Welcome to Feature Friday, where we feature the story of a woman entrepreneur! (Pssst… Do you want to be featured? Find out how at the bottom of this post!)
This week we are featuring Leona Martin. She is one of the newest members of the Young Women Entrepreneurs Club.
Her children inspired her to become an entrepreneur so that she could spend her time at home with them. At one point, she almost had to shut down her own business after listening to some bad advice from a client. Check out her story below:
1. What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Interestingly enough – it was my kids. I wanted to be home for them since I was a ‘latch key’ kid. I never thought of becoming an entrepreneur. I grew up in a home where my parents worked 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. I figured that was the world. Then when it took me two years to get pregnant with my oldest… I didn’t want to leave.
2. What entrepreneur do you look up to most that inspires you and why?
Mari Smith – she is totally awesome! She is so upbeat, loves what she does and loves teaching it to others. Therefore she will always be the one I look up to to being an entrepreneur as well as learning the social world so I can teach others as well.
3. What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
My biggest challenge has been staying focused, staying positive and believing in myself and what I can do to help other businesses. Despite the fact that I have been in business for myself 16 years I still lose focus and that darn self-doubt easily creeps in. How I move away from that is by walking away from the computer & phone… Literally! When it starts I get up and leave. I do a load of laundry, take the dogs outside and stand on the back porch watching them. I’ve even gotten into my car and drove around a bit or ran an errand to clear my head. For me finding ways to clear my head for a bit has been very therapeutic and brings me back down from that self doubt to positivity & focus.
4. What’s the biggest piece of advice would you give to women who are looking to start or grow their own business?
Just go for it! If you don’t then you will never do it. If you feel strongly that your idea is a GREAT one – then find a way to get it out there. No idea is a bad one! Also, find a way to push out those that don’t believe or those that are trying to not let you grow.
I wish I had not listened to an old client of mine. I was a Virtual Assistant and wanted to hire some subcontractors to take on some of what I was doing. She told me that I should stay where I am because no one could do what I do (her exact words). Her thinking: she didn’t want me to go, she didn’t want me to GROW! And I listened to her.
Here was this woman who was 20 years into her business – she should know right? Well I was totally wrong for when the economy crashed a few years later – who was the first client to say goodbye? She was! If I had not listened more than likely my business may have stayed strong, but because I didn’t pursue what I wanted I almost had to shut down my business.
Thankfully, I came out stronger by tweaking my business and creating a stronger and totally new business! Keep in mind – clients, friends or family members – if they don’t agree or support you then you need to move on and find the support you need.
5. Share your business with us. What do you do and where can people find you to connect?
I’m a Social Media Coach/Manager, Tech Geek (where I teach others how to use their technology – doesn’t only include electronics, but software as well) and a Business Designer – where I work with small business owners and individuals on taking their ideas and formulating them from to paper or thoughts to live action and making money! You can check out my website at http://leonamartin.com/.
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