Work For Yourself But Not By Yourself
Introducing YOUR Business Coach
Hi I’m Neil
I work with aspiring business owners who dream about having a successful business and have little idea what to do or where to turn. I help them get their business off the ground and steer them towards a profitable future and the life they envision.
Having gone through the many challenges of starting my own business, succeeding in some and failing in many, I have learned a thing or two about what it takes to build a successful business.
If you are just starting out, it’s wise to work with someone who’s been there and knows the obstacles so you can avoid the many pitfalls of working for yourself. I’ll guide you through the difficulties and struggles of operating your business so you don’t make the same mistakes I made
You need to create a thriving and successful business. We focus on where your business is currently, and create an action plan to move it in a better direction….the direction that you envision.
The partnership we develop tends to be a coaching/consulting hybrid, meaning that I use a coach approach to helping you build your business, while incorporating my experiences and resources when they are in service to your goals.
Your success is our success. So from day one of your business coaching & mentoring journey, I will work with you, one on one, to make sure you’re getting what you need from us on your path to building a business that works
You’ve got to have a friend, somebody standing there with you. And that’s what a good Coach is—somebody who’s going to help you when you need it most – and guide when you don’t know what to do next
Why You Need A Business Coach
Having a Business Coach isn’t an unneeded luxury, it is a necessity your business must have. Accountability is one of the greatest strengths of working with a Business Coach. It’s difficult to get an objective answer from yourself about your business, but your Business Coach will always tell you the truth, even if you don’t want to hear it.
With years of successful experience, your Business Coach can provide valuable insight that will help you develop long-term and short-term goals and strategies, as well as improve your business in areas that you might have overlooked.
Lead Gen & Lead Conversion
How Do I Know If I Need a Business Coach?
What is Business Coaching?
A business coach will assist and guide the business owner in running a business by helping them clarify the vision of their business and how it fits in with their personal goals. Business coaching is a process used to take a business from where it is now to where the business owner wants it to be.
Coaching and Mentoring can sometimes be confused since both roles are bringing their years of experience to the table. The biggest difference is that a mentor focuses on advising while a coach will assist the owner in goal planning and keep them accountable so that they achieve success.
How do I know if I need coaching, consulting, or both?
You need a coach if you want help:
- organizing your thoughts
- creating a practical and effective plan
- prioritize goals and tasks
- being more accountable for following through on tasks
- maintaining high motivation even in the face of difficulties
- understanding how you sabotage your efforts (and figuring out what to do about this self-sabotage)
- the advice and experience of someone who is successfully self-employed
- to understand the basics of business planning and marketing
- to learn business and marketing skills in a rapid fashion
- to find ways to manage and follow-up on your business success
If you want help in both areas, you need both coaching and consulting. I strongly encourage my clients to use me as a coach-consultant, the best of both worlds.
In all cases, I will:
- Ask thought-provoking questions to stimulate you to look at things in new ways
- Really listen to what you say. Not only to the surface content of what you are saying, but also listening for the patterns, beliefs and feelings behind content
- Give honest feedback on what I observe
- Assign you tasks do between coaching sessions
- Work with you to help you grow your business
What kinds of topics do you discuss with your clients?
Here are some perennial topics that I often discuss with my clients:
- Where are you now in your business’s vision, where do you want to go and how are we going to get there
- How to develop a one to three-page business plan
- How to get more clients and retain them
- Brainstorming on a marketing plan that’s actually do-able by a small business owner
- How to keep more profit from the revenue you’re earning
- Exploring how internet marketing can build your business
- How to balance the demands of being self-employed with your personal life
- Developing systems (operations procedures manual) so that you can hire a team and move on to the next level – managing your team
What are your credentials for being a business coach?
In 1989, having recently migrated to Australia I started my first business – importing homewares from India to wholesale/distribute to retailers.
This business grew to over $850K in annual sales within 4 1/2 years however due to bad financial management and restrictive cashflow I was forced into bankruptcy
Determined to make my next business successfully I enrolled in a marketing degree at Griffith Uni as I felt I lacked in marketing skills
My next venture was an Indian restaurant – because of my passion for the food industry and having worked previously as a chef I naturally assumed that I’d get hordes of customers flocking to my restaurant ….Boy was I wrong!
Soon I was to discover that being a chef and running a restaurant are worlds apart – I was cooking, waiting, ordering stock, doing the accounts, hiring and training staff, doing the marketing and working late into the night cleaning up after the diners left….:(
Then the shopping centre started renovating and the sales dropped, overheads continued to rise, reliable staff were almost impossible to find, my ads didn’t seem to work….the tax bill came in and my bank stopped their line of credit….leaving me no choice but to close down.
As depressing as those days were, my entrepreneurial spirit was still alive and deep down I knew I will succeed one day.
With the debt I had to repay back, I had no choice but to find a job.
While working as a sales rep I came across Michael Gerber’s E-Myth – Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
Seems like Michael was talking straight to me – so I signed up for the E-Myth Mastery courses. While doing the program I dabbled in an eBay store, purchasing stock from the local wholesaler and selling on eBay, Etsy and Amazon.
