Business coaching for startups
Kate James is a small business coach with over 28 years of experience working with creative, spiritual and wellness business owners. She specialises in working with startups and her clients include marketers, designers, spiritual healers, artists, musicians, yoga teachers, kinesiologists, web developers, 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 works with female entrepreneurs in creative, wellness and spiritual businesses 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 introverts, perfectionists 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: $260
Coaching program fee
5 x 60-minute sessions: $1,275 (payable in 3 x monthly instalments)ENQUIRE NOW »
‘I absolutely adore Kate. She is a highly skilled, generous and enormously gifted business coach, especially for those who don’t traditionally consider themselves “business people”. I discovered her through sheer luck (thanks Google), and I remain sincerely grateful for the counsel she offered me back in 2010 when I was first fleshing out the bones for what would become Big Hearted Business. Thanks Kate!’
‘I loved my coaching sessions with Kate and miss them now we’re done! In a very friendly and positive manner Kate helped me to pinpoint exactly what I was looking for in my career. We identified my passions, my strengths, ultimate job criteria and a whole lot more, including balancing career and family life. As a result of our sessions, I am about to launch my own business – something Kate helped me realise I’d been wanting to do for years and that if I didn’t give it a go, I’d likely have regrets. Her supportive and no-nonsense approach, including a wealth of experience and professional network were invaluable in assisting me to take the first very exciting steps.’
‘I first met with Kate when I was at a real career crossroads. Kate helped me to nut out my values and aspirations, recognise my natural talents and then identify opportunities and pathways for me to put that all together so that I could actually make stuff happen. I love the way that Kate was able to calmly and pragmatically break things down to the basics. Put simply, working with Kate helped me to get clear – which has been nothing short of life changing.’ Leanne Clancey, Food & Travel Writer
‘I first engaged the services of Kate James as a business coach back during the initial stages of starting my business. Running a small business was still an unknown for me, and I felt alone and unsure of what I needed to do to make my business a success. Working with Kate really helped me clarify what I wanted to do and how I should go about doing it. She always gave me practical and achievable advice that worked well for my business and, importantly, aligned with my business ethics. Even many years after my initial meetings with Kate, I still regularly draw upon much of the advice she gave me. I credit a large part of my success to the advice and guidance she gave to me in the early days of my business, and the support she gives me to this day.’
‘Kate showed me how to plan towards goals and activities that match my vision and strengths. Change is not scary or unsettling, it’s reinvigorating and natural. It just makes sense. These are life-long skills taught with such grace, logic and empathy. I’ll always be grateful for Kate’s insight and support.’ Cressida Bradley, Director of Explosure
‘Like many small businesses, our growth was rapid and exciting. Working with Kate as our business coach enabled us to put much-needed systems and processes in place to effectively streamline and manage our business. Kate worked with us to clarify our business focus and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. Sometimes I couldn’t see the forest for the trees, but Kate had a knack for giving things clarity and putting things into perspective in a succinct and professional way. Meeting with Kate was always an enjoyable experience and we hope to continue our relationship with her as we take the business to another level.’
‘Kate has a real gift for helping her clients stabilise when they’re going through challenges, or a time of growth. She has a wonderfully calm presence. Her advice is practical, grounded and strategic and she expertly guides you to seek your own solutions. In working with me on my kinesiology business during a time of expansion, Kate was able to help me formalise plans, work through many decisions and provide strategic guidance. Kate is generous in her nature and wonderfully affirming and encouraging. I have also seen the highly positive effects working with Kate has had on some of my clients, who always speak of her with the greatest respect.’
‘What has been true with your approach right from the beginning is that you’re not like any other coach. You listened to my personal/business challenges, and provided tools and insights to enable me to understand ways I could overcome the challenges I was faced with. You understood me and what I wanted from the coaching. I could not have envisaged the benefits that your coaching has made, or the results I’ve achieved after such a short period of time. The investment has paid for itself well over: in my new efficiencies, and releasing my focus on the one thing that had me frozen – unable to make progress. I now approach the future with excitement, anticipation, and empowerment. I would not hesitate to recommend Kate James of Total Balance to anyone who has goals and dreams, be it for life or business, that they want to achieve and don’t know where to begin, or how to get there.’
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 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.ENQUIRE NOW »