That first launch video made me cry. It was genuinely, truly the first time in my life I believed that I could make a living doing what I *loved*. I had always built businesses based on what I thought would sell, not on what *I* wanted to do. I paid for B-School feeling that I’d already gotten more than my money’s worth.
I started my first business in ’09. I was 18, openly transgender in the South, and couldn’t find anyone to hire me. The reality is that I got into business out of desperation. Before B-School, I felt like I had to go back in the closet. I hid my gender, awkwardly laughing off questions about my name. I’m now taking the baby steps into owning that my gender is part of my USP. I’ve started getting interview opportunities to talk about transgenderism and business; I’m creating a resource for how solopreneurs can be trans inclusive.
Since B-School, I’ve been able to raise my rates 10x higher than they’d ever been, which is actually 25x higher than what I was charging last year! (we moved to Ireland, so I felt like I had to start my local business from scratch) I’m working with amazing clients from all over the globe, and they’re getting fantastic results as well. I’m interacting with self-made millionaires as equals, and have plans to join them!