Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in coaching but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Meg Duffy, Founder of Meghan Duffy, Career Coach LLC, located in Boston, MA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Hi, I'm Meg! I'm a career coach for women in tech. My clients fall into two camps. Sometimes, I work with folks trying to transition into tech from other industries. Other times, I work with folks in tech trying to level up or move to a new position.

Tell us about yourself

I started my coaching practice in 2018. I'd been working for a coding boot camp, and I realized that the best part of my job was talking to students about their next move. I loved helping them break down the problem into smaller pieces and asking them questions to help them find their own solution. That sense of satisfaction when a person gets unstuck keeps me going.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My client's success is definitely the biggest achievement. From making the leap to small startups to joining The Big Five, it's amazing what they can do. On a personal level, I'm really proud of the content I produced. I built my website, wrote a book, and crafted many workshops and courses. I'm still learning best practices for building educational content, but I'm proud of what I created on my own.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Being a business of one is hard! I like coaching, but I didn't sign up to be an accountant, a salesperson, a marketer, and a legal team. Finding the right collaborators is key. Knowing your strengths and paying an expert to fill in the gaps can ultimately save you time and money in the long run.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Figure how who your business is for and build everything for that person. It took me a bit to focus on women in tech, but once I narrowed my focus, I actually started getting more clients.
  2. Building a business takes time. There's rarely a "viral" moment that leads to a surge in visibility. Make sure that your efforts and practices are sustainable because you will be working on your business daily.
  3. Find a community to support you. Running a business of one can be lonely! Having a sounding board where you can ask questions, get feedback, and share resources is critical, especially when starting out.

Where can people find you and your business?


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