Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Stephanie Nishimori, Founder of Nishimori Consulting, located in Nashville, TN, USA.

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

My business is for career development with a focus on the military community. I help anyone with resume writing, interview preparation, career change support, and developing a strong LinkedIn account.

Tell us about yourself

I've been helping many people within my network over the past few years write resumes and prep for interviews. I decided that I should build my brand and grow an actual business by doing this. I think that it is important to be aware that each person is unique and has a different expectations for their career, so I use my HR background to hone into their desired outcomes. Having the understanding and knowledge to know that their needs come first helps me develop effective relationships with my clients.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Honestly, I would say taking the leap to develop my business. It's one thing to talk about it, but a completely different thing to put it in writing and push forward. Building a website, gaining clients, maintaining customer satisfaction, and everything that goes into running a business is a huge accomplishment in itself.

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

Time. It takes time to build a network. It takes time to develop your marketing strategy. But it also takes time away from other pieces in your life. Thankfully I have a huge support system behind me that trusts in what I'm doing and knows that I am still present daily, even if I have to work on something for my business.

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

Research, trust yourself, and try. Research the market that you're trying to get into, research the products or services, and research the costs that you're going to have to put in upfront to make the work happen. Trust yourself in that you are capable of doing this. And try as you will have to put time and effort into this, and you may not see the results you're looking for coming immediately.

Where can people find you and your business?


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