Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Laura Berman Fortgang, Founder of InterCoach, Inc., located in Verona, NJ, USA.

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

I run a business mentorship program for coaches and consultants who want to go from solo practitioners to sensational brands.

Tell us about yourself

I started as a customer to a coach because I was abandoning my dream because it was not working out. I was one of the first coaches formally trained in the US and helped to create the International Coaching Federation as a founding member and early board member. I am motivated to share what I learned that changed my life for the better with as many people as humanly possible.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Sustaining success for over twenty years as I raised a family---five books, an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, and a current TedxTalk with over 1.8 million views.

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

The ups and downs... the dry spells...

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

  1. Research if your idea can work FIRST (and if you can handle the lifestyle of a biz owner).
  2. Have money in reserve--it'll take 1-3 years to get this off the ground.
  3. Build a dream team of advisors and supporters who are, in the long run.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Owning our own business is the most rigorous personal development course you'll ever participate in!

Where can people find you and your business?


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