Victoria Canham is an ICF-accredited coach with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of corporate environments as a self-employed contractor, specializing in change management, and learning and development. She helps budding entrepreneurs escape corporate life and build their dream business, as well as helping established business owners to scale, while avoiding the pitfalls that others often make.
She loves kickboxing, reading, cooking and creating planners and other tools for entrepreneurs.
Tell us about your life before the venture/ leading up to your venture?
I have had a very varied career because I am multi-passionate, so I have worked in the hospitality industry, but I have also worked in transport, IT and financial services. My most recent corporate stint was as a cultural change leader within compliance and conduct in a financial services organization.
Tell us something about your organization. What is it about and how is it helpful for people?
I help people build their confidence, knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship so that they can launch, scale and grow their businesses. I do this through coaching, mentoring and teaching the entrepreneur and ensuring that they build a healthy business, while staying healthy themselves.
What has been the response of the consumers towards your venture?
It’s been really important to the entrepreneurs I have worked with to have an impartial sounding board, a business bestie if you will, who understands their dreams and what they encounter on a day to day basis. The reality is that those who are employees don’t understand entrepreneurs and when you are a business owner, you can’t vent to your employees. Therefore, my clients are always really grateful to have impartial support.
How has your life changed because of your venture?
Being a coach definitely makes you more self-aware and changes your priorities, it has meant I could move to a smaller town, I have no commute anymore and I have a very varied day because I am doing every aspect of business one can think of. Entrepreneurship has always been the greatest form of personal development, so I would say it has changed me completely. I am much firmer with my boundaries, but I am generally more flexible in my approach.
Give a motivational message for the audience/women who are reading this.
You are whoever you choose to be. That choice is yours, never let anyone take that power away from you by trying to determine who you should be.