Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dana Golden and David Marion of The Life Recovery Coach, located in Excelsior, MN, USA.

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

We are addiction and recovery specialists providing solutions to families when one member suffers from alcohol or substance use disorder or processing addictions (i.e., gambling, sex). Our customers come from every demographic, psychographic, age, race, sex, and social and economic background.

Tell us about yourself

As business partners and ex-spouses, we have lived on all sides of addiction. Though our marriage didn't survive, we both found recovery from the effects of Substance Use Disorder. Coauthoring the book Addiction Rescue: The NO-BS Guide to Recovery led us to dedicate our lives to helping other families overcome the destruction that addiction causes.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

As business owners in the addiction space, every life we save by getting someone into treatment and helping their families heal from the wreckage of addiction is an accomplishment. A highlight was winning an Emmy for the CDC's RX Awareness Campaign on the opioid crisis.

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

Marketing, it's one thing to be good at what you do, but it's a whole other thing to help your potential clients/customers know what you do. Reaching our audience is the hardest thing.

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

  1. People don't care what you know until they know you care.
  2. Get comfortable with social media.
  3. Know your audience and how to reach them.

Where can people find you and your business?



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