This is episode 151 of the Pam Sowder Podcast, with your host, Pam Sowder! Pam has over 2 decades of field and corporate experience and was voted one of the most influential women in direct selling. She helps match the daily needs of distributors to everyday life challenges.
This week, Pam is joined by the incredible Jen Smith! Jen is a seasoned entrepreneur and local business owner, a dedicated Dietitian, and a Holistic Health Mentor/Practitioner. Her attention to living a balanced life with purpose has led to remarkable success both professionally and personally. Now, Jen is aiding others in their pursuit of happiness with consulting, public speaking, and coaching.
In this episode, Jen shares about her heavily intertwined professional and personal lives, from starting a business with her ex-husband, divorce and losing the business, and learning how to redefine herself post-divorce and start up a new business from the ground-up. Jen’s journey is inspiring, insightful and full of wisdom. She shares advice for other women going through similar struggles, what you can do as an entrepreneur to separate yourself from the sea of other businesses, what makes a successful business vs. a failing business, the important pieces of self-care that we often neglect as entrepreneurs, and the tools and techniques you can leverage to get more exposure for you and your business.
[:30] About today’s episode with Jen Smith.
[1:13] Pam welcomes Jen to the podcast!
[1:21] Jen speaks about her divorce and why it took her so long to overcome the stigma around divorce.
[2:39] Jen shares the story of her divorce and the challenges that came along with it.
[5:56] Jen’s experience post-divorce and the advice she would give to other women to get through the early days.
[8:56] Why it is so critical to look forward rather than backward when it comes to divorce.
[9:45] When Jen had to walk away from her business with her ex-husband, did she find it even harder than the divorce itself?
[11:45] Jen’s advice to other women going through a divorce.
[12:47] How Jen walked her children through the process of divorce.
[16:26] Did Jen lose any friends during the divorce? How did she cope with this?
[17:44] Jen speaks about her current journey in launching her new consulting business post-divorce.
[20:35] About Pam’s book, Rich Girl Poor Girl.
[20:58] How Jen got started with her new consulting business and her advice to other entrepreneurs getting their start-ups off the ground.
[22:58] The primary reasons for successful start-ups and what you can do to show up as your best self.
[25:46] The importance of putting in the work and following through.
[27:28] The red flags of a failing business startup and what you can do to separate your business from the crowd.
[30:51] How important is it to show up on social media? Should you respond to reviews?
[33:20] Jen shares about her consulting business; who she is coaching, why she is coaching, and how you can get in touch with her.
[34:53] The importance of keeping your health in check as an entrepreneur.
[39:23] Jen’s take-home advice for what you can do right now to jumpstart your business and health!
[42:49] Pam thanks Jen for joining the podcast.
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