Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.
Before launching my business, I worked as and still do work as an administrative assistant in a local school. And thank goodness, I do. About three years I went on retreat with 28 high school girls and it changed my life. This is where I found the next phase of my life. Each girl had a story to tell – some more difficult than others. It was then I realized my own daughter had her story to write, and I had to give her the opportunity to write it. Another reason it changed my life is because through that program I realize that in this time of my life I wasn’t making choices I was proud of and things needed to change. So through prayer, meditation and self-kindness, a new Nancy emerged.
I’ve always worked as an administrative assistant and my experience as an AA has been the foundation of my business. Before leaving my corporate career about 10 years ago, I was a corporate event planner and this, too, has given me the skills to work within deadlines, multitask, want and expect the best. All the skills I’ve learned over the years and my own personality have allowed me to move into this entrepreneurial part of my life smoothly. After I left the corporate world, I stayed home to raise my two children – my daughter is 20 (away at college) and my son is 15 (sophomore in high school involved in their musical theater program). Once they were older and money became tight, I started working full-time again. I love working there and for many reasons – the biggest reason is I work seven minutes from my house, I’m home by 3:45 p.m. each day and this allows me to earn an income while having time each day to work on my coaching business.
How did you fund your business?
This is a great question – and I’ll be honest here – by the seat of my pants. After an encounter with a young lady at a Weight Watchers meeting about two years ago, I decided I wanted to help people. This young lady was talking about how nasty her mother was being her weight – saying degrading things. Unfortunately, my mother was these same things. This girl was in her 20’s and I was in my 40’s, and I knew, at that moment, I had to help people like her from my own life experiences. I went home that day and spent the next month researching and web surfing to find some kind of job I could do to help people. I don’t have a college degree, but I certainly have life experience. And, I found coaching. Coaching is great because there is not much overhead. Money just seemed to “work out” at the time of my certification class. I am still working so I have income from that to spend. Unfortunately, I have probably spent WAY too much money on every how-to solution, every shiny new object that would bring me more clients. I fund my business by income from my job as well as from fees from my clients. It always just seems to work out. Believe there is much more I would like to do to make my business more successful, but it’s one step at a time – one new client at a time.
How many hours do you work a week and how much is spent is your home office?
I spend approximately three to four hours a day working on my business and that includes client sessions, marketing, networking etc.
How would you rate your success?
I will answer this honestly by saying at this place in my business, I am quite successful – maybe a five. I am not measuring my success by the number of clients I have because there are not as many I would like. I am measuring my success by the perserverance I have had over the past two years. I am open to learn, been patient (not all the time). My business has matured as I have. We’ve grown perfectly together. As I grow and learn, my business becomes more solid.
What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?
I think my biggest struggle as an entrepreneur is my own self-doubt – I’m not much of a risk taker and being a successful entrepreneur, you need to take risks, you need to be vulnerable. Very often, I am restricted by my comfort zone, my safety net. This is where I am absolutely a work in progress. Each day, week, month, year, I am able to take more steps out of my comfort and be able to strongly promote myself and my business.
What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?
- Got out there – stop hiding behind your computer screen. You have the knowledge; you are ready – GO FOR IT! Grab your share and have fun.
- Oh and one more thing – allow all the good stuff to happen. You are entitled to it.
How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?
Sometimes it is very overwhelming. Working full-time at two jobs can get to me, but with the help of my husband, the support of my children it all works out. I try my best to find time for myself, gotta practice what I preach, right. I ask for help. Again, I’d have to say it all seems to work out.
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