Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Linda Spangle, Owner of Weight Loss For Life, Inc. and also a book coach located in North Liberty, IA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a book publisher, editor, and ghostwriter. I take average or even poor writing and work on it until it's great. Then I publish the writing into a book that looks professional and stands out. In addition to doing my own writing, I work with people who want to write a book but need help getting it completed and published.
Tell us about yourself
After working many years as a registered nurse, I changed careers and became a weight-loss specialist. For the next 30 years, I ran my own clinic where I did teaching and coaching. Eventually, I wrote "Life is Hard, Food is Easy," which was the weight-loss book I wanted to give to my clients. When that book was published, I did a media tour that included a dozen TV shows and hundreds of radio shows. I have also been quoted in nearly every women's magazine as well as many newspapers and online articles.
Through all of this, I realized how much I loved being a writer. Over time, I became known as a specialist in psychological issues of weight loss and have now written five books in that area. I also learned how to self-publish my books and make them look great.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I love bringing joy and meaning to the world through my writing and publishing. My latest book, which I co-authored with my husband, is "Acts of Compassion." When I hear that my work has improved someone's life, I know it's all worthwhile.
As a book coach, I love writing and self-publishing books that look like they were done by a large publishing house. I also keep learning and growing in my fields as a weight-loss specialist as well as a book coach and ghostwriter.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things about publishing a book is the expenses that it takes up front. And it can take a long time and a lot of patience before you earn that investment back.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't listen to critical people or naysayers about your work and dreams.
- Find talented people to help you learn and improve in all areas of your work.
- Be willing to stop working with those who don't do the quality of work you require.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Keep learning new skills and tools that will improve your work. Each book I've produced has been better than the previous ones. That's because of having good mentors, book editors, and graphic designers.
Where can people find you and your business?
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