Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! Raquel Hellenga is killing it. An alum of the summer 2018 Discover Your Dream Business program, her coaching business for chronically ill creatives has taken off in a big way! At the end of our 8 weeks together, she had *five* clients – and it’s only grown from there. Read on to hear how she did it and what’s ahead for this brand new business owner and overall inspiring human.
Why did you decide to work with me?
I decided to work with you because of how relatable you are. I had been following your work for a number of years as a lurker in the background. I knew I liked your no BS attitude about starting your own business, and that you cherished your life outside of your business as well. As someone with a chronic illness it’s super important that I work with a coach that understands the importance of rest and balance. You are also a huge performance art creative and multipotentialite like me, so I knew it would be a perfect match.
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
When we started working together I was working an insane amount as a college communication instructor. While I’m still doing that, I’ve drastically reduced my workload in order to focus more on my budding business! I am a life and business coach for chronically ill creatives and am enjoying steady, manageable growth in my business since launching in summer 2018.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
That running a successful business is really not as hard as it seems. For instance, when I started the Discover Your Dream Business program I couldn’t IMAGINE actually having a coaching session with a client and was honestly terrified to do so. By the end of the program, FIVE of the participants in the program became my clients. Two of which I am still working with on an ongoing basis. My hunch about being a good coach was right, and I wouldn’t have figured that out without Michelle’s guidance.
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
Find a way to invest in your dreams NOW, not later. Whether you’re only able to invest time, or a little bit of money, or have to save up for months in order to get the support you need, you’re worth it. While following your dreams can be difficult, it’s way more difficult to spend your life convincing yourself your ideas are no good.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
I’ve learned that my number one asset in landing clients is my personality and that the more I can show that to the world the more my people will be drawn to me. Don’t be afraid to put your unadulterated self out there!
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
Right now I’m looking for the right people to fill my 1-on-1 client roster in 2019. I offer a 90-day 1-on-1 program for people with chronic illnesses or other health challenges who are looking to start their online business and figure out how that all works together with their health limitations. If you have big business dreams, a creative streak, a great sense of humor, are willing to go deep, and are frustrated by your health limits, contact me to set up a free 30-minute discovery call ASAP! There are so many ways to achieve what you want while dealing with health problems.
Where can we find you and your work?
Want to discover your dream business with me? A newly revamped, on-demand, lower-priced program awaits this April! Sign up here to be notified when the doors open *and* to grab the early bird pricing along with receiving action steps to help you get started on your clarity journey *today*.