The Business Wellbeing Club is an online supportive community that I launched during the first lockdown and was created for solopreneurs and SME owners who found themselves isolated and struggling with the overwhelm and uncertainty of the pandemic. Despite the uncertainty, many found themselves in, there was also this desire to be proactive, help others and make the most out of the situation which varied from launching new businesses, changing careers or embracing remote working.
I’ve been a member of lots of networking groups but I wanted to create a community that encouraged a kinder way of doing business, without forced referrals and targets; where collaboration over competition, having fun and connecting with others would be prioritised and the Business Wellbeing Club was born which has recently celebrated our first anniversary.
How did you come up with the idea for the company?
Throughout my career, both working corporately as a change executive and as a business coach, I have seen this growing need to challenge the status-quo of what it means and takes to be successful in business. Being overworked, overly competitive, profit being the sole focus – these things aren’t the markers of success. For a business to operate successfully, the wellbeing of the business owner, and its team needs to be prioritised.
As a business owner, it’s easy to neglect yourself over the business or feel your business is not functioning as you’d like and therefore affecting your wellbeing. That’s why I created the community where the emphasis isn’t just on business growth and support, but on the wellbeing of the individual to help you and your business thrive.
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How has the company evolved during the pandemic?
We started as an online community and have attracted digital nomads and location-agnostic solopreneurs and SME owners from across the country. What was initially a bi-weekly networking meet-up, has grown to be a hub of knowledge sharing, support, business and personal development.
The Business Book Club was launched for those who love to read and learn, and we’ve just launched the official 5 Principles of Business Wellbeing which encapsulates everything the Business Wellbeing Club stands for and lives by.
- Build relationships
- Personal health and wellbeing
- Learn and grow
- Have fun
What can we hope to see from the Business Wellbeing Club in the future?
Although we will remain a digital-first business, the aim is to have face-to-face events and opportunities to develop those connections and relationships we know are so important. We held a one-day online Think Big Believe Big summit earlier this year, and I’d love to develop that further and host a retreat for solopreneurs and SME owners focused on business wellbeing.
We are hoping to expand the knowledge and support around the Principles of Business Wellbeing to encourage more businesses to adopt them and we have some exciting collaboration projects in the pipeline too.