Entrepreneur Spotlight: Gabriella Feingold

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the fabulous coach, Gabriella Feingold, who helps people live an intentional, guilt-free life.

Hi Gabriella, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

I created Coaching with Gabriella to help people, who spend most of their time and energy on others, to take better care of themselves.

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

I believe in a world where we have permission to pay attention to our own needs, even as we nourish those around us and work to make the world a better place. I want to see a future where the guilt, perfectionism, and urgency, that drive so many of us, fall away so that everyone can figure out what’s important to them and create lifestyles that are more joyful and sustainable. This is the reality I try to embody in my personal life and in my business – it is possible! And I love showing people how they can get there.

What lights you up about your business? 

My clients! I love watching them transform over our time together. Whether it’s through a one-time Breakthrough Session, a workshop, or a longer one-on-one coaching program, I see such powerful moments of change – both in mindset and in action. I know that the programs I offer are a big part of this transformation, but it couldn’t happen without the willingness and curiosity of my clients. 

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

I get to use all of the parts of my brain. I get to use my creative powers to make content, my math brain for the business side of things, and my empathetic and analytical skills in the coaching itself. Being a one-woman show is not always easy, but I love how much it stretches me.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

I practice non-judgment with people every day. By giving others the benefit of the doubt (as long as I set the boundaries I need to), I walk through the world with an extra dose of compassion, which translates itself into my approach to myself and my business. Non-judgment of others really helps increase self-compassion too!

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I would say that I am living an intentional lifestyle. I don’t do whatever I want, whenever I want – even the self-employed have to do things we don’t want to do sometimes. But everything I do is done with intentionality. I do my best to run my business and my life in alignment with my values, the life I want to live, and the world I want to see. Last week I wrote in my journal, “The limits I choose, free me.” I believe that to be true, and in that way I am definitely free.

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

I am so proud of my coaching offerings and in two years’ time, I hope I’m continuing to put them out into the world, facilitating my workshops and webinars to the broader community, and always finding new people to connect with and learn from. I have a vivid dream of developing and running in-person self-care retreats in the coming years, so hopefully that will be in progress as well.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

The trifecta of values that I call upon in all times of transition (especially extended ones like building a business) are gratitude, patience, and curiosity.

Gratitude allows me to see what I’ve accomplished, appreciate what’s in my life and the path I am going down. Patience reminds me that there’s enough time to do everything I want to do. Many of us have this ever-present sense of urgency, but the truth is, most of us have a lot of time to live, and create, and build. So let things take time to unfold. And curiosity is the most magical of all. For everything you feel uncertain about – which I’m sure is a lot – see if you can give yourself room to be curious about what will happen. You have the skills to deal with whatever ups and downs come your way. Instead of spending your energy freaking out about what will happen, see the whole thing as one big science experiment. Make hypotheses, note your observations and learnings as you experiment, and always try again.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

The quote that inspired my logo is by Dita Von Teese, known as the queen of the burlesque revival of the 90s. She said, ‘You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.’

As a recovering perfectionist, this sentiment is so liberating! You truly can’t please everyone. All you can do is be yourself. It’s okay to let go of the pressure.

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

Join my email list to get monthly blog posts with tips and tricks for a more balanced and intentional life!

You can also find me on my websiteFacebook, and Instagram.

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Gabriella. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Amy Hardie

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the freedom-lifestyle aficionado, and Pinterest expert, Amy Hardie.

Hi Amy, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

I’m Amy Hardie from Freedom Mamas. I help coaches, educators and freelancers to market their business and grow their email list using Pinterest.

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

The drive to start my own business first struck me once I had my son six years ago. I wanted to have the freedom to be able to look after him and be around for him, but still do something for myself. Pretty soon afterwards, I decided that I wanted my business to be a vehicle to help other mums to have the same freedom I desired. At the time I didn’t know what that would look like. Pinterest has always come naturally to me, ever since I started planning my wedding in 2010 / 2011. It took me a long time to realise that Pinterest is my zone of genius, and how I could help other entrepreneurs use it more effectively.

