Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jamie Roberts, Educational Consultant of  SchoolCoach ://, located in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

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

Our business is online tutoring for students and academic support for parents. We offer a full range of tutoring services specifically targeting elementary students across all subject areas. We also offer consulting services for parents in the areas of assessment, pedagogy, and special education.

Tell us about yourself

We started with School Coach about two years ago and have not looked back since. It's a daily grind, but when you love what you do, it seldom feels like work.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I read a great book whose title alludes to me now, but essentially it talked about how the hardest part of starting a business was going from 0-1. Basically, getting your first client When we secured our first paid customer, it was an amazing feeling.

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

Time management. Balancing your labor of love against family and friends, among other things, It's definitely a challenge, but when surrounded by supportive people, this can be made a lot easier.

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

Get ready to work. In my experience, the days and hours are long, but the gains are incremental. This leads me to

My second tip is to stick with it. Things take time to grow.

Believe in yourself. It's your business, and if you believe you have a great idea, don't let anybody stop you.

Overall, the people that I know who have been successful have a drive about them. Find something you are passionate about, and let it drive you!

Where can people find you and your business?


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