Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. It is not easy running a company, especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing business world. Technology advances, new hiring strategies, and now, political changes coming with the new administration, all add to the existing business challenges that entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives have to deal with.

Maximizing profits, minimizing expenses and finding talented staff to keep things moving seem to be top challenges for both SMBs and large corporations. We have been interviewing companies from around the world to discover what challenges they are facing in their businesses. We also asked each company to share business advice they would give to a younger version of themselves.

Below is our interview with Agnes Kowalski, Founder and CEO at Agnes Kowalski Inc.:

What does your company do?

My company shows entrepreneurs, wellpreneurs, actors, producers, artists, service providers how to leverage their subconscious programming so they can prosper in every area of their life. My background is as a therapist and I focus exclusively on wealth and the conscious and unconscious reasons people block their ability to make, create, keep and spend more money. I have been online for 5 years and in private practice for 10, our clients are worldwide.

What is your role? What do you enjoy most about your role?

My role is as mentor and wealth mindset strategist and CEO of Agnes Kowalski Inc. Having struggled for years with my own money blocks, shame and self-worth issues, it is an absolute dream come true to oversee a company and several employees and be able to reach thousands of people every year. As an immigrant and a woman, being in a position of power is not something I was familiar with growing up. To be "one of those people" who makes money doing what they love and daily co-creates with others to impact the world in a positive manner (by having more money!) is humbling and inspiring.

What are the biggest challenges in your business right now?

My biggest challenge in business right now is to keep expanding without losing quality or touch with our core audience. The growth that online business mentoring has seen is unprecedented and though I am keen to expand I also don't want to fall down the rabbit hole of over-giving, outbidding or underpricing. I want the quality of our services to stay very custom because I believe that is what brings clients results and at the end of the day if they don't have results, then the mission loses momentum.

If you could go back in time, what business advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

Stop being cheap with yourself. That's the advice I would have told myself, because every time you are cheap with yourself you send a message to your clients, colleagues and anyone you come into contact with that it's ok to be cheap with you. Not just monetarily, but in every way - in the way you speak, in your interactions, relationships, in the way you spend your time. Invest in yourself and others will do the same.