Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lorraine Bosse-Smith, President of Concept One LLC., located in Phoenix, AZ, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I ignite hope, inspire change and transform lives through dynamic speaking, results-oriented consulting, work/life balance coaching, and life-changing books I've written.
Tell us about yourself
My life was out of balance, and stress killed me in 1997. I was down to 97 pounds at 5' 10", and I had to relearn how to manage stress. That put me on a path of sharing what I've learned with others to improve the quality of their lives and business.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I have nine published books in a time when the competition was tough, and only a select few authors were selected. This opened the door for me to be on hundreds of national radio stations and live television shows, sharing my message of a better way to live.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
For me, my passion often shadows the financial side of my business. Of course, if I don't watch the numbers, I won't have a business and, therefore, can't change lives. It's the balance of helping others but also helping myself.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Know thyself! You will get a ton of advice, and it all may work for others, but in the end, you have to stay true to yourself.
- Don't think money is the answer to everything. It helps, but amazing things can happen when you stay focused. And yes, stay focused.
- Don't go chasing after every shiny object!
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Being in business for myself is the scariest yet most rewarding thing I've ever done. It keeps me on my knees in prayer and is most humbling.
Where can people find you and your business?
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