Our Guest

Clare Farthing

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Shelley Fishel

Jo Brianti

Show Notes

Today we have the pleasure of talking to business coach and growth mentor, Clare Farthing. 

Clare’s adventure into the online business world started after a series of redundancies in her corporate career. Realising that her skills and experience from her years as an EA were in high demand, Clare decided to go it alone and set up her VA business in 2015. She quickly established herself as a trusted ally for many clients and was awarded VA of the year.  

But that wasn’t the end of her story. Clare was looking for ways to develop her business further and with the help of her own business mentor, realised that helping other women on their journeys was her true calling. Clare set up her coaching business and has never looked back.  

In this episode, we talk with Clare about her understanding and sensitivity to different personality types and how this has enabled her to encourage and support others to step into their light and achieve the businesses success they’ve always dreamt of, on their terms. 


Our Guest - Clare Farthing

Clare Farthing is a Business Growth Coach and CEO of Inspiring Success working with established service-based businesswomen who have reached a plateau in their business. Clare believes that every woman can live their dream life running a business on their terms to create their version of success not what society has led us to believe success should look like.

Clare brings an empathetic approach to her coaching and mentoring and very much focuses on you, as a person before she dives into your business challenge as she’s passionate that #YOUareyourbusiness which creates the foundations of future success.

Clare started self-employed life as a Virtual Assistant in 2015 and went on to win “UK Best VA Newcomer 2016” at the London Business Show, Autumn 2016 but soon realised that she had been helping her clients with much more than just their diary and social media management, blogs and email marketing and was, in fact, coaching them. In August 2017, wanting to make a bigger impact and help more women, Clare launched Inspiring Success and has since coached over 100 women using her Business Growth Pillars as the framework for their success. Clare also runs the Inspiring Success Collaborative, an informal monthly networking group that meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. And you will find Clare walking along the Sea Wall where she lives, in Lymington, Hampshire, most days.

Clare also enjoys a healthier diet, spending time with family and friends, reading and watching a Place in the Sun! If you’d like to find out how Clare can help you and your business and its future growth or book on the monthly networking event you can find more details at https://www.clarefarthing.co.uk

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A course on Outlook had been on the top of my list when Shelley asked VA’s what they wanted to learn.

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Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.

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I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Outlook until I did this course! In her videos, Shelley is clear and concise, and the language she uses is straightforward and jargon-free. Each module is broken down into manageable chunks, which helps keep your attention and means the course is easy to fit in around other commitments. I’ve created email templates and implemented rules that are already saving me time, and as all the other things I’ve learnt start to become second nature, the positive impact on my efficiency is fast becoming clear. This course has been incredibly beneficial and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to strengthen their skills and boost productivity.

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Shelley Fishel of Tomorrow’s VA has a wealth of experience in Microsoft Office. I met her in person 2 years ago at the PA Show in London. I also saw her in action in a fab workshop and knew she was the whizz that everyone had told me she was. I have since bought a lifetime access to her HUB and all the courses in there are a MUST if you are a VA on a mission. The courses will give you confidence in all the Office 365 components and will catapult you to dizzy heights

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