Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jenae Spry, Founder of Productivity Stacks, located in San Diego, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Productivity Stacks is an ongoing collection of interviews with entrepreneurs who share their challenges and how they’ve overcome them to start and grow their businesses. We explore their systems, tools, hires, time management techniques, and more to create actionable support for other entrepreneurs.
Tell us about yourself
I first became an entrepreneur with my translation agency which I was able to systematize to the point that I was working about 20 hours a week or less and still growing it. Eventually, I realized that working to systematize my business was my favorite part about it, and I started getting asked for help to systematize other businesses, and I absolutely fell in love with the process.
From there, I launched Doer Entrepreneurs, which is my coaching and membership program for entrepreneurs, helping them take strategic, optimized action to grow their business by leveraging systems and, more recently, Productivity Stacks to bring the stories, advice, and strategic actions that have worked for others together to provide a real database of actionable items for every stage of business.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishments are that of my clients and readers. One of my favorites is the moment several have finally been able to not just go full-time in their business but more than replace their previous income as an employee with their business. And another top one is seeing them check off “wildest dreams” that they really thought would likely never happen and actually have to add new dreams!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Never being satisfied. I think by definition of being a business owner, we are always looking forward and working towards the next level, whether it’s a financial goal or some other goal. I’m finally comfortable with this and knowing that no matter how I feel right now, there will always be another level and another and another after that. With that said, this is also what I love about being a business owner.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Just start. So many business owners spend too long researching and learning, and some of them end up in decision paralysis because of it. If you are waiting for something to start… just do it.
- Create a solid support system. It might be a set of good friends who support you, other business owners, or a mastermind group, but there are many tough days as a business owner, and it’s good to have a support system that understands your journey.
- Create systems before you need them. Most wait until they’re nearing burnout or they’re losing clients to sit down and create systems, invest in a tool, outsource or figure out how to automate something and when you wait that long to tackle one of your business systems, it just makes it that much more painful to systematize because so much is already relying on that system to work!
Where can people find you and your business?
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