There are many reasons to start your own business – independence, to cut the commute, to be your own boss – but sometimes the starting point is a personal passion. Your New Life Plan is a Pink Spaghetti client with a very personal mission.
Your New Life Plan
Going through an early menopause herself prompted Clare Shepherd to start ‘Your New Life Plan’ to help other women on the same journey.
After a hysterectomy at 39 following years of ill-health, Clare decided to take control of her well-being and explore natural solutions to enable her to come off HRT.
3 years of nutrition training gave her the idea to turn this quest into a business:
“I’d learned so much, realising that managing the menopause years needs to be ‘fluid’ with different strategies employed to address both the physical and emotional, nutrition being fundamental, and it would have been criminal not to share what I’d learned with other women struggling through the menopause years too. I decided to put my nutrition qualification to good use.”
A Facebook page generated over 8000 followers within 12 months! There were clearly a lot of women out there who were totally confused about what they could do to help themselves if they didn’t want to take HRT.
A trial online programme had amazing results, however there were setbacks:
“I was an innocent regarding marketing and sales and technology was a foreign language. I met so called ‘experts’ who really weren’t, and cost me a lot of money, yet I was getting burnout from trying to do everything myself.”
To overcome these Clare had to learn what was needed to create a successful business, to know who to trust and to outsource where possible to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
A personal tragedy brought home to her that we only have one life, that we should live each day tothe full and have a responsibility to ourselves to keep as healthy as possible.
“I couldn’t stop what I had started in spite of the setbacks. I knew what I shared helped so many.”
So was it important to Clare that her business started out as a personal passion?
“Without question! It would have been so easy to give up so many times. Without passion it’s too hard to get through the tough times, ride the roller-coaster of business and life combined. With passion the results you achieve, the joy or change you bring to others lives is worth everything.”
For more information visit www.yournewlifeplan.com