Business coaching for startups

Kate James is a small business coach with over 28 years of experience working with creative, spiritual teachers and wellness business owners. She specialises in working with startups and her clients include marketers, designers, healers, artists, musicians,  yoga teachers, kinesiologists, psychologists and counsellors.

How does it work?

We start by clarifying your most important business objectives and identify the obstacles you’d like to overcome. You’ll leave your first session feeling motivated and inspired. Most clients find it helpful to book a few follow-up appointments to ensure they are supported and accountable – but we’re flexible and don’t lock you into contracts or timeframes.

Small business coaching will help you to:

  • Develop a vision for your business and create a plan for achieving your goals.
  • Overcome your self-limiting beliefs.
  • Identify your ideal client and learn how to communicate your message authentically.
  • Develop a simple but workable marketing plan and the confidence to sell without being ‘salesy’.
  • Establish a positive mindset around making money.
  • Understand your unique strengths (and what you should be delegating).
  • Network in a way that makes you comfortable.
  • Balance business and life.

Who does Kate work with?

Kate offers in-person business coaching and business mentoring in Melbourne and online business coaching to owners of startup businesses across Australia. She specialises in working with creatives and spiritual teachers and her specialty is supporting clients who want to build confidence and self-belief.

Kate’s clients care about creating purpose-led businesses, building meaningful relationships and they want to make a positive difference in the world.

How is Kate different from other business coaches?

Kate specialises in working with creatives, spiritual teachers, introverts and those who feel a sense of ‘imposter syndrome’. Her clients describe her coaching style as intuitive, insightful, empathic, kind and supportive.

Is online coaching or in-person best?

Online coaching really is as effective as an in-person session. In some cases, it’s actually a better model for coaching. It’s time-efficient and very personal. If you’re still in doubt, give it a try. You might be surprised.  If you’re interstate and keen to visit for an in-person session, we can recommend local accommodation options when you make your booking.

Single session fee

60-minute session: $275

Coaching program fee

5 x 60-minute sessions: $1,350 (payable in 3 x monthly instalments)


More questions?

What’s your background?

Kate has a background in business, with over 28 years experience working with small business owners. Before starting Total Balance in 2002, she was a business manager for film-makers, architects and designers. She studied coaching with one of the first international coaching schools and was one of the first coaches in Australia to achieve a PCC accreditation with International Coach Federation.

I’m not sure if I start with a single session or a program. What would you recommend?

Most of my business coaching clients begin with one session to make sure we’re a good fit for one another. After that, you’re welcome to book either a few additional sessions or a coaching program if you like the idea of ongoing accountability.

I’m not that interested in mindfulness. Does that mean you’re the wrong coach for me?

Not at all. Not everyone Kate sees is interested in mindfulness but it still influences her approach to working with you. Being mindful is really just another way of saying being present, curious, self-aware and non-judgmental. If those qualities appeal, you’ll enjoy working with Kate. She’s not at all dogmatic in her approach and she’s respectful that it might not be everyone’s thing.

Check out our frequently asked questions or find out more about Kate James and the clients she usually works with. Business coaching is generally tax deductible. Please confirm with your accountant.