How would you describe the position of your business prior to working with Miranda?
Non-existent! It was an idea in my mind, with a sketched out business plan – very detailed in parts, and just outlined in others.
What was the reason you asked Miranda to support you?
I already knew Miranda through a Coaching Network which she had co-founded with two other business coaches, and I had always found her to be very helpful. When it came to starting to take my business idea forwards I remembered that I had had an email a while before from Miranda informing me about a two-day business start-up workshop she was offering.
I found out that it was running again soon and leapt at the chance to work with her (even though it meant almost an hour journey each way!). I was not disappointed! Miranda took the time after a busy first day to read through my business plan and give me her thoughtful constructive feedback based on gears of running her own business and advising many, many people on their businesses. During the course itself Miranda helped me to face my own personal hurdles, around sales, how to market myself, finding a niche and the financial side of things – quite a chunk really!
What were the best things you learned through working with Miranda?
I’ve benefitted hugely from Miranda’s wealth of experience as mentioned as above. I have had so many tips about free or inexpensive services, and navigating all those things that can intimidate any start-up – registering for tax, NI, companies house etc. Above all though it is having someone so knowledgeable and kind, who takes the time to really listen to you and tailoring her advice and coaching to you as an individual. Of course having someone able to give you a bit of a boost or kick in the right direction is also invaluable!
How would you describe the position of your business after being mentored by Miranda?
It is early days, but essentially I have lift-off! With Miranda’s support I have held my first very successful pilot event, and have taken on board her feedback and have adjusted the programme accordingly, have mastered online invoicing and have the next steps in the pipeline. I’m excited for all that the year to come will bring for my new venture, and confident of fulfilling both my and the business’s potential with Miranda unwavering support!
How do you rate Miranda & the help she has given your business start-up?