What lights you up about your business? 

I love it when clients, who don’t know anything about Pinterest, have a light bulb moment and see what an amazing tool it can be, and the positive impact it can have on their business. It’s such a time-efficient tool compared to other social media platforms, and much more effective at driving your ideal people to your website. I don’t think there’s any better gift than the gift of time, and I love being able to share that gift with people.

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

I get to make decisions based on my own values and vision which is a really empowering feeling. I am responsible for my future, so if I want it to be amazing, I have to be brave and take action.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

If I’m honest, I don’t have any daily habits. I used to meditate but I have been really terrible at keeping that up recently. The reason I love Pinterest so much is that I schedule my content once a week and it goes out over the course of the week. So, that’s a weekly habit. I am trying to be more consistent on social media platforms, particularly Instagram stories, so that my followers can get to know me better.

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

Yes I would. To me it has always been about spending time with my family, and that’s exactly what I get to do. I work when my son is at school and I plan and schedule my content in advance for the school holidays. We always spend our weekends out exploring the local countryside. I have a lot of gratitude for that.

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

Right now I offer 1:1 Pinterest strategy sessions, but I would like to create an online course to help clients who can’t invest in 1:1. Other than that I’m going to keep my eyes open to what opportunities come my way. 

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

That was me – it took me years to figure out what my niche was because I had a serious case of imposter syndrome. If there’s something that you feel you’re good at, start small and build up. Take a course or two if you need to. I took a Pinterest course because I didn’t have confidence in myself. It turns out I knew pretty much everything in the course already, but I needed that validation before I felt comfortable invoicing clients.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

A quote by Albert Einstein, “You never fail until you stop trying.”

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

You can find lots of blog posts and a freebie to help you get started with growing your email list using Pinterest on my website Freedom Mamas.

I have a free Facebook group dedicated to email list building called the Email List Building Lounge.

My Facebook page: Freedom Mamas and Instagram

And of course Pinterest.

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Amy. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Brenda J. King

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the wonderful, soul-driven, transformation coach and mentor, Brenda J. King.

Hi Brenda, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

I’m Brenda J King, PhD. I work with women who have a deep hunger to free themselves to do the important work they know they’re meant to be doing. Women who want to make a difference and be uniquely themselves. Women who sometimes get so focused on others, or caught up the the success they have created, that they get lost along the way. I help them get unstuck and expand their capacity to be fully and uniquely them selves. My clients know there’s more and are ready to make it happen.

Through my years of study and practice, I’ve developed a methodology to combine the science of psychology with the soul-based practices of shamanism and energy work. I call it Core Code™ and lemme tell you – it can shift everything when someone is ready to stop sitting on their purpose and are ready to embrace their full capacity to live a rich life.

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

I love my work as clinical psychologist and have been highly successful, but I knew that coaching would allow me to bring in energy, intuition and shamanic practices and support change and growth in a much more powerful way. Their is a paradigm change happening and helping women heal and claim their magic supports healing the world as a whole.

What lights you up about your business? 

My husband always tells me I sparkle after a coaching session. I love seeing a client’s world explode into new possibilities, as they recognize their worth and discover their gifts in new ways.

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

Play with energy…  Really, I get to do the very thing I want for others.  I get to use all my gifts and abilities, continue growing in my own journey, and bring some amazing women along with me.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

Meditation, journaling, and tracking my actions towards my goals.

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I am living my version of a freedom lifestyle– I’m my own boss and am able to do the things I love doing on a daily basis!

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

I’ll continue to grow my membership program ‘Power of Being”, celebrate wins with my 1:1 clients, and have a book published. My business will be supporting a lifestyle that allows me to give even more of my time and money to life changing projects.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

Stay focused on your own path and invest in yourself. 1:1 coaching and mentoring has been my most powerful resource to accomplish the things I desire.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ~ H.S. Thompson

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

You can find out more about me and my services on my website

You can also find me over on Facebook and Instagram.

