Making Your Small Business the Key to Your Big Life
Can a Small Business Owner have a Big Life?
Without a doubt! I’ve not only made it work for me – I’m totally committed to making it work for YOU!
I bring more than 25 years of business experience to my platform as a Business Accountability Coach. I started in big league corporate America and adapted my expertise into success as a small business entrepreneur.
Although the path hasn't been straight and I’ve faced many detours along the way, where I find myself today is right where I'm meant to be.
Let me share some insights from my story – and what that can mean for you.
After graduating from college my only goal was getting a job with a big company. I was eager to move up the corporate ladder, and someday, to run the company. So many had gone before me I could clearly see the route.
Getting the job and moving up the ladder came easy to me, but the farther up I got, the more things didn't feel right. During my corporate career, I had dipped my toes in the waters of business ownership. I ran my own retail coffee house and also coached runners and triathletes. At some point my path became overgrown with corporate politics and misaligned values. Finally, I overcame my fears and anxiety. I took the road less travelled and left the corporate safety net.
A women's fitness boot camp was my first solo venture. I loved meeting new people, educating them about all things healthy, and watching their bodies transform while their confidence soared. Passionate about fitness and the impact I was having, two years after my first boot camp session I became the proud owner of a 12,000 square foot women's fitness center.
In hindsight, purchasing the fitness center was the easy part. It was an established business. The woman managing the facility loved organization, process and systems as much as I did. I believed I was walking into a turnkey operation.
Easy, Peasy... right?
Totally wrong! Fitness soon became secondary to most other facets of the business including things I didn't know and moving parts I couldn’t account for. In addition to sales, marketing, employees, schedules, payroll, and finances, I had to quickly learn general maintenance, heating, cooling and plumbing. I felt myself steering off course.
I relied on Business coaches, Accelerator programs, Local Chambers, Business Associations, Fitness Mastermind groups, and other business owners for help and advice on running the business. I had a full team of associates, fitness and nutrition professionals, and therapists, to help execute my complex operations.
But it was the concrete advice I got from professional coaches that helped me thrive.
I came to see my role in the business, and in the community, in a bigger, clearer way. I learned how to run a company that formerly had been running me.
In the fall of 2017 my lease was up and my new landlord, a big corporate entity, confronted me with a 70% rent increase! My space was prime real estate in our small community and their plan was to move me out and move a national chain in. I couldn't sell memberships or personal training fast enough to make up the difference.
I had to close the doors.
But that vivid experience opened new doors. I tapped into my bigger vision – and calling.
I started sharing the skillsets I’ve gained through the years to ease the way for other entrepreneurs who understand the importance of owning the business without having it own them.
That’s what I know and what I can show you. My strategies sidestep the busyness of spinning your wheels at work yet not getting enough done. Join me in fulfilling your own vision through strategies that stimulate growth, sales and solid success!
Here's to your success!