“Know that every step is one closer to your goal.”
Coaching women through life transitions is not new to Michelle Hayes, a Success and Mindset Coach at her eponymous business. In fact, she has over 25 years’ experience working as a registered nurse and midwife helping women transition into motherhood.
Yet it was Michelle’s growing passion for the power of transformation through mindset that led her to expand her journey. Now, she is an independent coach for women 40+.
Michelle currently offers a six-month online program tailored to empower each client to live out their dream life. Focusing specifically on women who are divorced, she guides them to step into the best version of themselves by making changes from the inside.
During her free time, Michelle enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. She is also passionate about advocating for women and children who have no one to speak up for them and hopes to use her platform accordingly.
By joining the HerBusiness Network, Michelle has found mentoring and support in a safe space, with the added benefit of forming friendships. She looks forward to growing into her dream business so that she can continue to serve women and see not only their lives change for the better but also future generations.
Who’s your favourite entrepreneur and why?
Lisa Nichols. I love her underdog story and that she now shares so much passion from her heart. She is living out her dreams even at 50 and is inspiring generations to do better. It is a goal of mine not just to share with my ideal client to change their own lives but to impact generations.
I feel that she is very much herself and love her family values that she shares so much with them,
Why did you start your business and what gave you the idea?
I want to help women over 40 after a divorce to guide and empower them to realise that they can still have a wonderful life even when they have lost all confidence in themselves. That they can still achieve their goals, be it health, relationships or career by letting go of old paradigms that is keeping them stuck in the ” I am not good enough cycle” I see that when I got my clients to learn a different way to think and do things in following certain guidelines they close the gaps and have great breakthroughs. This is so rewarding that I want to share this way with as many as I can.
What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
I really enjoy the fact that I can do this from anywhere in the world. That it affords me a lifestyle that I can give more and have more impact on the causes I want to support. The flexibility to spend time with my family. I also get to see lives change for the better and it truly warms my heart.
What three pieces of advice do you wish you’d been given when you started?
- Build yourself a great strong foundation and get support and coaching early, especially from others who have travelled the road you want to go. And know that every step is one closer to your goal
- Do not get caught up in the ” you can be big in 2 months”. Everything worthwhile requires time. Persistence is a strong foundation
- Have the big goals but really the best way to build is by enjoying the process, you don’t have to get everything right at first
What advice would YOU give someone thinking about starting a business?
Build a strong foundation, and really think through the process. Have fun in the process.
What skills and knowledge areas would you recommend those starting out in business get acquainted with quickly?
- Learning how to communicate online
What does your IDEAL business look like? Even if you’re not there yet, what would it look like if your business was ideal?
My ideal business would be me having a small team of no more than 4 employees or support team. I am working from my beautiful office from my home by the ocean and I am working 4 days per week. I have a client base that is my ideal client of women over 40 and I never run out of leads as I am constantly having referrals and organic each as I am now known as a Coach that works from the heart to help women crush their goals after a divorce.
I am earning a minimum of 1.8 million dollars per year. I am able to use resources not only to help my family, but the causes I want to help. Women and children who are or have been sexually abused. I see that my business has afforded me to develop an advocacy service for those who have no relatives or friends to speak up for them.
I am able to have very secure finances for my older years through my business dealings as my earnings grow every year.
What problem does being a Member of the HerBusiness Network solve for you and your business? And, how?
Being a member of Her Business is a platform where I can learn from other women in business. To gain skills and knowledge while having support in a safe place. I see it as a way to be mentored and learn. I can also form friendships with women all over the world.
In this space I can also support other female owned businesses.