By Faye Cornhill
Faye Cornhill left the corporate world to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a photographer. She built a successful business and is now on a mission to help fellow wedding business owners succeed in business through business coaching and business strategy.
My name is Faye Cornhill and I’m a certified business coach and business strategist. I own and run Faye Cornhill Coaching, a company that helps wedding business owners to build successful enterprises. We offer a signature three-month program of ongoing business support. This ensures I can work with people all over the world. I also offer a one-day intensive program for clients who need a boost before the wedding season.
I’ve been a photographer in the wedding industry for almost 10 years after working in the corporate world for 15 years. I built my photography business and worked my way to be able to shoot for luxury events, particularly weddings, around the world. In my line of work, I’ve seen so many amazing people fail because they didn’t have the business support they needed. Before I worked as a photographer, I had a successful career in corporate sales so I actually enjoy the business aspect of running a business. I wanted to create a business that could help and support people.
I think my business stands out because I’m offering support to people who are pursuing the exact same path that I traveled. I know the pitfalls, the shortcuts, the challenges, and I know how to overcome them. I’d never advised my clients on a scenario I haven’t been through myself in my own business.
How did you obtain capital? Were there investors?
There was no capital needed to start my business.
Describe a typical day for you.
I coach my private clients in the morning so that I can have the afternoon to myself. I enjoy walking, reading, and sometimes, indulging in a spa day or beauty treatment.
How many hours of work a day do you put in? How many days per week?
I coach around three-fourths of my clients on a daily basis. I coach three days a week.
How did you build your customer base? What form of marketing has been most effective for you so far?
My clients quite often recommend their own network of contacts to me so a lot of my clients come that way. Aside from this, my clients find me on Instagram and Facebook.
What kind of company culture are you implementing/would like to implement? What are your core values?
My core values are trust and faith.
What skills do you believe are necessary in handling a business?
You need to be resilient because sometimes, things don’t go according to plan! You need to trust that the universe has got your back and that if you put great things into life, you can and will reap the rewards.
What would you say are some “do’s” and “don’ts” in starting one?
Don’t be jealous of other successful business people. Don’t spend ages watching how other people build their businesses. Your business is about you and your own personal brand and watching others will never help you build this.
Was there ever a time you felt afraid that this might not work? How did you manage this fear?
I’m human so I always have moments of doubt but I’ve worked hard to create a strong mindset that gets me through moments of feeling afraid.
What sacrifices have you had to make to get here?
None, I’ve built my business to suit my lifestyle.
What can you consider is your greatest success?
My family. I have two amazing children and a super supportive husband. They are my greatest achievement.
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Independence. I love being able to call the shots, to make decisions without running it past anyone, and ultimately being able to go on holiday whenever I want!
What motivates you?
Happiness, freedom, money, and success.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Anyone who has been told they can’t do something, that they will never be good enough, that they will never achieve—they inspire me to believe that anything is possible. I truly believe that if you want to do something in life, you absolutely can.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years? What is your vision for the business?
I will still be coaching in 10 years and working with a select few clients, helping them build their own multimillion-dollar business.
What piece of advice can you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something!
Edits: Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla | Image Credit: Faye Cornhill