Latina Entrepreneur Creates an International Professional Training Start Up

Eugenia Altimira and husband





Skills, preparation to become an entrepreneur

I’m not sure I can say I’m prepared, let’s say I’m willing to do what it’s needed, learn what I need and ask for help.

I believe this is a continuous learning process for me, since my background is not in business.

I believe one of the most important skills of any entrepreneur is the capacity to recognize their strengths while at the same time being aware of their weaknesses. As an entrepreneur, we sometimes must decide whether we have the time to learn a whole new set of skills, or if it makes more sense to surround yourself with a great team.

I believe in team work, one cannot be the master of everything.

So, when it came time to work on a plan to grow the business, I created a partnership with someone who had the skills I lacked. This has allowed us to continue growing and brought balance to the company.

A few thoughts on financing

What types of financing did I consider funding my business?

The criteria I used to assess available funding options.

This is a difficult question for me to answer because for the first time I am in the process of exploring financing alternatives. As I explained before, the startup and growth of my business happened organically.

So, at first it wasn’t necessary for me to focus on financing to either start or grow the business.

It wasn’t until this year when we decided it is time to expand our reach that we are starting to evaluate the options that are available to us to reach those goals. I can promise to elaborate on the process and the results on another article in the future, however now I really can’t answer.

For now, I’ll tell you this; there are so many options and each one has so many ramifications… I can anticipate a fun ride figuring this out, I’m happy I’m not doing this alone anymore.

Check in with me latter and I’ll tell you how I’m doing.

In part three I'll cover business growth, work-life balance and some final thoughts for those starting a small business.

Related articles:

Part one: Latina Breaths Life into Respiremos a Company About Breathwork

The Anatomy of a Latina Entrepreneur

A Successful Latina Entrepreneur Doing It All

A Latina’s Start-up and Business Execution


About the author

Eugenia Altamira

Eugenia Altamira is the Founder of Respiremos, a company that offers Transformational Breath® Sessions, Workshops and Professional Trainings in Latin America, USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. A Licensed Psychologist in Mexico, formerly a tenured professor and researcher at UNLA for eight years. Currently is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Transformational Breath® Foundation (TBF), Regional Liaison for Latin America and an international Senior Trainer for TBF in Europe, Middle East, USA and Latin America. She supports many efforts to take the tools of Conscious Breathing to different groups in need. A kind and warm teacher with powerful coaching skills. Her ability to connect with people and guide them in their path of growth has changed many lives. She shares her time between her two passions; Her family and breath work.