I really know what it’s like to have a website that no longer works for you…
Just like you, I had a website that no longer fitted how I wanted to work with clients. (Possibly unlike you) I have the skills to remedy this, but my sticking point was I didn’t know where to start.
I stalled and stalled, making minor changes to my site such as replacing “small business owner” with “heart-centred solopreneur” (forgetting to add any context); and bigger changes such as removing all reference to the social media training that I used to offer as well as website design.
At least I stopped getting enquiries about Twitter or Facebook training, but it still didn’t feel enough. I still wasn’t clear about what I DID now want to offer.
I needed help!
Corrina Gordon-Barnes’ course Passion To Profit has been my literal saviour over the the last few months of 2014. I put up a holding page for my website (making sure I could still capture email addresses of people who wanted to find out when I’m “open for business” again) and have taken the time to step back and breathe…
Discovering my Big Why
Along the way I’ve redefined my Big Why*: Creating beautiful spaces where people can connect with authenticity and love.
It feels such a relief to be able to translate this into “beautiful, functional websites for heart-centred solopreneurs”. I was on the right track all along, I just needed to gain clarity and reconnect with the values that are most important to me.
But I couldn’t do it alone – the structure of the course and invaluable support and feedback of my fellow Swifts (each Passion to Profit group is given the name of a bird – sweet!) has helped me see clearly what I stand for.
I want to be your Guardian Angel
It’s my mission to live in a world where as a heart-centred solopreneur you don’t feel stuck with a website that doesn’t reflect who you truly are…
I bring clarity as the starting point when working with you. Helping you reconnect with your Big Why, the passion which leads your work with your perfect people. I take the time to really hear you, delve deep into your story so that you can re-ignite and amplify the spark at your core.
By getting to know you first, we can then work together to co-create the outline for your new online home – the core of which is the difference you bring to the world by simply being you.
John Freeman CBE
John Freeman Consulting
You’d probably like to know a bit about my business background – after all do I have ANY authority to be doing what I do?
I developed my online business skills through running a successful business providing virtual assistant (VA) services to coaches for seven years. In 2007, I created the “VA Business Start Up Course” to help aspiring VAs create their own businesses from scratch. So, I understand where solopreneurs like you are coming from, both from my own experience and those of my many clients (for whom making a difference has been a key motivation in their work).
I’ve been “creative” since childhood studying art and art history at “A” level (now I’m dating myself) and gaining a Certificate in Photojournalism from the London College of Printing after my degree. I trained in WordPress (in my mind the best website development tool) in 2010 and have loved building websites for solopreneurs like you ever since.
I also hold a Certificate in Coaching from Coaching Development – one of the few ICF (International Coach Federation) accredited face-to-face coach training organisations in the UK. The skills I gained through the course and coaching clients have been invaluable when it comes to listening and really understanding what a business owner like you needs.
I felt as though I met a real colleague when I began working with Kate. She was interested in my work, enthusiastic about the project, and encouraging when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. I’ve discovered that creating a website is a hugely personal endeavour – surprisingly emotional at times – it was a relief to be understood and not to have my feelings dismissed. And to feel well accompanied each step of the way.
How about when I’m not hidden behind my MacBook Pro?
I have been practising Buddhist meditation at Bodhisattva Buddhist Meditation Retreat Centre since 2002 – having “found” this tradition in Seattle where I was living in 2001. The teachings have inspired me to deal with life’s ups and downs by working on my own mind. (Truth: the only control we have in life is how we respond to it!)
I love yoga for the clarity really “being in my body” brings to all of my life – I highly recommend a retreat at Silver Island Yoga (6 days started me on the journey to revaluate my work and relaunch this site!)
When I’m not doing all these things I can be found in my local Picturehouse reclining on a sofa in the balcony (with a cuppa and a bar of “good” chocolate) viewing the latest independent cinematic offering.
*Have you heard of Simon Sinek? He’s the author of a great book “Start with Why” and an amazing TED Talk. It was inspiration from Simon that got me thinking about what is really important to me.
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Kate Bacon helps small businesses connect with their perfect clients through her creative approach to web design. She supports solopreneurs to re-ignite the spark of passion that drew them to set up their business in the first place – and amplify it into an online home that’s in alignment with the core of who they are. Her coach training combined with a decade of experience in online business are the foundations of her work: Helping her clients dig deep into who they are, why they’re in business, and how they can express that authentically online.
Find out more at: http://katebacon.com