. Smart folks and dumb folks can both land in the gutter, laying side by side, if they try to amble through life without a plan.

The smart folks may find a way to game the system a little longer, but when the dust settles, mental and financial poverty are still going to be waiting.

We need strategy. We need instruction. We need a playbook. That’s what I offer here on this blog.

So, if you’re looking to change your life and you want somebody to give you some actionable strategies that will help you do just that, I’ve got your back.

Let’s get to work. Together.