Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Hunter Lowder, Co-Founder of Tortoise & The Bear, located in San Diego, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a business strategist and project manager for solopreneurs looking to create consistent leads and clients.
Tell us about yourself
I was in the hospitality industry for most of my life. After suffering severe burnout, I left my career and moved to San Diego with no idea what I was going to do. I focused on my healing and earned several coaching certifications. Two years ago, I applied for an online job opportunity with a coaching institute as their Executive Ops Assistant. Now, two years later, I am motivated each day to be the wizard behind the curtain for my clients, helping them to stay in their zone of genius while I handle the back end of the business.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is starting over. I was the CEO of a multi-7-figure business, and when I decided to leave, I knew I would have to start over to some extent. Now I'm in a completely different industry (online versus brick and mortar, service-based versus the wedding industry). So I am very proud of myself for having the bravery and resilience to start over and start on a journey that I really don't know where it will take me.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
It's lonely at the top. I love working from home and running my own business, and it's also isolating. So I try to find peers and networking groups so I can have people in similar positions to connect with when the solitude is too much.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Make sure you examine your values and follow them when starting a business. Distinguish between things you "can" do and things you "want" to do. Know and feel confident in your definition of success. It doesn't have to be $1 million; it can be personal, subjective, and even self-care!
Where can people find you and your business?
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