We had the good fortune of connecting with Sonique Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sonique, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The biggest sacrifice I’ve made is being determined to become a full-time entrepreneur after being laid off, and this is creating a business from scratch that didn’t even exist when I lost my job. Both of my children need a lot of attention with one child with ADHD and the other one being special needs. In order to provide them both with the care AND support needed, I needed to have a more flexible schedule than a nine to five. Believe me, I tried to negotiate that, even with a role that was supposed to allow me to work from home, but that didn’t work out that way. This means that the job would be around the children rather than the children around the job. God has been good because the first year was mostly winging it and I made it! I’m approaching my second year since being laid off and things keep getting better professionally AND with my family, so I know I made the right decision.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a Sales Coach and Business Strategist. I help female entrepreneurs improve conversions on their sales calls using a one-call-close method. My program is for you if you’re tired of chasing sales and trying to engage with ghost prospects. If you are converting occasionally but aren’t sure why your conversion rate is so low and it’s frustrating you (as it should be), my program is for you. My background in sales and has a former sales trainer lends itself to sales coaching and it’s one of the most rewarding roles I’ve ever had. I love supporting and serving women. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be invited into their worlds and helping them to solve one of the biggest issues within a business — sales. It isn’t easy being a solopreneur as well as a single mom and trying to build and learn as you go, but it’s helpful being in the thick of it because you know the ins and outs and are able to contribute to every part of the business.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is such an interesting question now during COVID, but I definitely wouldn’t do too many things around large groups of people. My friend came to visit recently and while she was in town for a week, she came to spend the day with me. We went and did a little shopping for the home (I love to shop!), but we did that during the day when the stores aren’t as busy. Then we went walking around The Avalon so we could get fresh air, allow my son, my tagalong, to sightsee a little since he doesn’t get out much. Since she’s pregnant, it was good to get outside and window shop, but be in open spaces where we weren’t particularly vulnerable. Then we went out to eat. We tried new foods and caught up and it was perfect! It’s the simple things that matter most.
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?
Simone Brown, my sister, for being there for me to pick her brain about my different ideas and helping me make them make sense. Behavioral Therapy for being the only people my son was able to see for the last several months during COVID, allowing me a two-hour break each day, and for teaching him as much as they have been.
Simone Brown, sister.