1:1 Entrepreneurial Startup Coaching 

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​"Julie is fabulous! When I hired Julie as a coach, she not only illustrated the importance of building a strong and defendable brand that was true to me and my vision, but she also taught me how to do it.  The lessons she incorporated between our sessions helped me flush out all the important details needed to start my new Virtual Yoga Business.  She also helped me make a plan that will still make sense in the coming years as my business begins to sustainably grow.  Hiring Julie was one of the best investments I have ever made in myself, and I certainly recommend her when you are trying got plan out a successful new business venture.

- James H

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Do you want to start your own business but have no idea where to start?  

This affordable package has been designed to get you focused on the critical steps required for success as a new small business start-up!

​Building a Startup is hard.

 

Don’t do it alone.

 

Building a startup is ridiculously hard.  It takes new skills, knowledge, and resources at every stage. I work with entrepreneurs and founders

to navigate this exciting journey by clarifying direction, solidifying branding, and overcoming challenges and obstacles to building a credible path towards ambitious goals.

 

Working with a coach has been shown to increase performance, improve confidence, improve relationships, and increase team effectiveness. My focus is to empower ambitious entrepreneurial talent to drive the implementation of your business idea and ensure long-standing sustainable progress and growth with a well thought out 3-year Strategic Plan.

 

 

 

Hi, I'm Julie! Thanks for checking out my site.  I'd love to learn more

about you via a free consultation! In the meantime, here is a little

blurb about me.

I grew up in Chicago, attending the University of Illinois for my

undergrad and the University of Chicago -  Booth Graduate School

of Business for my MBA.

 

Early in my career, I worked for industry giants such as BP Oil, McDonald’s International,  Ameritech/SBC, and Sears handling capital budgets up to $3 billion dollars!  Dissatisfied with the politics encountered at the upper levels of finance within Fortune 100 companies, I moved to the private equity arena and held the role of CFO at two privately held mid-size corporations.  I enjoyed the change to active partner, contributing daily to growing and driving the business forward alongside the respective business owners.  For the final stage of my “finance” career, I transitioned to entrepreneurship, running a CFO-on-Demand startup offering executive-level financial services and small business Strategic Planning services to a large and diverse client base.

 

After doing some personal career exploration in 2008, I successfully transitioned out of my “CFO-on-Demand” business and pursued my dream of giving back and providing executive coaching to startup founders and other high-potential individuals seeking to advance their careers in a new direction.  This business was started specifically to help shorten the learning curve of those that have and will follow a path similar to mine.

 

 

One resource I always yearned for as an entrepreneur was someone I could be honest with and with whom I could talk about anything - not someone who was an investor, a friend, or an employee, but an intelligent, experienced and empathetic individual who would listen and provide me tactical and strategic advice, guide me in functional areas that were unfamiliar to me and help me fulfill my potential.


I have now coached more than 100 startup founders and serve as a coach to individuals looking to make a career pivot or create a career strategic map to achieve their career goals. In a nutshell, I help individuals perform at their best and achieve their dreams.  I hope this breadth of experience will be useful to you, and I look forward to hearing from you!

This series is composed of eight  90-minute Sessions.

 

Pricing $2,750 

 

 

 

How it works

 

Sign up for a free 30-minute consultation and intro call, where I can learn more about your journey and you can learn more about my services and the Entrepreneurial Coaching for Startups Series. Link at the bottom of the page.

Personalized One-On-One Guidance and Expert Coaching

for Entrepreneurial Startups 

  • Eight personalized 90-minute coaching sessions – self-paced and confidential (all services offered remotely)

  • Focused pre-assignment exercises for completion prior to our working session

  • Connecting 1:1 for each coaching session, I will provide customized coaching to clarify direction, solidify branding, and breakthrough challenges and obstacles.

  • You will experience on-going assignment feedback and collaborative brainstorming that focuses on learning, decision-making, and creating a robust, focused 3-year Strategic Plan for your startup that will drive the quickest forward momentum.

  • Unlimited email contact

  

Upon completion of the series, you will have a strong sense of the viability of your idea, and a completed Strategic Plan that identifies the milestones and initiatives required to ensure the success of your venture.

