I am NOT a pioneer. I have learned that about myself. I am still an engineer at heart. Show me how to do it and I will do it... better... faster. So when I started this business I found myself wanting to emulate successful people in the same field and not blaze my own path. While searching websites for who was actually out in my new profession I came across Deanna and her website.
At the time I found her site, I was still in the early stages of how to set up and classify my business (LLC, Sole Proprietor, etc..). I thought it couldn't hurt to call her and see if she'd talk to me about how she went about setting up her business. I figured had several things going for me:
1) She's in Texas like me so I would hope she would know what were some of the legal requirements and necessary certifications to running a Financial Counseling business. Turns out there are very little in the way of requirements and no certifications necessary :)
2) I'm far enough away that I'm not viewed as competition. College Station is kind of her western edge and farther east than I think my name will ever get so our markets don't really cross. Shoot if I could get my name beyond South Austin I'd be a happy camper.
We talked for 45 min and she gave me insight into the business that I could have spent many years learning with trial and error. So for all that I'd like to say a BIG THANKS!!!