Name: Carolyn Pearse
Business: Carolyn Louise
Location: Newport, United Kingdom
Industry: Personal Services
Reason for starting? I have always had a desire to have my own business, however after university I got myself a job and didn’t really think entrepreneurship was an option for me at that time in my life. I ended up with a career in marketing and fell in love with branding fairly early on in my career, however I was never happy in my job, I always felt that there was something missing. I moved from job to job, trying to find that ‘perfect’ role that would fulfil me and I was truly passionate about. I wanted my own business but I was imprisoned by fear. Fear that I wasn’t good enough, that I didn’t have enough experience, that it was something I’d do one day. I felt stuck, overwhelmed and a lost. When I turned 29 I had a bit of a reality check, my 20’s were coming to an end and I felt I had wasted the last 10 years in a career that wasn’t serving me. I knew I had to face my fear and set up my own business, otherwise I would waste another 10 years. I found a coach to help me and I haven’t looked back since.
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How do you define success? Success for me is when you are doing something that you love, that lights you up and you can see that sparkle shine through in that person and everything that they do, that’s why the work I do helps women create a business and brand that does exactly that! Also the freedom of entrepreneurship was a big driving force for me, I didn’t want to be one of those people that just live for the weekend – I want to enjoy everyday!
Biggest success: My biggest success to date is the self-development work I’ve done on myself over the last year. I trained in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), have worked on my mindset and have overcome many fears and limiting beliefs that kept me stuck for years. I am now following my dreams, being true to myself and have set up a business that I am truly passionate about and helping others do the same.
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What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? The biggest challenge I had was feeling completely overwhelmed about where to start with my business, I got too bogged down in the detail and the ‘hows’. I addressed this by getting a business coach who worked with me each step of the way, by the time I finished working with her I had the bones of my business set up and I had some structure. The biggest thing I learnt was that you just have to take action and the ‘hows’ will take care of themselves. If you don’t know something, don’t let that stop you! There are plenty of people out there who can help you. Every entrepreneur has their strengths, I think people have this misconception that you have to know absolutely everything to start a business but you really don’t. Entrepreneurship is a journey, I’ve learnt a lot!
Who is your most important role model? I have many role models. Anyone that is doing something they love; helping, inspiring and motivating people to follow their dreams and making a difference in the world!