Are You Ready To Grow Your Business or Career And Enjoy Your Life?
Are you feeling stuck, frustrated and/or out of balance as you’re starting or growing your business? Are you uncertain about your vision, mission or professional goals and values? Perhaps you have marketable skills o
r a great product, but lack the business savvy or leadership prowess needed to run a successful business. Or maybe your business is doing fairly well and you’re ready to expand, but you feel unsure about what direction to take. It might be that you’ve been enjoying success as an entrepreneur, but long hours and seemingly never-ending responsibilities have kept you from spending time with friends and family and engaging in activities you love. Do you struggle with self-doubt and fear failing your company, family or both? Do you want to develop a clear picture of how to move forward, feeling confident that you’re taking wise steps toward your values, goals and success?
Entrepreneurship is a creative process. There is no universal blueprint, and it can be discouraging and even counterproductive to try to follow someone else’s path. We each enter into this creative endeavor with specific skills, passions, goals, values and needs. You may be really good at creating a product or providing a service, but lack the business or marketing background needed to effectively promote or manage your business. Or, you might be a business genius who enjoys professional success, but suffers from stress and misses out on the rest of life. It could be that you’re wearing all the hats in your company, struggling to delegate even the smallest task. Or, it might be that you’re taking on way too much, failing to reach milestones and swimming in never-ending waves of stress.
The Reality And Rewards Of Being An Entrepreneur
Whether you’re a successful or struggling entrepreneur, it’s not uncommon to hit roadblocks that cause you to question your chosen professional path. While the number of small businesses is constantly on the rise, starting and growing a business are no easy feats. Statistics show that 96 percent of new businesses fail within 10 years, 75 percent hit significant roadblocks while starting up or in growth and just 39 percent will make a profit over their lifespans. While difficult, millions of Americans are embarking on the path to entrepreneurship and trying to succeed on what can be a rewarding, albeit confusing and frustrating, journey.
There are times when we could all benefit from help. Even the most successful entrepreneurs and CEOs in the world work with business coaches to help them strategize, stay accountable, maintain agility, track progress and continuously explore situations from a fresh perspective. The good news is that regardless of the roadblocks, uncertainties and particular business challenges you’re facing, there is a path to fostering a successful business and enjoying a life-work balance that works for you. An experienced, skilled and business savvy professional coach can help you develop a clear picture of where you want to go and actionable steps to help you get there.
Business Coaching Can Provide You With Action, Accountability And Advancement
Working with a professional coach who helps you set goals, create a plan and stay accountable can transform your business at every level. An experienced coach can see roadblocks, possibilities and opportunities from a different perspective, helping you obtain a clearer vision of the big picture as well as the small details that need to come together to bring the big picture goals to fruition.
In practical, collaborative business coaching sessions, I will guide you through a discovery process focused on what you want to create in your life—both personally and professionally. Drawing from value-based work, we will formulate a vision, mission and goals for your company. As you set out on your mission, we’ll work collaboratively to create and execute a business strategy plan and devise actionable, realistic steps you can take to achieve loftier goals. Throughout this process, I can serve as a mirror, helping you to see your situation from an outside perspective while offering constructive advice and imparting knowledge gained over many years of business success.
In sessions, we can also work on developing the skills you need to succeed in business, whether they be time management, organization, marketing, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, accountability, follow-through or leadership. I can also help you work fluidly, be flexible with your plan and stay attuned to the inevitable shifts and changes in your workload and environment. Persistence coupled with flexibility is often the path to success. We will engage in a coaching process that allows for tweaks and changes to the overall strategy, letting go of systems that are not working and implementing new ones that do.
From decades of experience in corporate America and eight years running a successful private therapy and coaching practice, I know what it takes to start and manage a small business and thrive as an entrepreneur. And, as a licensed therapist and board certified coach, I have the skills, insight, training and compassion that can help you take your business to the next level without compromising the other, important aspects of your life. With the guidance and support of an experienced business coach and the desire to explore and implement both personal and professional values and goals, it is possible for you to become more competent and confident in how you run your business and your life. You can foster a balanced alignment between the personal and professional and live and work with greater fluidity. You can create the freedom to be with family, spend time in nature, travel and still make a good living. It truly is possible to create that win-win and move forward as an active agent in your life, confidently in charge of your own success.
You still may have questions or concerns about small business coaching…
I’m already buried with work and other responsibilities. I have no idea where I’d find time for business coaching sessions.
I understand the time demands placed on small business owners, which is why I am flexible in my approach and tailor-create coaching plans that best support my clients’ needs. We can do a few longer sessions upfront, lay a foundation and then connect for shorter meetings to track progress and keep the momentum going. I also offer online coaching and sessions by phone so you can cut down on travel time, take meetings from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and do quick, 15-minute check-ins when needed. You likely have a tight schedule, and business coaching can help you streamline your goals and processes so you feel less overwhelmed and have time for the people and activities you truly love.
I should be able to figure this out on my own.
The most successful entrepreneurs and CEOs in the world work with a board of directors and/or a professional coach. These people know the value in their “success team”—those they meet with regularly to help create goals, stay agile, track progress and brainstorm ideas and solutions. As an advisor, I point out gaps, opportunities, solutions and possibilities that you might be too close to see. No matter what obstacle you’re facing, another set of eyes can be invaluable, and an experienced business coach can help you create a strong foundation and foster consistent success.
Shouldn’t I choose a coach who is experienced and well-versed in my industry?
A professional coach does not have to understand all the nuances of your particular business to be effective. In fact, it can be especially helpful to work with a coach who is outside of the industry and able to offer a fresh perspective. Essentially, you want to work with a coach who clicks with you; offers you help with clarity, insight and goals; keeps you accountable; and guides you through the fluid execution of your business plan.
Take Your Business To The Next Level
It is possible to enjoy professional success and foster a harmonious life-work balance. If you’re ready to create the motivation, momentum and mindfulness needed to live and work with more competency, confidence and ease, I invite you to contact me to schedule a free 20-minute call. I’m happy to discuss your particular needs and goals and answer any questions you have about business coaching and my practice.