Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Laura Anderson, Founder of Common Chord Psychology Services, located in Kilauea, HI, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who works to help kids, teens, and families overcome difficulties and thrive. I am developing a catalog of online parenting courses. My customers are generally parents but also clinicians and mental health providers, hoping to learn from my twenty-five years of experience.

Tell us about yourself

I have always loved kids and working with kids and families. It's amazing to watch kids and families understand each other better and find greater connection and calm. I am also an adoptive parent myself, and it really shaped and shaped how I approach my work. I often say my work is sharing what I have learned on my office couch and my living room couch. I am inspired by my own children and by what I see daily. This parenting thing is hard- and amazing.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I have developed some awesome online courses for parents raising gender-expansive, non-binary, and transgender youth. I am proud of the product and am excited at the ways it can help people.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Work-life balance and the sense that there is always something I can do. Gone are the days of clocking in and out, and it takes work to make sure I keep playing and loving life while I grow my business.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Envision your goals clearly- be as specific as you can.
  2. Watch how you talk to yourself. You have to be able to see the goal and believe you can do it. And how we talk to ourselves impacts when we stumble and when we grow.
  3. Delegate- create a team of people who are experts in supporting you, rather than taking four times as long trying to learn new skills outside of your current strengths.

Where can people find you and your business?


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