Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jessica Lehmann, Founder of Propel Business Consulting, LLC., located in Cincinnati, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Propel is a website design and development company for small to medium size businesses. We also offer marketing strategy, branding, and sales coaching sessions for companies, associations, and non-profits.
Tell us about yourself
After 15 successful years in sales and marketing, I wanted a career option that did not require travel or 60-hour work weeks. I have worked for large corporations, a local non-profit, and everything in-between, yet I could not find a work-life balance that provided challenging and meaningful work. I took a leap of faith with the help and encouragement of my husband, best friend, and sister, who helped me realize a significant market need with a service I could provide. Now I am my boss and help people launch or relaunch their businesses and dreams each day. Every day I am motivated by the fact that I get to help people launch their dreams and show my children that you can do anything you want, as long as you are willing to work for it and help others.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Every business owner remembers the feeling of their first sale! However, my biggest accomplishment is taking the leap of faith to start and establish my own business! Starting a company can be overwhelming and filled with imposter syndrome and doubt. I'm so happy I did not let that stop me; I pushed through and now own my own business!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest parts of being a business owner is overcoming mental doubt, vulnerability, and rejection. You are putting yourself out there for the world to see. If anything goes wrong, there is no one else to blame, so overcoming negative self-talk and trusting my ability is the most significant accomplishment.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First, ensure the product or service you want to provide solves a problem/need, be clear on that problem/need, then set goals for yourself (weekly, monthly, yearly) to meet the market's needs.
Second, find a cheerleader that will help keep you committed to achieving your goals and moving forward. You will encounter a lot of roadblocks and setbacks along your journey and will require someone you can talk to keep you motivated and continue moving forward and achieving your goals.
Third, don't take people's opinions personally. People will say no, go with another company, or express their dislike of your work. It's okay, I promise. There are billions of people worldwide, so be open to feedback (you don't always have to take it, but if you see a theme, address it) and move on to your next customer as if you've never heard a no before.
Where can people find you and your business?
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