Tell us about your business and the services you offer?
I work with people in various ways and at the heart of what I do is helping women to be visible. I have a visibility membership for women who want to show up and shine in their lives, be that at work, at home, in their relationships as well as on social media and in the press. I also work with people on a one-to-one basis offering on going coaching, I am fully qualified and a Member of the Coaching Association. I also run training for people who want to know more about PR, I have 23 year experience in the industry, and run one off sessions and online workshops with this too.
What do you love about running your own business and what do you find hard?
I love being able to choose the clients I work with and the times I work. My sons are older now, one is 13 and the other is 11, but being able to do the school run, go to matches and events (well, pre-COVID) and support them in them all I do is really important to me. I work with some amazing clients who work with me in various ways and that flexibility and variety is something that really motives me and keeps the ideas flowing.
What kind of BossMum are you and how do you manage the juggle?
Oh interesting question! I guess I am pretty organised and I know what we are doing and when. What I do have to do is look after me as well as everyone else, and I think that is true of many mothers. Having a clear boundaries, not working at the weekend and making sure I walk for an hour a day with the dogs means things run well.
Do you have a favourite app or work tool you think everyone should know about?
Google docs works well for me.
How do you define success?
My boys telling me they love me!
What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
I think that COVID has totally taught me that worrying is such a waste of time. Earlier this year I was close to burnout and worrying was my default setting, then lockdown hit and most of my work, and anxiety I’d had around it, went out of the window. Life really is short, there are silver linings if we look for them and we can adapt when we really have to.
What has been a particular highlight for you since starting your business?
I have written two books, Cast Life and PR School and that was pretty special.
What’s next for your business?
I have recently rebranding as The Visibility Duchess and I am so excited about that. I work with clients in a range of ways, be that as a coach, trainer, mentor or lecturer, but at the heart of everything I do is helping them to be visible – be that in their career, at home, in their relationships, on social media or in the press!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t look back, you’re not going that way!
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about setting up their own business?
Go for it! I have had my own business for the past 15 years and couldn’t work any other way. Yes, it is scary and you don’t know what is coming next, but that also makes it exciting and worthwhile! Do your research, be visible and believe in YOU!!!
What is your favourite Social Media platform and how has it helped in your success?
I have been a Facebook fiend for years, but I am starting to embrace IG more and loving it. I am very much about collaborations and community and I feel that both of these platforms allow me to do this, which is fab.
Who inspires you?
Women who are out there doing it for themselves!
What was your dream job growing up?
Tell us 3 facts about you…
- I love coffee.
- I own far too many pairs of Jimmy Choos!
- I have a phobia of birds.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Mama Tribe?
Getting to be part of an inspiring networking work who totally get the highs, lows and everything in-between that comes with running your own show – at work and home!!!!
Thanks for giving us an insight into life behind The Visibility Duchess Natalie, we love having you as a Member of the Tribe.