WBS Interview – Hilke’s Health

WBS Interview - Hilke is a body confidence specialist. As a holistic health coach, Hilke helps stressed out women remove those frustrating extra kilos, recharge their energy and feel more confident in their body. Her passion is seeing women feel more powerful and in control of their body.
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Meet Hilke from Hilkes Health Natural therapies

 

My background is in Acupuncture, Nutritional Therapy, Coaching and other remedial therapies, as well as Primary Teaching. I came to beautiful Australia 13 years ago, and have lived in Melbourne ever since. What a beautiful place to raise my children, and build my future!

Tell us about your business
I am a body confidence specialist. As a holistic health coach, I help stressed out women remove those frustrating extra kilos, recharge their energy and feel more confident in their body. My passion is seeing women feel more powerful and in control of their body.

Why and when did you start your own business?
I’m still in my first year of business as a health and weight loss coach, though I first started in allied health care in 1997. I started Hilke’s Health at the end of 2015 because I am passionate about empowering women to take charge of their own well being

body confidence specialist. As a holistic health coach, I help stressed out women remove those frustrating extra kilos, recharge their energy and feel more confident in their body. My passion is seeing women feel more powerful and in control of their body.

Why and when did you start your own business?

I’m still in my first year of business as a health and weight loss coach, though I first started in allied health care in 1997. I started Hilke’s Health at the end of 2015 because I am passionate about empowering women to take charge of their own well being, and live vibrant lives. Building my business with an online component gives me the flexibility around family commitment, that I need.

What does being a business owner mean to you?
Responsibility and self-reliance as well as consistent hard work 😉

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Hilke attended our recent WBS Networking Event in July ’16.

Photography By Eleanor Conduit

What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
I am doing a one year course with the Wellness Leadership Academy, who are fantastic mentors and a great inspiration to me.

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
I am proud of my Veggie Vibrancy 90-day coaching program, which takes women from fed up to fabulous.

What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
Don’t give up, just because you think you can’t achieve. It might sound trite, but the best way to succeed is to carry on regardless of whether you are successful at the moment.

What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
In the past referrals have been the best way of growing my practise. I’m just starting now, but forging strong connections is a great way to build my business.

Do you have any new projects coming up (or have you just completed a big project ~ reached a milestone, etc.)?
I am just launching my 90 day weight loss coaching program, which gives frustrated women the power over their own journey to wellness, and includes a variety of tools and individual coaching support to enable sustainable weight loss success without ever having to diet again, and without supplements. It’s about knowing what foods to eat for health, and what to avoid. It’s about moving your body and exercise, without having to sweat it out military style (unless that’s your thing!). It’s about developing the right mindset to get you there in a happy, healthy and relaxed way.

What do you do for fun/relaxation?
I love spending time with my kids, family and friends, and to go running with my dog.

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Self-belief, stamina, adaptability

What is a fear you face in business? Have you overcome it? How do you manage fear?
As a start-up my biggest fear is still not knowing if this business model works, if what I offer is something people are happy to pay for.

What are your top 5 goals you want to achieve by the end of 2016?
A steady stream of clients.
A regular income to support my family.
A sound business structure that allows me to take time off to care for my kids.
Turning my Veggie Vibrancy program into an online course.
Having a local part to my business rather than operating exclusively online.

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Hilke attended our recent WBS Networking Event in July ’16.

Photography By Eleanor Conduit

What makes you happy?
All the wonderful opportunities I have to work towards living my dream. Meeting and connecting with so many truly wonderful new people.

Have you had to make any scarifies whilst running your business? If so, what are they?
With a very busy family life, I have to squeeze work in whenever I can, so ‘free time’ is a distant memory.

Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most and why?
There are a multitude of businesses I admire, often online ones. Those that stand out for me are the ones that really focus on integrity, and giving back to society in some way. This is a component, I want to build into my business as well. One example is Moeloco, who provide free shoes for kids in poor countries so they can go to school (find them on Facebook).

Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
Earning a good income, that will also support my future, and allow for activities like travel. I would like to have a charitable part to my business as well, providing health-empowerment where it is needed most, but that is still a hazy dream at the moment.

What book has inspired you the most? (OR What is your favourite book?)
At the moment definitely Dr. Michael Greger’s “How Not To Die”. The most sensible nutrition and life-style advice around, all backed by rock-solid science.
How do you measure your success in business?
Ultimately if my business can provide me with financial, time and location freedom. As I’m only just starting out, I measure my success by the growth of my tribe, and the connections I forge as well as the products I create, and the people who sign up with me. Their satisfaction and success is the ultimate measure of my own success.

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Hilke attended our recent WBS Networking Event in July ’16.

Photography By Eleanor Conduit

Do you have kiddies if so how many? And what is their favourite activity to do with you?
I have three kidlets: Kieran, 16, Ruby, 10, and Jamie – very nearly 9, as he reminds me daily.

What is your favourite inspirational quote you would like to share with other WBS members?
When sleeping women wake, mountains move. Chinese proverb
Let food be thy medicine. Hippocrates

Please add your top 5 business tips
1. Just keep moving. Do something little every day – it’s better to take a baby-step in the right direction, than to let yourself slip back.
2. Get a mentor.
3. Join a community of like-minded people with similar goals to yours.
4. Move out of your comfort zone regularly, but always remember your big WHY
5. Include daily self-care and mind-set strategies to keep you sane and happy!

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