Starting a Business
“The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.” Amelia Earhart
Women starting businesses and shifting into self-employment find coaching time a powerful way to accelerate their performance and smooth out the stresses associated with going solo. Click on the “Take Away” icon for tips to take away to make a success out of your new business.
From Pam starting a digital media agency to Rachel flying the Government nest to become a freelance HR consultant to Lisa starting an online bookstore – all say coaching has been a boost to their self-belief and a useful place to strategise and get focussed.
Going freelance and starting a business can be like a love affair – passionate, exciting and all-consuming. After the buzzy honeymoon period of the first 3-6 months where you’ve been experimenting with marketing tactics and enjoying the general thrill of being your own boss it’s not uncommon to feel a bit flat, unsure or overwhelmed. That may be because sales or the relationship building that’s integral to your business’ success hasn’t gone as well as you’d envisaged. Conversely business might be booming earlier than you expected and that can be overwhelming too.
The difference coaching makes
Warm, solution-focussed talk time is a powerful enabler of women-owned business success. I speak to my own mentor-coach regularly. Here’s an idea of the ground different women in fledgling businesses and I have covered in our coaching sessions to get them to where they want to be:
- Being authentic in the way they do business
- Confident pricing and negotiating
- Time management – defining priorities and getting them done
- Shifting the ‘limiting beliefs’ that get in the way of success
- Building confidence to try new marketing activities – speaking, networking etc
- Practising business pitches
- Revisiting business plans (or creating one in the first place)
- Taking stock of what marketing activities work
- Putting processes behind the way they do business
- Drawing work/home/children time boundaries and how they’ll stick to them
The call to coaching for business success
The Thinking Woman’s Coach doesn’t offer a set coaching programme of X number of weeks because every woman’s need, situation and ambitions are different. What we do offer is a personalised coaching experience to support and challenge you on your way to where you want to be. This might be a one off coaching session or 9 month’s worth.
Have a look at the Horse’s Mouth page for what real women say about their coaching experience. When you’re up for blasting the barriers and building your business give me a call on 01727 856169