Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jizal Seikali, Founder and CEO of DenTemp, LLC., located in Cleveland, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
DenTemp is a platform that empowers dental professionals, specifically women, with better pay, freedom, and flexibility in a quality work environment!
Tell us about yourself
With almost 20 years in dentistry, I started working as a dental assistant in 2004 and continued practicing after joining the military in 2006. I retired from the Army as an officer in 2014 and graduated from Case Western's dental program in May 2015.
I was working full-time with a few doctors for about three years when they unexpectedly shut down all four of their practices, and I was left with no job. It felt like I had hit a brick wall. I was frustrated and overwhelmed. It seemed as if I was giving up control of my income, career opportunities, and ultimately, my happiness, which is why I created DenTemp.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I come from a proud refugee family that moved to the US from Lebanon in 1988. I grew up in a culture that encouraged me to be a strong female entrepreneur, serving my community and my country.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
I would say the hardest thing about being a business owner is finding validation from individuals who help you accomplish your goals. Having a strong support system, such as mentors and advisors, are necessary to grow a successful business.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Have a positive mindset. Negative results can sometimes have a positive outcome.
- Have thick skin. Not everyone is going to agree with your vision.
- Stop overthinking and just start one day at a time, working towards your milestones. As long as your bills are getting paid, put all your extra time into working at something that can potentially change your life!
Where can people find you and your business?
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