We had the good fortune of connecting with Saloua Ibaline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saloua, how do you think about risk?
I am, without a doubt, a huge risk-taker and a non-conformist. From a very young age, I was curious about doing things differently. I think it comes from the challenging childhood I experienced. I’m not afraid to feel uncomfortable, quite the contrary. Going to that uncomfortable place allows me to see how far I can go and forces me to push my boundaries. I learn and grow from each experience, good or bad. I think that people who pave the way or make changes in this world have to be risk-takers.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m an established entrepreneurship coach, an author, and I run multiple small businesses. I work primarily with driven, creative people to help them start and scale the business they’ve always dreamed of. My passion for helping others, combined with my personal experience and credentials, makes me an excellent coach. I understand firsthand the difficulties of starting and growing a business as an immigrant in the United States because I emigrated to New York City by myself at 20 years old. Alone with neither money nor connections, I worked my way up from nothing. I have a very optimistic yet realistic view of how things can be accomplished. My mission is to help women grow their online business so they are not dependent on a job they hate, an unfulfilling relationship, or a place where they no longer feel at home.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are many beautiful places to see in Phoenix, but without a doubt, my favorite place is the botanical garden of Papago park, especially during the light show. I spend countless hours there, reading, mediating, and enjoying nature.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m currently working on a book that will feature the stories of immigrant women entrepreneurs. They come from all over the world and reside around the United States, but many of them are living in Arizona! I would like to thank all of these women for their willingness to share their stories so that they can inspire others. You can find more of their stories once the book is published. More info on my website: www.salouaibaline.com
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