Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Linda Lysakowski, an Author based in Boulder City, NV, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I provide services to nonprofits in the areas of fundraising, board development, development audits, development plans, strategic planning, and capital campaigns.
Tell us about yourself
I spent 11 years in banking before accepting positions in development, including a university and a museum, before starting my consulting practice in 1993. I have written more than 30 books for nonprofits and offer online courses through my website. I love the nonprofit sector and want to make it even stronger. I especially enjoy teaching and writing because I can reach so many more people.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Getting my ACFRE designation (Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive) was a huge accomplishment. There are just over 100 ACFREs worldwide. Helping nonprofits raise more than $50,000,000 has been rewarding, as well as publishing more than thirty books. This year I will be 80 years old and have embarked on another dream, completing a master's degree. I am studying at the University of San Diego's Franciscan School of Theology for my Master in Theological Studies.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Finding the time to work with clients, study, and create a curriculum.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Make sure you know that being a business owner, you not only know your subject but know how to run a business, market your business, and finance your business.
- Stay on top of industry trends.
- Find mentors, collaborators, and partners.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I have another website for my other books (not for nonprofits).
Where can people find you and your business?
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