June 21, 2024

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Colleen Gallagher International, Online Education that Empowers

  1. Who are you and what business did you start?

I am Colleen Gallagher. 

I started an online education company that empowers people through products and services to go through a transformation to learn how to create a lifestyle they love.

  1. What’s your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 14 which really transformed my life from a young age. Due to being diagnosed with cancer and a long-term diagnosis that I would be on medication, one pill per day for the rest of my life and that when I wanted to have children it would be challenging a lot changed within me. I was exposed to injustices within the health care system very early on in life. I saw children die of cancer and I did not die. On top of this I saw many people who got diagnosed with cancer and they realized that they never really lived life. From this experience it created a great deal of emotional suffering within me, it caused confusion, and it was challenging for me to try and piece together what just occurred within my life and how I was going to cope with it throughout my life. Finally, when I was age 23, I decided I was going to quit my corporate job and move across the world to New Zealand. This was a very big deal because in America we didn’t have pre-existing health conditions yet as part of our health care system. However, I really wanted to live international it was my biggest dream more than anything else in life. So, I followed my dreams! When I did this, I truly found myself, as I self-healed and got off the medication I was meant to be on, I started doing yoga and meditation, and I hired a coach. And from this recipe of transforming my habits, environment, and silencing my thoughts I got the idea to write a book. Because I wanted to travel the world and impact people. So, this idea landed within my mind to write a book and that led to my company Colleen Gallagher International with over 20 online courses, three books, multiple other products, a podcast, speaking events, multiple six figures in sales, and tens of thousands of people’s lives transformed in just three and a half years.

  1. Describe the process of launching the business.

I was in New Zealand, and I was doing four hours of yoga and meditation a day. Something I wanted more than anything in the world was to travel the world without a corporate job, I really wanted to do it on my own. I would attend all these online webinars of digital nomads, influencers, coaches, online funnels, blogging, etc. But nothing really resonated with me. I always felt like it wouldn’t make me the money I was earning in my corporate job. Finally, I got a coach that I researched online to help me figure out if I could launch a business or what I was meant to do. And from this the idea was birthed that I was going to write a book. From this book all these stories and limiting beliefs about how I operated in the world surfaced, and this is where I became aware that I could really shift my reality and change people’s lives. And so, I began to write my first book. Then I knew I would need help marketing it, so I found a woman in Miami who had a six-week course to help you build a funnel to create an online course. I did that with this woman and before you know it, I had a course to go with my book. And from that, I left my corporate job, and I began using social media to promote my message and brand, and eventually, it’s led to what Colleen Gallagher International is now.

  1. Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

The best thing that has worked to attract and retain customers is doing mindset work through hiring coaches and showing up consistently on social media to grow a global community and allow others to be part of my journey.

  1. How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Today I’m doing well I have a multiple six-figure empire that is growing towards the seven-figure a year mark. I am receiving my Ph.D. in Psychology to begin consulting organizations on their virtual customer experience and online presence. I launch courses and products monthly that transform people’s lives and I plan on continuing to do this. I think the future is focused more on how we can have an affiliate program and allow my creations to earn more people an income and lifestyle they love, as well as breaking into the organizations and intuitional space to use my courses or framework to empower more people to connect to their internal world and create a life they love from this. As well as having a podcast studio to do my podcast and create a yearly event for the community to come together in person and connect over what the podcast represents which is: people who want to transform this world through love.

  1. Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

Oh gosh I’ve learned so much, I mean from mindset, money creation, and management, management of teams and people, product creation, course creation, collaboration, selling, empowering others, betrayal of relationships, writing books, going into debt, conflict management. I mean the list can go on. However, I think the biggest key for me was when you follow your heart, you trust yourself, and back what you believe in you will fall in love with your life faster than you can even imagine.

  1. What platform/tools do you use for your business?

I think I’m on twenty something different platforms. However, I started my business from Facebook and Instagram, and it has evolved to what it is today. But every day my focus I check is Facebook, Instagram and Medium.

  1. What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

I am bias all my books and my podcast The Colleen Gallagher Podcast. 

However, Dan Brown The Lost Symbol was a big transformational book for me, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hays, and The Code to an Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani. Each of those books inputted something big into my life and transformed the way I experienced life and thought about it. They each inspired big actions within me that guided me to let go of things that were not serving me and fall in love with life in a deeper way.

  1. Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Trust your heart, believe the voices inside your head guiding you to act, and start right away. Every day that passes without one small action towards your dreams is another day that is wasted living a life for someone else except you. And the only way to fall in love is when you begin to be true to yourself instead of falling into what the world has illusioned you into what you “should” be doing. Only you hold the key to create freedom for yourself, and the key is right in your pocket, you just have to take the action to unlock yourself and allow yourself to live a life you love!

  1. Where can we go to learn more?