Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in coaching but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sharon Costanzo, Founder of Keep Talking Revolution, located in West Bountiful, UT, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I'm a life and relationship coach. I work with women and couples to help them improve their communication and create relationships that are collaborative & mutually supportive.
Tell us about yourself
I have always wanted to work for myself. Ever since I started my first professional job, I've thought about how I could help people solve their problems in my own way. After struggling to get good relationship advice for so long - seeing 6 marriage counselors in the first 7 years of my marriage - I found that a lot of relationship help was focused on solving the wrong problem. I needed someone to help me see how I was contributing to the struggles in my relationship without taking on responsibility for my partner's behavior. Helping my clients take responsibility without dishing out any blame transforms relationships, and I'm honored to be a part of that journey with my clients.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Honestly, just being in business as a life & relationship coach for over three years feels like an accomplishment. Building a business, especially a business where you are the product, is challenging. Being very clear about my vision and my mission has kept me going through all the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest part for me is that I answer to myself. When you're an employee, you have deadlines and metrics to hit that are enforced by someone else. Sometimes I look at how I'm doing as a business owner, and I wonder, "If I was my own employee, would I be fired?"
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Have a clear vision for what you want to accomplish as a business owner. What problem are you solving for your people? Why does it matter to you? How can you be the best person, or how can your business be the best resource, to solve that problem?
- Build a support system of other business owners. Your family, friends, and even your SO might not always "get" what it's like to own a business. But your fellow entrepreneurs will. Creating these types of "coworking" relationships will help you feel less alone and more motivated to keep going.
- Don't let your business run your life. A business is meant to support your lifestyle, not replace it. Make sure your business goals align with your lifestyle goals and include your health and relationships in your decision-making process.
Where can people find you and your business?
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