Is it ever too late to start a new business? Linda Mclay shares her story in this week’s interview, and shows that it is never too late to make a change, to start over and to build a business. She offers her clients the wealth of her experiences. Her fearless go-getter attitude is impressive too.
Tell me about your yourself.
I’m from Seattle originally and have lived in California, Idaho, New Hampshire and a few months in Portugal 🙂 I spent 25 + years in corporate America, in retail management and ran multi-million $ stores. I’ve worked as a School Administrator for a private school and built a notary signing business. And my final ‘career’ started at 61, when I became an escrow assistant.
Fun Fact: I moved to Portugal at 63 (sold everything, got a VISA and went) and spent almost 6 months there before I returned to the states.
What is your business?
My company is Linda Mclay and I’m a mentor and strategist. I intuitively guide fearless, inspired women, to create harmony in life and business by their own design. I show them how to dispel the myth, and become their own superwoman.
How long have you been working with your business?
I’ve had the mentoring business for just over a year, officially. Prior to that, I had a VA/Business Consultancy.
Why did you want to work from home or work for yourself? What is your “why”?
I wanted to work from home so I could travel and work anywhere plus after so many years working for a corporation, I really didn’t want to do that again.
My ‘why’ for my business? I believe everyone has the right to live a life they truly want and not one that has been sold to them. Too many (women especially) make a decision on a job/career/life based on how they were programmed and not what they really enjoy nor not necessarily using the gifts and talents they have.
Why did you start this business? Did you look into any other business ideas? Have you tried any others before this one?
I started my original business (The VA/Business Consultancy) because I knew someone who was highly successful and figured by taking her courses I could build my own. I did but found I hated the work and discovered instead people were gravitating to me for guidance. It dawned on my that mentoring and coaching is what I had done for most of my Corporate America careers. And most of all I loved it!
How many hours do you work every day or week? What kinds of things do you do to make money?
I’ve never really timed how much I work, because I love it. 🙂 I make money by mentoring others in life, mindset and business.
How long did it take to see your first sale? How long did it take to make a profit?
I’ve had clients before I even became officially a mentor! But since I revamped I have not yet turned a profit. One huge area that I have learned is how important it is to be consistent so that your message is always the same! Building a business takes time and knowing what your business is. You need to know its core value and unique selling proposition.
How do you help your customer? Why would they buy from you?
I offer 1 on 1 coaching, a new group coaching program ( 1 on 1 coaching in a group setting) and an intense dive (90 minute call). I love helping them find the pieces and putting their unique puzzle together.
What do you like best about your business?
I love serving and guiding women to reach their full potential while creating a life and/or business they want. It’s great to be able to tap into my background and help them in all areas.
How would someone start a new business or start a business like yours?
The first place I recommend starting would be to make a list of all the ideas and thoughts to start a new business. Then do research to get more detail on the feasibility. And then really look at whether it’s something you really want to do. If it is, take some time to understand your ‘why’ that’s behind your motivation, because money isn’t enough of a reason! Once you’ve nailed it down, start looking at who your ideal client is, who they are and go into as deep of detail as you can. Then go from there.
The best way to make it happen is to have a mentor or coach to help you set up the steps. They can help you go deeper into your motivation. Having a coach makes finding your ideal client and all the ins and outs of starting a business that much easier. It helps to eliminate the do overs to start right, right from the beginning.
What do you do to help your customers succeed?
I dig deep and through pointed questions and using my intuition, I guide them to discover what it is they really want. From there, we use conversation to work on their mindset, and create a ‘roadmap’ of action steps they need to take to start a new business and build the life or lifestyle they want. Once the actions steps are agreed upon, we work together to implement them so whatever they want becomes reality.
What kinds of expectations should someone new to online business, working from home or working for yourself have?
Initially a person needs to put in more hours to get ‘known’ and build a community of followers or potential clients, that is, if they are building a business of their own. It WILL not happen overnight. There is no fairy godmother with a magic wand to make it happen. It takes guts, persistence and willingness to put yourself out there. If you are working from home for someone else, it will still take time to find the right person/or company to work with.
Anything else you would like someone to know about you or your business?
I am a jack of all trades. I can help with life. mindset. or business. My testimonials speak for themselves! I can help women entrepreneurs, mompreneurs or women who are ready for a change.
A question to ask yourself: Do you remember when you knew what you wanted and you knew you were worthy? Maybe when you were a kid? But then you grew up and you got used to settling. My superpower is helping you find more–more energy, more purpose, more passion, more joy, so you can live your best life ever! It’s to help you dispel the myth and be your own superwoman
How can someone connect with you?
Thanks for answering my questions Linda!
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