Running your own business requires you to wear many hats. Overnight you become the doer, the CEO, and the Financial Controller of your own mini empire. Suddenly, the buck stops with you and, no matter how well prepared you were in starting on your own, that can be scary. Every business decision is yours to make and with competing priorities all shouting for your attention, it’s not long before overwhelm rears its’ head. It’s at this point that many business owners look to the services of a business coach, but not necessarily a holistic business coach. So, what’s the difference and what advantages can a holistic business coach bring to your business “table?”
The Problems You Face in Business
It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to business or have been in business for some time, there will be times when you just won’t immediately have the answer. As I tell my clients, no one ever gave you the “How to run My Business” manual, so when issues arise it can feel overwhelming. Running a business is a lonely place. You may have been used to a busy working environment, with bosses or mentors to bounce your ideas off. You may have worked in an environment where ideas were welcomed from the whole team, so you gained from others perspective, helping you to feel part of the team, to feel a valued contributor and to grow and expand your own experience. Suddenly that’s gone and it’s just you.
My services came about because, having owned and run businesses since I was 23, I had directly experienced a lot of the issues that business owners face. I knew there was a need for coaching that focused on women in business and the specific issues that they faced. A need for supportive and authentic coaching and mentoring that championed and empowered women who wanted to create and grow a resilient, sustainable business, whilst maintaining balance in their life, feeling less guilt, less overwhelm, but needed practical know-how to make that happen.
Whilst the practical know-how is important, what I also know is that women don’t work on a purely practical level. That’s why I encompassed my training in Reiki, Seichem and Shamanic Healing into my coaching and it is that ability to offer women not only the practical, but the metal, emotional and spiritual tools they need to succeed, that makes me a holistic business coach.
Business Coach or Holistic Business Coach – What’s the difference?
Working predominantly with women, I know that many of the issues they face around business ownership stem from blocks that they have put in the way of their own business success. Issues around their worth, their pricing, their confidence, their productivity…Not to mention the dreaded imposter syndrome and inner critic.
These blocks can very often arise because of something in their life outside of business, for example, a lack of confidence or strong inner critic because they felt they “weren’t good enough” as a child.
Being a holistic business coach allows me to use the arsenal of tools that my training in energy healing gives me to get to the root of the issue and to work with my client to release the blocks they are facing. Once those blocks start to break down, the transformation can be phenomenal and impact both their personal and business life.
How Does A 1:1 Coaching Session Work?
Each client I work with is different, with specific areas that they wish to focus on, but the “framework” of a 1:1 coaching session will start with us getting to know each other. I ask lots of questions, whilst holding space for you to tell me your story, why you set up in business and where you currently are. From there, we will work together to create a plan of action, prioritising where we place our focus for the coming month. Typically, monthly coaching sessions might cover topics such as:
- Business processes
- Best business practice
- Creating your business vision
- Marketing, social media & blogging
- Staffing & employee issues
- Basic finance
- Time management & personal organisation
- Balancing work and life
And receives actionable steps at the end of each session to work on before our next meeting.
Each 1:1 coaching client receives access to my “Catalyst for Change” course. This is a 6-week course aimed as a pre-cursor to our coaching sessions, giving you a road map to build firm foundations, both for your business and you as an individual and covering:
- Current life assessment
- Releasing blocks and self-audit
- Identifying and understanding your values
- Creating your vision of success
- Holding yourself accountable.
In addition to short training videos, you’ll also receive
Weekly meditations and visualisation exercises
A weekly coaching call with me to further drill down into each topic.
The Catalyst for Change course is available as a standalone product, for those who aren’t ready to commit to monthly coaching, but previous clients have found that this short course included as part of their coaching “package” helps them to gain immense clarity, enabling them to use their monthly coaching sessions more effectively and resolving issues more quickly.
Working with a business coach can be of great benefit to your business. However, the benefits of working with a holistic business coach can be felt in both your personal AND business life, helping you to not only achieve business success, but to have the confidence to explore every opportunity and the balance and resilience and to enjoy your journey, and isn’t that what life is all about?
If you’re ready to invest in yourself and your business growth then check out my holistic business coaching and mentoring services. Head here to find out how we can work together. If you’re not sure that a holistic business coach is a good match for you, then why not book a discovery call – no obligation, no hard sell, just a chat!