I’m an entrepreneur. What is one of those anyway? By dictionary definition it’s:
“a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit…”
To me, an entrepreneur is:
“Someone who see’s the opportunity in everything and makes the most of that, often juggling multiple projects at the same time. Someone with vision, an incredible work ethic and strong desire not only to succeed, but to constantly develop themselves and others.”
Trust me, all this wasn’t my intention. Being an entrepreneur was never on the agenda, in fact I couldn’t even spell it without checking google!
I started my first business aged 23 without planning it, without thinking it up, it just happened.
Here I am some 16 years later, still building businesses, and to this day, I’m yet to close or sell one. (You wait, the next update will be “I sold my business by accident…”)
I’m the accidental entrepreneur, the unemployed business woman,
and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
After trying some health products during a heavy training period, I was asked to look at the company behind them. I didn’t want an avon style job, I was a business woman! One sunday morning I watched the full presentation of the company and was proven wrong.
This wasn’t about walking up and down my road selling products to neighbours. This was about sharing my own experience of them, the company would send them to anyone that wanted to order them around the world and I would be paid for that.
I was already telling everyone about the products so my business hat went on and I went for it.
I found that I could help others to do the same and be paid a % of our overall turn-over. Again, a win win situation. I already helped people with their businesses, social media and motivation. So basically I could just get paid for being me?! Sign me up!
I had no idea this was Network Marketing, I had never heard of it. Maybe living on a small island off the coast of Africa meant I was somewhat detached from things? I just did my best with this project alongside my traditional businesses and soon I found it became my main passion. I put an Operations Director into my other company to free me up to work full time on my Network Marketing business from my poolside at home.
I finally had a home work life balance that meant I could actually breathe and have time for myself and my family. Being at home all day with my dogs was amazing too. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would make a fortune from this but I did. A million dollars a year by year 5. I travelled the world speaking to audiences of 100 to 10,000, everyone wanted to learn how I did what I did.
I coached hundreds of people on a one to one basis. It brought amazing new people into my life, dreams were turned into goals and I helped them reach them one by one. The company rewarded me with not just the most amazing support, training, luxury travel and experiences, but above some very special friendships from around the world.
In the month of my 5th Anniversary with the company, October 2015, my Dad was killed in a horrific cycling accident and in that month without working a single minute on my business I was still paid £40,000. For one month.
No amount of money in the world could bring him back but the peace of mind that I could switch off and be there for my family was priceless. Since then I have taken a step back from Network Marketing, I still take care of the people I coach in 10 hours or so a week, I still travel the world to train from stages, but it is no longer my priority.
This break gave me time to re-discover my love for my traditional businesses and to create some new ones. I’m entirely grateful for this opportunity. They told me I could buy a business in a box for £200 and if I worked hard for 2-5 years I would never have to work again. That turned out to be true.
I told my friends I would retire at that point, they didn’t believe me, they turned out to be right! I’ll never stop having multiple projects and businesses, I’ll never stop helping others – it’s in the blood…
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING.
I grew up in a little country village with one road and no shops. Burton Green, and 196 Cromwell Lane was my home for 21 years.
One brother and the most awesome parents you could ever meet. We grew up playing in our field, tending our pets, feeding baby goats in the lounge and having our friends to sleep-over with their ponies. Sounds like a farmers or privileged life but actually it was very normal.
My Mum and Dad were first loves, and not once in all the years did I ever see them argue, fall out or get stressed. They were extremely positive and hard-working.
We spent a lot of time hanging out at the sports centre my Mum managed. It was a place for the abled and disabled to enjoy sports. Here I was taught self defence and self discipline via korean martial arts by one of my early mentors Master Tony Johnson.
Coventry Mind was to be my Mums next and final career move, spending almost 20 years being a pioneer for projects to help the minorities suffering with mental health issues in and around the city. Mum was highly respected and showered in gratitude by large communities of people that she went out of her way to help. Selfless to the core, she made a real difference.
Dad was a much more simple man, self employed sole trader, always busy transforming someone else’s house and when at home taking care of our pets and driving us around whilst mocking us…
There was always laughter, an open door policy and lots of fun at our house.