I’m going to take you back to my early days as it’ll help you to understand who I am today. I’m English and grew up at boarding school. I wasn’t conventionally clever. Classroom learning didn’t come easy to me so I really struggled and I preferred to find the easy and smart way of doing things. The teachers suggested I try something else, so I started my first business selling pin boards on a Young Enterprise Business scheme and after a lot of effort, it worked!
The business grew exponentially & was later sold.
Over the years after leaving school, I learned to replicate what I’d learned and re-applied those same successful, smart methods when I started my next business, and then with the next. And then it hit me….each time I wanted to scale a business I was hitting exactly the same blockers...income plateaus, feast or famine cycles, growing too slowly and an exhausting lack of free time.
My businesses 'owned' me, not the other way around!
I hit the same growth plateaus in every business, every single time. And I realised that unlocking those plateaus has always been the secret sauce to successfully scaling.
So, over the years, I built successful track record and other entrepreneurs started asking me to consult for them. They said I explained things simply and I was street smart. They loved that I didn’t like paperwork, or working too hard. And they liked learning the time-smart, easier ways of achieving things as that meant they could give themselves permission to run their business the smart way too. And so that kick-started my consulting career.
I’ve now consulted for small businesses and multi-billion-dollar corporates, for around 30 years.
I also believe one of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs wanting to scale is finding a trustworthy mentor as coaching is unregulated with so many unqualified, inexperienced and charlatan business coaches out there. So many good people get burned by this. I didn't want my potential clients to feel that way with me, so I qualified for an MBA in business strategy and operations - in addition to my hands-on entrepreneurial experience.
And qualified, experienced mentors are rare, so you could say I have the experience, the battle scars and the knowledge to scale your business. I've certainly earned my stripes!