March is the month where we celebrate many things including Mother's Day and International Women's Day so I thought it appropriate to feature some inspiring mums and we'll be showcasing them throughout March - hope you enjoy the "March of Inspiring Mums" series!
Today's inspiring mum is Jules White, a real dragon-slayer, business consultant and owner of Compassio Coaching. She lives in Milton Keynes with her 13 year old son, Sam, and she shares with us her passion for sales, how she entered the Dragons' Den when her son was just 3 months old and how she's now helping lots of other women in business.
1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I’m Jules, a sales expert and business coach who works with entrepreneurs and ambitious leaders to equip them with the mindset, strategy and skills they need to reach the next level of growth and revenue. I’m passionate about helping people to create the impact they desire through a natural selling style that is based around human conversation and relationship building.
I have worked in sales for 30 years and having worked in various companies I decided I really wanted to just do it myself! So in April last year (2017) I did it!
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I was an investment winner in Dragons' Den in 2005, which was only the second series of Dragons’ Den. Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis were bidding against each other for my business and on the show I chose Peter Jones - but I never did the deal. It really wasn’t a good one!
Jules is actually running her very own "Slayers Den", a competition for business owner's! If you're interested in joining or finding out more click here or see the links at the bottom of this interview.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
When I had my first business Sam was only 3 months old and so it’s a bit easier now he is 13. I am a single mum so it is important that Sam and I have our time, so I don’t work weekends as a rule and when he comes home from school we have time together to chat about the day and we always eat together. I make sure that I am a mum separate from a business woman, but actually at his age he is interested in my business which is lovely!
So my top 3 tips:-
- Be mum separate from being business owner - tough but it’s important
- Don’t feel guilty to take some time off - you need time with your children
- Organise yourself each week and prioritise. I now do meal planning - which has changed my life, I limit my time on social media and make it a set time each day, and I am slowly learning to make my business work for my lifestyle and not my life work for the business.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
- Create a balance. Plan your day and stop to live – every day. This takes discipline but I would put this as one of the most important skills to learn. You will burn out.
- Network and meet good people - surround yourself with good people who can support you and equally you can give back to them too
- Enjoy it!
If you have your own business or you're looking to set one up, Jules has written her own blog on this topic which you can read in full here - she has some great advice on how to manage things from her perspective with a small child.
Colour can make a real difference to our mood - what’s your favourite colour? And how does it make you feel when you wear it?
Interestingly I love blues and beiges and I love to feel classy - so they are my classy colours. I have one of your necklaces with all of those colours in it and I love it - so your products are for all mums - even if your children are older!
Jules is rocking our Halia Rose Bola necklace in Midnight Hues here
What’s your favourite activity to do with your son?
We have two beautiful dogs and we like nothing more then to go for walks in our local woods - it’s beautiful up there and the dogs run free and love it too. We also like to go on road trips! Literally get in the car and just go and see where we end up - great fun!
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I love walking but my real treat would be a spa day. Nothing better than totally relaxing and being pampered.
Jules, you really are an inspiring lady. Not only passionate about what you do but also looking for ways to help others and juggle that around your family - thanks so much for sharing your story!