Your Name: Bea Arthur
Business Name: Pretty Padded Room
Type of Business: Coaching & Consulting; Online counseling
Business Location: United States
U.S. State: New York
Reason for starting
I believe in the benefits of counseling and see it as a necessity not a privilege, so I wanted to make it available and affordable for women everywhere. After going through a rough time myself, I realized how hard it was to find a good therapist at a good price that worked with my schedule. So I solved my own problem and created what I craved.
Being featured as a Website to Watch by Entrepreneur Magazine was wonderful. I really felt that I’d validated my vision just by being interviewed. The journalist thanked me and said, “I think you’re going to help a lot of people.” I was walking on sunshine for months after that : )
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
Well I wanted to start a counseling company but ended up running a tech platform! Add to that the fact that I have zero tech experience, and I’ve had hundreds of headaches in the last two years. It’s hard enough running a business even when you’re an expert in your field. Having to learn a whole new industry while being the boss was rough.
Who is your most important role model?
My mother. She’s also an entrepreneur and I remember when she started. She didn’t have a single client for six months but she kept going, and twelve years later, she’s still going strong. You have to have strength and the support of friends and family, but most importantly, stamina.
Posted: October 16, 2012