Kim Kirmmse Toth - Small Business Coach

2016 Survey Results

First, I want to thank all of you who took this survey. I appreciate your taking the time and energy to fill this out. It helps me know how best to help you build your on-line business for this New Year.

I wanted to share with you the results:

Question 1:  What work circumstances describes you best?

6.67% work full time but would like to start a business in the near future

20.00% of you are ‘straddlers’ and work a job/job while starting your business

60% of you are 100% self-employed

13.33% of you are self employed and work part time in other jobs

Question 2:  What is your age?

6.7% are 40 – 50 years old

46.67% are 51 – 60 years old

33.33% are 71 – 70 years old

6.67% are 71 or older

6.67% are under 40


Question 3: What are your biggest obstacles or challenges in building your business?

  • It got too big to do without employees and not big enough to support employees
  • Having the selling conversation with potential clients
  • Running 2 businesses – so finding time to keep up with client
  • Multi – function brain overload
  • Time management and confidence
  • Becoming profitable
  • Finding time to work with clients on site and do marketing
  • Procrastination and fear
  • Securing the social media and technological components in place. Virtually impossible to learn and implement this digital mass as a solo
  • Finding the time to do it all and prioritize
  • Fear: fear of failure, fear of success, fear of making an _ss of myself, fear of not having what it takes
  • Currently working on who is Ideal Client and what problem to solve
  • Getting sponsorships
  • Developing a system that will be successful

Question 4: What is your biggest fear or concern when it comes to building your business?

  • Depending on help
  • Debt
  • Time & keeping up with trends
  • That if I change to only on-line work, I’ll wind up homeless
  • That I will put in lots of effort and no one will come
  • Consistent and ongoing income
  • I have NO fear. Putting the vision, processes and motivation is not my problem. I’m overwhelmed with the ‘techie’ aspect to help me move forward. Since your last 7 classes…My marketing efforts have helped me identify 5 projects with significant potential. My biggest fear is closing to advance engagement from speaking events. (my pink spoon)
  • Being stretched too thin
  • Fear of success
  • The prospect funnel won’t yield the sales funnel I need to achieve the income I am used to
  • It needs to be flexible
  • Having a consistent income to live off
  • Failure

Question 5:  If you could ask one question answered around your ‘Niche’ & ” Ideal Client” what would it be?

  • Why do I get excited about too many different areas in my field? It prevents me from narrowing my niche
  • “How can I be most helpful to you?”
  • How narrow should your niche be? I hear different ideas
  • How to determine I have the right niche
  • I have 2 niches, with 2 ways to go. Which will build my business the fastest
  • Who are they?
  • I don’t know yet. I need time to process even thinking about an ideal client. I want to help everyone all the time and that is overwhelming so I love the idea of a niche, but maybe how to narrow down your niche
  • What would inspire a potential sponsor to sponsor us?
  • How do you visualize your life?

As you can see, there are some trends here, which is just what I was looking for.

I’d love to hear your comments below, whether you filled out the survey or not.

Thank you ladies,


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