Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jenne Sharpe, Founder of Jenne Sharpe Coaching, located in Vancouver, WA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I'm an Intuitive Guide and Coach for women, and I incorporate Energy Healing and Sound Healing into my work. My clients are unfulfilled creative women, often multi-passionate entrepreneurs (healers, coaches, artists) who might struggle with ADHD. I love helping them uncover the subconscious conditioning that they are blind to and that has kept them stuck from taking the big leaps they are looking to make in their life- from following their Soul's Calling and starting a business to living in a van and traveling the country. Guiding them back to their own intuition so that they can deeply trust themselves and be the leader of their own life is my goal for every client.
Tell us about yourself
I'm from the Portland, Oregon area, am a personal development junkie, and when I'm not working, I enjoy hikes with my dog Buddy, game nights with friends, and watching true crime documentaries or my favorite show, The Office.
I faced a huge transition in my life and a lot of grief after my dad passed away, moving back to the PNW to help my mom and having my marriage fall apart. While it was a truly awful time, it was the start of a new journey. I took classes about developing intuitive gifts, was attuned to Reiki, and invested in a group coaching program. The year-long coaching program brought me a curiosity about coaching and helping women transform and heal in short periods of time. I just had to know if it was for me! Once I got going coaching women, I realized THIS was my calling, the thing I was born to do. I was never the kid who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, and nothing ever really grabbed hold of me until I started coaching and felt that fire, passion, and excitement.
My motivation comes from my love of doing my craft as an Intuitive Guide and Coach and the belief that there is magic inside every woman that can change the world if she follows what calls her, one intuitive step at a time. I long to live in a world that values our dreams and curiosities, and I am hoping that my work is helping to create that.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
The entire journey feels like an accomplishment! From having the courage to even start, to then quitting my office job, to recently hosting my first in-person women's retreat.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Consistency while riding the waves of your emotions, hopes, dreams, and doubts. I also work better under pressure as someone with ADHD, but as a business owner, you are rarely given deadlines that aren't created by yourself.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be resourceful, and don't jump too quickly to quit your job. Having no income can put a lot of pressure on your new business to create certain results. See if you can go part-time at your job or find other income streams as an entrepreneur that lend to a flexible schedule. Having a profitable business can take years, so don't believe all the "overnight success" you see on social media.
- Define what success looks like to you beyond money. A successful day for the future but also the here-and-now. What values do you want to embody (freedom, adventure, empathy)? How much time do you want to spend outside, with friends, or doing a beloved hobby? Were you able to help someone today or made progress on a project? All of these things are what make up your success, and using money as your only benchmark for success can be highly discouraging.
- Be vocal and open to trying new things, but not all at once. If Instagram is not bringing you clients, then try something else like in-person networking, collaborating with others, being on podcasts, etc. It can be scary to tell our friends and family about our business, but everyone should know what you do. When they see someone in a Facebook group looking for a recommendation for the work you do, they'll know they can refer to you.
Where can people find you and your business?
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