Your Name and Age: Anna Martin – 44
Tell us about your family: I’m divorced and share custody of my two sons – Alexei is 12 and Remy is 16. I currently live in West Sussex but may be moving again later in the year.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition? I was/am a freelance journalist (20 plus years experience) but during a difficult period of my life I decided to retrain as a Life Coach. However, because I am also an Empath I have incorporated my skills so that I offer an Intuitive Life Coaching service, as well as Future Life Progression (FLP), Past Life Regression and other complementary therapies.
When did you launch? My Intuitive Life Coaching business launched in 2005, and FLP was introduced into my practice in Oct 2008.
How did you get started? I just went for it and contacted people I knew who were going through a difficult time. Offering them free sessions provided me with an excellent word-of-mouth recommendation.
What research did you do before launching? I did look into other Life Coaching practices in my area, but have since moved location.
How have you funded the business? No funding at all, although I do have my freelance writing skills to fall back on.
How do you promote your business? What has worked best? I have a link to www.ukparentslounge.com because I provide an Agony Aunt column for the site, and also a link to www.futurelifeprogression.co.uk. I also advertise on Natural Therapy Pages and find social networking sites like Facebook provide easy access to a wide variety of opportunities.
What has worked well about your business? The fact that Future Life Progression is such a new technique, and there are very few practitioners in the UK, does give me an edge. I also utilise Skype so that I can offer FLP worldwide from the comfort of my living room!
What has been your biggest challenge so far? How have you dealt with it?
Going through divorce and moving home, at the same time as building my business, did have a few stressful moments.
How do you fit in work with the family? I have my kids for half of the week so can concentrate on clients during my free days.
What advice would you give to someone else wanting to work in this area?
Make sure you get a thorough understanding of the therapies you provide and what they do for you, so that you have a better understanding of what a potential client needs and wants.
If you have a flexible working business opportunity, please explain briefly what you offer and how people find out more.
Your website link: http://www.mylifesupport.com