Stories, Press & Praise
I’m proud that many of my clients have become my friends. I do not subscribe to the “love ’em and leave ’em” approach to business and the fact that I’ve worked with many of my clients for years is evidence that as we all change and grow as people, our businesses need to change and evolve alongside us too.
Below are a couple of brief stories about some of my favourite clients-turned-friends, both of whom I’m still privileged to support – and at the bottom of the page you can read feedback about several of my offerings from the past 10+ years, with some possibly familiar names and faces…
Ali Marsland, The Effective English Company
I first met Ali in 2010 when I’d just returned from a 2-year nomadic stint to try and find a home overseas. I remember that we’d had to pick a venue very carefully because Ali hates the smell of coffee! At the time, she was working as a freelance comms writer for the NHS and her goal was to become location independent so she could work from anywhere.
These days, Ali is totally location independent, spends her winters in Cape Town (and elsewhere) and runs her business as a limited company with a small team who take care of the client work while she’s overseas.
I’ve followed Lea for more than 10 years and have worked with her several times in a few different ways. She is always insightful, understanding and full of ideas and inspiration, while at the same time striking just the right balance between pushing me out of my comfort zone and supporting me to take the next step.
My business has progressed immeasurably over the last 10 years, and crucially, it is now a great fit for the real me. I wouldn’t be where I am and have the lifestyle I have (and love) without Lea‘s help and encouragement.
There is still a lot I want to do and I hope Lea will continue to be part of my journey for many years to come.Ali Marsland
Sam Clarke, Samantha&
I first met Sam in 2013 when she joined an online mentoring group I ran. As a former style coach, she introduced me to the joys of colourful trousers (move over denim jeans!) and is quite possibly the most stylishly-dressed person I know! She too wanted to become location independent and turn her coaching business into something that was less one-to-one intensive and more scalable, sustainable and portable.
These days, Sam runs Samantha& – a happiness and growth consultancy focused on training happiness coaches and helping other businesses improve and maintain employee happiness as they grow. She works with companies globally – online and in person – and usually aims to spend the cold UK winters somewhere far warmer and more exotic to help manage a genetic health condition she suffers from.
Lea has the ability to wade through all my objections, hidden fears and gaps in knowledge to get to the heart of where I truly want to go and crystallise a plan immediately.
She knows when to prod, when to be firm and when to just be still. Sessions with her are considered, nuanced, strategic, fun, intuitive and future focused. There is no time to sit it the ‘I don’t know how/I can’t/But I’m not sure I have…’ state.
One of my biggest hurdles is maintaining my location independence goals. Whilst I love my work, I felt like recently I’d compromised myself and my desires somehow and couldn’t see what to do next.
Our last session completely rectified this. I left with structured key directional goals, methodical steps to achieve them, a peace of mind and lightness in my mindset and a warmth in my heart that comes from having a good conversation with a friend.Samantha Clarke
Newspapers & Magazines
I have been interviewed, featured and mentioned in a number of global media outlets over the past few years, including:
- Financial Times ~ Nomads of the working world.
- BBC Click ~ Technology allows digital nomads to work anywhere.
- BBC Fast:Track ~ Best Of The Web.
- The Guardian, Careers, UK ~ Work’s a beach: meet the digital nomads making the world their office.
- The Guardian, Travel, UK ~ The escapees travelling the world while working online.
- The Guardian, Life & Style, UK ~ This column will change your life: 9-to-5 or free and easy?
- La Repubblica, Italy ~ Tienila d’occhio: Lea Woodward and Bauman, un mondo senza regole: “senza la solidarietà, la libertà è un’illusione”.
- China Trends magazine, China ~ See the article here.
- Cosmopolitan magazine, Italy & Sweden ~ See the Swedish article here.
- The Sydney Morning Herald & The Daily Telegraph, Australia
I’ve been featured, interviewed, listed or profiled in many online media outlets:
- I wrote about juggling motherhood and nomadic entrepreneurship here on Forbes.
- I wrote about how to launch a website with a fanfare (vs. deafening silence!) here on Forbes.
- I wrote about going from consulting to entrepreneurship in Time.
- I was interviewed about being a domain name addict (!) for Fast Company.
- I was interviewed about location independence on Mixergy.
- I was featured as one of Forbes’ Thirty Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.
- I shared a tip for balancing entrepreneurship & parenthood on Inc.
I’ve also been featured in a number of books including:
- Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
- Screw Work, Let’s Play by John S. Williams
- The 9-to-5 Cure by Kristin Cardinale
- She Takes on the World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose by Natalie MacNeil
- Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell
I have spoken – virtually and in person – to audiences globally including:
- At the Freshmen Seminar, American College of Management and Technology, Dubrovnik on “The skills that open up doors & opportunities in today’s world”.
- At Hult International Business School, Dubai campus for the “Pocket MBA for Women Who Aspire to Lead” Program.
