Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Carol Merlo, Founder of Health, Wealth & Happiness Inc., located in Lewisville, TX, USA.

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

I am a success and well-being coach. My customers are men and women who are ready to take action and transform their lives by shifting their thoughts and habits to those that reinforce their inherent gifts so that they may develop the skills they need to experience success in their lives.

Tell us about yourself

My current life started at the age of 33 when I left my husband and moved into a woman's shelter with my 1 1/2-year-old son. I didn't have a degree, any money, or job skills. Prior to this, I had been a singer and took numerous odd jobs to get by. So, I had to figure out how to support myself and my baby. The jobs I was qualified for wouldn't keep me in diapers and child care, so I took out an ad to do housecleaning, got a Pell Grant and student loans, and went to college. Six years later, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. I had always been passionate about being a motivational speaker and trainer, so I got a job as a trainer for a telemarking company. During that time, I met a terrific and bright man named Bill, who introduced me to Network Marketing. He told me if we worked together, we could be successful enough for me to gain an audience... so I was all in.

Within a few years, we were generating more money than I had ever seen! I continued to develop my presentation and training skills, speaking throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Eventually, we retired, so I put myself to work writing books, coaching and speaking. I have discovered that my real passion is about how people grow into their greater selves. So, in recent years I have focused on helping people experience their inner truth and manifest it into their behavior using tools like thought shifting, affirmations, and meditation. Essentially, I listen intently for the recurring themes that disempower a person and then break down complex material into simple, practical information so that a wide audience can learn what had previously been overwhelming.

What I have learned over the years is that beliefs about oneself determine successful outcomes--and there are specific methods for changing how people think about themselves so that they can live lives of Purpose and Passion. You can learn more about me at

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Organizing my time and developing my coaching skills so that I have the confidence to help others grow effectively.

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

Being consistent and maintaining motivation when things get hard.

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

  1. Identify your passion and skills, so you know what you want and how to get it.
  2. Seek support from someone who has already been where you are and can direct your path.
  3. Create time in your day for 'business hours' so you can be consistent even if you have other priorities in your life.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I can help you identify and apply what you already have in your arsenal, so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

Where can people find you and your business?


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