When starting her business, Rebecca Barnes' goal was to highlight the arts, support charities, and promote the local economy in Prince William County. As the Publisher of Prince William Living, she's had a chance to do just that.
Barnes has created a successful platform for the Prince William County community through Prince William Living. "Success, to me, is in the eye of the beholder. At the end of the day, if I accomplish my goals, have the respect of my peers, and seek out a living to boot - I am successful."
"I couldn't begin to guess how many hours I put in. Everything I do, whether personal or business, is focused and goal oriented. If I am awake, I am working, thinking, planning. Even resting or playing is part of work overall because it is what keeps me going."
Describe yourself in three words:
Servant, teacher, friend.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I have been told I hold the distinct honor of being the only person to win the PW Chamber business of the year award three times. Being the Chair of the Chamber was a huge privilege as well. However, I think my greatest professional achievement was my involvement with Leadership Prince William. Seeing something go from task force stage, all the way through to reality, and knowing how many lives it has and will continue to touch, is very satisfying.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
To create as many new opportunities for Prince William Living as possible, so we can continue our work. Our contributors have such unique and wonderful ideas, that it makes everyday a new exciting adventure!
How does your company stay connected through social media? https://www.facebook.com/PrinceWilliamLiving
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Fire Marshal -- because the only thing cooler than being a firefighter is being a firefighter that gets to carry a gun.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I don't know if you ever get a perfect balance. The key is to be flexible, don't procrastinate, ask for help and know your limits.
What websites do you visit every day?
What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it in Northern Virginia?
Coke Zero - at any corner grocery store.
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia?
Wait. There is life outside Prince William County? ;)
When I am not working or with my family, I spend my time at Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department with my second family. So I would say Station 2, Station 12 and Station 14.
What is your goal for retirement?
I don't think I will ever "retire" but I will travel between PWC and Orlando Florida depending on the weather. My last job will be "Philanthropist".
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Make sure there is a strong need or want for what you are doing. Just because you are good at "making widgets" doesn't mean people will beat down your door to give you money for it. It also doesn't mean just because you are a good "widget maker" that you are a good business person. Have a strong business plan, a meticulous accountant and a good business lawyer.
Connect with Rebecca Barnes
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
via twitter: @pwliving
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Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.