Ep. 03 2019 - Clare Wood - Business Coach @ Clare Wood
In todays’ episode I speak with Clare Wood who is a business coach to service based businesses. I had heaps of fun on this interview, plenty of laughing and comparing which was quite lovely.
How do you define yourself and what you do in your business (if you have one) and your family life?
I’m Clare Wood and I’m a mum of 2 young boys aged 1 & 3 and I am a business coach that works with women (mainly mums) in business. I help mums to grow their business WHILE maintaining their lifestyle. I am an accountant by trade and I’m highly practical with my advice. I’m happily married and my husband and I also run a recruitment business (he’s the recruiter, I’m do the business stuff).
Describe for us, a day in the life of you. Do you have any tips or life hacks?
We have early start every day sometimes 4am (which is TOO early)
We always go for a 1 hour family walk every day which I highly recommend- its great exercise and such a nice family bonding experience
Drop the kids off to childcare- you cannot look after kids AND run a business at the same time. You wouldn’t take your kids into an office so give your own business the same respect.
Work all day- client work, creating content etc
Pick kids up and have some family time before dinner, bath and bed, then get back on the latop a bit before bed.
- Don’t take mobile phones into the bedroom- it’s bad for your sleep and your relationship.
- Lock in quality (phone free) time with your kids. It’s too easy to spend all your life on your phone, life is too short (I have a shocking mobile phone addiction issue. I have to actually put it in a separate room from me and the kids).
- Make sure you allow time for ‘fun’ in your life. IN the last year (first year of my son’s life) I lost myself for a while, it felt like all I was doing was chores and working on the business. I’ve now joined a yoga studio and I’m doing some “Me” stuff again like getting my nails done. You just have to schedule it in or it doesn’t happen.
What was the best advice you have received?
You have to look after yourself before you can help others. Self care isn’t selfish.
Where do you go to get your entertainment? E.g. Netflix, Books, Podcasts, YouTube, and what are your fave’s.
I switch off with trash TV- I love The Bachelor/ Bachelorette, Below Deck, Kardashians, Married at First Sight
Work-wise I like Mums with hustle podcast and self help/ entrepreneurial magazines.. Mastering your Mean girl is a fav. I love learning new things.
What is your go to dinner!
I don’t cook. My husband is a great cook so I just do the dishes. Actually, I tell a lie. I have become the queen of tacos in my house. My husband says my cooking is nutritious and efficient (note the lack of the work delicious).
What one area of your life would you like to improve?
Freedom. Prior to having kids I was single for many years, I used to travel at my hearts content. These days I can feel like my life is absorbed my dishes and laundry. When we did our goal setting though, we noticed that the common factor in all of our goals was money related… and really, how cool is that? If we are making more in our businesses, we can pay for more support which will allow us more time to do what we love.
What’s your greatest fear and how do you deal with it?
My greatest fear is public speaking. I HATE it. I deal with it by continually fronting it (for example doing this). I can’t say it’s getting any better, I’m just getting more used to it. You can’t let your fears control you- I’ve noticed that when you avoid things they just get worse…
What website have you signed up to that you actually find value in receiving their emails
Got a few- Denise Duffield Thomas, Mums with Hustle are two of my favourites. And of course I think mine are really good 😉 I try and include heaps of great content in every email.
What’s one piece of advice you would give your pre baby self
Don’t have kids (jokes. Kind of). My only regret is that I didn’t start my business sooner! I imagine how easy it would have been without mortgages, sleepless nights etc… Oh and I wish I’d saved more money!!
What’s the most useful / useless baby item you have?
Most useful- plastic mat for the floor- just take it outside and hose it off. Useless was the Bumbo. Both my kids were very BIG kids and their thighs didn’t fit in the thing! I sold it pretty much completely unused.
If you have anything else you would like to discuss, please let me know prior to the recording.
How about tips for mums in business- managing the juggle:
- Outsource! You should definitely have support in your house and with childcare. It’s impossible to do everything.
- Plan and schedule your time.
- Give yourself a break- we’re all only human.
- Make sure you have backup plans when kids get sick/ holidays etc. (again, outsource).
Other business tips?
- I actually have some amazing downloadable’s on my website including how to grow your Instagram, gratitude journal, understanding your financial results that you can check out for free that have heaps of great info for small business owners.
My website is https://clarewood.com.au