Jenny Charbonneau, owner of Jenny Says, has been in business since 2009, although like many businesses it has been changing and evolving ever since.
Jenny says ‘I am a Life Coach, Author and Speaker. I help women increase self-confidence, resolve relationship issues and find happiness within themselves and with others.’
What drove you to start your own business? What was the turning point?
I have had a few businesses. I first started as a Professional Organizer and then Business Consultant and finally Life Coach. I started the PO business because I was always working myself out of a job due to the fact I was so organized and worked so quickly and efficiently. I had side jobs where all I did was organizing. It was a gift. That lead into consulting. At the same time I was training to be a volunteer counsellor. I applied the training in both businesses and obviously it comes in quite handy with the life coaching. The Life Coach turning point was when I took a course that made me realize my basic purpose in life was to help others communicate better and to use my communication skills to assist others in solving life problems. I realized I had been guiding women all my life with advice, mostly on communicating effectively, being confident and handling relationship issues, all of course to find happiness.
Who do you admire or look to for inspiration as a business owner?
I admire many that have helped me get to where I am today. That includes friends, family, clients and mentors. Right now I am applying Milana Leshinsky’s techniques on how to build a residual income business. This is my ultimate goal. To package my knowledge so I can help masses of women, not just one by one, and to allow myself more time to help others on a volunteer basis.
What are your goals for your business?
To write many more books – I can’t get the thoughts on paper fast enough!
To package my knowledge in many resources for different learning styles and budgets
To become a residual income business
To help as many women as I can, as fast as I can, in this lifetime
What would you do differently next time around?
If I knew what I know now, probably narrow down my niche to exactly what I wanted to focus on in the beginning and go with what my heart and passion told me to do.
What difficulties and challenges have you had to overcome and how did you keep going?
Things I struggled with:
Not having enough money to focus on my passion – I manage two businesses that are not my own to support my lifestyle.
Being overwhelmed with all the details and tasks of running a business by myself and also running others. I do a lot of list making, I write things down anywhere and everywhere I go – always having a pad on me, I re-organize, I apply techniques and systems to all businesses so I can get the gains from using the same system.
Being motivated at the right time – sometimes when I had time, I wasn’t motivated to write – so I have learned to have a pad everywhere – I write down thoughts and develop them later. I have learned when I’m most motivated and utilize that time for myself. I make myself a priority and get my stuff done before anyone elses.
What legacy would you like your business to leave to the world and your family/friends?
Financial security for my mother and peace of mind
A better outlook on self and life for my clients
Tools to overcome obstacles for my clients
To bring hope and happiness to as many women as I can
What support did you seek out and what difference has that made to your business?
I get a lot of indirect support from church – I take practical life courses there that help me apply many tools to life and business. That has helped immensely. I do a lot of research online – I survey groups in LinkedIn which has helped a lot for feedback and now follow Milana which seems promising.
How far ahead do you plan and what keeps you on track and motivated?
I make goals out a year ahead of time. Then I look 90 days out and start planning out time lines and then every day I have a short-term list and long-term list in google.
What has been one big success that you have achieved in your business?
I wrote my first book. That was a life long goal!
What piece of advice has had the most impact on your business?
Always look into the future – this keeps things in perspective rather than focusing on the past or the present. If you keep your eye on the goal you will never be blinded by the obstacles and you will get there if you keep going one step at a time.
What are your top 3 tips for someone who would like to start a business now?
a) Write out all your thoughts, organize them, make a plan from them.
b) Make a giant list of what needs to get done to function and keep breaking down the tasks until they cannot be broken down anymore – that will be your full to do list.
c) Get a system in place to produce and commit to your most motivating time and then start doing it! Don’t let mental barriers get in the way. Something is always going to come up.
What are 3 books, websites or resources that you would recommend to other business owners?
www.milana.com – if you are interested in building residual income
www.LinkedIn.com – for resources, associates and feedback
www.grantcardone.com – you need to know how to sell if you are going into business
How can people connect with you?
In the first instance you can find me at: www.jenny-says.com