We’re back with another of our monthly spotlights on our incredible tribe bosses. This month we’re taking a peek into what life is like for Claire, who is Tribe Boss at our amazing St Albans tribe.
We caught up with her to ask her about what life is like as a female business owner and her thoughts on life as part of Girl Tribe Gang…
1. What’s the name and nature of your business?
On my journey to escape the 9 to 5, I launched an online franchise in partnership with Arbonne last year. Arbonne create premium quality plant-based skincare, cosmetics and nutrition ranges with a huge focus on wellness both inside and out. Alongside the franchise, I coach clients through a transformational healthy living plan that is supported with Arbonne nutritional supplements (this is my favourite part of what I do).
I run my business with Arbonne part-time, over and above my many other commitments, and have grown it to the stage that I will shortly be able to halve my hours in the day job. Creating more time in my week will allow me to further grow my business with Arbonne and to launch a second part-time business that I have been putting off for too many years!
Business Number Two is a boutique retail consultancy, using my experience at several large retailers to specialise in supporting small to medium sized retailers with all aspects of Merchandise Planning and Stock Management.
2. Why did you decide to become a GTG Tribe Boss?
I’ve always avoided any kind of networking groups because the idea of enforced conversations with people I don’t know fills me with dread! When I saw that Annie Holt, an ex-colleague, was bringing Girl Tribe Gang to Beaconsfield I was very intrigued; the ethos is so different to any networking group I’ve come across previously and also so aligned to the culture of the Arbonne team that I work with.
I was very drawn to Girl Tribe Gang and was all set to become a member without even going to a meet up. Thanks to some amazing personal development that accompanies growing a business with Arbonne, I have recently identified that I have been letting some issues with self-belief and self-worth hold me back.
In a moment of clarity I realised that becoming a tribe boss – and going beyond my comfort zone – would be everything I needed to help overcome the doubts. I’ve been learning to just say yes and work out the how later!
3. What is the best thing about being a Tribe Boss?
Bringing together so many inspirational women that have followed their passions and who are finding new friends, new cheerleaders and new collaborators.
4. What would you like to achieve for your Tribe in 2018?
I’d love to see lots of member collaborations and projects, and for the tribe to continue to grow and become an established part of the St Albans and Herts community.
5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking of joining GTG?
Don’t overthink it, just go for it. Only good things can happen from being a GTG member!
6. Share a moment you’re most proud of in life or business
Last year I qualified to play pool for England and have now played in two international tournaments. I love being able to set an example for my 3 year old daughter that she can do anything she wants to, even if it’s a little out of the ordinary.
7. What’s your favourite thing to do to relax when you’re not working?
My ‘not working’ time is rare at the moment so if we are not socialising with friends then it is spending time with just my husband and daughter. I love live music and am looking forward to taking my daughter to family festivals now that she’s old enough to enjoy them.
8. Name someone who inspires you and tell us why
Jessica Ennis Hill is a superb role model. She has an incredible work ethic, is supportive of her teammates, is gracious in both success and defeat, is authentic and has been instrumental in demonstrating to young women that being healthy and happy is more than acceptable, it’s desirable.
9. Share a big 2018 business goal with us
I have three big goals this year – reach the 3rd of 4 levels of management with Arbonne, launch my boutique consultancy Retail with Clarity and leave the corporate 9 to 5 world behind me.
If you’re a woman running your own business, or who aspires to work for herself in the St Albans area and would like to join Claire at a Tribe meet up, check out all the information the TRIBE pages of the website.
We’d love to see you at our next St Albans meet up!