Beyond the Cubicle: Shara Gabaldon's Leap from Government Job to Beauty Industry - Freedom Nation Podcast

Episode 182

Beyond the Cubicle: Shara Gabaldon's Leap from Government Job to Beauty Industry

In this inspiring episode of Freedom Nation Podcast with Jeff Kikel, we sit down with Shara Gabaldon, a former government employee who bravely left the security of her 9-to-5 job to embark on a journey into the beauty industry. Shara shares her incredible story of transformation, from her roots in business finance and mortgage to becoming a leading figure in the beauty space. Discover the challenges she faced, the successes she celebrated, and the lessons learned along the way.

Key Takeaways:

• The Spark of Change: Learn about the moment Shara decided to pivot from a secure government job to the uncertain yet rewarding world of entrepreneurship in the beauty industry.

• Overcoming Challenges: Shara discusses the hurdles she encountered while making her transition, including skepticism from peers and navigating a new industry with no prior experience.

• Strategies for Success: Gain insights into the strategies that propelled Shara's success, from identifying niche opportunities to leveraging her background in finance and business consulting.

• The Power of Education: Shara emphasizes the importance of education, mentorship, and continuous learning in her journey to becoming a beauty industry maven and a successful entrepreneur.

• to entrepreneurship, ensure you have a solid financial runway and safety net in place first.

About the Guest:

With an extensive 25-year background in the beauty industry, Shara brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every conversation, making her an invaluable guest for podcast hosts and their audiences alike. As a seasoned professional, she possesses deep insights and strategies for establishing successful beauty service businesses and enhancing the revenue of struggling salons.

Shara's participation offers practical tips and advice on effectively growing and scaling their beauty ventures. Learning from her experiences and implementing her proven strategies can propel businesses to new heights. As a Beauty Business Coach, Shara's unique perspective enriches discussions, providing a fresh and informed outlook on the industry.


Fast Five Questions:

1. If you woke up and your business was gone, you have $500, a laptop, a place to live, and food, what would you do first? “I would start with Google, researching ways to make money, especially something in the digital realm that could be developed once and sold repeatedly, like digital courses.”

2. What is the biggest mistake that you have made in business? “I can honestly say not starting sooner. There are so many things that I have done, whether it's starting the business sooner or making implementations or changes or updates, I have made some significant changes and updates. To my business in the last six to nine months, every change that I've made has enabled my business to grow that much more.”

3. What is a book that you would recommend? ”isn't much of a book reader, preferring online research and self-help content, I highly advocated for therapy and personal growth, stressing the importance of mental health and self-care.”

4. What is a tool that you use every day that you would recommend? "Louise Hay's meditations on YouTube"

5. What is your definition of freedom? ”Freedom revolves around the ability to prioritize health and well-being over work.”

About Jeff:

Jeff spent the early part of his career working for others. Jeff had started 5 businesses that failed before he had his first success. Since that time he has learned the principles of a successful business and has been able to build and grow multiple seven-figure businesses. Jeff lives in the Austin area and is actively working in his community and supporting the growth of small businesses. He is a board member of the Incubator.Edu program at Vista Ridge High School and is on the board of directors of the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation

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