Meet Jessica Dugas
Inspirational Entertainer
Speaking on "The Importance of Sharing Your Story (And Creating The Space for Others to Do The Same)"
Find her at the summit on 11/15 at 3:30 PM PST
About: Jessica Dugas is an Inspirational Entertainer spreading joy wherever she goes. You can find her in many roles including: Intuitive Mentor, Energy Practitioner, International Best-Selling Author, host of The Breakthrough Show, and creator of the Project Joy Podcast giving you a triple shot of good vibes on your Monday morning! She’s passionate about helping humanity empower themselves to live their lives with less stress and more joy because she, herself, has chosen to do that. In her journey from a sensitive little girl with a big vision, to attempted suicide and abandoning her dreams, to a homeless mom of 3, to now a successful entrepreneur and family woman, Jessica loves to share about the breakthroughs she experienced along the way and finding her way back to joy. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur bringing all her coaching skills, healing modalities, authentic intuition, holistic lifestyle choices, and love of the moon to her communities and private clients. Outside of her business, Jessica is a wife and homeschooling mom of 6 beautiful children, enjoying many hobbies while living a plant-based lifestyle.
As I look back over the last 40 years of my life, I'd like to say that I have been preparing for my business forever! I always knew I wanted to help people, I knew I was a story-teller and creative, but I never knew what that needed to look like as a business, or even what I'd be good at. However, it was the death of my younger brother in 2010 that propelled me into the space of not only figuring out my life and who I was as a person, but answering that age-old question of what I wanted to be when I grew up. It was through my own challenges followed by deep and continual personal and spiritual development that propelled me into the space of helping others with those very things. As a busy, homeschooling mom of 6, however, I knew I had to be efficient with my time and that's where the idea of teaching through story-telling through a talk show format came from. And now with a network with more than 5 shows and a partnership with e360tv, the rest is history!

What got you here? How did you start your business?

As I look back over the last 40 years of my life, I'd like to say that I have been preparing for my business forever! I always knew I wanted to help people, I knew I was a story-teller and creative, but I never knew what that needed to look like as a business, or even what I'd be good at. However, it was the death of my younger brother in 2010 that propelled me into the space of not only figuring out my life and who I was as a person, but answering that age-old question of what I wanted to be when I grew up. It was through my own challenges followed by deep and continual personal and spiritual development that propelled me into the space of helping others with those very things. As a busy, homeschooling mom of 6, however, I knew I had to be efficient with my time and that's where the idea of teaching through story-telling through a talk show format came from. And now with a network with more than 5 shows and a partnership with e360tv, the rest is history!

What got you here? How did you start your business?

If you could meet yourself at the very beginning stages of starting a business, what advice would you give?

If I could meet myself at the beginning stages of my business, I would tell myself to take my time and that I don't have to have it all figured out. One of the things I thought I needed to do was literally learn everything myself. I thought, since I'm in business for myself, I have to know it all, so I had better figure it all out! The truth is that I ended up spending more time learning things that I never needed to know rather than growing my business, because they were things I didn't need right away and could outsource or even improve later.
One thing I see business owners spend time and money on that I don't think they need to are complicated websites, funnels, and memberships! Truthfully, if we spent our energy on networking and having conversations, our businesses would grow faster. And besides, when people get to know you and your offer, they'll want the most simple way to work with you anyway!

What is the one thing you see business owners spending time and money on that you don’t think they need to?

What is the one thing you see business owners spending time and money on that you don’t think they need to?

One thing I see business owners spend time and money on that I don't think they need to are complicated websites, funnels, and memberships! Truthfully, if we spent our energy on networking and having conversations, our businesses would grow faster. And besides, when people get to know you and your offer, they'll want the most simple way to work with you anyway!

Was there a major turning point in the success of your business? If so, what do you attribute that too?

I became much more successful in my business when I stopped trying to fill the mold of what others said an entrepreneur or coach or healer was supposed to look like. I honestly believe that I became exhausted trying to be someone I am not and just made the choice to be me, as simple as it sounds. I didn't want to come out with another cookie cutter program. I didn't want to just focus on one type of person or niche. I allowed myself to be multi-faceted and while that may seem more complicated to others, it simplified my life and allowed me to be in flow.

What does success look like to you?

To me, success looks like joy. Success looks like waking up and being excited to start my day and nurture my business.

What is your least favorite part of being a business owner?

My least favorite part of being a business owner is definitely the challenge of hiring out when I tend to be pretty particular about how things are done in my business! That said, it goes back to what I was sharing about before with feeling like I had to learn everything in my business at the beginning. Now that I've spent so much time an effort learning, it's hard to pass those things to other people. (Then again, the extra time is nice! haha!)

What do you outsource in your business? When did you know it was time to outsource?

I currently outsource some of my website updates and converting video shows to podcast. I knew it was time to outsource when I began running out of time for the things I really love to do in my business.

Do you have any daily practices or routines you find really helpful as a business owner?

A daily practice that is number 1 in my business for it to run smoothly is keeping a strict calendar and booking system. Everything else in my business runs smoothly if I know where I am supposed to be and when, and provide that same opportunity when people book with me. In fact, I'm so passionate about this, it's something I love to teach!

How did the pandemic impact your business?

The pandemic really didn't impact my business the way I saw it impact others because my business has been 100% online since its inception. It was, however, a challenge to see more people move their businesses to the online space, vying for the attention of scrollers, with a competitive mindset rather than the networking mindset that I, and many of my colleagues, bring to the entrepreneurial space.

If we wanted to see/read/hear more about you, where should we go?

To learn more about me, my work, and The Breakthrough Show Network, you can visit www.jessicadugas.com and www.thebreakthroughshow.com.