Wow. It’s been 10 years.
I shared earlier this week that I've been an entrepreneur for 10 years. Today I want to share one of the biggest catalysts that changed my entrepreneurial path. But first, let me take you back…
It was February of 2009… when the economy crashed. I had my 18 month old daughter, and I needed to find a way to support my family. My husband and I decided to open up a brick and mortar business in Kauai because nobody was hiring.
We had no idea what we were doing.
With no college or business degrees, we invested all of our savings, borrowed money and went into debt building this play and learning center for kids. Then we got to a place in our business where we could no longer pay rent for our own home and the business rent.
We were wearing a million hats trying to run a new business and take care of our daughter. We were fighting over money we didn’t have and feeling burned out.
I believe building a business that compromises your health and relationships is not sustainable.
So we closed down and moved in with my in-laws in California. #worstcasescenario
My 3rd business with my friend Jen Hansard, Simple Green Smoothies, was my first dose of real success as an entrepreneur. Our rawkstar community grew super quick (because I had more time, than cash), and our “healthy obsession” with green smoothies started changing the lives of over 1 million people!
We had over 400k Instagram followers, 300k Facebook fans, 30 million website page views, and 355k email subscribers.
Our published book Simple Green Smoothies has been a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 500+ 5 star reviews.
Instead of using paid advertising to grow our community, we focused on serving our community with SO. MUCH. LOVE.
But as a newbie all those years ago, we didn’t have a clear direction on what we should do next. I had the dreams, heart and ambition but not the know how.
Do you ever feel that way? You have an idea you want to share with the world but feel overwhelmed on what to do next?
I feel you.
Now that I’m building my 4th business venture, I can still feel that way. With access to so much information and not enough time to consume it all, we can actually feel more stuck. It’s the paradox of too many choices.
When Jen and I realized we had a “real business” on our hands we knew we had to do something.
And then there was…B-school, founded by Marie Forleo.
Oprah called her “a thought leader for the next generation.” She was named one of the top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs by Forbes.com. Marie’s mission is to help you use your gifts to change the world.
B-school gave us the strategy and direction we needed while building our business Simple Green Smoothies.
Flash forward 10 years, February 2019. I’m writing my 2nd book, sharing my message to Lead with Love all over the world on national and international stages and mentoring female founders committed to serving their communities and growing their businesses.
I’m so grateful to be part of the B-school community. It literally changed my life. I not only had permission to align my heart with my business, but I got really clear on my profits and business model too.
Do work that you love, make a living from it, AND make a difference in the world.
Are you ready for that next big leap, Michele? To build a sustainable business that you love while making an impact in the world?
If you’re ready to make that move in your life, start by joining Marie’s FREE business training series. The first video is called the 6 Pillar Roadmap. It’s like a business Netflix binge!
In it you’ll learn…
- A simple 6 step roadmap to help you launch and grow your business online with integrity and heart.
- How to overcome the fear and doubt that keeps most business owners stuck.
- The exact framework used to build many global brands you see rockin' it online.
- What you need to focus on first, second, third, so you can eliminate overwhelm and take consistent action.
Whether you’re just starting out or a serial entrepreneur wanting a refresher course on how to stay relevant in the business world (I’m re-watching again this year!) this training series will give the step-by-step plan you need to build a business you love. Sign up for the free training here.
Marie only shares this training once a year, so if you’re thinking about it, just do it and join the thousands of other women just like me who’ve trusted this process.
P.S. This only happens once a year so make sure you watch the first video –– otherwise you’ll have to wait until 2020. Now, go watch the first video: 6 Pillar Roadmap!
If you end up falling in love with Marie and her business training like I did in 2013, and you choose to enroll using my unique link (I’m a proud B-School alumni and affiliate), I’ll give you some super sweet bonuses that includes coaching with me, so keep an eye out for those emails.