This week we've had the pleasure of interviewing Sophie (@mrssophiethorne), a talented business coach and mentor, helping female entrepreneurs make their business dreams come true.
" I learnt to give myself permission to succeed. " is the biggest lesson she's learned during her entrepreneur journey and it's truly inspiring.
Let's meet her
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m Sophie, a business coach and mentor. I help service-based female entrepreneurs launch and grow their dream business.
Over the years I’ve worked with amazing female entrepreneurs looking to make more money, bring in more clients, grow their business, launch new services and generally stand out from the crowd.
And I’m committed to walking my talk. In the last few years, I have:
· Built a six-figure business;
· Travelled the world to places like Miami, The Bahamas, New York, Hong Kong; and,
· Developed a success mindset with a real belief in both myself and the ladies that I work with.
Because of this, I’ve learnt what works (and what really doesn’t!) when it comes to life as a high performing entrepreneur and I use this to help women raise their game.
- What’s the idea behind your business?
I work with women at two stages of their business:
1. Women looking to launch their dream business but who aren’t sure where to start. I guide and support them as they change their life and launch the business of their dreams.
2. Women looking to scale their business to six figures and beyond. 100% tailored to them and their business, we work together to achieve tangible business growth.
- Do you have a personal life motto?
All we have is now.
- What is your main struggle in being female entrepreneurs?
The hardest part of being an entrepreneur is having the strength to keep up with the daily demands of running your business.
Way too many people think it will be a walk in the park. I think we have the “you can meditate your way to six figures” gurus to thank for that 😉
There are of course huge benefits to being your own boss but each benefit comes at a cost.
- How do you overcome it?
For me, it was all in the prep. When I launched my business, I set myself up mentally and physically to make sure I could endure the journey.
This meant being prepared to work some very long days. The freedom and flexibility I now enjoy came after I’d put in the hours to get myself and my business to where it needed to be.
This meant being prepared to do things that were outside of my comfort zone. Way outside of my comfort zone!
I was also prepared to make personal sacrifices, to work hard for what I believed in, to dedicate myself fully to my success.
I really think that if I wasn’t in it 100 per cent, my business wouldn’t have achieved its full potential.
- What was your biggest professional achievement during your entrepreneur journey?
My biggest achievement is ongoing, and it’s getting to work with the most amazing women every day. It makes me feel so fulfilled and grateful.
These women and showing up day in, day out to work on their goals. To build more successful businesses and better lives for themselves and their families.
Clients often tell me that working with me gives them clarity and they can ow work confidently towards their goals. When I hear this, I feel a huge sense of achievement.
Creating a business that allows me to help women clear the obstacles that are holding them back, by supporting them with the mindset and strategy to both set up and scale their businesses (and themselves) is by far my greatest achievement.
- What was your biggest personal achievement?
I don’t separate personal and professional achievement. I have one life and I strive to be the best I can be by being all I can be, at home and at work.
- What is the greatest lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur?
I learnt to give myself permission to succeed.
It’s super important to develop a success mindset when you’re an entrepreneur – it allows you to be brave and persistent enough to do what it takes to live your dreams, reach your potential and achieve your goals.
I wasn’t born with a success mindset, so I had to learn to develop it by:
1. committing to growth
2. creating a long-term vision of success
3. acknowledging and celebrating my progress
Once I learnt to think and feel successful, it led to much greater levels of success – in all areas of my life.
- How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals?
I’m a big believer that you can’t sit around waiting for inspiration to happen, you must make it come to you. That’s why it’s important to intentionally build routines that align with what we want.
I set myself up to do my very best work every day with these habits…
1. Morning ritual – I journal, read, go for a walk, stretch and plan my day. The first 60 mins are always tech free.
2. I listen to my body and what it needs – this usually means staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and moving daily.
3. I have the most amazing support network; friends and family of course, but also mentors, a coach, an accountability partner and I’m in two masterminds. I need these people to say the hard things, to tell me the truth, to push me to become a better version of myself.
4. I say no to things that don’t feel aligned to me and my business.
5. I give myself plenty of time and space to create, reflect, rest and I don’t wait until the evenings or weekends to do things I love. My business doesn’t work and my clients don’t get the support they deserve if I haven’t taken care of myself first.
- Who’s the female entrepreneur or leader that you admire the most and why?
My clients. Nothing is more admirable than taking responsibility for your life and business, getting comfortable with big goals, big desires, big dreams, and backing yourself 100% even when it’s scary, even when it makes no sense, even when it makes you feel uncomfortable. Watching them do this every single day is my greatest pleasure (and why I do what I do).
- How do you advertise yourself as an entrepreneur?
I rely a lot on word of mouth and referrals. They’re the most powerful source of advertising because entrepreneurs trust other entrepreneurs, their experiences and results. I also love to use social media (Instagram and LinkedIn) to meet new people and reach ideal clients.
- How did social media help you to promote your business?
I use social media (Instagram and LinkedIn) daily as part of my marketing strategy to attract new clients. I know that social media isn’t for everyone, but I feel very lucky to be running and growing a business at a time where I can get new clients without having to spend any money to acquire them.
- Do you have any advice to give to the new female entrepreneurs?
Stop waiting for permission.
Stop waiting for the stars to align.
Stop waiting for the right time, the right people or a sign you’re on the right path.
It will keep you stuck and frustrated and will rob you of your most precious resource: time.
You have what you need to be successful.
You just need to get out of your own damn way.
Thank you Sophie!
To discover more, visit https://www.sophiethorne.co.uk/