Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Vivienne Edgecombe, Executive & Resilience Coach of Inside-Out Change, located in Toulouse, France.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I help people uncover their natural resilience so they can navigate life's challenges more smoothly and gracefully. I work mostly with women, either in businesses or as private clients, and I have a special place in my heart and my work for those struggling with childlessness.
Tell us about yourself
My career spanned various aspects of HR and Organisational Development, and coaching was always part of what I did. I'd seen people suffering (and suffered myself) and was always looking for ways to alleviate that suffering. That's what motivates me - seeing that moment when the light goes on, and someone lets go of suffering. I love seeing what happens next when they're free of what's been weighing them down - sometimes for years. In business, I love seeing how that shift impacts their relationships, productivity, and their enjoyment of their job. People who are operating from clarity and peace tend to get more done, be more collaborative and are generally just more fun to be around. For those struggling with childlessness, my motivation is to change the narrative around who we are without children and how our life can be. There are so many myths out there, and it's time they were busted for good!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I think just getting out there in the first place was the biggest accomplishment! There are so many potential obstacles (mostly in our heads) that can keep us from doing the thing we really want to do.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
I've realised I love working in collaboration with others, so I'm starting to do that more. I found working by myself a little lonely at times. I enjoy bouncing ideas and the different energy that comes with working with like-minded (and amazing) colleagues.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Keep going, and be prepared to change direction if what you're doing isn't working yet.
- Find a coach - you don't have to do it all alone.
- Follow your inspiration - there's no right or wrong; we're all making it up as we go!
Where can people find you and your business?
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