How One Teacher Built Her Tutoring Business in Just 3 Years
Over the next few weeks, you’ll hear stories from the Miocoa Strategies’ network on what we wish we knew about business or marketing. This is to help give insight into entrepreneurship and the impact of marketing/branding. We hope you enjoy!
Story Provided by Natalie Mangrum (Pictured)
When I founded Maryland Teacher Tutors, I was the only tutor. In less than 6 months, I had hired 5 more tutors. Within the first year, I had a total of 12 tutors. By the end of the second year, I had a total of 25 tutors and currently, we have over 30. I’ve had my company for a little over 3 years and if I could go back in time, there are some things I wish I had known.
My journey begins with God and that’s how it will end. I made a decision to follow His lead many years ago, and He is the sole reason why I’ve obtained the level of business success that I have. My work ethic, ambition, wisdom, and expertise are all gifts that He’s given me and I have always done my best to steward those gifts in a way that honors Him.
It is my hope that the following tips will inspire new CEOs and aspiring bosses as they start out on the beautiful journey that is entrepreneurship.
Be patient. Success doesn’t happen to people overnight and it doesn’t happen without hard work and consistency. Look at the bios of some of your favorite entrepreneurs. You may be surprised to see that they’ve been at this for longer than you realized.
Seek counsel. You don’t know everything. Seek out people who can help in areas where you don’t have expertise. I have a financial advisor, a team of older entrepreneurs that I meet with monthly, and a group of #bossbabes that I bounce ideas off of regularly.
Be honest. You can’t grow if you’re not honest with yourself and others. Entrepreneurship takes a level of self-awareness that everyone is not comfortable with. You have to be able to look at something that you thought was a fantastic idea and realize it was actually a disaster. You have to be able to own up to things that go terribly wrong and let the people you trust know when you are sinking and need help.
No matter what, entrepreneurship will take you on a roller coaster ride that’s impossible to prepare for. Follow the wisdom of those who have gone before you, but don’t be too hard on yourself.
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