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Name: Sandy Morgan

Business: Almost Anything LLC, coaching, training and book keeping for small businesses

Industry: Coaching & Consulting

Location: Minneapolis St-Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Reason for starting: I started my consulting business when my son was in pre-school. At the time, I had a retail store (also called Almost Anything) which sold new and used items. It was exciting to operate but took a lot of time. Once we made the decision to home-school, I closed my shop. I started getting questions from other business owners about bookkeeping, regulatory requirements and marketing. My consulting, training and bookkeeping business was born. The more I talked with other small businesses, the more I became aware that many of them were overwhelmed with bookkeeping and all the other tasks they had to learn about in order to run their company. My goal was to simplify this process for them.

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How do you define success? To me, success is the right balance of financial stability and healthy relationships; God, myself, family, friends and business relationships.

Biggest Success: My biggest success has been the launch of a new coaching/training platform, called YouTrain, that can reach hundreds of customers with the perfect combination of skills they need to run their business, and one-on-one coaching and consulting to answer their specific questions. It is very rewarding to hear clients say “you have helped me grow my business.”

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What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? My top challenge is prioritizing my current client load with my current product development and growth projects. I have addressed it by writing down my key tasks for the next day every evening that are in line with my goals. It’s all about outcomes – I keep reminding myself of where I want to be. I also keep all my projects and client files in OneNote, which is accessible from anywhere, keeping everything in one place, which has helped me become more effective.

Who is your most important role model? I have many role models – particularly other women business owners. Two of them have been Ali Brown and Lysa TerKeurst -both of whom have a passion for reaching women to help them overcome their biggest challenges.

Twitter   @PracticalSandy

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