Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in coaching but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lorraine Rise, Founder, and CEO of Career UpRising, LLC., located in Purcellville, VA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I work with mid and late-career professionals, most of whom are 50+, to change careers or land a better job in their field. My team and I offer comprehensive resume writing and coaching services. Our program teaches clients how to change careers (at any age!), land more job offers, and increase their confidence!
Tell us about yourself
From my very first job out of college, I've built my career on the practice of coaching others to succeed. My career began in the health and weight loss industry, coaching hundreds of clients to reach their weight loss goals. As a Director and Regional Trainer for Jenny Craig, I gained valuable experience in hiring and mentoring dozens of employees in the areas of sales, customer service, and management.
In 2013, I was laid off and would encounter several more separations throughout my early career. I took these opportunities to make a career change in Human Resources. I've since supported the recruiting efforts of numerous firms in the Washington DC area, including Lockheed Martin and Integrated Intel Solutions.
In 2015, I made another career change and founded Career UpRising. Now, my personal experience and professional experience can be put to work for you! Career UpRising, LLC is located in the Washington DC metro area but serves clients all across the globe!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My team has grown over the years, and I now have four resume writers that support my clients. Together, we've served over 400 clients in dozens of industries, both public and private. Many Career UpRising clients come from some of the most recognizable firms in the country, including Microsoft, Amazon, Fannie Mae, Coca-Cola, IBM, and more.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Nearly any business owner will tell you that finding new clients is a full-time job. If you don't have steady revenue, you don't have a business. It took a few years, but I've now found effective lead generation tools that work for my business and connect me right to my ideal clients with no effort on my part. This has transformed my business and enabled me to focus on hiring and training my team, not constantly hustling for more clients!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
The most important thing is to just start today. Even if it's on a small scale, just get started. You'll be glad you did one year from now. Second, get help. Whether you hire a business coach or get your friends and family to help, you won't build the business alone. I did both of these things. My husband does my IT work (saving me lots of money), and I've hired many coaches over the years. Third, rely on your network. Your first client, or sale, is likely to come from someone that you know. My very first sale was from my next-door neighbor!
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I have an inspirational podcast, Career UpRising, that you can listen to on InFlowRadio.com, iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and more!
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email email@example.com; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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