Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sheala Rankin founder of Cheating Debt, located in Fort Worth, TX.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Technically, Cheating Debt is a credit repair company but we are so much more than credit repair. We specialize in helping our clients start fresh by repairing their credit and even becoming homeowners. We have so much knowledge when it comes to credit and we love to share it with our clients.
Tell us about yourself
My husband and I own the company together. I have a passion for just helping people. I'm that woman that shares any knowledge I have/learn and I realized my husband and I are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to finances and credit. My husband and I have always been entrepreneurial. We noticed that there aren't many "trusted" credit repair companies actually helping people so we decided that we wanted to change the narrative that credit repair doesn't work. Everyone makes financial mistakes and we all deserve a fresh start. That's how Cheating Debt came about. The feedback we get from our clients of gratitude and what they are able to accomplish with their new credit, that's what motivates us.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Accomplishments fuel our company. The fact that we prove daily that credit repair does work is our top accomplishment. We have also had some other great accomplishments like teaching a class at UTA (University of Texas Arlington) Oh and our latest accomplishment would be opening up our own brokerage (Rankin Home Loans) with my husband as a Mortage Loan officer.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing that comes with being a business owner is balance. It's so easy to get wrapped up in work and Cheating Debt is a family affair but in order to create a business that serves others, we need to serve and take time for ourselves first.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
1. There is always a bigger obstacle ahead, and all of your prior experience has prepared you.
2. No one cares about your business as much as you do.
3. Trust yourself.
Anything else you'd like to share?
We do also have a podcast called The Cheating Debt Podcast https://podcast.cheatingdebt.com I decided to share a picture of myself and my girls because I am both a mom and a businesswoman. I want women to know they can juggle motherhood while running a successful business and be great at both.
Where can people find you and your business?
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