Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Christopher Royalty, CEO of Solopreneur Sherpa, located in Post Falls, ID, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We provide tax and accounting to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Our customers typically are new to entrepreneurship or have not worked with passionate and responsive Tax Advisors before.
Tell us about yourself
I began in a large public company financial audit at one of the Big 4 accounting firms. With the large company accounting experience collected, I now look to support smaller businesses with this same toolkit and professionalism. Being self-employed, we can pursue the business environments, clientele, and lifestyle we prefer. I enjoy helping other entrepreneurs find the confidence to accomplish similar goals in working for themselves.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Scaling a business and bringing in recurring work allowing me to support multiple employees and giving them similar flexibility to learn, grow and work the way they wish.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
With increased flexibility also comes increased responsibility. Managing staff workload and their career progression/fulfillment, in addition to simultaneously managing our client's specific and time-sensitive needs, can instill a burden on us owners throughout the year. Sometimes it feels like we are never ahead. However, it is just another problem in which we have the ability to craft our own tailored solutions, and with time and scale, our ability and methods to solve these problems increase.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- If you let fear and uncertainties slow you down, you will never launch a business. Go for it!
- Find a host of strong, experienced advisors to form your permanent advisory team.
- Take care of your employees first and clients a close second. If you don't have a customer, you don't have a business, and if you don't have employees, your business will never become larger than you.
Where can people find you and your business?
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