Harper Spero is an NYC-based business coach and consultant who works with independent professionals and small business owners to help them succeed. As a business coach, Harper guides early-stage freelancers and entrepreneurs on how to structure their business, streamline operations and reach their goals. Harper is also a consultant to clients in a variety of industries. She assists business owners in identifying gaps, improving cohesion and making connections to the right people and opportunities that will take their business to the next level.
Name: Harper Spero
Job Title: Business Coach and Consultant
Currently based in: New York City
Originally from: New York City
Superpower: Being a connector
A woman in history you admire & why:
Patti Smith — she does what she wants, how she wants, and doesn’t let other people get in the way. She has a very powerful voice.
What inspired you to start your current venture?
I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I wanted to be my own boss, create my own hours, maintain a healthy lifestyle and help other people do the same.
What are you doing to make history today?
As the focus starts to shift away from corporations toward more people choosing to work independently, I am helping independent professionals and small business owners create businesses they’re passionate about. I help them define their goals, stay organized, create structure and put their ideas out into the world.
What, in your opinion, is one of the biggest challenges facing your industry today?
There are so many business coaches in the world who are extremely salesy and aggressive, and I think that it gives a bad name to those of us who aren’t.
What were you doing before your current role?
I spent 10 years in marketing, public relations and event production. I changed jobs eight times in ten years — and I was always created roles for myself, rather than applying to an existing job listing. In the last job I held before starting my business, I was a managing director at a small marketing and event production company. We produced small-and-large-scale events in the nonprofit, health, wellness and education sectors.
What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to other female founders & change-makers?
Start somewhere. People get so stuck when they feel that everything needs to be perfectly presented from day one — and they waste time by not putting themselves out there. Find a place to start that you feel good about. You can always tweak and refine things as you go along.
Are there any great resources you have discovered that you would like to share?
Can’t imagine my life without Facebook groups — I have found amazing support, friends and clients.
Fun fact about yourself:
I’ve never driven a car.