The Accidental Entrepreneur
This client was 7 years into a career she thought she wanted. Pursued it through a traditional path of education and a string of unhappy positions. Although she’d never wanted to start her own business, she stumbled into a new passion– graphic design, which sparked her entrepreneurial journey. She developed her skills through further training, on-the-job experience, and built a branding business on the side while working full time. Tucked some savings away for a safety net and then jumped.
This high performer knew she had the skills to do the work as a graphic designer, but struggled to balance her designer duties and her bigger vision as a business owner. Needed to identify and work out some basic business processes that were repeatable to save her time. Wanted to manage feelings of anxiety, think things through out loud, and feel connected to a mentor who had her back while she made critical decisions.
We had an initial session in person to explore her vision and aspirations. Focused on self-regulation techniques to reduce twinges of anxiety and feelings of stress. Because of her laser focus and capacity for instant implementation, we had short, focused phone sessions over a three-month period to discuss whatever issue was at the forefront that day. Everything from working with difficult clients to sorting out her schedule.
A year later, her needs changed and she sought me out again. She focused on prioritizing the multiple responsibilities in her now thriving business. Identified ways to reach financial targets and created a plan to expand her team. Used a full day in person intensive to strategize for Quarter One of 2018 and plan a whole new business level.
In a relatively short time, this client has learned and integrated a new identity as an entrepreneur. Has an outside office and a sustainable business. She is confident, knowledgeable, and committed to excellence. Is growing her reputation as a trusted advisor who helps her clients up level their branding.
With my ongoing support, she has the clarity and confidence to maintain a steady stream of her ideal clients, earn 60% more revenue than at her former “day job”, and grow her business in a sustainable, organic way.
The Jaded Consultant
After 20 years of operating his own consulting business with a focus on government organizations and not for profits, this seasoned professional had lost his zest for facilitation and strategic planning. He liked some of his clients, but others were less appealing and it was getting harder to get out there and seek more business.