“When I started freelancing in 2010 I was lost. I knew I wanted the independence of working for myself, and the strong connections with clients, but I didn't know how to get there. I spent the first few years with intense highs and lows of work and income (and no income!). It was not sustainable.
Three years ago I made a decision that I needed to work with a business coach. I had followed you for years, reading your books and watching your videos. Honestly, I was scared to spend the cash on hiring you. But after our free session I knew that working with you was the right thing to do. There are so many things I love about working with you. What I really have loved the most over the past couple of years is your flexibility to meet me where I'm at, and to nudge me in the right direction.
At the beginning of 2016 I was expecting a kiddo. I was thrilled, but also full of anxiety. I wanted to increase revenue for my growing family, and wanted to take 4 months off for my maternity leave. You were able to shift gears with me and focus on current client relationships, outreach, and getting as much work as I could handle to save money for my time off.
Not only was I able to save for my four-month maternity leave, 2017 proved to be the best year my business ever had. You taught me the art of outreach—staying in touch with current clients, and reaching out to prospective clients. This was perfect for me and manageable for me: I could handle the outreach while growing a baby, and getting ready for this huge change in my life. You didn't push me to do more blog posts or go out and network; you knew I needed something manageable. I am so grateful for that.
With your guidance, I was able to stay in touch with clients and remind them that I was there for them when they needed me. So many of my clients have commented that the reaching out every once in a while is what they love about me: a gentle reminder that I was there to help them. They didn't want to search for people, they're already too busy! The successes don't end there. I was at the beginning of 2018 with a new baby, and all the joys, hormones, and hard work that come with that. I needed to keep the business growing, but be able to do so in a manageable way.
You were again able to meet me where I was at: tired, but excited to be working on my business. You really helped me foster strong relationships before I left for my leave, which enabled me to pick right up where I left off. And the business grew and grew from there. In 2018 I nurtured a baby into a toddler, and nurtured my business with the absolute best projects and clients I have ever had. You nudged me to take on work that felt out of my league, but totally in line with where my market was going: more interactive and web projects, as well as bigger collateral projects.
I’m so grateful for that nudge: for the first time I had two projects with six-figure budgets. From 2017 to 2018, I experienced a 34% increase in business sales/gross billings. But the successes of working with you aren't only the increased sales; it's also the encouragement and confidence that what I do is real. This IS my full-time job. You how me how to have ownership over my life, my work, and my happiness. Ilise, you’re the best. Thank you for everything!!! Here’s to a kick ass 2019!!!“
Maria G. — Designer