Last year, I signed up to work with a business coach and I want to reflect on my experiences.
I don’t often talk about behind-the-scenes at Mockingbird HQ. Probably because since it launched in January 2020, we’ve all had bigger things to deal with.
But, I wanted to spend a bit of time today writing about one of the best business decisions I’ve made so far.
I invested in a business coach.
Becoming self-employed in 2020 wasn’t one of my smartest ideas, but I had made the decision, and there was no turning back.
The first few months of lockdown were spent juggling a bit of work and a lot of homeschooling. I joined some networking groups on Facebook and realised what I was missing: colleagues.
I had no one to talk to about my business. I had no one to go to when I needed advice. It was just me and a laptop, and it wasn’t sustainable.
In August, I signed up with the Westfield Warriors, a group coaching programme run by the most fantastically named Becky Field.
Yes, there are two of us! Yes, we are both ex-teachers. And yes, we now own our own businesses. Clearly, it was meant to be.
Becky had worked tirelessly over lockdown supporting local businesses. Her Facebook lives interviewing local business owners were epic (up there with Gary Barlow’s Crooner Sessions 🤣). She appeared to be the glue that joined small Stockport businesses together.
And I can honestly say that she is.
You couldn’t find a more supportive cheerleader.
And, in turn, she attracted more of the same. Business owners who care. People who supported other people and helped them see through the distractions.
Coaching sessions are private. They are a safe space for everyone to speak freely and honestly. What I can tell you is that I learned a lot about myself. I got to know ambitious, highly driven people who are experts in their fields. And I came to understand that self-doubt, lack of time and threatening to pack it all in is part of every business owners’ journey.
It was such a relief to finally know I wasn’t on my own. We built a team that had each other’s backs. When you’re self-employed, that is what you need.
The sessions focus on one aspect of business development. Becky does her coaching magic. We all contribute, offering opinions and solutions. We set goals and keep people accountable. It’s effective.
Not only are there coaching sessions as part of Warriors, but you can also attend a monthly networking session. Becky also organises for guest speakers to talk to us. The value I have gotten from attending all these things is massive.
However, after a lot of soul searching, I have decided to leave the Warriors.
Not because I’m fed up, or I’ve stopped getting anything from the sessions. It’s the total opposite, actually.
I’m leaving because it’s done its job.
Becky and the Warriors have helped me see where I want to take Mockingbird and what needs to be done to do it successfully. It’s given me the confidence to move on and try a new coaching group, specifically for copywriters.
Hand on heart, this wouldn’t be happening if I hadn’t worked with Becky first. There’s no way I would have consistent work, returning clients and a growing portfolio if Warriors hadn’t entered my life.
So I wanted to say thank you to Becky for everything you’ve done. You truly are amazing. Also, I can’t forget my warriors, who are brave and bold and bloody good people.
They know they’ve not got rid of me. I’ll still be attending the networking sessions and sharing all the good stuff they’re up to.
But, I’m going to concentrate on writing and learning and developing. And I can’t wait.
If you think the Westfield Warriors might be for you, get in touch with Becky. She’ll be happy to have a chat about what it entails. Trust me, it’s an investment you won’t regret.
I’m Becky, and I’m a content writer. I help small businesses with their website copy and blog posts. Together, we will find your brand voice and get your personality out there for all to read. If you want your words to sing to your own tune, get in touch.