I’ve seen Julia on a couple of things online and joined her mailing list. She seems to be similar to me, and I can relate to her in the way that she speaks, her common sense and being down to earth.
I wanted to work with Julia in one way or another, and then I saw Remarkable coming up. I scheduled a call to see if she thought it was the right thing for me at the time. At the time, I was starting the business and felt it maybe wasn’t right yet and knew Julia would tell me if she thought this was the wrong timing.
After a long chat, Julia realised I’ve worked on businesses previously, and she felt Remarkable is the right thing for my business.
Remarkable is a small group, and that’s something I looked forward to as you get to work with a group of people who you get to know.
What stands out for me is that we cover things I inherently know from my experience within corporate and working with small businesses. I feel validated from Julia that I am on the right track. It’s made me realise I’m doing alright. It’s helpful because when you work on your business in isolation, doubt can creep in. And you stop believing that you’re doing the right thing.
Julia puts me back on track that I am doing the right thing. And it allows me to get her take on things. When Julia speaks about business, and we discuss things in the group, it is what I need to refine my business and get on with it. And that is really helpful.
Having a group keeps you accountable. I can easily get off track. We are put into pairs at one stage, and this helps to get to know people in a completely different business to you. This is someone who is doing different things and has their challenges, but you help each other out.
Unfortunately, we went straight into lockdown almost as soon as we started Remarkable Business. But it’s run online, and we speak to Julia every fortnight in a lesson. We are all able to get on with things and discuss what was happening, so it didn’t feel like lockdown impacted what we were doing.
What Remarkable did bring was a chance for the group to bring the issues in their businesses forward. It gives time to get on, do the job and put things into place.
I feel that Julia was the right person for me; she is definitely the right choice. She is down to earth and has a great sense of humour. Julia understands where I am coming from and can keep me on the straight and narrow.
I tend to do things like write 3000 words instead of 700 and she would tell me that it’s good but too long. And now I’m in the discipline of checking my word count and editing.
While part of the Remarkable programme, I started creating a proper lead funnel to get some new clients. And I’ve created an email sequence, which is like training emails. Once I started writing them, I got into it, with a push from Julia. Then I thought, ‘yes, this is me, I can do this.’
One of the very first lessons on Remarkable talks about your zone of genius, as this is where you should be working. For me, this is obviously sales, and that is in the back of my mind. Others in the group are helpful as they can see it from a perspective that’s nothing to do with sales. These different perspectives are really helpful."