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This week we are featuring Teresa Schlup Mentorship & Web Design.
Q & A Time featuring Teresa:
How long have you been in business?
I originally launched my business in the summer of 2012 as a Life Coaching and Hypnotherapist. Since then I have helped women across the nation face their fears and step outside of their comfort zone in incredible ways. Like many Life Coaches I wanted to help my clients own the amazing person they were hiding within. The person who is strong, intelligent and able to create incredible change within the world.
It wasn’t until the spring of 2017 that I decided to add a side business of website design. I added it for fun, because I have always loved the technical side of business. I was also doing websites for others just for fun and thought why not make a few extra bucks. Within a few months my side business had grown so big it became my full time job, and I have been doing website design and website mentorship exclusively since the fall of 2017.
What is your business all about?
Helping women shine for the world to see through their website and online engagement. Anyone can build a website, but not everyone builds a website that creates relationships.
Our websites are so much more than just words on a page. It is a place to connect with those looking for exactly what you have to offer. A place where you have the opportunity to be 100% authentically you, and where you get to set the rules. A place where you can connect with people from across the globe and help them make today and all of the tomorrows to come better.
And yes I do build this and more into the websites I create, and that is something I love doing. What I love even more however, is helping my clients take the technology reigns and build this into the own website. It is so incredibly empowering to watch a client’s business boom as they embrace every aspect of their talents, business and website.
What makes your business unique?
One of the things I learned quickly when working with my web design clients is they needed more than just a tech who can build a website. They need a friendly ear, a support team and someone who is willing to listen and can understand their struggles. My background in technology, along with a degree in Transformational Psychology and Life Coaching certification recognized by ICF (International Coaching Federation) allow me to provide the “more” they need.
When I look at helping a client bring their message to the world, I look at more than the technology needed to build a website. I look at how that technology will work for them. At how they connect with their clients, and how they can take the relationship to the next level through technology. I look at what their comfort level is in technology and help them design engagement that works for them. There is no one-size-fits all formula for building an online presence. Each person has their own unique way of connecting, and that is what we focus on.
Why did you start your business?
I will never forget the first website I built as an entrepreneur. I had signed up for a “launch your website in hours” company, and spent the next three weeks trying to make it happen. There was a lot of hours put into that launch, along with a lot of frustration and tears. When I was done, I had a mediocre website with horrible visibility.
Having a background in technology I couldn’t imagine what entrepreneurs who weren’t as comfortable with technology went through. I knew that some even gave up. I didn’t want them to give up, and I didn’t want them to feel pressured into spending tons of money on a website that was okay at best.
I vowed to find a better way to create websites, one that was simple, and worked for the business owner. Something that was more than just another item our to-do list. Something they would love and proud to show others.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?
1.) Unstoppable Faith and Determination. There are going to be really tough days where you question everything you are doing. You will doubt yourself and think you’ve lost your mind. You will even be tempted to get a 9 to 5 job working for someone else. In these moments it is your unstoppable faith and determination that will keep you going no matter what.
2.) An open mind and willingness to learn. Starting out I thought I had it all figured out, and it didn’t take long for me to realize nothing could be further from the truth. There were beliefs I held firm that never served me professional and often lead to failure. Had I not approached those moments of failure with an open mind and a willingness to learn from it I would never have lasted a year.
3.) Strong and loving boundary lines. Far too many entrepreneurs believe the only way to succeed is to be always available and on duty all of the time. This leads to a quick burnout, and often little to no return on investment. If we aren’t careful we will soon find ourselves resenting the people we originally set out to help.
When we set clear and loving boundaries for ourselves, and those we work with we actually are creating a relationship based on respect. One that can grow into something even more, and create an incredible energy of abundance.
What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?
1.) Define boundaries that honors your new business as well as your family, friends and own personal well-being before you begin. Define your business hours, how you will communicate, and if you will travel or not. Be clear and practice saying no, for those moments when you are asked to offer something outside of those boundary lines. Remember "No." is a complete statement and you are in charge.
2.) Be clear on what you do and what you offer. Don’t shift either of these on a whim, or just because someone is asking. Only when we are clear on who we are as a business owner, can our potential clients be clear on how we can help them.
3.) You don’t need 20 experts! Yes, there are a lot of amazing coaches and business mentors out there, ready to help you take your business to the next level. But to take the advice of them all will only make you crazy. Find the people who run their business in a way you admire. Those who offer their services in a way that resonates with you. Pay close attention to what they do well, and how you can implement those things in your own unique way. And always trust your intuition!
Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?
There far too many inspirational people in my life to mention, and even more books! So for the sake of time I will share what came to mind instantly.
The people who inspire me the most are my kids and my lifelong friend Crystal. My kids have taught me far more than I believe I have ever taught them, and it is through them that I have discovered my own inner strength, my determination to try and try again, my desire to make life the best it can be, and my ability to embrace that life with complete gratitude.
It was Crystal who taught me to look for the good in people, especially myself. So much of my early life lessons taught me to be suspicious and look for the worst in every situation. Crystal has always been that calming voice who helped me see the good in others and in life. In the midst of my craziest of thoughts it is her voice of acceptance and understanding that brings me back to the person I want to be.
And like many of us, I am an avid reader, and am typically reading 3-4 books at a time. Yet there is one book that has always stood out for me, and that is the Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews. It is through this book that I clearly defined my own personal values and the kind of person I strive to be each and every day. It is the one book I always go back to, when I need help getting back to my purpose in life.
How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?
I make a point to remember what I have accomplished in life. The times I succeeded beyond expectation, and when I was able to what I had believed was impossible. When I look at what I have done, I realize there is so much more that I can do, and I feel empowered to try again. After all I would have never done those things had I not continued trying.
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I love coffee dates, hugs and meeting new people in person and online. I love connecting people together who I know have the potential to create something incredible together. If you are ever in need of any of these I am only a quick message away.
Thank you, Teresa, for letting us share a bit about you!
If you’d like to reach out to Teresa, here is Teresa’s Contact Information.