Marie-Josée Porlier is Sales Director at Kohezion – an online tool you can use to design and build your own database applications without programming, focused for small businesses. After working for years as a Registered Nurse, Marie-Josée was feeling little tied down and looking for the kind of freedom that you can only get as a business owner. So she left her career as an RN and joined her husband on Kohezion and hasn’t looked back!
What has been the most challenging part of being a business owner?
I had to learn a lot, and I mean A LOT about technology. I always loved gadgets and was not so bad with technology to start with, but I had to become an online database software expert. I succeeded!
I also had to improve my English since French is my mother tongue.
What was the biggest mistake you’ve made with your business?
We tend to work 24/7 and forget to take vacations. It is very hard for us to let go even for a few hours. But then we get tired and simply have to take care of ourselves. We definitely have to work on the work/life balance!
What is the best part(s) of being a business owner?
I love that I have no boss, I’m working with my spouse and I manage my own time.
Finish this sentence: “If I could wave a magic wand, I would…”
Be on a windy beach prepping to go surf big waves! I love to kite-surf! (To us at EnMast, kite-surfing and being a small business owner have a lot in common!)
One thing you wish someone told you before you started your own business:
There is no “off” switch. Business owners are constantly brainstorming for new ideas.
What’s your favorite tool or gadget that you use for your business? (software, app, device, tech, etc)
I don’t think I could live without my iPad!
What is your favorite thing about EnMast?
The blog is great! It is packed with helpful information. No matter what industry you are working in, you will always find great advice in their blog.
What is your favorite tool on EnMast?
We know everyone in our EnMast Community has a story to share, and we’d love to hear yours! Email Devan.