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Brenda. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Tracy Hooper

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the wonderful, personal stylist, Tracy Hooper.

Hi Tracy, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

My business name is Tracy Jayne Hooper Personal Stylist. My speciality is helping female entrepreneurs to get the right image to represent their business. I help women show up as the most polished, professional and authentic version of themselves.

Business owners these days need to be visible. Video and Live Video has become a popular way to market yourself online, so it’s important the clothes you wear give the right message to your audience. I’m passionate about giving female entrepreneurs the confidence they need to get out there and be visible.

 

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

My big “Why” is I just love to see women grow in confidence and become all that they can be! I love to see women grow and flourish. Once I gained confidence in my own appearance, that’s when my own business became successful, so that’s why I love to help others do the same.

 

What lights you up about your business? 

What lights me up about my business is the result of my “Why” I guess. When I’ve worked with somebody and see her grow in confidence and status, as a result, I just love it! Although I love to see other women grow and flourish, it also feels great when I do that myself!

 

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

This is quite a tricky question for me as I haven’t done a 9-5 for about 25 years! Before I had my business, I was a Beauty Therapist and I was pretty successful, however, I was working about three evenings a week and Saturdays, as well as weekdays. I had little time for the things I wanted to do…even housework! Now I have more time for leisure, and if I want a day to do something, in particular, I can. On the other hand, if I’m working on an exciting project and feel like just getting on with it, I can do that too. So in a nutshell. I guess the answer is I have the freedom to live my life the way I choose.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

I’m actually not a great daily habits kind of person. I would love to be, but I’m not that organized or disciplined. The things I like to do on a regular basis, which keep me healthy both in body, mind, and spirit are: exercise to keep my body healthy and mobile and get the old endorphins going. I particularly like the gym and pilates; time for me, which is mainly horse riding. I absolutely love horses and the outdoors, they are both good for my soul. I’m also improving my riding skills, which is an amazing boost as well. Spiritually, I like to spend quiet time with God, either in prayer or bible reading. My goal is to do this daily, but I’m not quite there yet.

 

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I guess I am living the freedom lifestyle. I get to choose what I do and arrange my own diary. However, I’m a way off where I’d like to be. My dream freedom lifestyle would involve time in the morning to do my morning rituals, and then some exercise before settling down to work for a few hours. In the afternoon I would love to be free to do the things I love to do…time with my horse or family or maybe just relaxation. My big dream is to travel. I’d love to doing all of the above whilst visiting some places in the world I’ve not seen yet. I will get there, but just got a bit of work to do first.

 

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

In two years’ time, I’d love to see my business set up with my courses, packages, and membership group all working well. I’ll be doing my ongoing marketing to keep the work coming in and I’ll be delivering my services to my loyal and wonderful clients, but the hard work of writing the programmes/courses and packages will be mainly done. I’ll be blogging regularly and making new connections all the time through my various networking activities, online and offline.

 

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

I’d say to have realistic expectations about how long it’s going to take, and that it’s going to take some investment of time and money. When I started up I expected I would bring an income in a few months, but that wasn’t my experience. I don’t believe it’s realistic. So if you know it’s going to take time, you can be prepared for it. It’s well worth the investment, but you’ll need another source of income until your business gets going.

 

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

I have two favourite quotes/mantras. One is “I can and I will, watch me.” and the other is “The fortune is in the follow-up.” Following up is not something I’m great at, so it’s up on my wall where I can see it regularly to remind me.

 

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

You can find over on my website, on Facebook, on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Thank you for sharing your business wisdom and vision with us on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Tracy. Sounds like you have exciting times in front of you. All the very best for the future, Sharon xox

If you want to grow your business, check out this blog post: How to get the mix right for your winning business recipe

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Helen Rebello

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the magical, mindful mentor, Helen Rebello.

