We had the good fortune of connecting with Jess Villela and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jess, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As I worked in my corporate life and grew in my career, and built skill, and impact ,and income, it felt good to succeed and to be rewarded, but I also noticed that with each promotion or opportunity, I had less and less influence over my own time. As I was thoughtful about the next promotion… I realized that the pressure and tension and guilt of building someone else’s bottom line over having the freedom and ability to be more flexible for my family meant I’d have to make a choice. I chose me. I chose the life that I deserve, and to be able to be fully authentically who I am while living out my priorities with my three kids and my husband. That meant controlling my time and taking private coaching clients in a rhythm that fuels me.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I coach women toward more income and more freedom by Selling their services in a way that is authentic to them, and aligned with their values. A big mistake that women make is undervaluing their offers and believing they have to sell like other people do in order to thrive and succeed. Instead of just giving women scripts and sending them off to copy my strategy, I teach the actual skills needed to be able to sell with confidence and consistency. I support their process of reclaiming their power and combining it with their unique gifts and personality so their business and income reflect the life they truly desire.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d definitely spend some time at the beach, Balboa Park is another favorite spot to show off San Diego’s beauty. We’d hit up the Little Italy Farmer’s Market and brunch at Morning Glory. Tacos at Las Cuatro Milpas is a must and picnic on the grass down by Seaport Village. A nighttime cruise up to Mt. Soledad to look out over the whole city would be another must!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to shoutout Katie Saffert (@business.church) – attending her community building and mentorship events and conferences was one of the first steps I took in putting my business out there and taking action to support and coach other women.

Website: jesscoaches.com

Instagram: @jesscoaches

Image Credits
Nila Buchanan

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