For many entrepreneurs, the process of launching and maintaining a business is a lifetime of work. And we all know that life can get on top of us, holding us down, holding us back. There can be many blockades to success, some within, some without, so it’s not hard to see why so many businesses fail.
For Odette Laurie, the path to success in business has been a long and winding road, and while there have been failures along the way, giving up was never an option. It’s therefore natural – and to the benefit of many – that Odette has channeled her ability to push through the pain and overcome obstacles into Women On Top Business Coaching, a very successful consultancy that aims to help women achieve their professional dreams.
We interviewed Odette and asked about her personal inspiration, what motivates her to strive forward and what it takes to stay on top of her game as the head of a thriving business as well as a growing family.
What made you choose to become an entrepreneur?
My parents were a big inspiration to me, they worked hard to build a successful business and had a ‘never give up’ attitude. The freedom, flexibility of my time was also a large factor. I do NOT like working 9-5!
Can you describe a typical day? Is there such a thing?
No two days are the same so a typical day for me could be any and all of the following: coaching with my clients, speaking and networking at events, working with my team marketing my business. I always make time for friends and family and me! You will always find me winding down at the end of the day in my big bath tub! (not that you want to find me ;-) )
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family and friends that answer the call?
I count on my daughters as they are a part of my business and my friends. I can also count on my colleagues that I coach alongside with as they understand the ups and downs of my life as an entrepreneur. I also can always count on my team to be there for me!
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at work to make the family work? Or vice versa?
Yes, sleep! I have also had to sacrifice time with family, especially when I was writing both of my books. It was a major sacrifice on top of all of my other responsibilities. My cottage-like house is very old and needs a face lift! I didn’t want renovations to be a distraction to my business growth so I had put that on hold for 3 years. But now it’s time to start remodeling!
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The best part of owning my own business is freedom: freedom of my time, where I work, I control my money and I am not limited in any way shape or form.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
I do take these once in a while :-) and when I do I definitely catch up on sleep! I love sleeping in! Friends and my daughters fill up the rest of the time off.
What does the future look like for you and the company?
I have doubled my income annually for the past four years (which is so amazing!) and I am dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build and lead an outrageously wonderful business and a life that THEY want!
Who’s another entrepreneur that inspires you?
I have two entrepreneurs who really inspire me. The first one is Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den. Her story is very real to me; she came from nothing and has never forgotten where she came from. She has a great outlook and is grounded in all that she does. The second person is (not to get brownie points) Maria Locker. I have not met someone as determined and dedicated as I am. Maria has built the Mompreneur group from the grass roots into an amazingly supportive organization for moms who do it all and lots more! I am very proud to be a part of this movement, we moms have to stick together and support one another!
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
We live in an older community with many elderly people. My girls and I check in on them to make sure they are ok and they know they can call us if they need to. We are the neighborhood watch for the elderly folks! Supporting my local community is dear to my heart, some of these folks don’t have any family close by so we are their support.
Any tips for moms thinking of starting a business?
I advise any mom that is thinking of starting a business to get help from day one! Time is the biggest resource and once it’s gone there’s no getting it back. Don’t waste it by trying to invent the wheel. Work with a business coach that has what you want because we get it! Also, keep your mindset in check, we are our own worst enemy, and we all need help! There are always bumps in the road, learn from the mistakes and keep moving forward, don’t give up!
Watch this space for more feature interviews with Canada’s Mompreneurs®! For more information on joining the network of entrepreneurial moms, visit themompreneur.com
Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc. is Canada’s fastest growing media company and networking group for women in business. Founder and CEO Maria Locker and licensed chapter owners are dedicated to supporting, educating, and empowering Canada’s moms in business. With an online community of over 14,000 women, the media company offers a unique combination of resources, tools, and informative articles for business women, as well as online and in-person networking and promotional opportunities for all members. The company and its members have been featured nationally through the media, including appearances on Global Saskatoon, CHCH Morning Live, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Rogers Daytime, as well as being published in Maclean’s, Canadian Business, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Parents Canada, EcoParent, and Profit, and being regular contributors to The Huffington Post and Arlene Dickinson’s entrepreneurial forum “You Inc”.