This is part 5 of my mumpreneur story – the earlier parts are here…. part 1, part 2, part3, part 4 As I came to the end of my PT training I felt a bit backed into a corner – I had spent all my available money on training for something that I didn’t feel right to teach.
I hadn’t managed to get slim and fit myself. I didn’t really know what to do next – I wanted to at least be slim by the time I finished my training – otherwise I might just have to give up and go back to work, and then how would I face my husband, who had invested in me for nothing?
I decided to ‘cheat’ a bit. The fitness industry is very much against very low calorie diets, but I wanted to give myself a kick start and a confidence boost. So as a last resort I signed up to do Cambridge Diet, after a friend I met online had a huge success with it. I know it’s shallow to think that your personal appearance could have such a big impact on your self confidence, but I knew I wouldn’t feel right working as a personal trainer if I was overweight. That was still my plan at that stage – because I didn’t have a better idea.
The diet was a revelation for me. The first week is tough but after that I lost weight steadily over the twelve weeks I did it. I lost nearly three stone, which did wonders for my confidence.
However the thing which really got me thinking was the job of the Cambridge consultant. Over the 12 weeks I was there I learned that Cambridge is a distributorship business, just like Usborne – so I understood how it worked. The set up costs are really reasonable – well within my reach. You get to counsel people one to one – a skill I had learnt with the NCT and with my Personal Trainer qualification. I knew that I had a real talent in that area. However I felt much more confident teaching weight loss with Cambridge than I did teaching fitness, because I had done the diet successfully myself – whereas unfortunately good fitness habits still elude me today…..
The best part of all, is that my weight loss efforts inspired my husband too, and he also lost more than 2 stone with Cambridge. So when I told him I was thinking of adding Cambridge to my PT business he was very supportive.
By the time I got to my goal weight I knew I wanted to be a Cambridge consultant, with or without the PT business. I did the training and set up my new business in September 2008. Apart from a few little hiccups at the start, I knew very soon that this was exactly the thing for me.
I set up my room, and carried on my new business with the children in the sitting room next door. I finally felt like a proper mumpreneur. Mums at the school who wanted to lose weight brought their own children with them, knowing that mine was a child friendly weight loss class. The business was immediately profitable, plus I felt a buzz that I was really helping people. It was the perfect fit.
So why am I here now writing to you as Mums the Boss? Another happy accident or two – and probably worth a separate post…..
Finally I have written Part 6 of my Mumpreneur story, which for the moment is the last part.