“From Struggle to Success” I am my business
Women’s empowerment starts with how women treat other women. And no matter what kind of obstacles they may face on the way, women can only break through by helping themselves, whether they are interns or CEOs. When women adopt leadership roles, they contribute a unique set of skills, ideas, and life experiences that can broaden the entire company’s insight and strategies.
This is where Jessica Lorimer’s company comes in handy. Her company is devoted in helping female entrepreneurs find their own way to success – something that requires a lot of knowledge, extra hours of work and most of all – passion. Jessica was stuck in the 9 to 5 job, when she decided there is more to life that the small cubicle. This is when she took the extra mile and with much devotion and consistency created JessicaLorimer.com.
This article will shed light on many important topics for the modern entrepreneur and will allow you to get a glimpse into the world of one successful woman, which followed her dream to become a Success Coach and now help realize other women’s dreams!
- What is your idea/ business about? How the idea was born?
I work with female entrepreneurs who are looking to escape their 9-5, monetize their passions and create a successful online business that they love. After a number of years working my way up the corporate ladder, setting up successful businesses and business divisions around the world for large companies, I decided that something had to change. I was tired of the 70+ hours per week, missing family get-togethers and making money for somebody else – I wanted to share the skills that I had learnt about business building with other women in the same position as I was. The women who wanted to create their own financial freedom and who were ready to make the leap from their corporate cubicles to becoming successful female entrepreneurs.
- Tell me about yourself and your team?
Quite simply, I am my business! As a coach, I have created a business based on helping other women succeed at creating their own online businesses. I work with a small freelance team of experts and our goal is to deliver the best experience to all of the women that I work with to ensure their success!
I’m an ideas girl so my team is made up of people that make it happen! We are passionate, driven and all successful entrepreneurs in our own right – and I am incredibly proud to work with great people to ensure that my clients get the best possible experience when working with me!
- What are the main struggles that you have experienced?
Like any entrepreneur starting out, money is always scarce! I created my business on a bootstrap and spent an awful lot of time and energy finding free options and alternatives – but this means that I’ve always been in control of the direction that my business takes and ensures that it has its own authentic message.
Time was definitely another struggle for me! I worked full time at the same time as setting up my business, so I always had that feeling of ‘not enough hours in the day!’
- How did you solve your problems?
By researching and asking LOTS of questions! I started my business on a shoestring by taking advantage of various special offers, finding out what worked best for me by trialing lots of different options (for software etc) and by setting clear schedules. I would often go home from work, go straight to my computer and put in another 4 – 6 hours of work… but I always refused to work on Sundays and created clear checklists of tasks to be completed each day. (And the only thing I really invested in during the early days was social media scheduler and email automation so that my business could be working while I was actually devoting my time and energy to my full time job!)
- If you had a chance what would you do in differently?
I set up my business in a way that worked for me – but if I could change anything, it would be to have invested in my website sooner! I created my own initially and it served me well, but I’d definitely invest in having someone else design and develop it earlier on if I could go back and do it again!
- What was the best advice you got and what was the worst?
“Ignore the noise!” An incredibly wise mentor in my corporate job always told me to ignore the noise; ignore what other people are doing and focus on taking action yourself. It’s probably the single most useful piece of advice I’ve ever been given.
I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been surrounded by people that believed in me and supported my desire to become a full time entrepreneur so I’ve never been given bad advice – however, my friends, family and business associates have always been fantastic at giving me constructive criticism – which has always been incredibly helpful and very welcome!
- What will be your advice to the other entrepreneurs?
Just do it! You will never regret trying, but you’ll always regret not starting. Believe in yourself; believe in your passion for providing a solution to others and you will be surprised at how quickly your business grows. Take action, trust your instincts and set yourself clear financial goals to ensure that you are supported when you make the break from your corporate job. Stay fit, practice self-care and set specific timeframes to keep your start-up on track. And most of all get shares in coffee companies. It’ll be powering you through your journey to entrepreneurialism!
If you want to learn more about the company, you are more than welcome to contact her at: JessicaLorimer.com
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July 22, 2016