Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Stephanie Staples, Founder of Your Life, Unlimited, located in Sidney, BC, Canada.

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

I am a keynote speaker, and I work with large groups of people who are 'nice for a living!

Tell us about yourself

I am a lover of life, a new experience addict, and a story collector! I was a nurse who burnt out, bounced forward, and created and person and life that I could get excited about. Now I help other people do the same. I truly believe that what I do matters and that this is how I am supposed to nurse - it's my specialty!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Well, I have spoken from the Mayo Clinic to the Middle East, but when I won the Women Entrepreneur award for Contributions to Community in my own city - that was pretty cool! When you do good, you should do good!

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

Discipline - no one tells you when to start or stop or ramp it up or slow it down - it's all on you, and sometimes stopping work is harder than starting!

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

  1. Don't wait until you are 'ready' - 80% is good enough. Otherwise, you may be waiting for 'one more thing' before you actually launch or take the next step.
  2. Tap into people who are ahead of you - offer to make a donation to their favorite charity if they will have coffee with you or let you follow them around for a day.
  3. Make some business criteria and let them be your guiding lights - mine is: make money, have fun, and help people. This makes decision-making so much easier!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

All the same, things that are great about being self-employed are often the things that make it tough, i.e., you can take as much time off as you want, but you don't get paid, no one tells you what to do or not do, but you are 100% responsible for your business success or failure. It's good and challenging, but I wouldn't trade it!

Where can people find you and your business?


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