We had the good fortune of connecting with Ellyse Colson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ellyse, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance is such a funny thing. As a mom (and recently having another baby), having a business is a necessity to being able to stay home with my kids but it can definitely be a catch 22. So many people have learned in the last year that working from home WITH kids is actually a lot harder than it sounds. Each time something changes in my life (like having another baby), I’ve had to evaluate how I manage my client work and still feel present with my kids. Luckily, I’ve grown accustom to time blocking out my days and having back up windows of time when things don’t quite go according to plan. For me, balance isn’t about dedicating the same amount of time to every aspect of your day- it’s about being present in each activity you’re doing and not worrying about what else you “should” be doing.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a business coach who works specifically with moms who run service based businesses. My whole mission is to provide these women with the systems and structures necessary to run their business in a sustainable way. We mamas don’t have time to be dedicating our entire days to our businesses, so it’s imperative that they run like a well oiled machine. We want businesses that support our lifestyle not a lifestyle that supports our business. I started my business as a virtual assistant and through working with so many different business owners it became abundantly clear- just because you make money doesn’t mean you know how to run a sustainable business. Additionally, after spending 18 months building up my business, I lost 2/3 of my clients within one month and was devastated. I had no idea how I was going to make up that ground and in that moment, it occurred to me, I needed some help. I started hiring coaches and my business started making real progress. In the summer of 2020, while talking with one of my coaches, I realized how many coaches are out there to help you start your business, but not many to help you grow your business. So many business owners want to skip the sustainability step and jump right into scaling. I saw this with my own eyes. I watched some of my favorite clients backtrack in their business because they hadn’t build something sustainable before scaling it. This is when I leaned into my true calling- serving my clients as a coach to help them build that sustainable business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite activities to do here in the Denver is go hiking. We have so many great wilderness spots not far from the city to just escape the craziness and get back to nature. I also love catching a Rockies baseball game at Coors field. Some of my favorite restaurants are located in downtown Denver in the Larimer Square area. The block is full of amazing, unique food and just feels so quaint.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If it weren’t for a Facebook ad nearly 3 years ago advertising a webinar by Lauren Golden, I never would’ve even known this life existed. Lauren has been a continued source of support through these last 3 years. When I think about how I want my business to run and how I want it to look, Lauren’s business is a great model.
Melissa DeMers and Shannon Hartzell