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Hey Natasha! Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Hello! I live in the picturesque city of Oxford with my partner Adrian. I fell in love with Oxford when I came here to study Fine Art and the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University in the early 1990’s.
I work as a creative business coach, supporting and empowering creative folk to reach their personal and professional goals while building a life, career or business they love.
As well as my one-to-one coaching, I write an award-winning lifestyle blog called Candy Pop. On my blog, I explore creative business, personal development, self-care, creativity and simple living. One of my core values is to make life simpler and easier, and this is conveyed in everything I do and share.
What’s the best thing about what you do?
I’m passionate about helping my clients to follow their big dreams and aspirations, and I enjoy supporting them on their creative journeys. It’s an honour to work with so many creative souls, and it makes me happy to see them thrive.
Do you have any tips for aspiring businesses?
You can’t beat getting back to basics by writing a business plan. This will get you to the heart of who you are, what you’re selling and who you’re selling it to. There’s a lot of noise and activity in the world around us – both on and offline – so, by taking the time to write a business plan you will have the support you need when things get busy. It will also help you to remain focused on your business targets and goals.
Do you have any simple, helpful methods for overcoming challenges in building a business?
Building a business is both exciting and challenging, and when you’re working alone there’s a lot to do! I would suggest looking locally to see what business support you can take advantage of. Here in Oxford, there are free business training courses tailored to small businesses and start-ups. There are also many business networking groups and meetups to connect with fellow business owners and potential customers. In addition to this, it’s valuable to find a few like-minded folk to offer you support and accountability when you need it.
Do you work with clients in person only, or online too? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this?
Every coaching session is one-to-one and takes places either in person or via a voice or video call. This enables me to work with clients both locally and further afield. I support my clients in any way I can, and I offer unlimited email support while we’re working together, so I’m available to answer any questions, clarify coaching exercises and share additional resources.
If you’re interested in working with me, you’ll find further details, coaching programmes and client testimonials on my website. Where you can also set up a free introductory call – I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you on your creative journey.
All photos courtesy of Natasha Denness