You know when you meet someone for the first time and you’re just like – dang, you’re my people! That’s how I felt when I first met Jennifer. Jennifer Jane Young is an intuitive business advisor who is also passionate about teaching and growing the skills of entrepreneurship and leadership. She has a very balanced approach to business and life which I really appreciate. AND, she has recently moved back to her dreamy life in the Mexican Caribbean.
First things first – what would your walk-on-stage music be?
When did you start your business, and why did you create it?
I started my business over 12 years ago because I was really suffering in the world. I couldn’t find MY place and no matter what I tried in the traditional world I was always left feeling empty and uninspired. I couldn’t maintain any kind of motivation or interest in what I was doing and I felt lost, as if I would never find a path that would make me happy. So instead of trying to FIND my place, I created it in a way that felt good and exciting to me. Then I became passionate about helping others do the same.
Tell us about your business and what makes you unique in your field.
I am an Intuitive Business Advisor. I have weaved together my experience from the last 12+ years supporting business owners (startups to 6-7 figures) in starting, running and growing their business. I offer a really supportive space for entrepreneurs to get clear on what they want, where they are being guided intuitively and get really honest about what they don’t want to help them see the path forward. I help them define the practical actions they need to take to make things happen. I help them stop overthinking and connect to their inner wisdom, where the most powerful answers and solutions lie. By doing so they are able to align with opportunities and experiences that not only bring them success, but a deep sense of fulfillment along the way. It is so important for me to never leave my clients hanging without knowing the HOW. That next practical step that they need to take to see their visions manifest in the world. Prioritizing intuition in a way that feels safe, bridging the practical HOW gap, helping people understand the difference between intuition and ego and offering a very nurturing type of support is what makes my work unique. My clients have often shared that they have never experienced this blend of intuitive, nurturing, practical support before working with me. They have often had to settle for just one of the above.
What do you feel makes your audience special?
My audience are big-hearted, impact-driven, creative souls. I am honestly so in love with my community. They are kind, generous and so full of magic. They are so loyal and supportive towards me and others in my circle. They have these deep desires, and intuitive nudges, and are filled with inspiration but often lack the confidence to trust themselves and the clarity on what to do next to follow their gut.
If you could magically give all of your community members one thing in this world, what would it be, and why?
A preview of what their life could look like if they followed their intuition because OMG if they saw how incredible their potential future is, they would stop doubting themselves and take some bold leaps towards what their gut is telling them to do next. I want more people Saying YES to their YESes! My upcoming book “Say YES to your YES: How to trust your gut and take the leap in business (and life) is dedicated to this mission I have.
Has anything surprised you about starting a website?
Yes! How many times I have rebuilt it lol. We forget that our online assets are living, breathing organisms that need to evolve just like us. When I detached from the idea that my website had to be perfect and just let it continually grow into its next iteration when it was time (like me), I was able to relax more into the knowing that everything was ok as it is.
Did you create your own website or hire it out? Do you use WordPress?
I have always built my own websites because I had the skills to do so. When I started as an entrepreneur, it was the first skill I learned. I couldn’t WAIT to have a website to show for my new little venture. WordPress became my second home. I still have my hands in my website but it is now time to let that go. I am not in a position anymore where I have time or should be managing it, but unfortunately, I have attachment issues with my site. I think we are in a codependent relationship!
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting their own business?
Start simple! Don’t try to plan out the next 10 years. Building a business happens one intentional step at a time. This is why I encourage entrepreneurs to lead their businesses (and lives) intuitively. All you need to know is your next step and that step should be guided by your inner compass – your intuition. We are so much wiser than we think. I would also say to prioritize right away building your network and setting up a cash flow management system. Healthy cash flow is important to learn about from the start, even if you have just $100 in your account. Make sure to also take time OUT of your business to meet people. I believe that your Network is your Net Worth. My entire business has grown from referral over the last decade.
If you could go back in time and do something differently, what would you do and why?
Hands down, be more patient! I would have also started working on my money mindset and cash flow management faster. I dodged that bullet for a very long time because it was scary to look at. We have deeply ingrained patterns in us related to money and are functioning from past conditioning that is not always helpful. I wish I would have done this deeper inner work faster and organized myself financially better from the start.
Do you have an email list? If so, did you start it when you launched?
I do yes and I started it from the beginning. That said, I have not been consistent with it. I feel like the online world has taken a messy turn in the last few years and email marketing just felt invasive to me so I was treading very carefully with my list. I am now communicating consistently with my list, but from a very intentional place that feels aligned with my values vs what marketers are saying we should be doing.
Is this your only job? Did you launch your business while working another job?
I am also a United Nations Consultant. I lead a community of 4000+ entrepreneurs in developing countries, supporting them in growing successful e-commerce businesses. I don’t see this as a job per se, but more as an extension of the work I am already doing, in a different container. I did have 1-2 jobs in the beginning but it didn’t last very long. I am a miserable human being in any position where I am not leading. I made the decision early on to be supported financially from my business.
How do you promote your site?
I love repurposing content so I often create posts on social media from copy I have written on my website with links to bring people to a valuable piece of content. I also have a podcast called Finding Your Flow. Each episode has its own blog post which also helps me bring people to my website.
Who are your favorite bloggers or podcasts right now? Or what is an influential book that you’ve read lately?
I don’t read blogs or listen to podcasts very often but I devour books. I am usually reading 1-2 simultaneously. I am currently reading “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth” by Harv Eker and I am loving it. I am discovering my conditioned money blueprint and what has been getting in the way of bigger success. One of my favorite business/personal growth books is “Louder than Words” by Todd Henry. I have also LOVED Ashley Perez’s book “Read This for Inspiration” to unlock creativity.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I would love to leave you all with my signature quote. It really sums up what I believe in and my mission through my work to help entrepreneurs trust their gut and take intuitive leaps:
“The actions you are not willing to take or the decisions you are not willing to make are the ones that will change your life” – Jennifer Jane Young
If you are ready to take some intuitive leaps forward in your business to experience sustainable growth, success, and the abundance that comes with running a truly successful, aligned business, I invite you to join us in The Intuitive Business Incubator, an intimate, curated 6-12 month business and personal growth experience that I lead in my School of Intuitive Leadership!
The Intuitive Business Incubator: https://theschoolofintuitiveleadership.com/#incubator
Say YES to your YES: How to trust your gut and take the leap in business (and life) workshop download: https://jenniferjaneyoung.com/say-yes-to-your-yes/