Michelle Gyimah is a Gender Equality Consultant and Employee Attraction and Retention Expert who works with technology business owners. Her company is called Equality Pays.
Michelle works with start-ups and mid-sized tech firms by providing them with the tools they need to improve and embed better gender diversity in their workforce. This can be through e-courses, webinars, workshops, group masterminds or bespoke project management.
Coaching for clarity, confidence and business balance
Michelle came to coaching to achieve some clarity and confidence in marketing her business to the right clients but found that she achieved something much more. She has a better understanding of what her business has to offer her clients and a balance between work and family life.
She said: “Lucy is a great coach who can see through to the heart of a problem or issues that you are finding hard to resolve. As a freelancer it is really important to have a coach that not only understands your challenges but is also rooting for you!”
Working for yourself, often alone at the start, can be isolating and tough to stay motivated. It can be hard to be objective about your business when it’s all on your plate and you’d don’t have a team to brainstorm with.
“Being able to openly talk through my struggles and worries has made me stand back and realise that it will be tough, results won’t be immediate and it’s ok not to be too hard on myself”, continued Michelle. “As a result, I’m able to step back and be happy with what I have achieved and what I do already have.”
Mums in business
My small business coaching is for all small or micro business owners and I particularly enjoy working with mums in business. “I appreciated talking to someone in a similar situation. New business, mum to a toddler”, said Michelle. “That meant there was a lot of synergy before we even got started. And she understood my needs brilliantly. Lucy knows the pressures of leaving a secure job, starting up your own business and having a small child at home. That made a big difference to me.”
Initially, Michelle wasn’t sure what to expect, but she said that she came to view her coaching sessions as a time to be able to talk her thoughts through with a fellow business owner, and at the same time be held accountable.
“Having Lucy as a professional sounding board was great. It can be lonely and tough making decisions on your own, but having her enabled me to get them out of my head into breathe life into them. It’s a good way to really test your ideas before they become reality.”
Family life and business balance
Michelle was working all hours on her business before starting the coaching, but feeling like she wasn’t getting anywhere and had no time for herself.
She said: “The coaching has helped me to re-define a better home-business-life balance. Just the idea of booking in ‘me time’ just like a client booking in a consultation was a revelation for me. I’ll admit I’m still not brilliant (but better than before we met), but the concept has really stuck with me.
“I appreciated Lucy’s friendly laid back style with the right nudges and positivity when I met agreed goals or unexpected ones.
“She has been an inspiration to me. Hearing about how her business is thriving has made me feel good about what I’m doing. She is a naturally a positive person and seeing her blog posts, helps me to tap into that positivity and refrain from worrying too much about things.”
“Lucy helped me to gain real insight and clarity on my business direction which has enabled me to get to the position I am in today. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for a friendly professional accountability business coach.”
Do you work from home and find that it’s easy to lose focus and get distracted by chores. Does your week whiz by and somehow you’ve forgotten to work on your business. Do you struggle to fit in networking events, business planning, your finances and creating more leads. Let me know in the comments below the things that stop you having business balance.
Free discovery session
Contact me for your free discovery session to find out if coaching can help you move get the clarity you need and really boost your business development while keeping your work-life balance. There’s no obligation and no charge for this 45 minute discovery call. If you like my approach, then we can book your first session and start your journey to making change with confidence!