Hi Helen, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

My business is in evolution – I created The Tranquil Path to empower soulful women to find their path to living & working in a way that feeds their soul, expresses who they came here to be, and impacts positively upon the world. I brought the different elements of my work together under my own name in March 2018, so that I can serve more women than I’ve been able to before.

I’ve worked 1-to-1 with hundreds of lovely souls over the last 15 years and over time I realised they all had similar issues underlying their stress. Essentially they weren’t fully honouring who they were or living in alignment with that – instead they were over-giving, pushing, striving and breaking themselves to try and fit into a box that didn’t suit them.

I’ve developed my own signature M.A.G.I.C.A.L process, which takes them on a guided journey to discover who they are, what they’re here for, and then discover how they can create small daily steps towards the life they came here to live.

I like sharing spiritual concepts and self-optimisation solutions in a grounded, realistic, applicable and achievable way. The M.A.G.I.C.A.L process blends my eastern and western wellness training with movement, mindfulness, meditation & mindset tools. There might also be a little extra sprinkling of magic 😉

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

I used to be a quiet, stressed-out, unfulfilled perfectionist and people-pleaser and as a result I followed my head and ‘shoulds’ into a career I hated almost instantly. As a result of not honouring what I really wanted to do, I got to the point where I was so depressed and anxious, I couldn’t face another Sunday night dreading Monday morning – so I created an escape plan.

That escape plan somehow magically evolved into my business. I call myself an ‘accidental entrepreneur’, because I didn’t consciously decide to start a business. I simply started following my heart by first training in Shiatsu… and then further training followed, which helped unlock my inherent gift of seeing other people’s unique light. The business side came much later, once I realised I was missing a few fundamental foundations!

I’ve lost two people in my life that died too young. This taught me that life is too short to spend it living in overwhelm, heading unaware to a destination you didn’t consciously set – and this started my mission to help 100,000 women live a fulfilling life they love.

What lights you up about your business? 

I love giving people lightbulb moments – it makes my heart smile I also love creating a calm, safe space that enables women to explore, find deep connection, inspiration, and clarity within themselves. I love being a catalyst to help people see how awesome they are – helping them see their unique brilliance by holding up a virtual mirror to them that projects their potential right back at them.

I love the transformation that occurs when you work with someone that knows they’re destined for more, but have no idea where to start accessing it, and they suddenly see the potential and possibility within them. Once the light has been switched back on, they can’t go back – and then you simply sit and watch as their whole world opens up for them. It’s an incredibly rewarding thing to be able to do.

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

I get simple pleasure from things like having my hair however I want it (in the NHS my hair had to be ‘sensible’!), wearing yoga clothes all day, drinking coffee when I want and being able to make a fresh smoothie at lunchtime. I get to go out walking in the hills whenever my day allows, write, indulge my creativity, use my intuition when I work with clients, say yes and no to things as I choose, and construct my day as I want to.  I surround myself with positive, uplifting people and rarely have to deal with angry or aggressive people!

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

Meditation is my number one positive daily habit. I’ve also been doing morning pages since November 2016 and I cannot recommend this highly enough, especially for creatives. It really keeps your mind focussed and it also ignites inspiration and ideas for posts, videos and courses.

I also do daily EFT and positive affirmations. I try to move my body daily – but if I’m honest, this is still a work in progress (even though I’m a trained yoga teacher!).

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I would – and having spent years working shifts and on-calls, I am hugely grateful for it. It took us a while to get here; both my husband and I are workaholics because we’re passionate about what we do, and not being able to have kids means we have no limits on our working days if we’re not careful. Consequently, we’ve now redesigned our work around what we want from life, after we both boxed ourselves in with too much work in the past. A year ago, we sold our house, his business, and relocated away from my 1:1 practice to live in an area that we both love.

We still work hard so that we can take big chunks of time off to travel each winter, and we also try to take short breaks throughout the year. We keep our lives as minimal as we can, so that we can go away when we want to, and we endeavour to design our working day around things that nourish us and keep us productive.

