This Start-Up Story comes from Louisa Hussey, an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner and trainer who lives in Manchester. Louisa started her business after a very traumatic personal experience which led her to discovering the power of EFT, and later choosing to become qualified herself.
Tell me a little about you & your family, what your business is, and the inspiration behind getting started…
I’m Louisa, and I live in Manchester with my husband John, my almost 5 year old daughter Imogen and my 11 year old stepson Joel. I run my own EFT coaching and training business, which is almost 2 years old now. I found EFT after a particularly low point in life, and, well it changed everything.
How did you make the leap from idea on paper to reality with your business idea?
I actually had a coaching session with the very lovely Lucy Green 🙂 She showed me how possible it was to leap into self-employment without freaking out, and that I didn’t need to have a full rosta of clients before handing in my notice at my day job. I eventually joined a coaching group and jumped in with two feet, a wish and a prayer.
How did you get your first sale or client?
I had to do a number of practice hours before getting my qualification, and one of my practice clients, became my first paying client. We’re still in touch regularly, she often joins my coaching groups and one-off sessions. I feel a lot of fondness having watched her let go of a lot of the stuff she’d been carrying since childhood.
What ‘lucky breaks’ or helping hands have you had along the way that have really boosted your progress?
In my first year, I had some really brilliant ‘PR Angels’ who gave me some amazing opportunities – including running a joint programme with a well known money coach, and a retainer position with a big-named business coach.
What do you LOVE about your business and working for yourself?
I love watching my clients literally change before my eyes. Quite often their physiology changes in our sessions, they sit up taller, they straighten up, and look 10 times more relaxed and confident. Watching them shed their old stories, their pain and their distress – changing into confident, brave and relaxed women is one of my favourite things ever.
I also love setting my own schedule, and not having to answer to any managers 😌
What’s the scariest thing you’ve had to do since setting up on your own?
Explain what EFT is to skeptics. It still amuses me that people are more open to the idea of sticking needles in their body (with acupuncture) than talking about how they feel.
What impact did Coaching support have on you and your business, in the short and longer term?
Coaching has given me absolutely everything I need. Confidence to even start a business, how to set up group programmes, how to bring an idea to life, bravery to charge the right price, instead of struggling on the £50ph I started out with.
It has also given me HUGE insight into the world of inspiring business women, I would never have known half of the stuff I do, if I’d not had coaching.
Who else is in your support network, that you simply couldn’t manage without?
My insta-buddies, and my newly created local biz buddy gang. As well as my husband who is my total anchor.
What exciting plans do you have for your business over the next 6-12 months that you’d like to share?
I’m almost fully booked with training clients – I now teach EFT to mentors, coaches and holistic professionals.
In the next 12 months I’d like to have my own premises so I can host proper in real life workshops, and training sessions. I offer one to one bespoke training courses, and LOVE seeing my students get to grips with everything – how magical will it be to do it ALL in person, and get rid of zoom altogether.
You can see more of what Louisa’s up to online over at her website.
On your own start-up adventure?
I’m Lucy. I’m a Business Coach helping women who work for themselves to create beautiful businesses that make a positive impact on the world – sharing their skills, talents and creativity in a way that feels good AND makes great money, too.
I offer free 30-min Consultation Calls to enable you to get a handle on where you are now, gain clarity on your goals for your business and figure out what you need to do to get there, too. You can book your complimentary call with me here: www.calendly.com/Lucy-Green/30min
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