This is the second of a series of interviews that were recorded in mid-2020.
As small business owners, we are often isolated from our peer group of other business owners. This feeling of isolation and figuring it out on our own was exacerbated in 2020 by the effects of the pandemic. While Facebook groups like “DTU: Marketing & Running an R+ Dog Business” can help to provide a sense of community, I was inspired this summer to reach out to other small business owners and talk to them about their industries and their stories, to see what I could learn and pass on to you. I recorded our conversations and want to share them with you here. I had a lot of fun asking questions, finding similarities and hearing about lessons learned. Be forewarned: the recordings are unedited and low tech, more for listening to than looking at, but you may learn from the shared experiences.
This conversation is with a small business owner who also has special insight into the legal aspects of owning a business. Tim Schofield is a law school classmate of Christina’s, and a lawyer with an eclectic background. He is a military veteran, a former candidate for public office, and with his partner the father to two young kids, Tim talks about why he left a big firm to go out on his own, how to deal with unhappy clients, the importance of investing in your business early on and more.