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
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 twelve 90-minute Sessions.
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
Twelve 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 1 to 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
Modules 1 & 2:
Modules 3 & 4:
Branding and Establishing Credibility
Modules 5 & 6:
Business Essentials and Systems & Processes
Modules 6 & 7:
Pricing and Monetization
Modules 7 & 8:
Marketing and Client Management
Mindset and Activating Your Network
Building a 1-3 Year Strategic Plan
This series includes:
Twelve 90-minute 1:1 Coaching Sessions
Six 15-minute, "Oh Crap!" - I need help! Sessions (at clients request)
Custom Worksheets, Exercises and Other Resources
12 months of follow-up support (email)
This series has a standard framework that is customized to the client based on their starting point and business complexity.
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
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.
Use PayPal Credit at checkout if you are interested in a 6-month interest-free payment plan.
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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.