Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tiffany Lymon, Founder of Tiffany Ignites LLC, located in Joppa, MD, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I help organizations identify and resolve the culture blindspots that are costing them high-potential talent, productivity, and revenue. My customers are talented stakeholders, such as CTOs, L&D Managers, and HR Directors.
Tell us about yourself
I have been a business owner for 18 years. What motivated me to start my initial business was the presence of learning gaps and the desire to fill those gaps. I have pivoted a few times, but each time the basis was building skills in areas that I believe have a huge impact - Personal Finances, Health and Wellness, and Leadership, of which leadership is the area for which I have the most passion.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment has been my ability to pivot and be resilient. My initial business hit a huge roadblock when the economy crashed in 2008. I pivoted back to leadership/coaching, and then my health inspired me to pivot into health and wellness. COVID created a roadblock there, which has led me to now pivot back into the leadership space fully in a more scalable way - using the learnings from my past experiences.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Being a business owner is hard because it requires discipline and a very different mindset. There are no "rules" except the rules you create, which sounds delightful but is actually intimidating and requires a mindset that everything is an experiment.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Fail forward and fast...failure tells you what not to do and gives you priceless insight and experience.
- Invest in yourself.
- Create a strong foundation that is scalable.
Where can people find you and your business?
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