Welcome to LMG University & the Successfully Self-Employed Semester
Written by Lisa Montanaro | August 4, 2013

I want to share something with you. Starting my own business was scary — REALLY scary (but also exciting)!! When I decided to leave my legal career behind and start my first business 11 years ago, all I had was an idea (or several all at once but was unsure where to start), and a load of self-determination to actually try being a business owner.

The hard truth is… your first 3-5 years in business are typically the most challenging and the time when many amazing people simply give up. Many new business owners experience some, or ALL, of the following entrepreneurial fears:

  • “I have an idea but don’t know where to start”, or
  • “How do I even set up a proper/legal business structure?” or
  • “I’ve started my business but I’m spinning my wheels, feel frustrated and I’m losing money… I need to get a ‘real’ job…” or
  • “You know what… this is just too much for me, I’m not cut out to be my own boss.”

Well, I’m happy to tell you: First, you’re not alone, and second, you can absolutely get through the first 3-5 years and thrive with the right business guidance, information, planning, support and mindset. With expert support and training, you can create the success you envision and so much more.

lmgu-lisaWhat has always been heartbreaking for me is to watch how many fellow entrepreneurs give up too soon because they never find the solid information, training and support they need to succeed at an affordable level. That’s why I’ve created LMG University (or as we affectionately call it, LMGU), an online business and personal development training campus, to support all entrepreneurs and small business owners in achieving maximum success (and non-business owners too — stay tuned for future programs that are not targeted at a business owner, like career and professional development, and life coaching).

PLUS, I’m thrilled to announce the first LMGU course starting on September 5, 2013, Successfully Self-Employed Semester w/Lisa! (with more programs/courses coming Fall 2013 and Winter 2014). This 3-month course was designed with the newer entrepreneur/business owner in mind — to move through those first 3-5 years successfully!

The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is a teleclass-based training program for newer business owners or anyone that is serious about starting a new business. This course offers all the required skills, knowledge and guidance for the newer entrepreneur/business owner. Topics covered will include: business identity and branding, legal structure and issues, marketing, networking and public relations, sales, pricing and money issues, and operations. PLUS, as your “Professor,” I’ll be with you the entire time, teaching and guiding you. Visit the campus today where you can get all the details for the semester.

be_the_star_of_your_lifeA little bit more about LMGU. Naturally this is not a real University, but it’s my fun and comprehensive version of a business and personal development training campus designed just for you. I’m so incredibly excited to share LMGU and this first “Bachelor’s” level 3-Month Successfully Self-Employed Semester with you as it’s my way of being able to support more people to create their own version of business and personal success, fulfillment, and balance.

To register and learn more about the Successfully Self-Employed Semester Bachelors program starting on September 5, 2013, as well as LMGU, hop on over to take a campus tour!!

Campus doors are open, and until August 19th, 2013 at midnight Eastern Time, you can enjoy special admission pricing (and even choose a two-pay installment option to make it easier for you to join me). And if you know someone that may be interested in or benefit from the Successfully Self Employed Semester, please share this with them. Thanks!

I’ll see you in class –



Meet the Author

Helping others be the best versions of themselves gets me jazzed!

I’ve worn many hats in my lifetime—often at the same time—while enjoying fulfilling careers. I’ve been a performer, teacher, sign language instructor, lawyer, career counselor, law professor, coach, consultant, mediator, entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, writer, and author. 

I’m an eternal optimist and life-long learner, constantly researching ways to improve personal and professional effectiveness. And it brings me great joy to then pass on the results of that persistent curiosity to my clients and audiences. 

Of all the career hats I’ve been privileged to wear, my favorite is owner of this business since 2002. Why? Because it provides me the opportunity to work with wonderful organizational and individual clients. On any given day, I get to connect deeply with audiences, work with dedicated teams, improve workplaces, watch clients have a-ha moments, and know I’ve made a difference in their lives and careers. And that is very satisfying.