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Julie Raque & Associates | | Owner | 10/02/2002 | Sole Proprietor
Julie Raque is the owner of a home based personal and coporate coaching business.

What kind of training or education did you acquire before your venture?
I##aps##ve been a widowed/single parent of 2 children for 8 years. Been working my HBB for 5 years now. Found my passion in coaching and public speaking and refuse to turn back! My background is in graphic design##comma## marketing##comma## advertising and management.

What services or products does your organization offer?
I provide coaching to individuals and/or on-site coaching for businesses. Also do public speaking events. My business is based out of my home

What type of business or organization do you operate?
Legal structure for now is Sole Propriertorship. Easiest to get started. Need to switch to LLC though.

How many employees do you currently have?

How did you originally discover the idea for your organization?
Based on my experience##comma## and my mentors advice.

How did you originally fund your organization?
Personal Funding.

Are you the founder of your organization?

Do you believe there is any distinct culture within your organization? If so, please describe it.
I take a ##quote##no-nonsense##quote## approach. I cut out all the extra *stuff* that people usually get stuck with and get down to the bare issues that are really at hand.

What obstacles or challenges have you faced in your organization?
Getting new clients. Advertise and referrals work. But also being the best coach I can be causes my current clients to refer prospects.

Did you accept any advice along the way? Do you believe new organizations should be open to such advice?
VERY important. I mold my business after them and their successes.

Did you receive any help along the way from other businesses or organizations? If so, how and from whom?
Networking groups mainly.

What have been the keys to success in your business? What do you believe are the keys to success?
Perservance and determination

What kind of relationship do you establish with your customers or clients?
Focusing on MY niche. Not worrying about others.

What types of marketing do you employ?
Text advertising in on-line newsletters and contributing articles.

Do you employ any web or online marketing?
Note: Question not yet added at time of interview.

What role does trust play in business or in your organization?
YES. Making sure clients are READY to be coached. Having them *commit* to the process. Ensuring payment is received before sessions start.

Did you struggle with starting your own organization or venture? Why did you decide to begin on your own?
Note: Question not yet added at time of interview.

What books or resources would you recommend for individuals starting off now?
Rich Dad##comma## Poor Dad; 9 Steps for Financial Freedom; From Thin Air To Millionaire.

Do you notice any trends in the marketplace? If so, what are they?
Note: Question not yet added at time of interview.

Do you believe networking and contacts are important? If so, how?
VERY important.

What do you think about contracts and other legal obligations? Are they important in your business?
Note: Question not yet added at time of interview.

If there is one thing that would sum up your advice to new entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Your goal/destination HAS to be compelling. If its not compelling##comma## the speed bumps along the way will stop you instead of slowing you down.

What, if any, final advice do you have for new entrepreneurs?
Call me for your complimentary coaching session. I can help you get started with your business. 502-231-7555. Or email me at

This addedinterviews article was written by Julie Raque on 3/9/2005

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