Hi, my name is Ivana and I recently started my own business. First, here’s my background. My first career was as a registered nurse, and then I became a Medical Sales Rep, then Sales manager and now a Life Coach.
Before I became a life coach I got married to my wonderful husband and had 2 girls, now aged 2 and 4. When pregnant with bub 1 I decided that I wanted to be a stay at home mum for a while but eventually go back to work (when my children start school I wanted to do something worthwhile during the day). I came upon life coaching because for most of my adult life people, whether familiar to me or strangers, would open up to me and comment on how easy they found it was to talk to me, so I definitely wanted to do something that involved being with people. So while pregnant with bub 1 I did a life coaching course to prepare me for when the time came that I was ready to launch into my new career.
Now that my second bub is now 2 and a bit I decided the time had come to get on with it. The only problem was that I was absolutely terrified!!! How on earth am I going to be able to not just go back to work after 5 years but run my own business?!? Have I gone completely mad, do I even remember how to talk to adults?? Of course I still can and here I am with my new business up and running (I’ve even got clients!) and I did it with some help.
First of all, my husband has a background in business and marketing and is extremely supportive of my new career. With him I was able to start a marketing campaign and got my business plan done.
I also happen to have a wonderful life coach and did a few business coaching sessions with her which really motivated me and forced me to do all the boring nitty gritty things that need to be done when starting a business as well as working out what my niche market should be (very important).
I also have a wonderful friend who happens to be a talented writer who graciously offered her time to help me with my website content.
Although the biggest factor of all on my new journey has been my 2 girls. I want them to grow up with a happy mum who is busy doing something worthwhile as well as be a mum to them. I want them to be inspired by me and strive to achieve great things in their future. Basically I want them to see me as a positive role model.
So, all in all, when starting a new business my advice is to look at the people around you, your friends, your family and draw on their strengths. If you know someone that has experience in anything to do with starting/running a business nitpick their brains, most people I’ve met in my career love to talk about what they know. I’m sure they’d be more than happy to assist you. Of course, there will be instances when you’ll have to pay people for their expertise but that should pay off in the future.
So here I am, finally running my own business and looking forward to the future and to hopefully helping others fulfil their goals too.
Till next time…