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

I’d like to create a body of work, books and an online sanctuary space that helps women worldwide to live their lives wholeheartedly, with lightness, self-compassion, awareness, presence and joy, and do work that lights them up. My business will be location-independent and all being well, I’ll be co-teaching workshops and retreats alongside my lovely husband, as well as sharing my voice and messages as a speaker.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected, what would it be?

Firstly, make sure that they are building the right business – one that makes their heart smile – because if they are, they can trust that they’ll find the energy, patience and resources they need to succeed. They will also attract more clients when they’re working congruently.

They can test this by closing their eyes, placing their hand on their heart and asking themselves: ‘Am I on the right path?’ Our energy system knows what is right for us, so there’s no need to overthink this. If the answer is yes, they will feel a sense of expansion – if no, they will feel tightening or compression.

The right foundations are crucial – and they start with being true to yourself and what you want, before listening to external advice. Once you know you’re building the right thing, then you start getting the other pieces in place… but give yourself time and patience because it doesn’t happen overnight!

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”

~ Marianne Williamson

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

You can find out all about me on my website or through my social media links:

Facebook and Instagram are my favourites and I love connecting with other heart-centered women!

YouTube

Twitter

Thank you Sharon for all that you do

Thank you so much for taking part in the  Entrepreneur Spotlight, Helen. Can’t wait to read your forthcoming book, which I’m sure will be a great success, My very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xoxo

If you want to grow your business, check out this blog post: How to get the mix right for your winning business recipe

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Nikole Stephenson

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the awesome content creation & online marketing specialist for solopreneurs, Nikole Stephenson.

Hi Nikole, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

My business is Computer Blue Media. I do content creation and online marketing for solopreneurs in the “helping” and “healing” fields–think therapists, health and wellness experts, coaches… that kind of thing.  

My business name is sort of funny….I knew from the get-go that I didn’t want to use my name, although I can’t really articulate why. I had this huge list of possible names, but they all sounded like I was trying way too hard to sound clever and I was also afraid of pigeon-holing myself. My partner was like, “Why don’t you just use something simple like “Computer Love”? I didn’t love that name so much, but I definitely took his point to heart. It made me immediately think of a Prince song I’ve always loved–Computer Blue. I also happen to live in Prince’s hometown so it felt appropriate in that way.

And, because I’m obsessive about the meanings of things, I googled the meaning of the phrase, which first referred to that blue screen you get when your computer crashes, and then, in the ‘80s, became slang for when someone is moving onward and upward from something that wasn’t working for them. I kind of loved that, plus I’m a total child of the ‘80s so it works for me.

 

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

OK, confession time: I completely fell into this entrepreneurial life by accident. I had recently quit my previous job to stay home with my daughter full-time, when a dear friend of mine (also an entrepreneur) asked me if I’d be willing to help her optimize her YouTube videos. It sounded fun and I really needed some mental stimulation outside of motherhood, so I said yes. Then, she told a few colleagues about my work and those colleagues told other colleagues and the next thing I knew, I was filing for an LLC and paying our rent from this accidental business I had grown.

But now that I have my business, I really love to see my clients helping their clients to improve their own lives, and to help them reach more people and make a bigger difference in the world. Ultimately, that’s an important goal of mine–making the world better. I also love the freedom and flexibility it affords my family as well.

 

What lights you up about your business? 

When a client tells me things like they’re suddenly booked up with clients, or that I nailed their copy or design, it’s the best feeling in the world.

I genuinely love each of my clients. I see their passions and am so inspired by what they do. So, to be able to use my creativity (something I really have to be able to do on the daily regardless) and to use it to further their message, and watch them succeed as a result…it’s really incredible. I feel lucky.

 

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

Goodness…can I say “everything”?  I feel like this is the only job I’ve ever had where I really have to apply everything I’ve learned in every previous employment experience I’ve ever had, not to mention my personal and educational experiences. I draw from it all, so I feel like I’m firing on all cylinders now.

