Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Desiree Parker, Owner of DLP Consulting WNY, located in Buffalo, NY, USA.

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

I do consulting with small businesses. I help them get started and/or grow. My main focus is bookkeeping and tax preparation. I am also a notary.

Tell us about yourself

At the age of 21, in 1998, I held the title of The Youngest African American Female Franchise Owner for Subway sandwich shop. I owned my own business at such a young age. I wish then I had the services that I offer, offered to me at the small business level. I learned the hard way and the expensive way. I decided to make my business offer to those who would accept the assistance. That is what drives me.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Owning my own and standing by my accomplishments as well as my mistakes.

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

Time management and consistency is the biggest challenge.

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

  1. Write down what you want for and out of your business.
  2. Stay true to yourself and your goals.
  3. Keep positivity in your mindset on a daily basis.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

It is always good to seek consultation, no matter what level you are at.

Where can people find you and your business?


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