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Tiffany Zehara, Founder & Fractional CEO at Humanitarian Entrepreneur

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

My background is in the charitable sector.  I grew up being told, this was how you made an impact in the world.  

When starting my business, I naturally gravitated towards the space where I had the most experienced.  As I began working more with nonprofits, I would start to see the same systemic issues occurring.  After bringing these issues to the attention of the executive team, the response was one of resistance towards any type of change.  

I began to pivot towards businesses that were doing amazing things for the world, making an impact but that were encountering the issues I was seeing within the charitable sector.  These business owners, however, actually wanted to do something about the situation.  They were progressive and wanted to make an impact.  Business was not their strength, they were often really good at a specific product or service but disconnected from the business-side.  I help bridge the gap, so they are to focus on their zone of genius.

What are the various services provided by Humanitarian Entrepreneur?

We specialize in marginalized businesses that face censorship from societal stigmas and government regulations; viz., alternative medicine, healers, femtech, and sextech.  Service options are available for business owners to be met where they are at, whether that be the conceptualization stage to those businesses with a gross annual revenue in excess of £25 million.

What makes Humanitarian Entrepreneur different from hundreds of other similar service providers?

Our services are holistic.  While many providers offer a specialized service in marketing, branding, or copywriting, we take a big-picture approach.  

Often, businesses will present with a problem but that’s not actually what they need.  For example - People think they just need to get leads because that will bring in the business but what if you get 100 leads or 1,000 leads tomorrow?  Do you have something to actually offer them?  

Other times people think they just need to make more sales, convert those leads but do you actually have the capacity to fulfill these requests for a stellar product or service?  Do you have the right internal processes to make sure you have an optimum customer service experience or will you lose the sales and future sales because people are dissatisfied?

Services are tailored to what you actually need and key players are brought in at the right time to save you in time and resources, so you’re not wasting money on something you don’t need.

What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Many of us became business owners because: 

(1) we saw a gap in the world and we were trying to fix it, or 

(2) we were tired of working to further other people’s dreams and not our own, or 

(3) out of necessity, not being considered employable by traditional means – whether that’s because of justice involvement, not having the correct work authorizations, etc.

All this to say, we weren’t taught how to be business owners in our traditional education!  Especially, not in what has been considered the “helping” disciplines.  This was antithetical to what I was taught.

When I decided to forge my own path, I didn’t see what I wanted, in the way I wanted out in the world.  It took a lot of patience, a lot of self-discovery, and a lot of trial and error for what felt true for me and for the market.  

How do you plan to grow in the future?  What does 5 years down the line look like for Humanitarian Entrepreneur?

Humanitarian Entrepreneur always strives to support as many people as we can to uplift the world through their unique gifts and talents.  What that will look like will evolve over the next five years as technology grows and the needs shift.  Financial support is definitely something we are looking to achieve before the five-year mark.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Patience is immensely important!  As you take this path, you will learn more about yourself.  Sometimes this triggers a lot of unresolved issues and familial patterns before you’re able to move forward.  You are right where you are supposed to be in this moment.  Know that everything is always working out for your highest and best good.



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