Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jaclyn Lightner, founder of LightWork Counseling Services, located in Medford, MA, USA.

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

LightWork Counseling Services is a private therapy practice in Massachusetts. My team and I assist clients by providing supportive therapy, coaching, and more. We are passionate about helping clients discover their inner strength and assisting women in creating tangible tools to manage stress, anxiety, and triggers in life's more difficult moments. We are passionate about helping women step into their power and become the best version of themselves.

Tell us about yourself

I have been in the mental health field for over a decade and wanted to open my own practice to address the issues I frequently saw in female clients with my own approach. Seeing women progress, create healthy habits for themselves, and truly find freedom in growth is what motivates me to continue this work each day.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner thus far has been growing my team! Hiring another clinician to grow and expand the practice has been so rewarding since we can reach even more women who may need support.

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

I find work/life balance to be the most challenging aspect of entrepreneurship. Since my business feels so closely linked to who I am, it can be hard to set work aside and make time to simply relax or spend time with family. Luckily I have a great support system that helps remind me to rest and decompress!

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

  1. Do it! It can feel so scary at the beginning, but it is the best thing I've ever done.
  2. Network and get support. You can't do it alone, and it's helpful to meet other folks in your area going through the same thing to share ideas and provide support to one another. Networking can also open so many more doors for more clients, grow your brand, and allow for new opportunities.
  3. Follow your gut and intuition. It won't lead you astray.

Where can people find you and your business?


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