Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Hiett Ives, a business coach based in Houston, TX, USA.

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

Business to Business (B2B) Marketing, Marketing Communications, and Trade Show/Event Marketing. Customers and prospects who want their website, social media, video, and print material to be generating quantifiable ROI. Additionally, those who want to grow/expand their B2B trade show/events presence with GUARANTEED qualified leads from all.

Tell us about yourself

What got me started and motivated on my business's editing/writing side was being recognized by British Jesuits as Best Writer in the school - as an underclassman. I now have two books to my name - one on writing and one on B2B Event Marketing.

And on the B2B Marketing/Trade Events side - as a neophyte in the field, being encouraged by a British practitioner in the field to embrace and excel within it.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Making my wide variety of clients more successful within their chosen business vertical. Mentoring 'New to Market' business leaders in the needed success skills within their chosen field.

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

Life balance - devoting proportioned attention to ALL areas of life and avoiding becoming only one or two-dimensional.

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

  1. Love and be passionate about what you're doing - it makes it so much easier and more fun.
  2. Set measurable goals to achieve and time frames within to do so. You better achieve what you regularly measure.
  3. Befriend and be mentored by those whom you choose to emulate and eventually replace.

Where can people find you and your business?


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