Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal and business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Barbara Kay, Founder of Barbara Kay Coaching, located in Chicago, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a Business Psychology & Productivity Coach. My clients are mostly Professionals, Teams, and Leaders for business-related coaching, consulting, and speaking.

Tell us about yourself

My background is in Clinical Psychology. After obtaining my graduate degree and license, I pivoted into business coaching when business coaching was a new idea. Now business coaching is widely accepted. I've enjoyed over 20 years of helping people thrive at work. It's very fulfilling to help people feel good and achieve in their professional roles, as we spend more than half our lives at work.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Building a successful coaching practice, writing two books, and publishing multiple articles in major professional journals. Most importantly, the fulfillment of helping people significantly in their professional achievements.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Having to do everything to run the business.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Get help for the things that totally drain you. You'll need all your energy to be successful. Tasks that are highly draining will really drag you down.
  2. Plus, many other people love what you hate. So using others' strengths are a big gift to them and to you.
  3. Do what you love and stick to your niche; everything else will end up being a drain on time, energy, and money.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

After working with highly successful professionals, business owners, and leaders for over 20 years, I can tell you that literally, every single person has difficult situations that interrupt their progress. No one achieves this seamlessly. It happens to everyone. Success is moving through those things and continuing forward despite the "speed bumps."

Where can people find you and your business?


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