business consulting with intention

Today I am excited to launch my second step (the first was creating MML) towards making my purpose – helping people design lives with intention – a full-time career!

Though I still juggle Jess LC, MML, and my life, I want to open up time to consult with eight business owners a month to help them align their businesses with their intentions. Below is the content from the new Business With Intention page found in the nav bar above.

If you or someone you know might be interested in working with me, please spread the word!

Business With Intention Consulting

Many people feel designing a life with intention often includes running a business with intention.

Over the past few months I have been getting more and more requests for personalized business advice. Since business strategy is something that I touch on frequently on MML, it makes sense that people have reached out seeking answers to their unique business obstacles.

And now I’m ready to help business owners move past mental roadblocks and design their business the way that they want (not as people tell them they should).

My Story

I’ve had a lot of business practice over the past 12 years while running my jewelry company, Jess LC. I started in 1999 as a 15-year-old girl with a $5 bag of beads. I unexpectedly sold 6 (ugly) ankle bracelets at a local pool. I then taught myself new jewelry making techniques and sold my products to twelve stores while in high school.

I later graduated from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and promptly moved to Chicago in 2007 to start Jess LC full-time. I first focused on selling wholesale with a team of sales reps to 100+ stores nationwide. I later took on interns and part-time help to grow even further. I also built our previous website and we dabbled in Etsy. In 2009, I changed my business direction and dove into the world of blogging, social media, and online selling. Then in 2010, I completely re-branded my company and re-launched my e-commerce site, logo, product selection, and took my business to the next level. It wasn’t easy. But it was worth it.

Now I am immersed in the online community and work hand-in-hand with bloggers to create unique partnerships. I’ve also delved into the world of PR, coordinated sales with group coupon sites, and launched a very successful ambassador program for my business. I’ve flip flopped my revenue from 20% retail and 80% wholesale to 80% online retail and 20% wholesale. This swap has grown my revenue by 145% and increased my profit-margin even more.

But most importantly I have designed my business with intention.

The Bottom Line

I love what I do and I want to help others have the same satisfaction with their own businesses. Because you see, the truth is that my purpose in life is not to (exclusively) sell jewelry.

My real purpose is to help people design lives with intention.

And right now, I can help people one-on-one with their business intentions to fulfill this mission. My jewelry business experience and college degree has molded me into a great resource for entrepreneurs. I have gone through an incredible learning curve over more than a decade, so I know tools and tricks to grow a business from a $5 bag of beads. But most importantly, I am interested in helping people design businesses that speak to their purpose, passion, and life intention.

If this approach to business advice speaks to you, please feel free to reach out and speak to me! My email is – please include the words “Business With Intention” in the subject line.  I can send you more information for two consulting packages: brainstorming sessions, and hourly consulting on the specific trouble spots for your business.

I wish you the best of luck with your business, growing forward!

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  1. Carla

    Congratulations on this next step! It’s so awesome to see a woman living a life with intention and also crafting her business with the same passion. More people need to realize if they run their businesses from a place true to themselves and the life they want, their business will thrive. Your clients are going to be lucky, lucky folks!

  2. cailen

    i’m so completely impressed with all that you’ve accomplished! i too strive to live my life (and run my business) with intention. it’s not always easy, but it’s so rewarding to build a career and life around doing what you love. i’m in the process of growing my brand/business right now with my blog : )

    ps i emailed you my DIY DYL post! so excited about being included in your march post.

  3. This is such a great extension of what you’ve already built here on MML! I’m sure your clients will benefit tremendously from your wisdom and counseling! Do you think that you’d be able to consult with service based business owners too? Or recommend someone who does?

  4. Recently, I had the amazing experience to consult with Jess about the next stage of my business. Her eagerness to help me clarify my direction left me so excited and confident about my next steps. Additionally, I walked away with several easy to implement changes to help me get on target. Her business background, real life experience and passion to assist others in designing their life with intent was beyond valuable for me! If you are having any thoughts about talking with, I would say definitely do it!

  5. Jess

    @ Carla, Cailen, and Katie: Thank you so much for such awesome encouragement!! 🙂

    @ Niki:

    Thanks so much for your comment! I just uploaded a booklet of my packages (which can definitely apply to service based companies as well). 🙂

    Take a look and please let me know if you are interested in a consulting package or have any questions!

    @ Christine: Whoa! That is an incredible response, I’m so, so happy to have worked with you on your business strategy, I can’t wait to see all the changes take shape!

  6. congrats on your digital booklet! you have a really nice eye for design.

    best wishes to you on chapter two of MML!

  7. Such a great idea! I am sure many people will benefit! I am not quite ready for a consult, but I really look forward the possibility of learning from you in the future. Wishing you all the best!

  8. Jess

    @ SE: I’m happy to hear you like the booklet! I added pages on the Business With Intention tab above so you can flip through the info without going through the whole booklet.

    @ Megan: I’m happy to hear you like the idea! And if you’d like to work together, please be in touch :).

  9. Great info. This helped me alot. Do you know that I am just getting that your JESS the designer. DUH. I think I emailed you a while back…what a dork I feel like.

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