Journey into Entrepreneurship

Journey into Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is a journey not taken alone. When one decides to be an entrepreneur, not only are they jumping into the unknown without a safety net, they are also taking their family and friends along for the ride. All the risks, fears, successes fall into one vital being—to be an entrepreneur. To be what you needed to be, not what you were told to be. We have great admiration for those of you willing to take the plunge and put yourself out there with all of your strengths and vulnerabilities, and for that we salute you. Nothing is more motivating than hearing what other business owners are doing and how they are making it. So if you are an entrepreneur or are contemplating jumping off to the unknown, here is our hand selected group of local entrepreneurs who are willing to share with you what they learned and what they know to be the truth.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is having the kind of balance that I think many moms dream of—including my 5-year-ago self. I still earn the kind of salary I had at more than 40 hours, but now I work less than half that from the comfort of my own home. I can go to the gym, be home for my kids when they get home from school, and actually make a dinner, rather than prep one. All this time before I had thought success meant the top of the corporate ladder—but actually, I believe what I have now is “IT”.

If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t doubt your awesomeness. Just keep doing you, and you’ll be fine.

Samantha Villegas | SaVi PR, LLC


What’s your favorite metaphor for describing entrepreneurship?
Not a metaphor, but I love the quote about doing one thing every day that terrifies you.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Growing the business at a steady pace to accommodate my family life. Not too much that I can’t handle, but being able to attract the types of clients that I want to have. I like doing business with positive and ethical people and have been very blessed to have done that.

If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Embrace the terror. You can do this.

Aimee Taylor | Market Alignment


What’s your favorite metaphor for describing entrepreneurship?
Running provides a great metaphor for entrepreneurship…running is hard, and you can easily be distracted by those around you who are faster or have greater endurance. So I would say: Run your own race! Keep your head down and focus on the next step and forget the naysayers and other “noise.”

In the beginning, what motivated you to become an entrepreneur?
As a mom of 3 boys, I was frustrated by the lack of quality non-competitive youth running programs for boys in our area. I also wanted to tie in the culminating races to include a philanthropic component.

Ashley Campolattaro | Families in Training


What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
As a woman who owns a business and who participates in a great deal of community service work, I believe I am setting a good example for young women. My work is about empowering women, and I want to help other women get on their feet and reach their goals, too.

What’s your favorite metaphor for describing entrepreneurship?
I think that running a business is a lot of times like walking across a balance beam. It’s a lot easier to get across the balance beam when you believe in yourself. Goals baby.

If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Make a schedule and stick to it. Make time for yourself but also make sure you put in the hours to succeed. If you don’t work, your business will probably suffer.

Jessica Monte | Jessica Monte Photography


In the beginning, what motivated you to become an entrepreneur?
My passion for becoming an orthodontist began while assisting in the creation of a dental program at a free clinic. I volunteered for over 2000 hours at a free medical clinic in Virginia while attending college.

What’s the single most important reason for your success?
PERSEVERANCE! I take an opportunity to find the areas to grow from even when faced with obstacles and there is minor set back. I simply reassess and strive to overcome the barrier by “taking a new fork in the road.” I truly believe that without failure there is no success!

What’s your least favorite part about being an entrepreneur?
The stress that I often place upon myself, I feel very compelled to make everyone “happy” and attempt to accommodate so many schedules. I value my patients’ “time” and therefore find it difficult to accommodate so many busy schedules when we only have so many “working hours” in a day.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow as an entrepreneur?
I personally review my statistics daily. I know what my annual goals are, and I then break it down to a monthly, weekly, and daily number that is quantifiable. I believe it’s important that the entire team is on the same page, driving for the same purpose. My staff meets every morning to review how yesterday went, and we strive to celebrate the successes and also reflect on the opportunities for improvement.

If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Learn from everyone…be a sponge, ask questions, and find mentors that will give you advice.

Dr. Kelly Morgan | Morgan Orthodontics


What’s your favorite metaphor for describing entrepreneurship?
Being a trendsetter, hardworking, and unrelenting!

What’s the single most important reason for your success?
The hunger to learn more and serve people. I never stop learning, and I am driven to be the best out there!

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
My wife and kids are my greatest success. Becoming the 130th President of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia and the first Chairman and Medical Director of Stone Springs Hospital are close to the top.

What’s your greatest fear as an entrepreneur?
Failure

What do you do on a daily basis to grow as an entrepreneur?
Do the very best I can do. If I keep getting my patients to refer their friends and family that is the key to success!

Dr. Jack Ayoub, MD | Virginia Obstetrics and Gynecology


If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be?
To a first time entrepreneur, I would advise them to be confident. If you are confident in your skills and abilities, your craft will flourish.

Looking back, what’s one thing you would do differently?
Start sooner.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is being a role model for my daughters. Becoming an entrepreneur and striving to be the best in my field will teach my children the importance of hard work, dedication, and fairness.

Amelia Franklin | Walker Franklin Physical Therapy