It is easy to get overwhelmed in business and in life. I know how that feels, thanks to running successful start-ups while raising two happy, healthy sons. The key to juggling your priorities is knowing when to ask for help. And who to turn to.
As a new Mum, in 2004, creating and running a business was fun and exciting, but also scary and time consuming. I loved learning new things, and doing one thing at a time to do all the bits and pieces of setting up my first business.
But as my babies grew, so did my business, bras4mums. And so did the ‘to do’ list. It was still exciting, and scary, but I was loving serving women and sharing my knowledge. I had a very understanding husband, and we jointly shared the childcare, so I had dedicated time in my week to grow my business. And myself.
I was able to use all the skills I’d learnt and developed to the full – project management skills, marketing and communication skills to manage my business. My staff team grew, and I enjoyed working with a team in the business. Life was full and fun.
New skills were learnt so I could manage my business better – building websites, SEO, online marketing, business planning, business budgeting and managing cash flow. Even managing how I dealt with my new landlord for the business shop was a new skill (or should I say talent?). I think that was the least favourite part of the business exponential growth.
I learnt to prioritise much better, and oursource work that took up too much time, or I didn’t enjoy. That was one of my priorities as the business grew, and my time became more precious.
Then life happened, as it does. My Mum’s cancer returned, and she was given 18 months at the most. She was with us for 9, after this prognosis. We lived 250 miles apart, and I wanted to grab as much time with her as I could. So I did.
The same month as Mum’s prognosis, the credit crunch started/happened. Sales halved within the month. I’d committed to a 3 year lease, technology and telephone systems for a rapidly growing business. Uhmmm. Yes, it was very hard to manage my business and juggle all this, with a 6 and 4 year old who’d just started school.
The story goes on about how I managed my business around all this, but I won’t tell it here. I’m happy to share it with you, if you have time someday. Some of it includes a horrid website story, which you can read if you’re interested. That’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about helping business owners like you manage all aspects of your business confidently.
She has clear project management skills and strong organisational abilities. You can trust her with your business and she completely understands the online marketplace. She’s great at spotting those tasks you’d like to get round to doing if you only had the headspace.Alison Rothwell
WHY I do what I do:
To inspire confidence to listen to yourself, and make things happen in your business which make you and your customers happy.
Make sense? Are you wanting to manage your business more confidently? That’s how I help you.
How we work together will depend on many things, including your time, goals and budget, and your preferred learning style. I love the cheerleading club community. So many talented people there who want to help others as well as grow their own businesses. There’s room for you too, and I’d love to learn more about you and what your goals and dreams are.
I have to be honest, business was completely out of my comfort zone, and if it’s wasn’t for T-J, I’d have had absolutely no idea of how to move forward with my business plans. She has put me in touch with relevant people and support groups, but more importantly, T-J nurtures every aspect, not just in a business sense, but as a person too.Sarah Stewart
I’d love to learn more about you. Connect with me, and the Business Cheerleading Club, by whichever method you prefer. I do have time off, which is generally at weekends when my teenage boys are usually doing some sort of sporting event. I’d love to hear what you’re up to & support your business growth, managing your business, and loving your life, so overwhelm doesn’t even rear it’s head in your world.
T-J has a spent a couple of hours with me to overview the vision and strategy I had developed for a new business launch. Very quickly, this huge concept had the simplicity I was looking for. T-J’s questions and insights gave me clarity, confidence and we achieved daily, weekly, monthly action points to move forward with commitment and ease. Thank you T-J you are a real asset to anyone’s projectAlexandra Worsley