Lisa Johnson is a Business Coach for Ambitious Entrepreneurs and helps teach her clients the strategies that help to see their businesses grow and thrive. Lisa’s story began when she was working in the Corporate sector as an Investment Banker and trying to juggle that role with launching and running a wedding planning business. She’d returned to work five months after having her twin boys because she needed to bring some money in.
Tell us a bit about you as a mum…
If I’m honest about it, I never really saw being a Mum in my future. I was a career driven party girl! When I then found out I was pregnant three days after my wedding, to say I was shocked was an understatement. I then found out I was having twins despite there being no twins in my family. I sat in the car and cried for an hour! It’s funny to think about this looking back as my sons are the best thing that ever happened to me and they changed my entire life. I went back to work when they were five-months-old and realised I couldn’t be gone when they woke up and come back when they were asleep so I left to start my own business. I’m now a multi-six figure business earner, they are seven and we haven’t looked back since!
Tell us about your current job…
I have two businesses. I own Lisa Johnson Coaching, which is where I coach other entrepreneurs to earn more money and have a life with more freedom and I also have Carmela Weddings, my urban wedding planning business. It’s very busy!
How easy have you found being a working mum?
I would never have managed without the twins Stepdad Sam. I met him when the twins were 18-months-old and he has been my support system since. Last year he left his 9-5 to work for me and to take the role as main carer for the boys. He does all the school runs, deals with the shopping, school trips, after school clubs, all of it! He also helps me in my businesses and is about to start his own. I’ve gone through the usual guilt that we all do about spending too much time in the business and not enough time with the boys but my life allows me to have all 13 weeks of school holidays off and we travelled for the entire Summer with the boys. I also love that they see the value of working hard and I want to be that role model for them.
How have you found trying to balance being a mum with your current role?
I don’t find it too bad. I’m pretty organised so I generally work 9-3 then after 7 when they’re in bed. Saying that recently I had a consultation call with a Bride and one of the twins came running in saying his Brother felt sick and I had to apologise and abandon the call! It’s always a juggle of some kind.
What has kept you going throughout your journey so far?
Knowing it’s all for them. I didn’t have any money growing up, no big trips abroad or anything like that. I want them to grow up with opportunities and so whenever I think I can’t do something I push through.
What advice would you offer anyone who is about to return to work after having a child?
Make sure it’s the right thing for you. I found it barely paid for childcare. I wish I had known how many opportunities there are to transfer those skills from work and make your own business.
What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about combining motherhood with a job?
That you don’t have to be perfect. Good enough is good enough.
Anything else you would like our members to know about you?
That I’m not special. I don’t come from money, I never got a handout to start. Which means if I can do it, they can too. It’s all about having a plan and making it non-negotiable!
For more about Lisa Johnson visit her website Lisa Johnson Coaching