Eileen, tell us about what you do now…
Can you explain what a typical day for you would be?
I still teach PE 2 days per week, so on those days I head off to school in my trackies and spend the day teaching teenagers. I still love my teaching and really love working with teenagers – there is never a dull moment!
The rest of my week is really varied. My favourite thing is working with clients and seeing them progress and gain in confidence. This can be meeting clients individually or, more often, responding to clients online.
I also have lots of administration tasks to complete, such as updating my website, setting up adverts, managing social media accounts, networking with other people in my field and marketing to new potential clients.
I am always looking for new ideas for blog posts, so I spend a bit of time researching and writing posts that I hope will be useful to my followers.
At some point every day I also have mum duties and have 3 starving teenagers to feed and ferry around!
What’s your experience from a woman’s point of view. Would you say it is a good job for a woman?
I would say that it’s a great job for a woman, especially for one with children. I have found that working for myself is really flexible – I can make time in my diary to attend school sports days/concerts etc, which is a lovely bonus. Also working from home has made it easier to cope with times when the kids have been ill, which is thankfully not that often.
The thing that I love most about my coaching is the difference that it makes to my clients. Seeing them grow and flourish, as they take control of their situation, is amazing and brings me such a feeling of satisfaction. I think that many women love to feel that they are making a difference, so they too would get an immense feeling of joy from doing a job like this.
What would your advice be to someone thinking of entering this profession?
Never give up! I am constantly learning new skills and having to adapt and change as I go along. If you love a challenge, are undaunted by obstacles and excited about making your business work, then go for it!
What’s your best financial advice for any woman?
Learn about compound interest! It can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and learning as much about it as possible will help you throughout your life.