Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lauren Robinson, Owner of Mind Motives Consulting LLC., located in Brockton, MA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I provide consultation and planning assistance to parents who want to better understand their child's learning needs and improve school communication. I also provide tutoring and instruction to students who need academic and executive functioning support. In addition, I facilitate training and coaching to educators who need support with structuring curricula to support student goals.
Tell us about yourself
I have been in the field of education with a specific focus on Social-Emotional Learning and Special Education for 15 years. I've been able to observe educational processes through many lenses as a teacher, administrator, and advocate. I am also the parent of a child with high needs. As a result, I am able to provide a holistic approach to support and uplift the goals of my clients.
What I value the most about being a teacher is helping students to identify and build on their strengths. For me, the reward happens in those lightbulb moments when a student is able to trust themselves enough to get through a challenging problem and celebrate their own success.
My ultimate goal is to create learning experiences that encourage children and youth to have a sense of agency, a strong sense of self, and healthy community engagement.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would say my biggest accomplishment has been becoming a business owner! Trusting and believing in my ability to bring my vision to life truly opened up a new world for me.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
There are so many things you have to learn and put into practice in order to maintain the logistics of your business, especially being a solopreneur. There are a ton of resources out there to choose from as well. It can be stressful finding those just right systems to help you tackle those everyday tasks, but it's worth the time investment to do the research.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Network: Create and practice your pitch as often as possible. Find networking opportunities that allow you to grow your network and increase your fluency in communicating who/what your business is.
- Mentorship: Cultivate a relationship with a mentor that can help you navigate the inner workings of the building and maintaining a business. Finding one that has been successful in your field is even better.
- Don't Give Up On Yourself: Entrepreneurship is a wonderful endeavor with many risks and rewards. It can be scary, and you will make mistakes. Just know that you will be successful, and you can meet your goals as long as you keep working at them. Try enlisting a trusted accountability buddy to help you refocus.
Where can people find you and your business?
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