Rachel Campos is the founder and CEO of Stylus Marketing, a specialized boutique consulting company offering B2B project management, marketing and design services. Their focus is on their clients and their priorities, supporting them to achieve their goals. Stylus delivers end-to-end support from strategy to execution.
We asked Rachel to tell the Tribute community a bit more about her, and why she choose to leave the rat race to start her own company.
How old are you? 34
Where were you raised? Olympia, Washington. Yes, an actual native to this area.
What you want to be known for? I want to be known for following my own path whether mainstream or not.
What made you decide to start your venture? Tell us about YOUR WHY. It started because of freedom. That, and a good kick in the ass from my husband. At the time I was working for a company where I fought to become a manager only to find that it didn’t give me any more influence up or down. I craved work where I determined my days. At the time I wanted the freedom to be physically located anywhere in the world and today it’s the freedom to pick up my kids from school. Oh, how priorities change... I wanted and still fight for everyday a life, the opportunity to create my life balance.
Did you leave a cozy Corporate job? Or start a side hustle? I simply left my salaried, complete with benefits and safety net job. Financially it was a good moment for me to take that leap, knowing that I could always go back and get a day job.
What inspires you to keep going when the going gets tough? My husband, who is my partner in all aspects of life and the person that pushes me forward (many times with my heels digging into the ground) and truly believing that I can ALWAYS do more, there is always another way, another solution.
And finally, we asked Rachel to answer these three questions.
My favorite self-care routine is... Honestly, I LOVE going to bed early (we are talking 8:30pm) followed by waking up early for a quiet workout before anyone else in my house is awake and needing something from me. Well that and a glass of wine at 5pm (AKA crazy hour in my house).
The last book I read was …. The Little Breton Bistro.
My best advice to fellow female founder is… Ask for what you want. The old saying “It never hurts to ask” is so true! Of course, you need to be prepared to hear no. Early in my career I realized that I was being paid less than people who were working under me, had fewer vacation days, worked longer hours and was bringing in most of the revenue for the company. With all of this in front of me, I had never actually asked for more. I worked hard and thought, my time will come. The reality, it won’t, unless YOU ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT.
You can learn more about Rachel and Stylus Marketing by visiting their website, or by contacting Rachel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.