Business can be hard!
Being a the stubborn oldest child of Irish-Canadian parents, I had to learn all my lessons the hard way.
When I became an entrepreneur at 23, I really had no idea what I was doing.
I did not have any post high school education (unless 8 University classes in political science count).
But I was committed to designing the life and business I wanted. On my own terms.
Through tenacity, and a willingness to adapt and learn, I've succeeded.
I learned through trail and error and personal failure what it takes to succeed as a business owner in today's online economy.
And by failure, I mean colossally screwing up. I unknowingly took on $80,000 in debt my first day as an entrepreneur - to name one of many mistakes. (Later I learned it's called "Due Diligence" and having a lawyer review all contracts is really worth the money- now I know!).
I know what it's like to have only $70 in the bank and not know where the next sale is coming from.
I know what it's like to be overwhelmed by the world of online marketing - because I was too - at first.
I've consistently generated 6 figures every year I've been in business, and the sales that don't come from referrals come from my own online marketing efforts.
I've created a profitable, flexible business that I love and that makes a positive difference in the world.
And I can show you how, too!
Some random facts about me:
- I'm a 3rd generation entrepreneur.
- I have an irrational fear of moths.
- I am a former professional cold-caller.
- I have a very large and very red dog named Moe.
- As a kid, I played competitive hockey.
- I believe entrepreneurship is a force for good in the world and that business owners are superheroes that need to be supported.
I'm excited to share what I've learned about what works in business, sales and marketing with you!
Me At A Glance:
Don't Forget Your Free Stuff!
I've recently added a Free Resources section to my website, where you can download free training, checklists and more!
Laurel Anne Stark is an online strategist that nets results.
Since 2003, Laurel has helped thousands of people net better results from their online marketing.
CEO of the digital agency The New Media Group, and an accomplished speaker, author and consultant, Laurel has been featured on CNN, CTV, ShawTV, Amazon and Entrepreneur.com.
Her top rated book Social In 17 - How to Successfully Market Yourself on Social Media in Just 17 Minutes a Day provides a glimpse of her engaging, enthusiastic and concise communication style.
A completely self taught former sales professional, Laurel is uniquely positioned to understand just how overwhelming web marketing can be.
In her book, weekly YouTube videos and regular online and in person training courses, Laurel expertly slices through the enormous amount of ever changing information on web marketing to present proven, easy to implement tactics founded on solid marketing principles.
Widely regarded as a leader in her industry, Laurel is a former advisor at SAIT Polytechnic.
Laurel is regularly invited to conduct seminars at numerous private and public organizations including The Investors Group, The Vancouver Business Network, Women In Leadership Conference, Urban Mortgage, and Canada’s largest Social Media Conference; Social Media Camp.
Laurel lives in Victoria, BC with her husband Clayton, children Malcolm, Linden & Lola and their big red dog Moe.