Today we’d like to introduce you to Evelyn Gallagher.
Evelyn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been surrounded by creative entrepreneurs my entire life. My mother was a music photographer, and my step-father was a theater producer, so I was constantly surrounded by people who were committed to carving out their own life paths. I was born in New York City, but at 15, we moved to Louisville, Kentucky. My upbringing taught me adaptability and how to make the most out of the variety of situations you will inevitably be presented with. After visiting Denver in 2014, I moved here fresh out of college because of its infectious energy: I was ready for a new adventure! I technically started my business in 2015 with one NY client, but I always viewed it as a side hustle. In my professional years in Denver, I’ve worked in marketing for a variety of industries – film, commercials, television, real estate, food and beverage, theater, radio, and even farming. Between holding positions as a Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Director, Production Coordinator, an Email Specialist and a Digital Operations Manager I never found a “job” that encompassed everything I wanted to do on a daily basis. It was during my last job as a Digital Operations Manager that I found my business starting to flourish, growing from two monthly clients to five. I was working 80 – 90 hour weeks and running myself into the ground trying to surpass expectations at my full-time job and for all of my clients. That’s when I realized, despite working that much and being completely burnt out, that I loved what I was spending my nights and weekends doing. It brought me a sense of fulfillment I had not previously found. After nine months, I decided to take the leap and fully immerse myself in Ignite Your Verve. Everyone knows the axiom, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Sure, that sounds AMAZING, but if you own your own business, there are days where you feel like there is an ENDLESS pile of work because your business is a never-ending work of art. If you can laugh, dance, celebrate, embrace the messy, stay motivated and stay passionate through the ups and the downs that means you’re truly doing something you love. That is what I’m committed to doing every day.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I feel like no entrepreneur’s road is smooth. As an entrepreneur you have to constantly be evolving, have a solid growth mindset and adapt to given situations. One of the biggest struggles was believing in myself. It took me so long to truly believe with every fiber in my being that my business could be more than a side hustle. Committing to myself and my business was by far the largest bump in the road so far.
My advice to young women starting their entrepreneurial journey? You are the only person standing in your way. If you keep that perspective your resilience will be unstoppable and your growth undeniable. Rejection can be hard and many times people, like myself, internalize it and give it more power over their self-worth and confidence that it deserves to have. Also, dream bigger. Having that mindset keeps you on your toes and always excited about a new opportunity.
Please tell us about what you do.
I specialize in brand development and community cultivation. I cover a lot of ground with my clients – website development, website management, digital marketing, graphic design, business and brand strategy, outreach and even photography. All the services I offer work together to transform a company and build a community around my client’s business. The relationships I develop with my clients is what I think sets me apart. There is depth in every conversation I have with my clients whether it is personal or professional. I focus on integrity, honesty, growth, and empowerment, which is something I infuse into all of my work and communication with clients. Times when clients lose faith in their business, I help them remember why they are badass and why the world needs what they are offering. Right now, I’m incredibly proud of one of my clients, Mind Coach NOLA, I began with her 11 months ago when her business was one coach and a few clients. In six months, we had her fully booked with 15 clients and now, after 11 months, we’ve just launched a training program for new coaches that will grow her business 800%. All in under a year!
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
You’re a Badass (all of them) – Jen Sincero
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
How I Built This – NPR
The Goal Diggers Podcast – Jenna Kutcher
RISE Podcast – Rachel Hollis
The Creative Insight Journey (Stanford MBA course now taught by licensed virtual coaches)
- Packages are tailored specifically to what my clients need and range from $500 – $1,600 per month. Project-based work is on a client-to-client basis.
- Website: www.igniteyourverve.com
- Phone: 917-650-1652
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/igniteyourverve
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/igniteyourverve