Interview With Lizz Smoak, Move Forward Expert

Interview With Lizz Smoak, Move Forward Expert Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I’m a genetically engineered entrepreneur. There are many entrepreneurs in my family and although I made a successful career in corporate sales, I always had a fire in my belly for something of my own. After a major geographical move and a life altering event, I finally quit my job after 25 years in the workforce and followed my passion for coaching business and making other entrepreneurs successful.

I’ve had several businesses from a cosmetics company, to a handbag line and even owned two football teams. Nothing charged me more than when I identified what had me stuck in life and really gave me wings (part of what I teach women now).

What services do you offer?

One-on-One Coaching, Public Speaking and Passion Pioneering Workshops (for women who don’t know how to make money with their passion).

How much money are you making?

Last year, I made $70k, but it’s the freedom to work wherever I want and be there for my 4 year old daughter and family that is invaluable.

What types of marketing strategies work best for you?

My best marketing is done face to face (as with most businesses). My Skype Consultations are really popular because women get the opportunity to meet me and learn what I can teach them. Secondarily, it’s video and my Facebook communities that gain access to me and my insights on a daily basis.

What’s the secret to your success?

The secret to success is my innate ability to pluck out people’s talents and instantly turn them into profit making ideas. I have a client that literally loves making fake food and within minutes of hearing this and seeing her “faux foods” we created a business plan she could execute immediately with her current resources.

What advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Reach out to others who are willing to brainstorm with you. Often times self-preneurs are surrounded by their own ideas or the ideas of their typically small teams. You would be surprised as what blossoms out of connecting and openly and bravely brainstorming ideas that are out of your proverbial box. Even if it is a conference you wouldn’t normally think you need. Change your surroundings and change your perspective.

How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?

I keep a huge whiteboard calendar visible so my whole family can see what I’m up to. It’s way too easy for friends and family to think you’re not busy because you work from home. I schedule EVERYTHING, even time to clean the house (which is Friday’s in case you were wondering). If I have a heavy week on the personal side I can see that I have to book business a little heavier on other weeks. Of course, you have heard this from many successful people, but you have to say “No” quite a bit if you really want to be productive.

Buffer keeps both my personal and business social networking organized and going.

On those “don’t feel like it days”, what motivates you to keep going?

I make a conscious effort not to fight the current. There are days when nothing seems to work and I am void of ideas. I don’t fight it. I take it as my body telling me I need to rest or get away from the computer. So I do something productive elsewhere – clean out my hall closet, visit a friend or catch up with a family member I haven’t heard from in a while. It is all valuable to the creative process.

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