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Mal Krishanasamy, founder of MalCPD, made the change from working 60 hour weeks as a senior leader in schools, to running her own Education Consultancy & Coaching business so she could spend more time with her family. A year in to starting her business she joined The Cocoon online members club and has seen her business grow & evolve with the support she’s received.

“In Feb 2016, I went on maternity leave from my role as a senior leader in schools. When our youngest was three months old in July, we relocated from London to Bournemouth. I decided I didn’t want to go back to working in schools full time. I had a huge amount of experience in the field of education as a teacher, leader and trainer of teachers and leaders. But, I wanted to spend more time with my family. My eldest was four and I really wanted to spend as much time as possible with him before he started Reception and I didn’t want my youngest to have as many different carers as my eldest did in London.Mal K small

It was a slow first year in business as hubby and I are sharing the childcare of our youngest who is now two, I was completing a university course on coaching and I didn’t know what my niche was. I knew I wanted work-life balance, to be able to do what I love whilst being able to spend quality time with my children. But to be honest I was a bit lost. I joined The Cocoon online members club in January this year (2018), a year after setting up my Education Consultancy & Coaching business. 

The reality is that I am a teacher by trade. I haven’t a clue about how to be a businesswoman. I don’t know about taxes, marketing, GDPR, selling…. The Cocoon has been a fantastic source of support, guidance and full on help. Since joining the club, I am clear on my niche, what my brand is, my website is done and it’s a safe place where I can have a moan and celebrate success.

The experts and fellow members have been hugely supportive. Hannah Jeffrey from HJ Accounts Management has been fab at explaining, in layman’s terms, exactly what I need to do tax wise. Jo Brianti from JLB Solutions, really clearly told me what I needed to do in terms of GDPR. Glenda Shawley from The Training Pack gave me brilliant marketing advice. Caitlin Pieter’s from BluBird did my website and I am so pleased with it! Clare Fielder from the Pistachio Club gave me advice about SEO. Lidia Rumley from Light Switch Brand gave me good advice on my ‘About Me’ section of my website which I then turned from a CV to a more readable version. Then of course, there is Erin. Ever understanding, ever supporting. Ever the absolute legend that she is.

One of my favouriate parts of the community is having access to the library of video training. The masterclass on Overcoming Your Fear Of Selling by Mindful Sales Training really changed my attitude on selling. It really made me think about the service I am providing rather than thinking ‘oh please buy from me’. They need me! I need to keep revisiting it as even the other day, I was grateful for someone wanting me to do more work for them rather than clear that I am helping them. I find all of Glenda’s Marketing Surgery Lives very useful. I always come away with some snippets of useful advice that I can put into action. Hannah Jeffrey’s tax video was very beneficial. It really sorted out what I really need to be doing tax-wise. Cori Javid’s Charging Your Worth masterclass has changed my mindset with money and made me feel much more confident in talking about my pricing. In fact, I have raised all my prices!

Business is going really well but I know I need a clear marketing strategy. So, I’ll be giving resident expert, Glenda a call as being a member of the Cocoon I am entitled to a one hour one to one with her. I also need to sort out all the tax stuff. Therefore, I’ll be giving Hannah Jeffrey a call! Now that my niche is clear in my head I have lots of ideas of how I can develop my business. I’m excited about the next year and very grateful to be part of a fantastic community of warmth & support.”

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  • The Cocoon was a vital support to me as I got ready to launch my business. Everyone is so supportive and keen to help, not just the panel members (who are great!) but all the members as well. There’s a real feeling of ‘sisterhood’ on there, with mutual encouragement and bags of useful advice and support. Through the Cocoon I was guided through the decision of whether to set up Amazing Futures as a limited company or as a Sole Trader.

    I also received crucial advice in setting up contracts and financial systems.I love the monthly training calls, have just enjoyed the PR masterclass and feel that it’s a very low cost way to keep up your knowledge and learning. It’s a cosy environment where you feel comfortable posting any sort of questions relating to your business. Highly recommended!

    Felicity Sandford, Amazing Futures Ltd

  • I joined The Cocoon because one of the things I've really struggled with since setting up my own business and working from home are the feelings of isolation. I am a really social creature and although I am loving being an entrepreneur there are just times that I'd like to chat to people and ask advice, especially from women in the same situation as me. Since joining I've loved the fact the environment is so supportive, Erin incredibly knowledgeable as are the resident experts. I now feel that I get the best of both worlds, I am able to enjoy all the things that are amazing about working for myself from home safe in the knowledge if I come up against a stumbling block I can ask the ladies in The Cocoon for help. I can't recommend it highly enough - join up as soon as you can!

    Tara Vachell, Krav Maga

 
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