Mum-of-one Claire Mitchell, 43, spent 15 years working in marketing, until finding herself in an intolerably stressful job.
She decided to set up on her own, and within a couple of years she was even able to take on staff. But then the recession hit, and in 2011 she was forced to put the company into liquidation.
By this point she had a three-year-old daughter so really didn’t know what she was going to do. Losing her business was tough – her husband’s salary was too little to cover the mortgage, and she had a young child to think about. She was in dire straits. And she knew she wasn’t the only woman business owner who was experiencing this.
She set up a Facebook group called The Girls Mean Business as a forum for other business women to vent their frustrations or share their worries about work. The amazing feedback she received from around the world encouraged her to EXPAND FAST.
Claire used her marketing experience and new skills and set up coaching programmes she could offer the women in the group. As word got out, the group grew at an amazing rate – within 3 months there were 3000 fans, and today, 18 months on, there are more than 14,000 from around the world.
Claire realised there were LOTS of women like her out there. They’d lost their jobs through redundancy, or they’d stopped working to have children, and now they wanted some direction. She wanted to share her experiences with them and help them learn from what she’d been through. And to teach them how to make their businesses grow – no matter what their situation or budget.
She now has several hundred coaching clients from all over the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and the US who credit her with dramatically increasing their incomes. (And doing it in a bite-sized way that doesn’t feel overwhelming)
Claire also offers free advice and business resources, such as webinars, on the Girls Mean Business Facebook page.
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