Althea McIntyre, MSOC, CPCC is the CEO and founder of The Best Career For Me, Power and Soul at Work. She helps Christ-centered female entrepreneurs create successful, profitable, purpose-driven businesses and meaningful lives they love. Whether it’s securing funding from somewhere like Seek Capital (view website) or enhancing brand diversity and recognition, she does it all. For the past 11 years she’s helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives increase their incomes doing meaningful work they love. As a highly sought after Business Success Coach and Mentor working with clients globally, she loves serving as her clients’ sounding board, accountability partner and business strategist so they aren’t alone in growing their dream business.
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
In 2002 while still working full-time as a CPA, I decided to pursue my Masters degree in Organization Development with a concentration in Leadership Development from Loyola Chicago University and for the first time in my academic and professional life, ‘A’ grades came easily.
I discovered that what I had been studying on my own in my twenties, topics such as personal & professional growth, spiritual growth, change and transformation, and leadership development was what I was learning in graduate school. I began to understand why me working as a CPA in a Big 4 accounting firm was not the best fit for me.
I went on to receive my professional coaching training and credentialing from the Coaches Training Institute. I then hired and worked with a professional coach who helped me navigate my radical career change and launch my business. Soon after I decided to step out on faith and leave that position and career path behind and embrace a completely new career as a Professional Coach, business owner and entrepreneur.
Now I’m a highly sought after Business Success Coach and Mentor working with clients globally. I’ve helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives increase their incomes doing meaningful work they love and couldn’t be more fulfilled and happier in my profession. I know that I’m doing the work that God called me to do.
Tell us about your business.
As a Business Success Coach and Mentor I help Christ-centered female entrepreneurs create successful, profitable, purpose-driven businesses and meaningful lives they love. For the past 11 years I’ve coached hundreds of clients serving as their sounding board, accountability partner and business strategist so they aren’t alone in growing their dream business, and stop leaving money on the table. I love helping my clients stand out as experts in their industry, package their knowledge and expertise by creating their signature programs and create better sales results.
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
Yes, I’m currently enrolling clients in a Private VIP 1-Day Business Retreat.
These business retreats are designed for the Christ-Centered female CEO, who is struggling with finding uninterrupted time to work on her business, and knows she needs help to get to her next level and wants to make more money in her business God’s way.
Each retreat is customized and tailored to the client. During the private retreat, we’ll work on:
- Mindset, messaging, target market, offers, marketing and sales.
- I’ll identify exactly where they are leaving money on the table, the gaps in their business and precisely what they need to do fill them to have an immediate positive cash flow and value-add to their business.
- We’ll create their personalized 90-day blueprint to more revenue and profits, a clear plan that pulls everything together and takes the guesswork out, without the overwhelm.
Learn more here.
I’ve been featured and quoted by numerous professional associations and media outlets including EBONY, JET, The BOSS Network, The Network Journal, Vovage Chicago and have created and delivered seminars, webinars and workshops for a wide range of organizations including the Illinois CPA Society, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
In 2015 I was awarded one of Sage’s weekly Sage Small Business Awards.
Where is your business based?
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
When I realized I had no idea what I was doing and that I needed help, the first step I took was to seek help from a Business Coach. My 9 years of corporate experience wasn’t helpful in getting my business up and running. I was blessed to receive a grant to work privately with a very successful business coach and mentor.
He help me put a plan together that leveraged my extensive accounting and finance background. I then let everyone in my network know that I had changed careers and just launched a business. I then invited them to attend my first live event, a career workshop for professionals who felt stuck, bored and frustrated in their career and were at a crossroads and needed help.
This strategy was extremely effective. I landed my first private client, a former colleague, over coffee just by sharing why I left my job, what I was doing now and why.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
One of the biggest challenges I faced was not having a community of other entrepreneurs to lean on and be supported by when I first started out. People who got what it meant to start and run your own business and then also not having a community of other Christ-centered entrepreneurs.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
My faith. When I lack motivation or feel stuck prayer and praise always helps.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
My personal story, my high-touch approach to doing business and my faith.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
I recently heard LL Cool J speak on Oprah’s Master Class and loved three things he shared:
- “You can’t allow yourself to get frustrated by failure.”
- “I took freedom over the acceptance.” (In terms of experimenting and not allowing himself to be pigeon-holed as a rap artist.)
- “One of the main reasons why I ended up a solo rap artist is because the guys in my rap group didn’t believe me when I told them we had an opportunity to make a record with Rick Rubin, so I made it by myself.”
Belief is everything. It’s what leads to transformation.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
I would tell Christ-Centered Entrepreneurs to trust and believe in the vision, gifts and calling that God has given you. Don’t isolate yourself. Doing entrepreneurship alone is the hard way. Ask for and receive the help that you need. Lastly never, ever, ever, ever give up.
What are your favorite business tools/resources and why?
My phone is my all time favorite business tool. In today’s high tech world, being high touch is one of the ways that helps me stand out. I also love LeadPages and bit.ly.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
“Homegoing”, a novel by Yaa Gyasi. I can’t recommend it enough.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
I’m launching a 4-week online course on mastering sales and making more money in your business specifically designed for Christ-Centered, Purpose-Driven Female Entrepreneurs.
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