This week we talked with the inspiring Claudia Mangeac. Claudia is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who chose early on that she will live an inspired and extraordinary life, no matter the circumstances. You can find her online at www.claudiamangeac.com.
Tell me about yourself!
I was born & raised in Romania. However, at age 18, I got on a plane for the first time and left Romania with £800 in my pocket and the goal of moving to the UK to study film. Since then, I've been through several career changes, moves, hit rock bottom and went through a divorce. Despite all this, I've persevered. I'm a huge believer in female entrepreneurship & generally I have very high energy & love motivating others.
I've often been described as "too young" for things. I left Romania at 18, I got married at 21 and divorced at 25, started my first company at 23, got my first leadership role at 26. I went from terrible debt in my early 20's to now running a profitable business and helping others discover how they can run a business & not let it run their life.
What made you decide to start your own business?
The reality is that until about the age of 25, I struggled with imposter syndrome, comparison, feeling inspired often but never taking action, being overwhelmed by too many choices, starting projects and not finishing them. Oh, and so much self-doubt. I felt that if I wasn't good at something already, there was no point even trying.
That was until 2016 when I discovered self-development. I've always been curious about how our mind works but in typical me fashion, I never took any further. That same year, I shut down my e-commerce business and I started working for a startup that aligned with my values. In 2017, I took 17 trips and visited 13 countries. I soon discovered I was great at brainstorming with people, I felt my best when I was motivating others and slowly started building a vision for my life where I could help other entrepreneurs. I started taking online courses, reading everything I could find, surrounding myself with inspiring people and doing a lot of self-discovery work.
Today I'm on a mission to empower entrepreneurs to build authentic & profitable businesses alongside an inspired and joyful life. I did for years I did HR in tech startups, so I spent a large part of my career helping others and understanding what motivates them. I always believed that us women have to deal with a lot of crap, so I wanted to do my bit and help women build businesses and help them feel less overwhelmed.
What's the hardest part about being an entrepreneur?
Juggling everything, doing it all alone, the doubts, and the comparison. Generally the mindset challenges!
What's your favorite part?
The freedom I have and the impact I get to have.
What advice would you give to women either working in business or starting their own?
Soooo much! If I had to choose one, it would be never do work for free. Know your value & don't be afraid to add tax to it.