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Meet Jennifer Taylor of The Taylored Coach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Taylor.

Hi Jennifer, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Even as a child, I’ve had a passion for excellence and the ability to solve problems of all kinds. If you were to ask my mom, she’d proudly tell you how at a very young age, I would work on projects for her former employer. I’d organize things, fix things, set things up… I’ve always been a “fixer.” As a teenager starting my young career in retail, I’d consistently be placed in areas that needed “help.” My goal: turn things around and make them great. I went off to college – “Hello, Florida State University!!” – and during that time, my retail career continued. After graduation, I pursued a retail management career full-time. I really enjoyed it. I loved the ability to focus on people development and improving systems. These are the areas in which I thrived then and I thrive now. I married what some would call my “high school sweetheart,” and I would call “the love of my life.” We’re raising three children together – three beautiful black princesses, who we teach to love God, cherish healthy relationships, and to embrace all of who God has called each of them to be.

We are so blessed to have them in our lives. Soon after starting a family, I transitioned from retail to the financial services industry, where my passion to see people excel in all areas of life (especially financially) really flourished. I learned everything I could about personal and business finance – from starting a new business to building credit to personal and small business lending. I even pursued my MBA during this time – in fact, I completed my graduate degree in the same month that I gave birth to my youngest daughter! It has always been a goal of mine to be a great example to my children of what a successful black woman looks like. During my financial services career, I started teaching classes on financial wellness at work and at church. At church, I volunteered more and more – learning how to run a nonprofit successfully, to the point of leaving my job and working full-time in the church I attended for many years.

Over the years, I’ve seen so many people struggling to succeed financially, so I’ve been a resource in my community by hosting seminars and meeting individually with people to help them move forward in life. During my time in ministry, I’ve been exposed to a lot of what it takes to successfully start and run a business (and especially a nonprofit organization) and have helped others learn how to be successful as well. That’s why I decided to start The Taylored Coach in 2020. We focus on helping ministries and ministry leaders excel in ministry and in their positions in the marketplace. It’s a business I started with my husband one where I am always keeping my girls in mind. So today, I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a Director of Operations, and a business owner (to name a few).

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Oh my!! If I said that I never faced challenges, I would be lying. In the midst of pursuing your goals, there is always some wall that tries to erect itself between you and the finish line. For me, one of my biggest challenges has been achieving a “balance” between home (marriage and family), business (career and self-employment), and ministry (faith and fellowship). I’m a planner, so I’ve always strived to “have it all together” all the time. I have realized over the years that “balance” isn’t what I’m trying to achieve – instead, the goal is “rhythm.” Being sensitive to the areas of biggest need – not when there’s a fire, but when there is a “drawing,” bringing that area into greater focus for me – is what allows me to manage life. I’ve recently told a client that if I’m not being inspired in what I’m working on for my business, to put that down for a moment and spend extra time with my family. When I’m fulfilled in that area, then I can think more clearly to continue my work. That’s just an example, but it rings true on how I overcome the challenge of maintaining balance.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We launched The Taylored Coach in 2020. We focus on helping ministries and ministry leaders excel in ministry and in their positions in the marketplace. We have found that many small businesses (especially nonprofits) who want their teams to excel often lack the time and resources to accomplish that goal. Also, specifically with churches and other ministries, the focus is on volunteer staff, yet they have no idea how to utilize volunteers effectively. We help with that. We also know that, like myself, there are many professionals who serve in ministry who could use some help with growing their own businesses or excelling in leadership within the organizations that employ them. We provide resources, teach classes, develop training curriculum, and really focus on next-level leadership. We have a wide range of service offerings.

However, most of our clients fall into two categories: 1. Business professionals desiring to start and/or grow their own businesses, and 2. Nonprofits who need help getting organized, getting in compliance, and/or building their leadership pipelines. We are excited to be in this space, and we had a great 2020. In the midst of a pandemic, we were (and still are) able to offer our services through online consultations and we hosted classes via internet platforms. In 2021, our biggest focus at The Taylored Coach is in four areas: 1. Ministry Startups, 2. Operational Reviews & Compliance, 3. Leadership Coaching & Training, and 4. Volunteer Management. I love talking to new people and learning what their biggest “headaches” are, so we can work together on creative solutions. I’m excited to serve this community!

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