In this interview, Samantha shares her story of leaving a well-paying corporate job to pursue her dream of being an entrepreneur. She explains how she was able to build a successful business that feeds her soul, and allows her the flexibility to raise her kids, build community, stay active in her church, tend to her marriage, all while running her business. This interview was close to my heart, as Sam is my cousin and we have both been in the insurance industry.
Sam's story is one many professional women can relate to. She was climbing the corporate ladder and doing very well financially. However, it came a steep cost and that was time away from her family. There was a moment at my grandfather's funeral (her great uncle) that changed her direction and life. Sam and her husband decided to make a massive change and build a business. This was a decision reached over her deep prayers and faith, and involved her husband Rob and kids. She left that high paying corporate job and started an independent insurance agency with Goosehead Insurance.
The timing of starting the agency also came at a difficult time. Within the first 6 months of starting her business, there was a major medical issue with her daughter and a global pandemic. Not the optimal time to start a new venture. In typical fashion, Sam moved forward with commitment, passion and her deep faith.
Sam shares some of the lessons and benefits that she was gained over the first three years in business. There are challenges and moments of joy. Rob switched from his stay at home dad responsibilities and went back into his profession of trucking. Rob and Sam set the goal that Rob would be able to able the agency in 3 years. They accomplished this. The importance of prayer, community, meditation and family support comes through in her actions and results.
Sam continues to share her wisdom, faith and infectious smile with so many. She started the "Wherever You Go" podcast. You can find her online at https://www.goosehead.com/agents/pa/saxonburg/samantha-bauer/