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Hey everyone. I wanted to jump in quickly let you know about the release of the audio version of my book, The Entrepreneur Ethos, narrated by David A. Conatser. If you want to support the show, you can buy it wherever audiobooks are sold. Links are also in the show notes. Now on to my guest for today, Shana Cosgrove, CEO of Nyla Technology Solutions.
Shana Cosgrove has blazed a trail through the male-dominated industry of software engineering, finding her niche in government work. Frustrated by working for others, she eventually realized that the only thing stopping her from founding her own business was the paperwork.
As CEO of Nyla Technology Solutions, she provides the federal government with software engineering services in a cloud-based architecture. Shana built Nyla from the ground up at the same time she was starting a family. Her husband is Chief Information Officer and lends expertise in cybersecurity; their kids are already showing an interest in entrepreneurship, too. Shana is also a founder and creative strategist at VitalUP marketing.
Shana shares her frustrations at having to correct the common misperception that she works for her husband’s company as well as the push and pull of building a business, working from home, caring for young children, and negotiating household and caregiving work with her husband. Now, Shana is grateful that she can focus on doing the aspects of work she loves, working for herself, and being able to be there for her family.
Now let’s get better together.
Actions to Try or Advice to Take
- Even in the world of government contracting, Cosgrove advises that successful entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to be authentic and tell their stories.
- When Cosgrove advises her clients on social media marketing, she recommends they start with something easy and small, like commenting and sharing posts. It’s hard to mess it up, and you can always delete it.
- Sometimes paying for help can make a big difference in having a more peaceful family life and achieving success in the long run. Like many busy couples with young children, Cosgrove and her husband found that the extra cost of having someone else do laundry and buying take-out for dinner was worth it.