As far back at 2009 I ‘flirted’ with the idea of leaving the daily grind of teaching and starting my own business; I dreamed of simple things like getting home on time to make the tea for the kids and being able to meet my mum for a coffee during the week! Hardly the stuff of entrepreneurial stardom however if you have similar thoughts, you might like to read on!
Now I like to think of myself as ‘fairly sensible’ so I did a little research before moving into my own business as a therapist, here are three facts that stood out for me:
- RBS has calculated that boosting female entrepreneurship could deliver approximately £60bn extra to the UK economy. (Anne McPherson, MD Diversity in Business, RBS, in the Guardian 10 April 2013).
- Women starting up in business will tend to provide a more immediate contribution to the economy.
- A third of the female population would start a business if it wasn’t for the fear of failure.*
The last point really stood out for me because I was worried about failing; those who know me will tell you I am passionate about what I do but always have a ‘weather eye’ on the situation regarding my business income and ability to give amazing value to those I work with. I wanted to be sure that I could maintain high standards and run my business properly. Looking back, I think that’s why I decided to invest in a business coach and although I can’t say my first coaching experience was particularly great (I chose the wrong coach – a man without kids!) my subsequent coaching sessions however have been fantastic and really helped me to secure skills that I needed to make progress.
The last few years have been a learning curve and I can’t help but feel grateful for the other female entrepreneurs who have helped and supported me along the way. I know now that with the right support anything is possible including paying my mortgage and bills whilst doing something I absolutely love, helping others.
I started my business in a recession with minimal savings. I opened my premises on Teesside; whilst some people would argue it was the worst time possible, I would actually say it was the best time. Why? Well the closure of SSI and the loss of jobs in traditional industries has led to a real change in this area; more women are realising that they have skills that could be really valuable in staring new businesses – I know many who have really blossomed: in this new age of uncertainty they are building businesses that are thriving because they are passionate about what they do.
So, if you are reading this and feel that you too would like to move in a new direction where you are in control of your time and ability to generate an income but feel worried or stressed about how to get started, get in touch. I’d be happy to talk to you about your dreams and introduce you to lots of others also building their businesses to create the security for their families that no one can take away!
2016 could be the year you claim back your work life balance, for good!
For more information or to arrange a consultation, please email Julie at email@example.com