What is it?
Start Out Steps is a remarkably clear and simple business starter system that combines affordable professional coaching and basic online learning to enable you to live life authentically and make a comfortable living doing what you love.
Start Out Steps is where conscious business and community to come together to create a powerful new paradigm; an abundant Conscious Business Community that is continually growing, evolving and supporting each others’ success.
We created Start Out Steps because we want to live in a world where people who are courageous enough to start a business that aligns WHO THEY REALLY ARE with WHAT THEY DO for a living, have the simple steps and support they need to successfully get it off the ground.
When we chose to leave our jobs to set up our own businesses doing what we’re passionate about, we didn’t enjoy the early stages of creating our business at all! We:
- were overwhelmed by the volume of business-building material;
- were confused and intimidated by all the business jargon;
- felt admin anxiety every time it came to our legal, accounts or tax stuff (and social media anxiety for that matter); and
- spent far more time scouring the HMRC website than we’d ever want to if you’d paid us!
We spent months feeling frustrated and isolated because we:
- Didn’t know what or how to do it; and
- Didn’t have the confidence or belief that we could make it work.
In short, Start Out Steps was created because we were tired of seeing so many awesome and talented people struggle or fail at it. We didn’t see why the “business stuff” needed to be so difficult for everyone else, especially when we had already done it and had valuable experience and expertise to share!
So, because there’s absolutely NO ONE WE KNOW who enjoys doing the “business stuff” we decided to cut out all the noise, break it all down to the most basic steps and designed a process that forges a clear and simple pathway through the business building process with you.
Yes, with you.
Through the Start Out Steps system you’ll have access to a professionally trained coach who’ll partner with you through a unique process (that works with both the inner and outer components to your business) to help you achieve your goal of starting a legitimate and sustainable business “being” who you truly are.
Are you someone who…
- Yoga teacher
- Massage therapist
- Counsellor / therapist
- Holistic therapist
- Reiki practitioner
- Dance / movement medicine teacher
- Meditation practitioner
- Mindfulness practitioner
- Is a safe space to authentically express Who We Are through What We Do
- Creates a culture of self-awareness, self-responsibility & self-care
- Is a place where everyone wins
- Believes that anyone can do it
- Supports eachothers’ success
- Continues to learn and develop
- Uses plain speaking
- Tolerates no bullshit
- Lives a philosophy that is easy to grasp (and walks it’s talk)
- Is a popular place to be
If this resonates for you then you’re EXACTLY where you’re meant to be! Welcome to the Start Out Steps Community where everyone who plays a part provides something unique and valuable, including YOU.
Over the coming months we will be introducing a variety of ways that we can all enjoy greater connection, innovation, sharing, learning and growth, so……
Look out for information in our newsletters on Start Out Steps':
- Live interactive business building workshops;
- Coaching clinics;
- Educational webinars;
- Suggested Resources; and
- Book Recommendations
And tell us what you’re up to, the events you’re hosting or attending, the books you’re reading, what helpful resources you’ve discovered or what has inspired you lately. We’re here to share the love!
Who we’re being
The Conscious Creator
I’m Anna Margolis, Creator of Start Out Steps and Director of iPEC London.
Before starting my first business I spent 6 years working in the corporate world as an international lawyer. Like many of the people I come across every day, I had woken up to the fact that the corporate world wasn’t working for me. It was clear that it wasn’t where I wanted to be and wouldn’t offer the life I wanted to live; I wanted to be me 7 days a week, not just 2. So I went searching for another way. I was committed to discovering who I was, what was important to me and what I could do to make a positive difference in the world.
Through my journey, I had the opportunity to bring the world’s leading ICF-accredited coach training programme to the UK (iPEC London) and have been privileged to spend the past few years offering professional and personal development training to people from all over the world, teaching them how to help others tap into their OWN potential.
Was it easy? Hell, no! When I first started iPEC London, most people thought (or said) I was crazy. The economy was shaky and I had given up my job to do something that my family, friends and networks had barely even heard of.
I quickly discovered that building a business was hard. It turned out “coaching” and “building a business” were two very different things and with no MBA, no mentor, and no real business experience, I wondered if intelligence and commitment would really be enough for me to build a self-supporting and sustainable business.
It was months of trial and error (and honestly, still is!)
But over time, I learnt things. I found my feet and fell in love with my business. Then a funny thing happened: as the Director of iPEC London I started to observe that many of my students were experiencing similar struggles. There I was, training them so they could get out there and make their difference in the world, and here I was wondering how many of them would really make it if they were struggling to start their business.
Having lived through the experience not all that long before them, I knew there had to be more that I could do to help them. Then, one day, it occurred to me,
I wanted to create a simple, safe and supportive virtual learning space, for all those heart- and soul-centred entrepreneurs to access bite-sized, business-building wisdom, at a price that everyone could afford. And it so happened that I knew just the community of people to lend a hand.
The Conscious Contributors
One thing that I had found remarkable in building iPEC London was how many exceptional people I kept meeting along the way; people from all over the world who were walking their talk and expressing their unique gifts and talents into the world: coaches, community organisers, website designers, bloggers and public speakers to name a few.There were so many, with such wide-ranging talents, that I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was another reason that I had met all of these exceptional people.
Then it dawned on me; each of these people had something in common, they had all lived through the process of starting or building a business doing what they love and had INCREDIBLY valuable stories and expertise to share. Here was a community who were willing to share their collective experience and wisdom so that others could navigate the business-building process with confidence and get on with making THEIR unique difference in the world. And so, Start Out Steps became grounded in a simple mission: to create a Conscious Business Community that will continue to evolve and support each others success.
The Conscious Connector
As an energetic and conscious entrepreneur who loves life, and thrives on connecting with people, Julie Anne Christoph (founder of the Canadian Coaching Academy and School Director for iPEC Canada) has developed an exceptional gift for introducing the perfect person to the ideal resource they are looking for. Her ability to listen at a deep level, read/understand energy and see other people’s gifts and talents enables her to match them with exactly what they need to get out there in the world and shine.
As part of the Start Out Steps core community, we are grateful that Julie Anne has been doing what she does best; creating a true win/win by connecting us with an extraordinary group of Conscious Contributors who are willing to share their unique gifts and talents with YOU.
Like all of our team of Conscious Contributors, Julie Anne knows how important it is for you to get yourself out there and let the world know WHO you are and HOW you’re making a difference in the world. After all, when we’re being of service to you, we’re fulfilling our own purpose and potential in the world.
So, on behalf of all of our Conscious Contributors, we congratulate you on starting this exciting journey and look forward to being of service to you, every step of the way.