Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Maria Bryceland, a culture and leadership coach based in Manchester, Cheshire, England.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I work with businesses and individuals to help them achieve their full potential and thrive.
Tell us about yourself
My purpose is to help people enjoy a better quality of work life by improving workplace cultures. I enjoy supporting businesses to transform or develop their culture and enabling people to achieve their full potential. A happy side effect of this is improving a business's profitability and financial success.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Finding the balance - you don't know 'balance' until you have met 'imbalance'! As a business owner, I am always looking to find a balance of activity so that I can work at my best, constantly enjoy what I do, and also spend a good amount of time on my own hobbies, personal development, rest, and with my family.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Being a business owner when you're responsible for everything - sales, marketing, admin, finance, customer service, etc. Ensuring you get the right people to help and support you - I am incredibly lucky with that.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be true to yourself and your purpose! Offer a service or product that you believe in and are passionate about.
- Stay focused and committed, and be selective about who you listen to.
- It can be scary making the leap from employment to self-employment, but if you have clear goals and understand why you want to do it, then believe in yourself. Know what you want, and 100% go for it!
Where can people find you and your business?
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