The store grew in sales volume over the next 10 years and gave me the opportunity to work fulltime in the online store and to expand the range of the products using dropshipping – this was the perfect business model with low overheads and good profit margins.
I had also completed my E-Myth courses and also trained as a business coach with EBC Academy – however, I felt I wasn’t ready to work as a business consultant yet.
Having sold the online store I ventured into the digital marketing business forming the agency Get Found Marketing
Working with small business on a daily basis, I came across many business owners experiencing the same issues I had in the past – staff, marketing, lead generation, closing sales to name a few. To date, I work closely with small business owners to help develop lead generation and lead conversion as well as systems development solutions.
Since 2004, I have become a certified coach with the EBC Training Institute, Further, I have completed intensive advanced training in small business development (NEIS) with the Queensland Depf Of Small Business.
During this period, I have gained significant coaching, sales and marketing experience with individuals aspiring to start their own business and working with established small business owners experiencing a slow down in sales.
In 2017, I established Start Your Home Business – a platform for budding entrepreneurs who want to start their own business and want guidance and assistance to grow their businesses into profitable ventures.
My Mission is simple – to help start-up entrepreneurs avoid the traps and challenges of launching and growing their business by getting dedicated one on one mentoring and support.
How do I know you would be a good business coach for me?
I offer a complimentary 30-minute telephone business discovery and coaching session so that you can experience coaching and assess the chemistry between us
You are under no obligation to hire me – and are free to use any marketing and business growth info I provide to you during our session to grow your business – it’s a win-win for you!
How will I know that what I am sharing will remain between us only?
The cornerstone of an effective coaching relationship is trust. It is critical that the confidentiality of our conversations be totally protected. You can absolutely count on that. If there is information that needs to be shared, you and I will discuss what is appropriate and how it is to be shared.
How will I know if I am making progress from business coaching?
At the end of each weekly session, you will leave with very specific action-oriented assignments or an action plan for the week. At the beginning of the next session, the first order of business will be to review and assess your progress on the action plan from the previous week. I record all weekly action plans and progress assessments so they can be cumulatively reviewed when necessary to assess progress over a longer period of time.
What if I need help or support in an area where a specific expertise is required?
As a coach, I can only provide the expertise that I have. If I see that there is the support that you need that I am not equipped to provide, I will let you know and, whenever possible, refer you to appropriate services. I do a lot of business networking in support of Get Found Marketing and Start Your Home Business. As a result, I have established close working relationships with highly qualified professionals from a wide array of fields, including, but not limited to: accounting, banking, branding and marketing, business law, website developers, digital marketing specialists to name a few.
What are systems and how can you help me develop them for my business?
A System is simply a step-by-step process for creating clear processes and procedures for every part of your business
Whatever your biggest business challenge, more often than not, the root of each problem is the same: a lack of systems. Having interconnected systems is the only way to solve your challenges and build a business that functions as an integrated whole.
Furthermore, your business systems will ensure your business is performed predictably – exactly the way you want it to
Will you help me get customers?
Yes. We will develop systems for your lead generation – getting more inquiries and finding new customer using several lead gen channels like Google, Facebook, Content marketing etc.
Then we will fine-tune your lead conversion strategies like developing scripts for closing more sales to retaining your existing clients and stopping them from going to the competition.
One On One Coaching & Consulting
1 on 1 Coaching
Our 1 on 1 coaching program has helped many business owners achieve significant results in their businesses by reinforcing business owners to focus and devote the time necessary to achieve measurable results.
This program is designed for you if:
- You are just starting out and need guidance and growth strategies
- Want proven marketing strategies to kick start your business
- Your business is not doing well and isn’t reaching its full potential
- You want to rapidly expand your customer base and systematize the business
- You’re determined to achieve significant change and growth in your business
- You’re ready to develop an amazing team around you
This program includes:
- Up to four, one-hour coaching sessions per month
- Up to eight hours per month critiquing your work in planning, marketing, systems, team building, and finance
- Access to personality profiling and specific training programs at reduced costs
Grow Your BusinessBusiness Coaching & Consulting
- Up to two, one-hour coaching sessions per month
- Up to four hours per month measuring your work in planning, marketing, systems, team building, and finance
- Unlimited email support
Grow Your BusinessBusiness Coaching & Consulting
- Up to four, one-hour coaching sessions per month
- Up to eight hours per month measuring your work in planning, marketing, systems, team building, and finance
- Unlimited email support
Companies & People I’ve Worked With
“Neil took my idea and helped me turn it into a profitable company in less than four months!”
“Neil helped me start my business and also assisted in developing specific areas of my business that I wanted to improve. He listened carefully, came up with ideas and new ways of looking at the issues, and helped me to make rapid, measurable positive changes. He uses his expertise to provide the tools you need to grow your business and make successful decisions. I highly recommend him!”
“I’ve worked with Neil for close to a year. Since working with him, I’ve learned how to communicate clearly with clients about money, be realistic about the work I can take on, and most importantly, learned how to say “no” to clients who won’t be a good fit for me. Neil is excellent for helping me maintain constant awareness of the development of my business. I have better work-life boundaries after working with him and enjoy coming to work much more now. He is now an essential part of my business! I highly recommend him”