TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS. WHAT ARE YOU DOING EXACTLY?
I am a performance coach; I specialize in time management and goal setting and I mainly focus on courses and online consults. I create hybrid online courses: a self-taught course mixed with the one to one coaching; in that way, my clients always have the support they need and my personal touch. And I am keeping them accountable. My next course will revolve around time management and goal setting and everything that comes with it; why we procrastinate, what our goals really are, how to not get overwhelmed by all of it. It will be out in March.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BUSINESS IDEA?
I started by studying to become a certified life coach. I love how powerful the brain is and how we can control it. I then realized that I had to niche into a specific category if I wanted to hit my ideal target. So I thought at that one thing I could do all day long, every day: planning; specifically, time blocking. On Sundays, I find it relaxing to sit down and plan the whole week. Some call me a weirdo but organization is the only way to go to be successful in any field. I still do life coaching in terms of comfort zones, fears and confidence. In all of my programs, you will find an element of how to set your mind for greatness with practical steps to implement.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS, AND IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS?
Yes; this is my first business – Before this, I was in a 9 to 5 jobs that although I didn’t hate, it wasn’t going to help me reach the lifestyle that I want and desire, nor respond to my true calling of helping many entrepreneurs not go crazy cause there is too much to do in a business! I have always wanted to work from home and manage my own time and now I also teach how to do so! Win-Win 😀
WHAT SPECIFIC ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
You cannot show up only when you feel good. Entrepreneurship is hard and there will be bad days (more bad than good at the beginning), but it’s when you decide not to give up that it will get easier and you will accomplish more. And push yourself As hard as you humanly can. Set your goals, set your strategy, clear your head and smash it!
MY GREATEST OBSTACLE AND HOW DID YOU DEALT WITH IT:
Understanding how much network is fundamental in order for your business to grow. I used to be the kind of person that wanted to do everything by herself and being very ambitious, I would 100% expect myself to do everything by myself and not ask anybody for collaborations or partnerships.
To deal with it, I went outside my comfort zone, as I am always looking to push myself further. I valued pros and cons and I discovered that people are willing to help you, you just need to find the courage to ask them.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
In life? Going for it. Taking the leap. Going back to the books (that I hated while I was in school) to accomplish something I didn’t think I could – my own business, working from home and still being able to pay my rent. I pushed myself beyond my own limits, and I created bigger and better limits. Loving myself enough (I adore myself) to create what I wanted. Believing in myself even when everybody around me was against it because “not everybody can reach 5% with their own business”.
In business? I had a 16-year-old client once, and she was a mess. She was insecure, cried herself to sleep every night, wasn’t eating right and wanted a better relationship with her body. Her parents got her into counselling as they didn’t know any better and the psychiatrist prescribed her antidepressants. I don’t believe in pills to someone that is an adult, let alone to a 16-year-old kid.
We worked on her body, her insecurities, her mind until we felt confident enough to remove the antidepressants and work on the issues without meds. She stopped the antidepressants under my advice. Meds free yaaay!
HOW I BLEND LIFE AND WORK TO CREATE THE LIFE I WANT:
This one is easy…TIME MANAGEMENT! I have my morning routines, my workouts, the business time and of course my me time. And all of them blend one with the other thanks to the structure I created for myself. A structure that is strict but at the same time can be flexible enough to not overwhelm me.
I AM INSPIRED BY:
Powerful women that are gorgeous inside and out; that do it all. They take care of their mind and body, never give up and have no issues in saying out loud what they really think. I love honesty, also in the form of straight-up talking and not caring about other people’s opinion. I adore women that are confident and a bit sassy!
WHY I CHOSE THIS CAREER:
I want to help entrepreneurs feel less overwhelmed. In this society and in 2020 being stressed and overwhelmed is part of daily life and I really want to make it easier on all the women out there that are trying their best. I am also the one that always pushes for something better, so it was really natural for me to have this career.
HOW I PREPARE FOR SUCCESS:
I breathe. It might sound silly but it really works. I spend a lot of time in structuring and planning what I really want. When I have clarity then the workflow becomes easier and the work is lighter. So even if I need to concentrate a little bit longer in the planning side of things, I know that is totally worth it. And then…I breathe 😀
DID YOU WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? WAS IT AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR YOU?
I did NOT write a business plan, I wrote a business strategy, which is slightly different. I think business plans are outdated, and with all the information that we get bombarded with each day, it’s hard to focus on a business plan because your business needs to be flexible, and goals might change in between.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES TO BEING A WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER?
Regarding the advantages and disadvantages, I am going to be very honest. In this modern world, women business owners are on the rise, there are #like #bossbabe & #whorulestheworldgirls so there is no better time to be a woman and in the industry.
MY FAVOURITE BUSINESS TOOL IS…
MY PLANNER! I created a 2020 planner and although I LOVE technology (Trello number 1), I love automation and scheduling via a link, I am very old school when it comes to keeping my diary. My planner has it all; from yearly & monthly goals, weekly tasks, weekly time blocking and my amazing daily to-do lists. I find it romantic when I plan by writing my weekly schedule onto paper with a sophisticated pen (In love with stationery).
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN IS…
One of the most amazing people in my life, a person that I admire and respect a lot told me I had to detach myself from the situation in a given moment and look at the situation as a third person, not as me living into it. In that way, I can analyse objectively what is happening and not get trapped in too many emotions.