Your Name and Age: Georgina Lynch, 44
Tell us about your family: I am happily married with two beautiful children age 23 and I live in Kingsbridge, Devon.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea?
I worked for the NHS for 11 years in Mental Health and Public Health Services, alongside this role I trained as a Counsellor, Life Coach and Yoga Teacher when the opportunity to take redundancy came up, I took this in January 2017.
When did you launch?
I’ve worked as a counsellor for the past 6 years; however, I launched my Coaching, Counselling & Yoga business in November 2016.
How did you get started?
I took the plunge and started to build up a good reputation locally, offering coaching programmes and delivering workshops.
What research did you do before launching?
Not a great deal, but I knew my story was unique and I saw how much I was able to help local people to change their life, so why not take this way of working online.
How have you funded the business?
I have done this mainly through my earnings, but I’ve also had to rely upon credit to pay for my own coaching and mentoring.
How do you promote your business? What has worked best?
To date I have relied upon recommendation, but I also do Facebook lives which are an amazing way to share help and make people aware of what I do. I recently sought PR help and hope this will further assist in raising my profile and allow me to show what I do and how I can help clients.
What has worked well about your business?
My personal experiences and the understanding and wisdom I have gained have been my biggest key to success.
What has been your biggest challenge so far? How have you dealt with it?
My biggest challenges have been by own mindset and listening to self-doubt, not trusting myself and capabilities – believing I always need help to get to where I want to be. This is true to a certain extent, but it reached the point that I was just giving money away to another coach who I believed I needed to help me. All I actually needed to do was start trusting myself and believe I could do it!
How do you fit in work with the family?
I work around my son’s school hours; my husband is wonderful and takes care of things when I see clients or teach yoga in the evening and run weekend workshops. We’re a great team and I think that really does make a huge difference.
What advice would you give to someone else wanting to work in this area?
If you are passionate about helping others to achieve success in their life, I would recommend dealing with your own demons and believing in your own self first! Unless you do self-doubt will keep you stuck in a place of disbelief and mistrust. Use your own experiences to help others, just make sure you have the correct therapeutic training and boundaries in place to safeguard yourself from burn out and most importantly keep your clients safe.
You can find out more about me, and my work at www.georginalynch.com I am currently offering a FREE 20-minute Clarity Call to help you find a solution to a specific issue you may be struggling with. Link to book call via https://calendly.com/georgina-lynch/20-minute-free-clarity-call