To be a part of seeing a woman entrepreneur’s business idea become reality is nothing less than thrilling! That’s why I’m so excited to be hosting Her Own Business to help women create a business model designed around them to successfully launch their passion into profit.

My own entrepreneurial journey started at age 10. I was inspired by my older brother who was born with Cerebral Palsy, and I organized a neighborhood carnival event with the proceeds benefitting Cerebral Palsy research. I channeled that entrepreneurial spirit into my professional career and created my own position at a global pharmaceutical company, helping doctors start and build their own elective surgery practices.

In the transition from being an employee to a business owner, I felt pressured that I should be doing everything myself. Instead, I approached my own business as if I were advising a client, and I released myself from feeling obligated to old paradigms. I had gained expertise in business development and certified job matching and used the tools I had learned to create and design my business around myself.  I’ll admit, it wasn’t easy to release my feelings of control and shame, knowing that I couldn’t fill every role in a business; but seriously, who can? Through my personal experience, I was inspired to start Better Job Fit, Inc., and help other people think differently about themselves, their roles and opportunities in business.  

I use the tools of artificial intelligence, objective job-matching science and customized coaching to help women by revealing the 95% of what they don’t know about themselves and their options for transitioning into different career roles or building a business. Objective job-matching science provides unknown options, opening doors to some of the most unusual combinations.  

Here’s an example of how job-matching made a great impact: I was working with foster care alumni. While preparing a young man for college, it was determined he was a 95% match to a graphic designer and a correctional officer. I asked him two questions: “Do you want to go to work wearing a nice dress shirt and pants and be around colleagues?” or “Do you want to go to work wearing a uniform with a gun and be around prisoners?”  

An executive who was preparing to retire from her position as a Global Director at Texas Instruments liked beading, working with beads, making necklaces, bracelets, etc. Her intention was to spend $1 million on a “brick-and-mortar” store. When I asked her what roles she thought she should play in her business, she said she could, “Do it all.” After comparing her job-match profile against the other jobs of a brick-and-mortar retail business (like sales and maintenance), it was clearly determined that it would be best for her to create an online bead business and teach a monthly “Technology and Beading” class at a local craft store. This not only saved her from losing a $1 million investment, it also secured her happiness for the next stage of her life.

If you’re wanting to start your own business or if you’ve started one and feel like quitting, my program is for you. I specialize in helping women entrepreneurs break free from traditional business misperceptions, providing the information necessary to build a strong foundation and business model around yourself and your strengths.

Her Own Business meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm CT, starting on July 7. I would love to see you and learn about how I can help turn your entrepreneurial plans into reality.

Jan Barlow

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