Imagine feeling creatively fulfilled in your work, having plenty of time to spend with your loved ones, travelling all over the world and earning a six figure salary, all while making a real and lasting difference to other people’s lives… Well for Sydney-based Jessica Nazarali, this is no longer a dream, it’s reality.
Just 12 months after quitting her day job, hiring a business coach, and going all in on her business as a Divine Living Coach, she gained the reputation as the next big ‘it girl coach’ and earned over $250,000. Four years on, aged 27, she runs a thriving business helping new women coaches create successful coaching businesses and build beautiful, personal brands.
“I always knew I wanted to do something “big” in the world,” Jessica says. “I’ve never wanted to lead an ordinary life, just scraping by only taking holidays once a year, only eating at my favourite restaurants on ‘special’ occasions, buying a new outfit only if I could justify the spend. As scary as it was to take the leap and be a full-time Divine Living Coach and entrepreneur, the thought of looking back in five, 10 or 20 years time and thinking “what if” seemed MUCH more scary. I’ve always believed that the world is better place when women do work they love and I am passionate about helping them to fulfil their true potential. It feels so good knowing that in some way I’m making a lasting difference.” Enjoy the interview. ~Rachel
1. How did starting a blog inspire you to become an entrepreneur?
I started out with a blog in 2011 on healthy living and eating, and over time, it grew to have a big following. Even though I thought I was terrible at writing when I first got started, I grew to love the process of writing and photo-documenting. Of course, I loved my readers too! From here other bloggers started asking me for tips on how to make their blogs as widely followed as mine was and eventually, that turned into coaching. A new business was born. I thought I would be a healthy eating coach, since that was the topic of my blog. It felt like a natural shift. But that wasn’t what I loved, which was helping women change their lives by starting their own coaching businesses. At first, I was trading my coaching services for beauty therapy, so I’ve come a long way since then.
2. You can help women turn their dreams of creating a six figure coaching business into a reality… how?
I take my clients through every step of the process, from the ‘big stuff’ such as getting over the fears that are holding you back to the tiny details like using Facebook ads and the importance of beautiful web design. Many women come to me with no coaching business at all – just a dream they’ve been thinking about – and after going through coaching with me or one of my programs, they are booking high end, one-on-one clients.
3. As women we all live busy lives so what advice would you give to help us find the time to step outside our routine, dream and get a vision for our next phase?
I love this question! I do a few things. First, I try to fit in at least a bit of yoga everyday. That really keeps me grounded and focused. Also, I have music on almost always, but especially when I’m masterminding or daydreaming. It really sets the tone for the positivity I want in my life and my business. Last but not least, travel always does this for me. I usually return from a trip with a huge, new plan to get started on.
4. You talk a lot about wow factors – ways we can all ‘up-level’ and keep improving ourselves personally and professionally. Why is it so important to learn, grow and keep developing ourselves and how can we all start doing this today?
Well, no one is going to make your dreams happen but you. I decided I was going to make my dreams come true No. Matter. What. I keep that in mind with every decision I make and every leap I need to take. It makes the fear of failure less scary because even if I don’t succeed at one little thing, it’s part of a larger success story. So it’s important not to let one potential mistake stop you in your tracks.
Beyond that, if you’re not continuing to improve all the time, it gets boring, right? No one wants a boring coach. So I like to keep things interesting for myself and for my clients.
5. Tell us about your business courses… what do they involve and how do we know which is right for us?
Your First Leap is everything you need to launch a coaching business and say goodbye to the day job that is holding you back from so much more. You’ll build a quit plan that makes sense for you and your life and get started building your dream business.
Find Your First Paying Coaching Clients is for women who are ready to go from no paying clients to successful coaching business that consistently get high end clients using premium packages. You’ll learn all of the steps to put your business together and create a brand that feels uniquely personal. While there are many business programs out there, there are not so many that focus solely on coaches AND specifically helping them find coaching clients. It’s important for new coaches to focus on finding clients because when you find your first paying clients, your confidence and belief in yourself really sky rockets.
Then, my new program, The Next It Girl Coach is about making a huge impact with your unique message to become the next ‘big thing’ in the coaching industry. What I love about It Girl is that it gives you permission to want fame and fortune along with reaching more people through your coaching career.
6. Your book, Leaping from the ladder, is written for women with big dreams who want to do what they love everyday. How does it help women figure out whether they are ready to be their own boss and get started?
Leaping From the Ladder is part memoir of my own experience going from corporate career girl to coaching queen, and part how to guide, walking you through everything you need to know about working for yourself and transitioning from reliable paychecks to earning your own income. It’s perfect for you if you want to start building your dream business with your eyes wide open about what it means to be your own boss and how to make it happen.
7. Mindvalley has asked you to create a coaching program for their new company Evercoach, how did this come about, what’s the program about, and what is involved?
Yes! This is really exciting, isn’t it? It’s a lesson in not underestimating yourself, for sure. A couple of months ago my husband mentioned that he thought Mindvalley would “love to partner with me” (being the very supportive husband that he is!) and I went into, “Well, maybe in five years when I’m more established, blah, blah.” Not a month later, I got a call from Mindvalley, based on a referral from Gina DeVee, asking me to create a course for them! So, my course will be coming out next month and it’s called Thrive.
8. How does it feel to see your business dreams come to life?
It feels amazing! Back when I was working in corporate, if you had told me I would be where I am right now – running my own 6-figure business, traveling the globe (as I write this from the south of France!), working with amazing clients to help them build their dream coaching businesses – I think I would have fainted!
9. What’s the key to getting balance?
I actually find it’s easier to balance it all now than it was back when I was working in my day job and running a business on the side. I don’t take it for granted that I can go to lunch with friends when I want, start my work day as early or as late as I need to, and work from anywhere in the world as long as I have my laptop.
10. What are the next steps in your business dream? What’s your ultimate dream?
Big question! I’m working on a couple of new projects right now, including the Mindvalley course, that are really expanding my vision of what’s possible in the very near future. Ultimately, I would love to have a huge platform for sharing my message with the world.
Happiest place: Anywhere with my husband!
Quickest way to find clarity: Take a break and leave the house
Yoga position you love: Pigeon. I hated it when I first started yoga but now I really love it.
Mantra of the moment: I’m a millionaire
Most inspiring book you’ve read: I love Leveraging the Universe by Mike Dooley
Biggest ‘ah-ha’ moment in the last year: Anyone can be a millionaire within three years. Think about how empowering that is!
Three words that describe you: Determined, fun, love
Quote you live by: “Done is better than perfect”
Wish for the world: A ton of healing can come from accepting who you are, flaws and all. If everyone could do that, the world would be a happier, healthier place.