About Julie

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I’m Julie Hall and I’m a business addict.

I am also a serial entrepreneur, blogger, community builder, podcaster, business mentor, speaker, mum, and all around outspoken Brit/Canadian who will always tell it like I see it.

I believe that the secret to business success is simple but not easy. It requires guts, hard work and the ability to stick with it when it feels tough.  You need to be bold, brave and be willing to do things that you’ve never done before but the rewards are totally worth it.

I love sharing what I have learned with smart committed micro business owners and giving them smart business strategies that help them get great results by tweaking and developing what they already have and know.

It’s so easy to get bogged down in the doing and the detail of your business without actually getting the results that you are looking for.  That’s what I love helping with the most.  Working less, working smarter and getting better results.

I made my inauspicious start to my business career when I was dumped by my first business partner just three weeks after the business launched…

Ouch!

But after a lot of soul searching, I decided to start my business on my own and managed to turn over £100,000 doing something I had never done before (headhunting).  It wasn’t easy, and it turned out that it wasn’t fun either, so I chucked that in and moved on to building websites (self taught) and working as a very well paid recruitment consultant & trainer for Barclays Bank.  Both activities were much more fun and I realised that I always wanted to be a micro business owner and never have to work for anyone else again.

Over the next few years I did both the consultancy and web design, side by side until my son was born in 2004 at which point I decided just to focus on the web design business.  My business came 100% on referrals through my network and I ended up having to do practically no business development and built a very successful part-time business.

But, after my daughter was born in 2007.  I decided that I needed to change the way I ran my business.   I wanted my business to grow up and turn into an agency and move away from doing all the design work myself.

I learned so much about how to build a successful business in that year that I decided to launch Women Unlimited to share what I was learning.  Through Women Unlimited, I have since gone on to teach over 5000 women the success strategies, tactics and tools that I learned and I launched the largest annual women in business conference in the UK.

Some fun facts

I was born in the UK, lived in Scotland, Coventry and Beaconsfield but have also lived in Poland and Canada, so I still sound quite Canadian… just in case you were wondering where the hell my accent is from.

I was stung by a scorpion in a Costa Rican rainforest in 1998. They told me to pee on it.  I didn’t. But I still managed to live to tell the tale.

Marmite and MarmeladeMy guiltiest of guilty pleasures is America’s Next Top Model … I know, not quite the salubrious TV that you thought I would be watching.

I have 2 crazy cats called Marmite and Marmalade.  And while Marmalade is ginger, Marmite is a tabby… and he’s the most neurotic cat I’ve ever met.

I collect domain names like others collect stamps and really enjoy building my own websites.  I am geek, hear me roar.

I have had 4 businesses, 5 if you count my stint as a freelance consultant.

I read a lot. I usually have about 5-6 business books on the go at any one time and they are my best mentors.  If I find a good fiction book though all bets are off until it’s finished – I read the Hunger Games trilogy over two days when I was on holiday.  Needless to say, no-one saw much of me during that time.  Is it an addiction do you think?

my crazy familyI’m married to a very dry and funny English man from Bristol who is my soul mate and I am grateful every day to have him in my life.  Together we have two gorgeous and funny kids.  They keep us sane when our world is going crazy and drive us crazy when our world is sane.

I was a waitress and bartender in Toronto in my early twenties and served Christopher Plummer, Nicholas Cage and Radar O’ Reilly from Mash.  It was the funnest job I ever had and I made great money too.  Sometimes I wonder why I ever left (not really, the hours started to suck after a while).

I love getting older.  In 2015 I turned 47 and I love the independence of thought and courage that getting older has given me.  Everyday I am creating my own destiny and carving my own path. And it’s awesome.

 

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