- Numerous online podcasts and interviews with fellow digital entrepreneurs.
What Other People Have Said About My Work…
This is the first joint venture I’ve done in 14 months of publishing AONC. The reason I decided to do this now is because Lea’s awesome project (the Location Independent Business course, I previously created) is directly related to what a lot of people want to do. If you’re one of those people, I feel very good about recommending this to you.
I can easily say that it offers great value. I give it four stars out of four. If there were five stars, I’d give it five. You know what I mean – it’s not really about stars, it’s about creating a life of freedom that allows you to work anywhere. This will help.Chris Guillebeau
Using Lea’s approach has made one of the biggest goals for my business suddenly feel achievable. And I don’t need to feel afraid of not being able to do it. I found Lea’s way of asking questions and conversing very useful for stretching my boundaries and overcoming a fear of presenting my ideas to others.
The value of Lea’s experience really shone through for me, and receiving personalised business advice at an affordable cost has been invaluable.Anne-Marie Springer
Lea’s secret strategic planning weapon is brilliant in its simplicity but really forces you to get clear on your strategy and future planning for your business.
If you’re struggling to generate a sustainable income from your work, this is a “must have” to hone your focus and turn things around.Marion Harrington
I knew just enough about building a WordPress website to get myself in trouble! Since I’m building a business on a shoestring budget, I figured I could read articles and figure out how to do my own site. But the pitfalls of building a website from scratch were many – and I was exhausting my resources trying to find solutions. The result was hours wasted and a website that fell flat and lacked the design elements I wanted.
Enter Startup Training School. A godsend that offered a solution to all of my tech conundrums! I wanted to design the look of my site, rather than use a pre-designed theme – and the Startup Training School course offered all the training and references I needed to customize my branding and the site itself.
The training materials are clear and concise, but best of all is the personal support I received when stuck on some little problem. Those ‘little’ problems can hold you up for hours if you don’t have the skills and experience in website design!
Lea is brilliant, and she really knows her stuff! Being a member of Start Up Training School is like having your own personal web design consultant – one that truly cares about your business and your success.
Without Startup Training School I would have had to resort to shelling out thousands of dollars for someone else to create the site I envisioned. And then I wouldn’t have known how to make updates and changes.
Instead I have a site I can be proud of and I have a working knowledge of the underpinnings of what makes it all tick. I am so thrilled that I discovered Lea and Startup Training School. Can’t recommend this enough!!Sarah O'Leary
You know you’ve been given some good advice when you get off the call and immediately start plotting the changes you want to make in your business. It was such a joy to be able to talk through the systems and plans I’ve been working on and get more clarity around what i need and what I can let go of.
Lea really knows her stuff and if you’re a solopreneur like I am, no doubt you often wish you had someone to brainstorm with — Lea is that person. Recommended!Susannah Conway
I found this book [the Location Independent Lifestyle Guide – the first book I self published] to be incredibly inspiring.
While I’ve been working towards similar goals myself, reading just the first two chapters of this book caused me to take a couple of hours out of my day to really look at my life, what I want out of it, and what I can do differently to achieve that.
In fact, I called my wife and we had a great discussion about it!
It’s well written, interesting, informative and beautiful.Leo Babauta
Startup Training School [an online tech training school I ran] has been invaluable in the process of starting my website – every time I had a question about anything related to bringing a business online I only had to ask and the answer came usually within minutes. It has been magic!
The training video are clear, short enough that I don’t feel overwhelmed with the information and complete enough that it gets things right the first time. It feels a bit like having Lea sitting beside me at the desk.Catherine Cabrol-Schulz
I can say without a doubt, that the monthly cost [of the online mentoring group I ran] doesn’t come close to the actual value I’d put on what I’ve learned.
I started unsure of what I wanted and with the general feeling that I’m just not a business person. By the end of my first month, I felt far more sure of myself than I’ve ever been.
Skip two months later: I have prioritized and have a clear plan of what I want for my business. Oh, and I designed, launched and marketed a new product that already has customers. That was the first three months.
What I love about Lea’s approach is that she takes personal and work into equal account. We not only talk business but all parts of our lives and how they fit together. It’s about creating a life with all the elements that are most important, and becoming a successful entrepreneur is one part of that.Leigh Shulman
When I launched my business last year, I decided to go all out with an online marketing plan to reach my market. I thought of delegating the website design to an outside agency. The costs would have been thousand of dollars in a start up year. I tried to learn how to create websites alone and with online materials. The cost in time was frustrating.
Then one day, a noted web entrepreneur suggested I register for one of Lea’s classes. The formula was perfect. I enjoyed the course so much that I registered for the inaugural Startup Training School Course.
The future of business is evolving so rapidly and technical skills are a must to stay relevant tomorrow. As a lawyer, I now know to actively manage my online marketing. If you know this as well, look no further than StartUp Training School to get ahead.Suzanne Leclair