Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Laura Biewer, Founder of Coach Me Laura, located in Modesto, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I work with notaries, businesses, and the public. I provide private state-specific coaching classes to help notaries become competent and confident in their notary skills, as well as identify specialty notary work to broaden their business foundation. I also do the work by providing traveling notary services to the public and businesses, as well as Apostille facilitation for documents that go out of the US.
Tell us about yourself
I started over 18 yrs ago when I owned and operated a residential facility for six elderly clients who needed assistance with everyday living skills. It was difficult to find notaries to come to notarize documents at the facility, and I decided to become a notary myself to help bridge the gap. After two years, I decided to sell my facility business and work as a notary full-time. Starting a business was a life changer as it was my first time learning to move from wages to profits.
Selling the first business and starting the notary one took me to the next level of thinking beyond one line of revenue and paying myself first from the profits. Further sharing my expertise with other notaries allowed me to bridge the knowledge gap I saw between state-required training and real-life performance of the job, which helped them practice in private rather than in public.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Growing big enough, I enrolled other notaries to handle my overflow so I could share the work and move from active income to passive income with products I create one time and can sell multiple times when we broke the 6-figure mark.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Setting the boundaries to maintain a work-life balance between coaching and doing the work and family time.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Choose something you believe in or love. My work matters and makes a difference to those I serve, that makes working a joy.
- Have a burning desire to do the thing you set out to do if you are meh, and the business is not likely to be more than meh too.
- Have a coach or mentor, whether in your industry or not, to bounce ideas and confirm you are not getting distracted by tasks that do not move the needle in your business.
Where can people find you and your business?
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