Small business coach

I coach small business owners to develop and increase profits while minimising stress and worry.

The business landscape is constantly shifting, and the best way to survive and thrive is to constantly improve. I saw this over 20 years as a small business owner, growing from nothing to 22 employees.

Now, as a business coach, I help you avoid potential pitfalls, make every minute count and create the success you desire.

Define your goals & reach them quicker

12 problems I can help you solve

Reduce stress and overwhelm
Growing / starting your business
Complete tasks you're avoiding
Increase your productivity
Make difficult decisions
Become a better leader
Clearer career path
Clarity about what you want
Better communication with your team
Better work/life balance
Reduce anxiety and worry
Be your personal cheerleader

The task of getting more business

Today, increased worldwide competition and saturation can make it appear increasingly challenging to find new business. A business coach experienced in growth and marketing can help you to discover new opportunities that don’t require the infrastructure to compete with bigger businesses while pushing you away from your natural competition.

“The difference from my first session to now is life changing for me. The growth is so wonderful”.

— SARA,ENTREPRENEUR

A success formula for small businesses

Through experimentation and plenty of mistakes, I moved from successful senior employee to becoming a founder, entrepreneur and finally small business owner. However, I always kept the faith and built resilience and problem solving skills over time, focusing much of my efforts in online marketing.

Finances matter

Cash flow is key to many small businesses and building consistency can seem like an uphill battle. Over time, your annual revenue stabilises to a level where bills cause less worry and your accountants job is simpler and more predictable. During the wealth phase of a small business, you can plateau though, with growth halting as you wonder “what next?”.

Customer service

Customers are king in small business. Every one of them can move you into a new phase of business, from stress and anxiety to security and comfort. Customer service is key then. Understanding their needs can help a business founder to develop a growth mindset where feedback is welcomed.

Team leadership

As you begin to grow a small team around you, the challenges of effective recruitment, leadership and delegation rear their ugly heads in order to handle small business administration, sales and marketing tasks. Further down the line, managers create further challenges with internal communication. Improving your leadership skills and understanding who you are as a person can help you to determine the type of leader you want to be.

Improved processes

As your business grows, it’s important to build documented processes to upskill your team and improve communication. Many entrepreneurs haven’t ever handled Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or delegation and it can make them anxious, but with some training your business will grow past you needing to be involved in every tiny task.

Focus on strengths

One of mistakes to avoid is forcing yourself or others to work in areas where you’re not at your best. During an early phase of a business this may be necessary, but this period should be planned to expire in favour of a business that has happiness at its core.

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Generate the qualities for long-lasting success

Addressing the areas where you’re struggling is both necessary yet challenging for many small business owners. A fresh set of eyes in the form of a business coach can help you to evaluate difficulties and change your perspective, allowing growth and success to be achieved.

“I’m doing really well. Probably the best I’ve been. I have to thank you for the tools you’ve given me to deal with issues.”

– BEA, MARKETING AGENCY OWNER

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Meet Phil Drinkwater

With an analytical mind from programming, training in psychology, business experience to owner level, marketing and creative roles and a keen eye for what people are truly experiencing, I use all of my skills to help you and your business grow.

10 YEARS IN SME’S TO SENIOR MANAGER LEVEL

With a decade working from junior staff to senior manager, I understand the challenges and pressures of working at all levels within an organisation.

22 YEARS AS ONLINE BUSINESS OWNER

After seeing an opportunity to use managerial, technical, graphical and marketing skills, in partnership I grew an online business to 20 staff.

TURNED BUSINESS AND EXECUTIVE COACH

My wealth of business experience, analytical mind, prior training in psychology and love of helping others to grow drew me to business coaching.

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How business coaching helps small business

Become clear on goals

Many businesses believe they’re clear on their goal, but few are. Many business owners wouldn’t know if they were achieving their goals due to a lack of measurability or targets, and tasks often revolve around preferred work rather than those that will build success. A business coach will help you focus on the goals that really matter.

Evaluate your situation

A business coach helps you to evaluate your honest business situation, can can feed into a clearer vision, specific plans and a course of action to get your business back on track, or redirect it if the current path is never going to be effective. Life coaching can help here too, by ensuring your business fits with your desired life goals.

Positive mindset

When a small business is in a rut, it can be hard to find a way out. It can be even harder to find the motivation to make the changes necessary to get out of the rut. Personal performance is heavily tied into confidence and even small wins can help to grow the business, creating positivity that soaks through the entire team.

Honest feedback & sounding board

We all know that having someone to talk to is beneficial, but it’s well known that your friends and family are ineffective at being objective. You can count on a business coach to provide you with honest feedback that will allow you to make optimal decisions so that your clients or customers will receive the service they desire.

Personal cheerleader

Small businesses are often faced with many challenges and obstacles and at times it can seem like the odds are stacked against you. When you’re running a small business, you have to wear so many different hats, and there’s so much to do. Having someone remind you to that the mountain is conquered one step at a time will help lessen overwhelm and stress. A business coaching programme can focus on specific challenges like confidence, too.

Your comfort zone

You might think that you don’t have anything to learn from someone, or that you have it covered all by yourself. However, our patterns developed in life can lead us to conclusions that hold back growth. Small business coaching helps you to trust yourself when you’re out of your comfort zone, and can help move you away from a plateau.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is not clear right or wrong time. Coaches would say having someone by your side would be beneficial at any point, but business coaching would be particularly beneficial when you’re not reaching your goals. Maybe you’ve tried to double your profit, but it’s not happening. Maybe you keep hiring the wrong employees. Maybe you’re stressed or struggling. It’s in these times there’s maximum benefit.
Anyone would benefit, but those who are finding they are stressed or emotional, not looking forward to their day, find work is encroaching is on their life too much or aren’t reaching their financial or business goals would particularly find benefit.
The key benefits are that you will be happier and reach the stage in life and work that you would like to reach, including any financial goals. We can have almost anything we really want, if we’re willing to become the person who would be able to achieve it.
Coaches help to take you out of your comfort zone, but in a way that you’re capable of coping with. We all have areas of business and life that we struggle with; anyone who says otherwise is avoiding the truth. Whatever you’re resisting or holding yourself back from is the development you can gain from a coach.
Typically, we’d meet virtually once every week, two weeks or three weeks initially. Later down the line it might make sense to meet every month or two to check in. The meetings are an hour long and will focus on whatever you will get most benefit from. You’re always welcome to email me and I’ll either reply straight away or keep it for our next session.

Book a free consultation

Find out if I can help you with your business or organisation. We can talk through where you are, where you want to get to and what’s challenging you about that journey.

“In just one session, Phil took me from a place of apprehension to one of clarity and confidence. We spent time working out what things I need in order to achieve job satisfaction”.

– MARA, NEW MANAGER

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