Tell us a bit about the business that you are creating?
Clarity Road is a business aimed at empowering, inspiring, educating women from all walks of life through support and information, as well as networking, women’s events, business mentoring, profit for purpose guidance, divorce recovery, and anything and everything to help women fill her happiness cup!
What are your three core values in your working life right now?
Integrity, Authenticity, Passion.
What’s the hardest part of running a business from home?
Lack of support and feeling alone, feeling “stifled” by always being at home, and lack of collaboration with other people.
What’s the most rewarding part of running a business from home?
Flexibility with my family, ability to embrace all new things spontaneously, without having a fixed schedule and no two days are ever the same.
What fears did you have about starting your business?
Lack of immediate income, fear of putting myself out in the public, and fear of stepping into an industry I knew very little about.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in running your home based business?
If you believe in what you are doing, have great family backing you and passion for what you do, your home based business will evolve to be the best decision for you.
How do you find the right balance between being a partner, wife or mother and running your business?
I think the important thing has to been to always involve my husband and family in the process I don’t mean them doing anything for the business, just literally talking to them about what I am hoping to achieve, my passion for what I do and the outcomes I get. I also ensure that no matter how busy I am, I make time for my husband and my kids and plan things we can do together, so work doesn’t consume me.
On a scale of 1-10 how much does your business light you up?
What do you wish you had in your business that you are still seeking?
I wish my business made me enough money to pursue it full time, as most of my services are free and fill my happiness cup, but it doesn’t help my bank balance!
In moments of doubt, how do you overcome it and lift yourself back up?
I think back to why I started my business, and I think about how the work I do genuinely helps women. I read books about inspiring women, I reach out to the inspiring women in my life for a lift me up with a chat and coffee or wine, and I always remember that tomorrow is a new day!
Who is your support crew if you have one?
My family and friends.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?
Find something you love to do and also do your research.
What’s a brief summary of the pathway it took to get to where you are now?
Early childhood teacher, event manager, account manager, marketing manager, account director, general manager, consultant and director of Clarity Roads.
How important is grit, determination and persistence to you in growing your business?
It is very very very important to have all 3, as well as a strong sense of self and an ability to follow your gut instinct about things.
Which of your personal traits are you most proud of?
My authentic, hard working strong sense of self.
What is the hardest thing about being your own boss?
Being my own worse critic, when you don’t have a “boss” to work things through with.
What sacrifices have you made starting a business?
Time and money are the biggest sacrifices.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I find inspiration in everyday life….the people I meet, the stories I hear, the books I read and the people in my life inspire me every day to live my best life possible.
Who’s a woman you deeply admire?
I admire you Carmen Darwin for chasing your dream and making it happen! I admire Emma Isaac who started Business Chicks and raised the profile of women through her women’s network.
What do you still want to achieve on a personal level?
So much! I want to write a book, I want to be an influencer and continue to be proud of the work I do to help women.
What do you find most frustrating about your home workspace?
Messy family members leaving things on my desk!
What is your favourite thing about your workspace?
I can have it be as inspiring with quotes and candles etc as I want without having to conform to a typical office environment.
Name one thing you can’t live without each day.
Find out more about Julie Rainbow and her services at www.clarityroad.com.au
Julie when I first met you I knew you were someone very special. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story and business with us because the world really needs what you offer. All the best as you take it to new heights.