Ingrid has made a huge difference to the success of my business. She has stood by me and supported me through thick and thin and in many ways.
One example is that early on, I loved my product (reusable shopping bags for fruit and vegetables) in all its simplicity as it was but some customers and potential customers were suggesting a drawstring be added, a simple change that I wasn’t very open to. Ingrid suggested a very simple and easy to carry out survey to find out if it was only a small percentage of people who wanted this or if it was what most people wanted.
To my amazement 70% of people wanted the change. The evidence spoke and this made it easy for me to make that small change which became an important turning point for my business.
I was so happy with the new bags. It made a simple environmental product much more versatile and yet without Ingrid’s guidance I am not sure I would ever have appreciated how important it was to the people who might use my bags.
Through Ingrid I also experienced how great it is to have a business family around me. By this I mean access through regular business meetings or catch ups, to a group of other business people with businesses who love sharing ideas, advice, challenges and triumphs and offer non judgemental support for one another and each other’s businesses. I could walk into a meeting with Ingrid or one of these groups feeling down but never failed to walk away feeling energised and lighter of foot.
When my business has been tough and struggling to survive I always knew Ingrid believed in me and my product and had great practical advice to offer and when I have had some wonderful wins Ingrid has truly appreciated and celebrated them too.
So if you have a small business and can put yourself in a space with Ingrid you and your business will be all the better for it. Leandra from Fruity Sacks
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I first met Ingrid on the mat in the pilates studio. She watched me evolve from a fellow client into a pilates instructor and her genuine warmth and enthusiastic support towards me as I started to spread my wings into teaching gave me such a boost and a vulnerable time.
When Ingrid offered her ‘so you want to start a pilates business’ I jumped at the chance to participate. Whilst I had some experience in business previously I felt I could benefit from her workshops tailored to the health industry which I was still fairly new to.
Ironically after the first workshop I decided I definitely did not want to start my own pilates business (for now anyway). The information Ingrid provided certainly removed any romantic notion of being a business owner – I was under no illusion any more of the cost and commitment involved.
Earlier this year I moved interstate and have kept connected with Ingrid via the monthly webinars which have been AMAZING. So much information for my ‘getting ready for business swag’. It has also been invaluable having Ingrid at the end of the phone for business advice.
I feel well equipped to move forward and now I have started my own business. I know how to track my potential clients journey, get on top of my social media marketing plan, and so much more!
I recommend anyone who is starting out in business in health and wellness to connect with Ingrid, she is passionate about small business start ups and has a wealth of resource to share.
Clare Perkins, Pilates Instructor
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