Ali Golds is a growth coach who helps female founders to start and grow their own businesses. She looks back over 2017 and tells us what she hopes the new year will have in store for her business.
What does your business do?
I am a growth coach, supporting women to achieve economic independence by starting and growing their own business. I am also CEO of The Juno Project, which helps girls who have been or are at risk of being excluded from school.
How has 2017 been for you?
2017 has been a brilliant year for me. I lost my direction a little last year but I regrouped and reflected on the things that really mattered to me, and what I was best at, at the end of 2016. Then I built this year’s successes on those foundations.
I've worked with my highest ever number of businesses, written some new programmes, brought in some new consultancy clients, and met some fascinating, and inspirational people - which is always the best bit of my job.
What was your greatest success?
I re-launched The Juno Project, and took it from delivering our pilot programme working with a handful of vulnerable girls earlier this year, to working with 100 girls over this academic year. I've also delivered a range of programmes for female founders, and coached them to start up their own businesses. Watching them coming from a place of low self-esteem and confidence, convinced that they couldn't possibly do it, to now taking those first start-up steps is immensely rewarding. I'm so proud of them!
And your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge is probably lack of time. I tend to be someone who creates a lot of ideas, and loves to start new projects, so time is always at a premium.
What do you think 2018 will hold for you?
2018 will see further growth in both businesses, so that will mean I will be hiring staff on behalf of The Juno Project and bringing in freelancers, and further automating, my own business. I also plan to travel next year, so I'm really looking forward to embracing the digital nomad lifestyle!
How will you spend Christmas and the New Year?
I'm really excited to be spending time with my sons, daughter in law and granddaughter over Christmas and the New Year; we don't get together often enough so there'll be lots of catching up to do, and fun to be had. I also have a stack of books to read, which I've been piling up in readiness over the last few weeks, and hope to spend a bit of time writing some more of my own new book.
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