Name: Julie Johnson
Business Name: The Success Club
Supporting women entrepreneurs and small business service providers to design their business, content, marketing message and offers to fit themselves, their lifestyle and financial goals.
I provide Success, Confidence and Business Building Coaching, Mentoring, Programmes, Events, & Speaking. My book Stepping into Success – The 7 Essential Moves to Bring Your Business to Life was published in 2012. For more info and to download The 3 Show-Stopping Mistakes Made by Women Entrepreneurs Every Day visit my website.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JulieJohnsonBiz
Twitter name: https://twitter.com/stepin2success
The Success Club inspires and supports women to create positive change in their business and their life, for better and longer-lasting results. Working with me, and a community of other successful and supportive women, you’re challenged and encouraged to reach your potential to become the best version of you, and to live Your idea of a successful life.
I help with Mindset & Confidence, Leadership & Productivity, Success Vision, Goals & Implementation, as well as Business Growth. Through 1 to 1 and group work, online courses and books, longer term development programmes, and my unique DANCE system.
For free books, articles, videos and trainings visit my website.
When did you start your business and why?:
After a career in HR/Management I realised I was no longer happy in my work. I was successful to the outside world but what I wanted had changed. I resigned, and after redefining success and happiness for myself, I qualified as a coach and gained experience working as a part-time HR consultant/trainer before setting up in business in 2002.
I started my business because I wanted the freedom and autonomy to set my own hours, earn at least what I was earning previously and have more free time and a generally happier and more balanced personal and family life. I also wanted to do work I love and teach what I’d learned to help others not make the same mistakes I’d made!
What gives your business the edge?:
I specialise in supporting self-employed women and small business service providers. I’ve built my own enjoyable and successful business by ensuring that my business always serves me as well as my clients.
I focus on helping clients feel good and have fun because this makes changing behaviour seem easier. It impacts hugely on results. And it ensures those results are longer-lasting…because when you enjoy the process, you’re more likely to continue.
What is the best thing about running your own business?:
The freedom to create and design it to fit with your ideal life.
And what is the worst!?:
Feeling isolated or on your own. (That’s where a good network is invaluable, as is building a support team, and always working with a mentor, coach, or trusted person who cares about what you’re trying to do and can hold you to account!)
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
When my children were younger and I was involved in school and activity runs, no two days were ever the same. Now that they’re grown I’ve developed a more predictable work routine.
Unless I’m meeting clients or running an event or training session, I’m usually at my home office desk by 9am on work days and have a flexible 5pm finish time. (Depending on other commitments during the day I might take a few hours out and return to some work in the evening.)
- Client or prospect calls
- Group training, individual coaching or initial exploratory meetings.
- Developing or updating programmes and services and writing my newsletter/articles
- Marketing – writing, speaking, networking, meetings
- Liaising with my team – re website, communications, events, promotions and issues
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:
My business has already changed lots since 2002. Going forward I’d like to create bigger social impact by expanding my offerings and client base, and increasing my community.
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:
Get clear about what you want and be true to yourself – don’t follow the crowd. Get regular support – from coaches, mentors, buddies – people you trust who can provide not only the knowledge, skills and guidance you need, but also can encourage you and push you to be your best.