Women in Trades: Chelsea Husum Discusses Breaking Barriers and Building Success

person-iconby Edward Parcaut calender-icon14 May, 2024

In this insightful episode of the **Inner Edison Podcast**, host Ed Parcaut is joined by construction entrepreneur and author Chelsea Husum. Together, they delve into a variety of topics surrounding the construction industry, business challenges, and personal growth through adversity.

Chelsea shares her journey from aspiring teacher and journalist to becoming a successful business owner in the male-dominated construction industry. She discusses the significant monetary risks and high insurance costs involved, as well as the critical importance of grit, organization, and surrounding oneself with experts in the industry. Chelsea emphasizes the learning curves she faced, like managing a massive budget for commercial insurance and dealing with substantial late payments.

Ed and Chelsea explore the potential for high rewards in trade jobs due to a shortage of skilled workers and encourage more women and veterans to consider careers in trades. They discuss the societal impacts of high mortgage rates, the shortage of housing, and the challenges small business owners face in today’s economic climate.

Chelsea also touches on personal challenges, sharing insights from her book, “real vibes only unapologetic confessions of a hot mess mompreneur,” which narrates her struggles and triumphs as an entrepreneur. The discussions extend to creating supportive communities for female entrepreneurs in the construction sector, possibly through mastermind groups or a dedicated podcast.

The episode wraps up with practical advice on identifying the ideal clients for one’s business and the importance of setting and realizing one’s worth, underscoring themes of resilience and entrepreneurial spirit.

This episode is a must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs, those in the construction industry, and anyone facing personal or professional hurdles, offering a mix of motivational stories and practical business advice. Tune in to soak up the wisdom and encouragement shared by Chelsea Husum as she and Ed Parcaut illuminate the paths to overcoming obstacles and achieving business success.