Today we’d like to introduce you to Meghan Lamle.
Meghan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was little, my brothers always called me bossy. They told me I couldn’t grow up and become a boss, but they were clearly wrong. As a child, I always wanted to be in charge and be the one calling the shots. When I got my degree in business management, I thought I would be someone with a corner office. I learned quickly that it was not a career path I wanted to take, based on the long hours and little pay that middle management typically receives.
One of my siblings had a classmate who traveled and worked remotely. As soon as I found out about her, I was intrigued. I have two large dogs and I knew that I wanted to work from home and be with them. I found out digital marketing was a growing field and I wanted to be a part of it. I started as a virtual assistant on Upwork, a platform that allows companies to put up contracts. Turns out it was a rat race online, so I gave up.
It was two years later before I tried again with an in-person client. I was getting my hair color corrected and she mentioned she needed a social media manager and assistant. I was working a good job at the time but was super bored. I started with local clients and then moved into the online space through Facebook groups. This exposed me to the world of online coaching and I knew I had to dive deep into that space. I transitioned from Social media Management in August of 2019 to coaching and haven’t looked back since. Since August of 2019, I have helped over 40 women grow their own businesses.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has never been a smooth road in business, but that’s what makes it so enjoyable. Starting out, I struggled to find and to sign clients on Upwork. I felt like I wasn’t good enough compared to the other people in that space. When I did get my first contract, it was for content creation and not social media management. I never finished the contract because I couldn’t create the content needed, but got paid for it anyway. It took courage to get back into the game after failing the first time.
One of my bigger struggles, when I started, was learning to invest in my business was its own struggle. I joined a group program in August 2019 which was a three thousand dollar program and I had $200 to my name. It was such an act of courage to put up the money I didn’t have for a dream that I didn’t know was possible.
In coaching, every new level has its struggles. They say “new levels, new devils,” but that just means a new lesson to learn. At first, I was figuring out how to coach and lead my clients to success. Now, my biggest challenge is how to manage my time effectively and grow my business without sacrificing my time. My team has grown to six women, which means there are so many moving parts. The struggle is a part of owning a business, which is why you hear business owners talk about it so much. It’s the reality of this chosen path because entrepreneurship is really a journey of personal development.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a sales coach for female entrepreneurs in the online space. In other words, I help women in online space learn how to sell consistently so that they can scale their business rapidly. My clients are typically coaches or service providers. Most of the time, people think you have to force someone into a sale or convince them to buy when really it is the opposite. This relates to the psychology side of sales, which I love. My hands-on coaching style and personality set me apart from other coaches, and the space is full of so many amazing women who bring their own spin to it.
I have only been coaching since August of 2019, but I have collected over 60k into my business through my 1:1 coaching and a passive course. My proudest accomplishment in my business has been my launch during COVID-19 – I brought seven women into an amazing group program which resulted in 27k in contracted services.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
As a business owner, I am hyper analytic of what has happened in my business and what I need to do going forward. If I had to start over, I would have sought out support and community sooner.
In the early stages of my business, I learned more about the grit and tenacity that it takes to run a business. I had so many long nights and weekends that I worked to grow my business in the ways I wanted. Those moments really create the business that you dream of. But, those moments were very lonely. I believed that I had to go far alone because that is what we are taught is a leader based on past leaders.
When I moved on Instagram to find more clients, I found friends, which is the sweetest part of the business. I finally invested in my business. I found women who were doing the same thing as me and made some of the best friends of my life. I think so many times I thought I had to pick between business and friends and it really is the opposite.
- Website: Meghanlamle.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/meghan.lamle
- Facebook: Facebook.com/groups/scaleto5k
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/meghanlamle/