Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jaime Marco, Owner of Evolve Business Consulting, located in Lakewood Ranch, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a professional speaker and a business consultant focusing on leadership development, sales, and assisting my clients in creating extraordinary customer experiences.
With over 20 years of experience, I’m committed to the primary goal of ensuring my clients achieve the results they desire. Coined as an Agent of Engagement, I help organizations go from holding their teams, leaders, and customers captive, to creating captivated teams, leaders, and customers.
My client partner list includes:
• International Insurance Agencies
• American online social network service
• Search Engine Company
• Major League Sports Teams
• Government Agencies
• National Retail Chains
• State Colleges and Universities
• Non-Profit Organizations
• Healthcare and Hospital Groups
• Financial Institutions
• Telecommunication Companies
• Social Media Social Networks
• Search Engine Organizations
• Home Security Organizations
• National Home Builders
• National Restaurant Chains
• International Hospitality Organizations
Tell us about yourself
With a background in sales and leadership, I started my business in a downturn economy, aware that companies would need to create extraordinary customer experiences if they were going to survive. I knew many businesses needed to help their team leaders and members stay engaged and motivated. My primary focus was assisting organizations to focus on their leadership and the strategies necessary to lead a top-performing team.
I am motivated by the power of my work and the results my clients realize. I am continually inspired by handwritten thank you notes from clients that I keep prominently displayed in my office. I see these every day, and they continue to fill my cup with motivation and inspiration to keep doing more.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I have been able to impact several lives in a short amount of time. Over the last seven years, I have had the privilege and honor to work with over 10,000 individuals and help them manifest what they want out of their careers and become their best selves.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Saying no. I strive to help as many people as possible, and I often say yes more than no. Additionally, I am my brand; therefore, I never want anyone to be disappointed or not get what they need.
I realize that this may not sound like a problem. However, as a business owner, one must focus on all business aspects. While I would love only to do the things I love the most, such as public speaking, facilitation, and coaching, I have other responsibilities that need my focus too. Finding that balance is very challenging.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Find something you love to do and do it. Where there is passion and heart, success will follow.
- Don’t listen to the crabs. Author Jen Sincero notes that if you put a bunch of crabs in a bowl and one tries to climb out, the others will push and pull it back down. When starting your own business, you must know that the world is full of crabs. People love to tell you that your ideas are wrong, that you can’t do them, that there is too much competition to be successful, etc. Do not listen. You do YOU.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people. Build your village of supporters. Create a network where there is support for all. And ask for help.
Where can people find you and your business?
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