Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Erin McCullough, Founder of Erin Mac LLC, located in Orlando, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Erin Mac LLC combines 22 years of entrepreneurship and 13 years of self-development to help leaders overcome anxiety, stress, and overwhelm in their lives and business. A typical customer is someone who either owns a business, runs a business, or is in a leadership position in a business. I typically work with males in their 40s and 50s who have discovered that their way of managing business and their personal life is no longer working, and they are seeking a different way to approach them. I help them to discover that problems are not situational and how to overcome them with a new perspective and practical, useable strategies.
Tell us about yourself
I started a successful property management and cleaning business in 2000, and because of its exponential growth year after year, business owners and leaders began asking me to consult on their business in areas of employee retention, scaling, responsible growth, and financial stability. I noticed that while they were coming to me for these very tangible things, there was an underlying issue of stress and overwhelm on a day-to-day basis. I, too, had this experience, so I got to work trying to figure out how to run a business while not being completely stressed out all the time. This is what I teach and why I teach it because I believe that most business owners do not believe that it is possible to enjoy themselves on a day-to-day basis while running their business. It is not only possible, but they can find purpose and meaning as well!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I think one of my biggest accomplishments as a business owner was building up a business from scratch and being able to sell it. Most think that a service-based business cannot be sold because what are you selling? I built up a brand and customer base that stood the test of time and was able to sell it with multiple offers and multiple bidding wars. That was satisfying since I had never owned or run a business prior to that.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I think one of the hardest things about being a business owner is that there isn't a manual as to how to do it. While other businesses may be offering a similar product or service, there is no one set way to go about being in business. Not having a blueprint challenges people's faith in themselves. If there are not a lot of immediate results, doubt creeps in. If you can manage your emotional state around being set on what you think should happen and when to let go of your expectations and just trust, you are in a much better state of mind.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Make sure that whatever you are doing, you have to do, meaning your life wouldn't be complete without at least attempting this.
- Find a way to keep the faith, there will be obstacles and challenges, and you will be mentally tested, so don't forget that and keep going.
- Find a coach or a mentor that you can run things by, not for answers, just so your voice isn't the only thing you hear. Find someone who wants you to do what you think is right and supports you with whatever you do.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Remember that being in a leadership position is not for most people because you are forging new ground, and that takes guts, faith, confidence, stamina, and the right mindset. You are not taking the road of least resistance, so be kind to yourself, know that, trust yourself, and know that it is all going to work out.
Where can people find you and your business?
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