Best You: A Career Conversation with Nick Carrier

What inspired you to start your own business, and how did you get started?
I realized that my personal passion is to get closer to the best version of myself. And that involves taking care of myself in all 6 areas of my life: health, personal, career, financial, spiritual and relational. It’s a constant practice of getting better in all those areas and I want to help others do the same. I got started by creating my own podcast and figuring it out from there.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced when starting your business, and how did you overcome them?
Having no experience. Not knowing how to create a business plan. Not knowing how to gather prospects. I knew nothing and have been learning from people online ever since. Podcasts, YouTube, video courses, and books have been my teacher.

What are some of the most important skills you've had to develop as an entrepreneur, and how did you go about developing them?
I’ve had to develop a next level of organization. I’ve had to develop a skill of developing vision. Both of those have come from learning from others on my podcast, in books, on YouTube and then trial and error.

How do you manage your time and stay organized as an entrepreneur?
I plan ahead at the beginning of every year, every quarter, every week, and every day. And on each of those time scales I plan out my life in all 6 areas mentioned earlier: health, personal, career, financial, spiritual and relational.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start their own business?
Go into it because you love what you do. Don’t go into it for money or you’ll give up. Find great mentorship as early as possible. If you’re starting as a side hustle, start by figuring out how to get prospects by providing value. If you’re going right into it full time, you better have a solid plan on how to make money quickly.

What are some of the most rewarding aspects of being an entrepreneur, and what are some of the biggest challenges?
The greatest and scariest part of being an entrepreneur is you define success on a daily basis. It’s great because you get to skip to the beat of your own drum. But it’s scary because you’re the one calling the shots. And you’re hoping the shots that you call are the right next steps.

How do you see your business/program evolving in the future, and what are your plans for growth?
I am planning to have more of an online presence and bring more team members on board so that I can specialize in doing the things that I’m best at.

How do you know that you’re making a difference/having an impact with the work that you do?
I get to see the difference in self-confidence people have from when they start working with me to a number of weeks after it. I get to see the way they go about their life completely shift because of what they learn, accomplish, and change while working with me. It’s fun to see people’s habits and lives transform right before your eyes!

Thinking back to your time at UGA, what do you wish you had known as a student that you later discovered as a professional?
I wish I would’ve known that knowing your “long-term plan” doesn’t really matter. The specifics of that long-term plan don’t matter when you’re in college. You don’t need to know exactly what it is you want to do and how you’re going to do it. You want to find what your purpose is, what lights you up, what your motivation is, and find a way to tap into that in a way that is unique to you!

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