Also, obviously, the flexibility I have now would be damn hard to find elsewhere. I can decide to take the day off and take my kiddo to the lake when I want to. As long as I have wifi, I can work from anywhere. If my partner (who is in grad school) needs me to be more present at home so he can focus on his work, I can pivot in my schedule pretty easily. Also, I’m the only one who can determine how much money I make. There really aren’t any limits, except for the limits I place on myself.

 

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

Truth be told, I’m still working on the self-discipline bit. So, my schedule and habits are almost constantly in flux. But one thing I do without fail is an evening ritual: I do a daily review with myself. I mark down all the things I accomplished, the things I didn’t accomplish, what is working, and what isn’t. I do it without judgment as much as I can. I also do weekly reviews on Sunday evenings, and monthly reviews at the end of the month. This really helps me to keep my eye on the prize, so to speak, and refining my methods. 

If I’m having one of those moments where I feel like I’m not crossing off any of the to-do’s I’ve set for myself, I make a list of all the things I actually did do while I was busy not crossing those things off, no matter how trivial it might seem. By the end of it, I’m always amazed at how much I actually accomplished. Like, maybe I didn’t nail that revenue goal this month, but holy cow, I managed to stay on task with that big client project while my daughter was sick and my partner was out of town! That actually is pretty incredible when you really think about it!

I think it’s so important to keep things in perspective. Our business lives don’t happen in a vacuum, especially when you’re a solopreneur and there’s a real blurring of the lines between work and home life.

 

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I would say yes, but that I’m still working on mastery, if that makes sense. I have the freedom in my schedules and limitless potential to make more income, but I’m still relatively new at this. I’ve only really been in business for myself for about two years. I still make mistakes and I’ve not hit the revenue goals I’d like to reach yet.  But I’d say I’m definitely on my way and that really feels good. There are times when it’s definitely scary–the lack of structure or the ups and downs in cash flow can be panic-inducing if you’re not doing the inner work to withstand it all. But, I can safely say it would be incredibly hard for me to shut this thing down and work for someone else again. I’m in it for the long haul.

 

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

I’d love to see Computer Blue grow into an agency model. I’d like to have a virtual team working for me so I don’t have to do everything. There are so many incredibly creative and talented people out there and I really feed off of that kind of exchange. In my ideal mind, I’d love to see Computer Blue become worker-owned also, but I’m in no hurry to make that transition. Those relationships have to be forged organically I think and I really need to make sure that everyone involved really jives together.  

I’d also love to establish an online academy-style online marketing membership and establish some sort of giving-back program, be it via donating funds to organizations or establishing a mentorship for other would-be entrepreneurs, but I’m still fleshing out those ideas in my mind.

 

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected, what would it be?

Leap before you feel ready and operate out of a genuine interest in helping others.  

I didn’t even have a website for my business until a couple of months ago. I did just fine with a Facebook business page and my LinkedIn profile. You don’t have to have everything figured out or all the pieces put together before you launch. Just get going and do the work. Wow your clients.

Old-fashioned word-of-mouth is by far the best marketing you can ask for even in this crazy digital age, so do right by your clients and they’ll pay it forward for sure. I think it also helps to have a certain amount of obliviousness to the possibility of failure. In the beginning, I never once thought about what would happen if this gig didn’t work out. It was going to work because it had to, plain and simple. I didn’t have time for what-ifs.

 

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

“Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” ~ Marie Forleo

You’re never going to miraculously have an a-ha moment by stewing over it or waiting for it to tap you on the shoulder. This is equally true in business as it is in life. Not sure if that someone in your life is “the one”? You’re never going to know by just sitting with your indecision. Not sure what you want to offer in your business? Start somewhere and refine as you go.

On a related note, I also love, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso

 

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

You can get more info about my business on my website Computer Blue Media 

And, I love making new friends on social:

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Thanks Nikole, for sharing your business vision and mission with us on the Entrepreneur Spotlight. All the very best for your ongoing and future success, Sharon xox

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