Five Minutes with: Wendy Nipper

June 27, 2013 

With deep roots in eastern Wake, Wendy Nipper says working at home can be tough but it pays off when you want to be there for children

Q: Those who know you know that you have always strived to work from home because you have wanted to have more interaction with your daughter. Why has that been important to you and has it been difficult?

“My husband and I decided early on that this was a priority for us. I was one of those latchkey kids and I grew up coming home after school and there wasn’t always adult supervision. Let’s just say I was not always the best behaved middle schooler and, well, I got in trouble. My husband and I didn’t want that for our daughter so I have always tried to work from home but it has not always been easy.”

Q: What are some of the jobs you have had?

Before I decided to work from home, I worked in mental health so one of the first things I did from home was a business that provided companion care for the elderly. It was a very small business. I have also helped my aunt with a business she runs from her home called Joel Trucking Inc. I have recently joined a company called MatchRatePlus that helps businesses that receive credit card payments receive rebates. I am really excited about that. I am also thinking about becoming an Intuitive Eating trainer. I found out about Intuitive Eating from a friend who is a coach and I lost 60 pounds. It really works. It is all about listening to your body. It is about being aware of mindless, boredom eating, and knowing when you overeat. It is not about good food or bad food. I had failed at a bunch of other diets but this worked.”

Q: So do you think working from home has created a stronger bond with your daughter?

“Definitely. I pick her up after school and this is our time. We talk about her day. We can come home and I can talk to her about her day. We just got a new puppy after losing a dog we had had for 16 years so we enjoy playing with the puppy. She is a Girl Scout and I take her to the meetings and help out there too. We are very close. And my husband and I are very close. We are best friends and we have been friends since high school.”

Q: How did you meet?

“Well, my family moved to Knightdale from Burlington when I was about to start third grade. I grew up in Knightdale and I met my husband at East Wake High. We were friends and used to talk a lot, and then we started dating. After we got married, we moved to Wendell and lived there for a while. After our daughter was born, we looked for a larger home and we moved to Zebulon. We have been married 14 years. We love this area and would not want to live anywhere else. I think it is neat I have lived in Knightdale, Wendell and now Zebulon. I have stayed within the little eastern Wake triangle.”

Q: What do you do with your family for fun?

“We love to camp. We have a camping crew and we take other members of our family. I love to read and I also love to bake. I make this type of dessert that people just love and I have people tell me all the time that I should start selling it. Maybe I will make those and sell those from my home too (laughing).”

Q: What advice would you give someone who wants to work from their home?

‘I would say stick your toe in first before you decide to jump in. Find out about the company. Google it, research it, and make sure it is reputable. If a company is asking you to pay up front, then watch out and make sure you never pay out of your pocket for any job. And if a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many of the stay-at-home-jobs are sales, and sales take quite a bit of time management. You have to really be structured. Sales are not for everyone, but you do hear of those who are doing well selling Pampered Chef and you see the Mary Kay ladies driving around in those pink Cadillacs but it takes a lot of self-discipline.”

Q: What would others, including those who already know you, find surprising to know about you?

“Well, my name is interesting. When my dad was growing up, his favorite cartoon was Casper the Friendly Ghost and there was a Wendy the witch on it. He liked the name and said if he had a daughter, he would name her Wendy. But my mom thought Wendy sounded like a nickname that was short for something so she named me Wendeline (rhymes with Gwendolyn). Yes, I had some interesting hippie parents (laughing).”

Correspondent Dena Coward

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