Review of business coaching

From Jasmin Meaker,
Skylark Sports

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Photo of female business owner Jasmin Meaker from Skylark Sports with her business coach Ash Thomson from Tenfold Business Coaching
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Photo of female business owner Jasmin Meaker from Skylark Sports with her business coach Ash Thomson from Tenfold Business Coaching

I’m Jas Meaker, and I own and operate Skylark Sports, a member-based sporting club dedicated to gymnastics and child development. I started the business in 2007 with the goal of empowering kids to develop through gymnastics.

I built the business up to the point where, in 2013, we needed to move into our own facility. That turning point changed the outlook and direction of Skylark Sports. I knew the business had a lot of potential so when someone I trusted recommended business coaching, I was very keen to explore how it could help me speed up the process and save me time in finding out what I don’t know.

Tenfold are built different

I met with a couple of coaches and some suggested group coaching, but I knew that I needed a program very specific to my business and my own personal goals. When I contacted Tenfold I immediately knew there was something very different from the other coaches I had met with. Initially, I spoke with Tania, Tenfold’s Portfolio Manager, and I was impressed with my consultation with her. She was very professional and took the time to understand my business. Tania matched me with one of Tenfold’s coaches who made sure he had a good understanding of where I was up to in my professional and personal journey.

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Profit doubled and the business has grown

It’s been two years now since I started working with Tenfold and my business has experienced significant growth. Our membership base has increased from 497 to 700 and the rate is accelerating. The bottom line was never a major driver for me, however, now that I have a good handle on the numbers in the business, our net profit has increased by 216% in two years. This has allowed for a facility renovation, newly designed programs and significant investment in staff and personal development.

I’m now in control

The systemisation that my business coach and I have worked on has had the biggest impact to the business growth. It has changed the way both my team and I look at the business.

Funnily enough, our sales and turnover have increased but the workload and hours I spend have decreased. The systems my Tenfold coach helped me put in place has had a major contribution to our success. It means that the business continues to operate smoothly whether I am there or not. This has allowed me to enjoy a real work/life balance, which is so important to me as it allows me to be able spend time with my son.

I have learnt a lot personally from my Tenfold coach, and I know business coaching has helped me to be a much stronger female leader. I had never imagined not being hands-on but I now enjoy the experience of running the business so much more. Now I take pride in seeing my team take over those parts of my role.

I can see that I will continue to learn from my Tenfold business coach and utilise his knowledge and experience to tackle future goals as I keep growing my business.