Celebrities With Successful Side Businesses
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Nine years ago, Lisa Johnson left her analyst position at an investment bank for a nine until five PA job in order to spend more time with her family. During this time, she started a wedding event business on the side and saw such great success that she turned to business coaching and reached six figure profit margins within six months.
“Within four years the business is now making around £3m a year and on target to do even more,” she tells Express.co.uk
“I was also able to employ my husband and sister which is pretty cool but mostly that I’ve helped thousands of people survive a pandemic and still make an income.”
Many people follow their passions and hobbies when it comes to starting a side hustle, but Mrs Johnson wasn’t even that fond of weddings.
“My first business was a wedding business and I did it because I was bored at work.
“I seemed to have so much time and thought maybe I could have a side hustle.
Mrs Johnson started her consulting business in 2017 (Image: Lisa Johnson)
“I’m quite organised and thought that anything with cake involved can’t be bad!”
Mrs Johnson’s wedding business saw 15 wedding bookings in its second year, and as more and more people asked her how she had done it, Mrs Johnson found her flair for business coaching.
“My business helps people to make passive or semi passive income online through bringing out courses or memberships using my strategies,” she noted about her consulting business Lisa Johnson.
“I knew very quickly that I wanted to teach people to have a business model that gives them more freedom and helped them diversify but people didn’t know they needed it.”
Just three years since the venture began, the coronavirus pandemic hit, and surprisingly business started to thrive.
“They would tell me that making money online is something they wanted to learn ‘one day’ but it wasn’t necessary right now. Then the pandemic happened. Everyone suddenly needed to pivot their businesses to online and I became very in-demand,” Mrs Johnson commented.
“I want to impact more people and help people realise that there are smarter ways of working,” she added.
“I also want to do more in my anti-bullying campaigning to help people in that way and my business profits help me do that.”
But all this business glory didn’t come without some drawbacks.
“Time was my biggest issue when I started both businesses.
“At one point I had a nine until five job, a wedding business and my first clients in my consulting business and toddler twins! I learned to outsource very quickly!
Mrs Johnson started her wedding side business when her twins were born (Image: Lisa Johnson)
“When I first started, all I did was open a Facebook group and talk to people about what I had learned in my businesses. No branding, website or anything like that.”
Mrs Johnson added that alongside Facebook’s instrumental help in growing her business, she prefers simplicity.
“I don’t use many fancy tools – I’m still a spreadsheet girl but my operations manager loved Asana and Dubsado for project managing me!”
She added that anyone looking to begin their own side business must be working towards a goal first.
“People often don’t think about what they want their life to look like first.
“If you would have asked me what I wanted my life to look like I’d have said I wanted to travel with my kids all summer. I then gave myself a business where I worked all summer.”
This mindset is not uncommon, along with the unnecessary strain business owners put on themselves by focusing on their competitors rather than their customers.
“Ignore all the noise on social media too – we often compare ourselves to others and it’s the worst thing we can do.
“We don’t really know what we’re comparing to as so much of it out there is fake,” she concluded.