We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicki Bond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicki, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Honestly, in the beginning I had no clue. I was not the business owner who started out with a clear and complete vision and business plan. I was not totally clear on who my target audience was, the exact services that I would offer, or what my message was. I had no idea who I was as a business owner and what my story was. I am being totally transparent. My entrepreneurial journey did not begin as a fairy tale. Yet, because of this, I learned the importance of true business planning and now I can better assist my clients through the entire process as I help them to establish, launch, or rebrand their business. They only think I knew what I started my business was supposed to start my own business. The idea was given to me by God to help people to discover their life’s purpose as an entrepreneur and to be successful in achieving their business goals.
Just last month Life Strategist Consulting Group LLC, celebrated its one year business birthday. My vision and mission is crystal clear as a business owner. I can now confidently and effectively execute as a business owner. One thing that is important to understand is that it is definitely a PROCESS; so it’s ongoing for a business owner. I will never get tired of working with clients and seeing their lives shift dramatically. The lives that have been changed, have been absolutely humbling for me. Not only have I been able to reach and obtain clients here in the United States, but I have obtained clients in Malaysia and Ghana as well. Yet, I must say that this is truly all the work of the Lord. I am simply just a vessel that is being used on this earth. I’m humbled.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of LIfe Strategist Consulting Group LLC. I strategically coach entrepreneurs to achieve their desired level of business success. I am the coaches’ coach who cares.
Life Strategist Consulting Group LLC, is a full-service strategy consulting and professional coaching firm that works across various industries to advise individuals, businesses, companies, and organizations on high-level decisions in an unbiased fashion. I use deep industry knowledge to deliver the best results by providing strategic solutions, advice, and action plans for success. I also have the Life Strategist Academy, that certifies life coaches, through training, coaching, and ongoing personal and professional development. After certification, I assist each certified life coach structure and launch their coaching and/or consulting business.
What sets my consulting firm a part from others is the level of excellence and professionalism that I run my business in. Providing top-notch and elite customer service is my number one priority. I care about the reputation and name of my company and I do everything I can to provide life-changing customer engagement. Helping my clients to unlock their hidden potential and reach their goals through self-discovery and empowerment such as starting a business, are priceless moments for me. When I hear my clients say that they have not experienced anything like my services. I know it is because they have encountered God through my business.
I have achieved where I am today by much prayer, obedience to God, long hours, hardwork and dedication. It definitely wasn’t easy and it is still not easy! Yet, it is so worth it! Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint at heart! I overcame the challenges by remembering my “why.’ Why did I start this business?
Organization, time management, and planning have all been keys to my success. One of the lessons that I have learned along the way is, I am only in competition with myself. I do not pay attention to what other people in my industry are doing. I am all about staying in my own lane and tending to my own garden. My grass can be green too, I just have to keep watering it. I just keep showing up everyday whether people like a post, share, follow, or subscribe; keep showing up and not even for other people, but just show up for myself. What I want people to know about me is that I am just the average girl from a small town who didn’t let the size of the town that she was from limit the size of her impact or ideas. My heart and desire is to help people grow and develop and to reach their capacity so they can too, be successful. I didn’t come from money or grow up with a silver spoon. Life hasn’t always been easy, but with God, dedication, commitment, and little grit… success is possible. I help people to see that daily!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
OMG! Well, I am semi new to the area myself, so Google would definitely be our guide for the week lol! I am a foodie so we would definitely check out some amazing places of various cuisines. A nice brunch spot is a MUST! Definitely going to find a great outdoor eating location (weather permitting). Shopping is a hobby, so we will find some boutiques, shops, and malls to patronize!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I can and would never take credit of the success that I have achieved in my life. First and foremost, God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is who I give all of the glory and honor to. I take nothing from myself because I am only able to do what God has empowered me to do. So, shout to God, lol! My son is my motivation. I am building him a legacy and inheritance. I want to be an example and role model of what he can and will accomplish and beyond. My parents are amazing, my mother and father did an excellent job raising me and supporting me (if I do say so myself lol). They provided me opportunities in life that have contributed to where I am today. I am so amazingly grateful for them. I am blessed to have an amazing family. They are the reason that I go so hard and am so determined. It’s for them. It’s for the future generations of my family; to break the generational curses and to form generational wealth. My spiritual father, who has been a mentor and a key role in helping me to walk in the calling that God has placed on my life. I could never not shout out ALL of my clients. All of those who have entrusted their purposes, business, and lives in the hands of Life Strategist Consulting Group LLC. I do not take that lightly. Lastly, I must give a special shout out to “The Genesis Group.” This is the first amazing group of Certified Life Coaches that I have had the distinct pleasure of certifying and coaching through my Life Strategist Academy! They encourage me and just give me LIFE to keep going! They help me to remember my why!
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