 

 

Entrepreneurial Coaching for Startups Series Outline

 

Module 1 & 2:

Mission, Vision, Values, Priorities, and Target Audience

 

  • Create Your Mission Statement

  • Define Your Vision

  • Articulate the Values That Will Guide Your Growth and Success

  • Define Your Priorities

  • Define Your Target Audience

  • Identify Your Supporters

 

 

​Module 3:

Branding and Establishing Credibility

 

  •  Branding Your Business

                   Brand Vision,  Brand Position,  Brand Promise

  • Establishing Credibility

                  Reasons to Believe, Brand Story,  Brand Essence

  • How to Build a Brand

                        Determine Your Brand’s Target Audience

                        Competitive Analysis

                        Determine Your Unique Selling Proposition 

  • Create a brand logo and tagline

  • Build a brand message and elevator pitch

  • Integrate your brand into every aspect of your business

 

Module 4:

Monetization

 

  • Explore Creative and Proven Ways to Monetize Your Business

 

 

Module 5:

Marketing and Lead Generation

 

 

Module 6:

Business Fundamentals

 

Module 7-8:

Building a 3-Year Strategic Plan

 

  • The Advantage of Strategic Growth Planning

  • Building Your Strategic Plan

  • Articulating Your Vision for the Company 

  • Identify Your Strategy to Compete

  • Developing Objectives/Goals/Milestones

  • Developing Initiatives/Specific Actions  

  • Identify timing and resources

  • Review feasibility

  • Considerations for Plan for Implementation

 

 I have helped build hundreds of effective, adaptable plans ensuring founders go from an exciting idea to a thriving startup.  I am set up for virtual coaching, with all work done by phone/email. It’s business as usual for me & I will help you get back to business as usual too.

 

The Coaching for Startups Advantage

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Through my Entrepreneurial Startup coaching series, you will receive…

 

  • Clarity on what success looks like

  • Help building an actionable, motivational plan to get there

  • Guidance to develop actionable plans to achieve stretch goals.

  • Identification & removal of roadblocks, allowing you to overcome challenges along the way.

  • Assistance to keep high-level goals in focus without getting bogged down in the day-to-day.

  • Counseling to build momentum with ideas and goals translated into actionable, accountable steps

  • Knowledge sharing and encouragement to help you land on your “ah-ha” moments

 

Entrepreneurial Coaching enables startup founders to:

  • Follow best practice and emulate the behaviors of successful founders  (why recreate the wheel or fly by the seat of your pants)

  • Identify and avoid costly mistakes

  • Identify strategies to help your startup avoid difficult times

  • Get honest and actionable feedback on your idea, your business model, and your customer acquisition strategy.

 

Why work with me?  I…

  • Guide you through the process with empathy and expertise.

  • Specialize in creating peace of mind for startup entrepreneurs

  • Speak plain English and think in concrete terms

  • Move quickly, stay on plan, and am cost-effective

  • Teach you how to use tools that clarify your direction and keep you focused on the right things

  • Leave you optimistic about your future

  • Instill in you, the confidence to get there

  • I love what I do!!

 

My experience with entrepreneurs/founders includes service as a coach, mentor, advisory board member, or director. I’ve observed that many of the most successful startups have tapped into the experience of a coach to ensure the foundation on which their company is built is solid. Conversely, many startup failures are caused by founding entrepreneurs jump-starting a launch without building the foundation upon which everything will rest and thus making predictable (and avoidable) mistakes due to lack of quality guidance. Learning by trial-and-error is exhausting and stressful.

 

Ensure the highest probability of success for your Startup by scheduling a free consultation.

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​"I signed on with Julie last March, and when I look at how much has happened since as a direct result of our coaching relationship, I am in disbelief.  I have gone from feeling trapped and depressed in a job that no longer met my needs to feeling invigorated and inspired as I get ready to launch my own business.  I had interviewed a number of coaches and ultimately chose Julie for her business savvy, candor, and positivity, and because in our initial phone conversation I just felt like we clicked.  Our first call covered a lot of ground, and I was impressed when she emailed me the next day with a recap of the conversation, showing me how closely she had been listening.  The first homework assignment had me dig deep into my past, looking for patterns and evidence as to what makes me tick.  It was this process, not one week in, that I had an ah-ha moment that set the course for the new entrepreneurial venture.  It all became so immediately clear, so obvious, that I hit the ground running and never looked back.  My work with Julie pivoted from career exploration to how to set up a business.  I cannot overstate how invaluable she has been to me in this process., She got helped me envision my ideal customer; discussed marketing and branding; provided insights on pricing my services; and so much more.  Stepping out on my own was scary, but her encouragement made me believe in myself and my plan.  Rather than depressed, I feel alive again and excited about the future.  My highest recommendation.

-Eileen L.

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