Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW
Since I first started Backbone America as a business, I’ve met some amazing women. Some of these women have reached the status I’d like my business to be one day. Others have started their business with a fearless passion that’s completely foreign to the well-planned, highly structured boxes I tend to live in. The women I meet inspire me. I’m sharing these women with you.
On Wednesdays, I’ll be doing a version of Woman Crush Wednesday. A little about Woman Crush Wednesday. It originated on twitter with the hashtag #womancrushwednesday. The hashtag is used to highlight attractive or admired women. At Backbone America, we admire women who have what it takes to run successful businesses. I’ll be conducting interviews with this woman, so you can form your own crush on these awesome women.
Interviewing Renae – Angel Advocates
Backbone America: What business services and/or products do you provide?
Renae Polensky: Angel Advocates provides legacy planning services to assist customers in locating, organizing, and documenting their important documents and information so their loved ones have a roadmap to follow should they have a life-changing event such as an incapacity or death.
I also offer Medicare Supplement insurance to my senior clients.
BA: What did your life look like before you started your business?
R: Before I started my business I was working for other people and my hands were tied as far as enjoying my family and being available to my ailing sister and mother. I felt like a robot and never felt completely satisfied.
BA: Tell us about the moment you decided to become a business owner?
R: I was completing my degree in Business Management when we had to create a business plan and marketing plan for a fictitious company, so I thought why not make it for the business I have had a passion for starting. When I turned in my work the instructors both said it would be a great business to start and they thought I had a good foundation for making it successful.
BA: What was your first big win that made you think, yes! I’m on the right track?
R: When I finished with my first client and she hugged me and started crying because of the peace of mind I had given her.
BA: What’s was the biggest challenge you had to overcome to get to where you are today?
R: My biggest challenge is getting people to understand how important it is to get their information in order before something happens to them, then getting them to reveal the information because so many people in this area are private and don’t even tell their immediate families.
BA: How did you overcome that particular challenge?
R: I haven’t fully overcome it yet, it is a struggle every day. But once they sign the confidentiality agreement and start the process they seem to slowly open up.
BA: What’s the best advice you received when growing your business?
R: The best advice I have received so far is to make sure to give examples of how my services were a help to others so that the person I am talking to can say “oh, I need that.”
BA: What advice would you like to share with other entrepreneurs?
R: If God has given you a gift or passion, don’t sweep it under the rug. Do everything you can to see that passion flourish. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it if you know it is the right thing.
BA: Who has been your greatest source of inspiration and why?
R: My greatest source of inspiration is God. He inspires me every day to help others in one way or another.
I lived in 13 states before I was 21 years old; that gave me the opportunity to learn about different people, cultures, and areas of our country. It taught me to adapt to any situation and to be happy no matter where I was. In the business world, I have done everything from cleaning a business to running a business, and again I am thankful for that because it has taught me that no one is better than anyone else, and every job is important.