In todays her business story here at A League of Her Own, we meet female entrepreneur and health coach behind Kathryn Ford Ritcher Coaching. Founded in 2015, by Kathryn, her coaching business is going from strength to strength.
Kathryn, tell A League of Her Own members more about your coaching business
I am a Self Care and Mindset Coach. I’m also a Registered Nurse, Yoga Instructor and Essential oils educator. I help female entrepreneurs and other professionals create a self care routine to help them feel more healthy, happy and successful in their personal and professional life. I help them understand that self care is not a luxury, but a requirement for anyone, especially as a business owner.
What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?
I realized that traditional nursing was not for me. I became super burnt out and while I loved helped other people, I did not love that is was at my expense. I wanted to help as many women as possible learn the skills that would stay with them for life. I also really wanted to be my own boss, make my own hours and be able to work remotely so I could travel more and not be tied down.
How long did it take for you to put your idea into action?
I had been coaching part time while still working as a school nurse for a year and a half before I made the decision to go full time with it. My husband and I had just bought our first house and I was not interesting in commuting almost 2 hours one way. I knew this was the universe’s way of telling me it was time to go all in.
What has been your scariest moment as an entrepreneur?
When I first started out I had been coaching people for free, but I knew if I wanted this to be a business I needed to charge for my services. Getting over the fear of money and how much to charge has been a tough one for me, but it has helped me grow tremendously as a coach once I was able to see that I was offering a transformational service and deserved to be compensated for that.
What has been your proudest moment?
Whenever I finish up with a client and am able to look back from where they started to where they are today is so inspiring. Watching these amazing, powerful women create the confidence to put themselves first and blossom in their life is truly the best and proudest moment knowing that I have been a part of the journey with them.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned from founding your own company?
That it is not easy, but is so worth it!
What does success mean to you?
This is such a tough one! To me it means that my clients walk away feeling more empowered and confident than when we started and have really shifted their life and business in a big way. This in turn helps me to continue attracting more women that are looking for a similar transformations. When I can look back and see all the results my clients have received while also knowing that I am earning an income that I can be proud of, is a really good feeling.
Has a mistake ever led you to success?
Yes. As a business owner I learned that I needed to get rid of the idea of what my business was going to look like and be open to what might unfold instead. Many times I have tried to plan something only for it not to work out the way I intended, but to actually work out better.
Which women inspire you?
Women that own their own business and have a family are the true heros. Individually those roles are really tough, but when women do both I am truly so impressed and amazed at how powerful women are! My mother, Oprah, Kris Carr.
And which men?
My brother, Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs.
What one thing do you wish someone had told you when you first started out?
Be patient, growth does not happen overnight.
What’s the best piece of business advice someone has ever given you?
Save 10% of your income to either pay your debts or to invest in your future.