Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Randy Rolfe, President of Institute for Creative Solutions, located in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I produce and market self-help books, workshops, programs, and private counseling to help thousands of families create healthy lifestyles and loving relationships so that they can maximize their happiness, their contribution, and their longevity.
Tell us about yourself.
My first book came to me when I was a lawyer on the faculty of the Villanova Law School. I wanted to empower parents to be all they could be, and I titled my book, You Can Postpone Anything But Love. Since then, I have written eight books on parenting and healthy family life and am working on my ninth on healthy eating. I have been featured in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Harper's Bazaar, and more, and I loved being a frequent guest on major TV network talk shows, including Geraldo, Sally, Montel, Maury, Gordon Elliott, and Ricki Lake, plus on 100s of radio shows and podcasts. I grew up in a beautiful mansion, went to top schools, and traveled the world with my parents every summer.
But the picture wasn't perfect. Both parents suffered from alcoholism. So I had to grow up fast. I decided to figure out how to create happy, healthy families and avoid the common pitfalls of poor communication, poor lifestyle, and addiction. I became a lawyer and then, over time, also a nutritionist, family therapist, and theologian, all to accomplish my mission for myself as well as for others. Now a grandmother and still happily married to her college sweetheart, I am here to support families in every way I can and to advocate for the importance of parenting, good nutrition, and a natural lifestyle to build a better future for us all.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Reached thousands of people through counseling, teaching, writing, and e-commerce, with the message of their personal power to build healthy relationships and maintain optimal health through the years.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Making all the necessary decisions yourself. Fortunately, I learned the hard way that you can't accomplish what you want to accomplish without a team and good advisers. Once I figured this out, I was fortunate to have fantastic mentors, collaborators, and team members.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First, know what you are so passionate about that you would work at it for free because you will undoubtedly do so sometimes.
Second, discover who needs most that thing you want to do. Who will give up their hard-earned money because it will be a big win for them to have your service?
Third, don't go it alone. Let people in on your vision, find your mentors, and know that what you have is unique, so have no worries about competition.
Where can people find you and your business?
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