Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in consultancy but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ryan Fahey, Founder of FaheyConsulting, located in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
FaheyConsulting helps individuals and organizations move from good to great through Ryan's coaching and consulting services in these three areas:
- Book Coaching
- Social Media Consulting
- Edupreneurship Coaching
Tell us about yourself
For ten years, I had an active side hustle that ranged from personal training clients to supporting non-profit organizations in their efforts to thrive. However, in 2019 I decided it was time to morph that hustle into my business which was when FaheyConsulting was born.
FaheyConsulting offers services and digital/physical products to help support individuals looking to build their brand online, dive into authorship or monetize their hobby. It also supports organizations by building their brands and expanding their reach online through my social media expertise.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is sustainability. Many entrepreneurs and small businesses go out of business within the first two years of existence, but FaheyConsuting thrived through the pandemic and the recession. Being nimble has allowed the business to remain sustainable, and as a business owner, I am very proud of that.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
There are many challenges, but when you align your passion with your profession, good things tend to happen. One of the greatest challenges is actually figuring out what not to do because everything you say yes to is also forcing you to say no to something else. To capture lightning in a bottle and also remain sustainable, you have to say no just as often as you say yes. Remain granular and focused.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't get caught up in "the how": Many entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners have incredible ideas that never make it to action because we overthink things. Move beyond the how and make things happen.
- Progress over perfection: My first book was terrible, and I learned a lot from that process. I could have quit there but didn't. Now I am a best-selling author, and my books are helping individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses thrive all over the world. Keep going.
- Add Value Daily: The market will always decide what is good and what isn't over time. If you add value daily, over time, great things happen. Word-of-mouth marketing still means a lot, and adding value is enough.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
"You become incredibly powerful once your competence and confidence meet."
Where can people find you and your business?
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