About Sophie

THE SHORT STORY

Hi, I’m Sophie Clyde-Smith, Business Coach & Mentor for Female Solopreneurs I’m also a mother, sister, wife, friend and so much more.

Over the last ten years, I’ve been on a journey of personal and professional discovery that has led to me building a business and lifestyle focused around my strengths and passions.

After working as a recruitment consultant in Jersey, I moved to London to pursue a career within my real passion – wellness. Joining a digital wellness startup, I applied my recruitment experience to help others build careers within wellness. It was in this role I discovered a growing passion for coaching and began to transition my career for the second time.

After months of side-hustling and putting in the inner work, I felt ready to set up my own business. Through coaching and events, my mission is to help other women discover their potential and cultivate a fulfilling life on their own terms through the authentic development of their businesses.

Now based back in Jersey, I am discovering the new, challenging, world of being both a mum and a business owner. Alongside my coaching practice, I aim to support and inspire the growing female entrepreneur scene in Jersey through Alt Collective.

MY EXPERIENCE  IN A NUTSHELL

Biomedical Science Degree, 5 years experience in recruitment, 3 years experience in the wellness industry, 5 years experience as a Careers & Business Coach, Transformational Life Coaching Diploma, 3 years experience running an in-person & online coaching business.

I’ve done the 9-5 corporate thing, freelanced, had a bridging role, numerous side-hustles and now run two businesses. I’ve seen and done it all!

THE LONG STORY

I have built a career and lifestyle focused on my strengths, passions, curiosities, personal preferences and my core values.

I didn’t however always know what I wanted to do… I wasn’t one of those people who had a calling from day dot.

In fact, after completing my university degree I was completely and utterly lost and fell into the recruitment world. For the next 4 years I worked closely with hiring managers and heads of departments, predominantly in the financial services industry, to help them build their teams.

But I came to realise that whilst I enjoyed my job, I wasn’t recruiting in an area I was personally passionate about. What really lit me up, and was where I spent all my time out of work, my 5pm – 9pm, was health and wellness.

So I packed my bags and headed to the city of opportunity… London.

CAREER TRANSITION NUMBER ONE OF TWO

I decided to get a bridging job to support myself financially and provide the space to gather my thoughts. Whilst I was doing this, I developed and cultivated a relationship with my soon to be new employer – Welltodo, a digital wellness startup whose mission was to help people build incredible businesses and careers in the wellness space.

After doing some part-time consulting work for Welltodo for a few months, on top of my full-time role, I finally got myself in a position where they offered me a permanent job as a full-time employee.

START-UP LIFE

I strategically picked up the skill set from my recruitment career and applied it to a new industry, one that I was truly passionate about – wellness. I took a risk in joining this company, that only had 3 other employees, in a role that was unclear. But I seized the chance and threw myself in. I was surrounded by entrepreneurs, by like-minded people, by fledgling start-ups and people with a passion for helping improve the lives of others.

I was also surrounded by Coaches (even my boss was one!) and so I was introduced to the idea of being a coach myself. Without realising it, through my recruitment experience, I had been honing the skills that would form the foundation of my skills as a Careers Coach.

2 years in to this role and having completed a Transformational Life Coaching Diploma, I finally had the realisation that I had found my calling, that this was what I was meant to do…

I WAS MEANT TO BE A COACH.

Whilst I truly LOVED my job and had spent an incredible 18 months gaining a reputation as an expert in helping people transition their careers into the wellness industry, coaching only made up 30% of my role. I was not prepared to settle. I would not settle for a life of passionately loving only 30% of what would make up one third of my entire life.

So began my own career transition into another new industry. I side hustled for a number of months coaching people in my evenings and on the weekends, waiting for the right time to fully make the leap. (Just as a side note – there is never a ‘right time’!)

BECOMING A BUSINESS OWNER

I was not born an entrepreneur…I think that much is obvious.

In fact, until a couple years ago I actively resisted the concept of being one. I had convinced myself that it wasn’t for me… I didn’t have the confidence to own a business, I didn’t have the focus, I didn’t want the responsibility, I wasn’t good enough, I was too scared…

Yet, something deep inside kept showing up. I was jealous of others who owned their own business, I envied those who had quit the 9am – 5pm and forged out an alternative career path.

And after spending a LOT of time on self-reflection, personal growth and development, I finally realised that I do have what it takes, I did want it, I was able, I was good enough.

I have been on a 10-year journey in finding my purpose and have carved out a hugely fulfilling new life for myself. I am self-employed, I enjoy flexible remote working and I have a varied and challenging job. I get to walk my dog whenever I like and am no longer a slave to the commute.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all flowers and rainbows but what gets me through the tough times is the knowledge that I’m making my own decisions and am travelling down a path of my choosing.

I am now dedicated to supporting other female soloprenuers, whether you’re just starting out or are more established, with the goal of helping them to grow their businesses and achieve freedom, flexibility and financial abundance.

With a focus on mindset & strategy, I partner with women and truly take the solo out of the soloprenuer journey.

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