When were you “bitten” by the entrepreneurial bug?
I remember finishing my Master’s program in Organizational Development and feeling confused about my career. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I wasn’t sure how my “book smarts” would transfer into a viable career. At that moment I decided to become a career advisor and leadership consultant. Over the years I grew my solo-preneurial venture into a full service career concierge firm.
What’s been the hardest part about starting your own business as a millennial entrepreneur?
The hardest part about starting your own business is transitioning during periods of growth. When you start out it’s only you, but as the business grows you have to strategically bring on more help and manage growth while maintaining the quality of your service. That was hardest for us.
What resources have you found helpful in blazing your own trail?
My network! During the second year we were open I started to really take LinkedIn seriously. I updated my profile and started to actively network. That year, all of our clients came from LinkedIn or colleague referrals. I learned quickly how valuable my network was.
Who’s your entrepreneurial hero?
Right now, Daymond John is my entrepreneurial hero. Every time I see him on Shark Tank I’m reminded of how important it is to provide a quality service/product and create a thriving brand. He is the master of reinvention and his career path has inspired me to keep my eye on the “branding” prize.
What advice do you have for today’s aspiring entrepreneurs?
One piece of advice that I have for today’s aspiring entrepreneurs is not to seek validation from others about your product, service, or idea. My closest friends and family were the least supportive when I first started out. Aspiring entrepreneurs must be laser focused on getting their business off the ground, with or without the support of others.
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