This month’s WOW Woman is Karen Edgar founder of Smart Woman Academy. I first got to know Karen when she joined my Grow Your Tribe 90 Day Program . She’s incredibly intuitive and I enjoyed getting to know her during our 1-2-1 sessions. I love her passion and drive and her unique ability to see right into your soul in a very powerful way. I’m so happy to be able to share her brilliance with you as Karen is a breathe of fresh air and anyone who is lucky enough to work with her leaves the session expanded and ready to succeed.
I am a happy single mother with an 11 year old daughter living in beautiful Leamington Spa and running my business Smart Woman Academy from home. My daughter sees her father regularly which gives me a lot of ‘me’ time and I am a member of Warwick Rock Choir and attend the gym 3 times a week. I am also currently dating a new man, which is a lot of fun. I adore spiritual matters and love reading and expanding my mind in this area. I am passionate about living this life to the full and settling the niggle that many have when they feel they are not on the right path in life. I have a connection with Angels and love the Tarot and anything that brings insight into who we really are. I also love connecting with people who are on my wavelength and who bring a new perspective to my life.
So tell me about your business, who/what is Smart Woman Academy all about?
In my business Smart Woman Academy, I work with female entrepreneurs and their souls in their quest to be the best they can possibly be whilst balancing their inner and outer worlds. I provide sound, real and implementable business coaching with intuitive support (including tools like Tarot for Business) to help release whatever is holding them back and keeping their abundance and joy locked away. I support women to uncover their soul purpose and put them on the path to success, growth and transformation.
What inspired you to make the decision to create your own business? I became inspired when I was working in my previous career (HR), and saw first hand how women were allowing themselves to be bullied at work. One lady in particular was regularly off work with mental health problems – and was very unhappy. To me it looked like she had chained herself to her desk. When she saw that I was about to leave HR to begin coaching and working with female entrepreneurs, she said to me – “If I had my time again, I would have been an actress and had my own beauty salon” As she spoke this normally sullen depressed woman – lit up and had real passion in her eyes and voice! I asked her why didn’t she do that now. She shrank back and said “oh I couldn’t possibly” “it’s too late” and “I have this golden pension waiting for me”. That one conversation gave me the inspiration to work with women, create a business and vow never to hear those words – “if I had my time again” from any woman.
Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this, or did your business evolve from your original idea? I have always wondered why people get into cars/trains every day to go to places they don’t want to be and work with people they wouldn’t choose. So I think there was a germ of an idea, that for me it would be different and then I would help others break free from that kind of living.
What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? I am very passionate and know the transformation I can produce in women, however sometimes articulating that can be difficult. So promoting myself and becoming more visible with the work that I do has been a slower process than I would like. I also had a challenge “coming out” with my Tarot for Business work. I know just how enlightening the Tarot can be, but I couldn’t have guessed how popular it was going to be.
What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? I have learned how strong I am and how resilient. I won’t let anything stop me achieving my dreams to grow Smart Woman Academy.
What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business? First and foremost who you are, why you really want to go into business and that your “product” is not the main part of your business.
Don’t underestimate how long it is going to take, and that the main skills you should acquire are Marketing, Relationship building, Authentic Selling and that rejection is part of the deal.
Soul Purpose consultation:
The session will reveal your Life Path no. which will give you an understanding of your deepest drives and abilities and an insight into the life you were born to live. You will also get to know how to make the most out of the opportunities life gives you … how to avoid negative influences that distract you from achieving your true soul purpose … and which path to take in order to have the happiest, most fulfilling life that is available to you
Tarot for Business consultation: Tarot can help support your decision-making, with choosing your Niche, with your Marketing strategy, give you feedback on your business plans, and point you in the right direction if you are having difficulty in moving forward. If you are thinking of starting a business, the Tarot insight tool can tell you whether the timing is right, who your ideal client is, and how to approach them and much more… www.thebusinessoftarot.co.uk
A 6 month Scholarship programme called “Reboot Your Purpose and Empower Your Soul” I work with female entrepreneurs (or wanabes) to show them the path to abundance, time freedom & how they can do what they love, whilst honouring their Soul purpose! I have created this one-of-a kind program to combine the best client support – private coaching, group training, accountability, exquisite client support, soul nourishment and much more!
In this six month coaching & mentoring programme, I will help explore who you really are, why you are here, and how you can become a much more powerful version of you. This will empower you and your soul to crash through limiting barriers in your life, and build your business with strong foundations as you implement success-based thinking to achieve outcomes. www.smartwomanacademy.co.uk/rebootyourpurpose
Empower Your Soul intensive VIP Day:
The Day is client-led and is all about you, your needs and will be totally focused on your soul’s needs. Included is : ocused clarity on your business/career goals and identified outcomes as well as addressing and coaching on the issues you have highlighted in your pre-Day questionnaire. The Day also Includes a full Life/Soul Purpose consultation exploring in depth the negative and positive aspects of your life path. Also an in-depth exploration of the relevant spiritual laws under-pinning your life path with guidelines, questions and exercises to work through relating to your life path spiritual laws. This will provide you with actual techniques to enable your transformation.
What is the greatest success story for your business? My last programme “Unlock the Gold in your Soul Purpose had 12 women members and the testimonials I got back from those who were committed and stayed the course – were heart-warming and confirmed to me that the kind of work I am doing is much needed and makes a huge difference to women’s lives.
Free Ebook at: http://www.smartwomanacademy.co.uk/business-coaching.php
https://www.facebook.com/groups/357418144319068/ (Discover Your Purpose FB group)