One of my clients contacted me today to tell me they achieved their next step that I helped them work towards with a new resume and cover letter for a change in industry. It made me so happy to hear about the client's success - it felt like my success, too.
It made me think about how long I have been doing this business in one way or another - even without running it like a "business". I think like most entrepreneurs, I have been a reluctant entrepreneur. For the last 15+ years, I have been helping people take their next steps and now I can say I am fully committed to seeing this business through to whatever it may become - as my blog posts and Website continues to see increased traffic and lots of unique visitors on a daily basis, I am humbled that something I write or share is helpful. As so many people visit my storefront, I am excited to meet them as new clients and to see what "magic" I can work with them to get to their next steps, too.
Over these last 15+ years, I have helped people change industries. I have helped people re-enter the workforce after taking time off to raise children. I have helped people come back to the workforce after being downsized, laid off, fired and outsourced. There is so much I have done to help people take their next step and still so much more I can do.
As a prof and an educator I can teach people how to do this for themselves and I think I do that with this blog and my posts about advice and more. Of course, I also do this with my upcoming seminars at Wagner College through the Office for Lifelong Learning.
I can help you or your family member or your friend by being hired to do the resume, cover letter, application essay or LinkedIn profile. A recent study said college students' should have their LinkedIn profile professional and ready to go before graduation. I can change their career path by having them attend one of my upcoming seminars at Wagner College.
When I am hired, I provide both my my top notch services and my free value adds to all clients and their successes become my successes. I am so happy when a client finds their next step and that is why I continue to do this as a business and execute with my brand management of me - my name, my face and my words.
I have been doing this for 15 years but did not always treat it as a business. In making this monumental step to call this a real business and to brand it with me - my face, my name, my words and to manage client payments and expectations - is a great big scary step. It has been so worth it to be thanked when one of my clients gets their perfect next step and having been a part of that journey however small helps validate me and my business plan and how I motivate myself moving forward. So who wants to take their journey with me? Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen