Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Deborah Jenkins, Owner of HR Solutions, LLC., located in Sand Coulee, MT, USA.

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

My business provides human resource management consultation, workforce, and leadership training and development, and success coaching solutions to clients that value their human capital assets and have a growth mindset for both themself and for their teams.

Tell us about yourself

I started working on my business in 2013 as a side gig, helping out local businesses with their training and development needs. As a Human Resource Professional with over 20 years of real-world experience working for various organizations in a wide array of industries, I was able to experience all areas of Human Resource Management and discovered that consulting, coaching, and training and development are my true passions areas.

I am motivated daily, knowing that I have had a positive impact upon even just one person at a time, boosting them to happily do great things. As an authorized Everything DiSC(r) Partner and Trainer since 2019, I have learned so much about myself and others and strategies to strengthen relationships. It is true, we are all so beautifully unique!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My greatest accomplishment as a business owner, woman-owned, is to participate in mentorship programs that allowed me to support, encourage, and help guide other women to successfully start and run their businesses.

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

As an introvert, I thrive on solitude and working independently. As a small business owner, I like working from my home office and having minimal interactions with others. However, as time went by, I found that I missed in-person interactions on a more regular basis.

When I speak at conferences, to groups, or in one-on-one meetings, I relish that time to create personal relations and cherish the amazing individuals that I am blessed to meet.

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

Three tips I would give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business in today's world are:

  1. Do what makes you happy because that is ultimately what you were created to do and where your talents lie.
  2. Follow your head, heart, and soul while making decisions. That will lead you to success faster than following the slippery dollar.
  3. Give back to your community. This includes supporting and doing business with other local businesses when you can, donating to non-profits with your time and/or money, and participating in events. I have committed to sharing a portion of all profits with non-profit organizations, and it brings happiness to my clients, the recipients, and to me as the giver.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

If you are an over-analyzer like me, don't let that delay or prevent you from stepping out of your comfort zone and trusting yourself to do great things. Act fiscally responsible, at a comfortable speed for yourself, and remain flexible to adjust to the daily changes you will encounter. And finally, give others and especially yourself unlimited PEK's: Patience, Empathy, and Kindness. You've got this!

Where can people find you and your business?


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