Joining the club
Entrepreneur hopes to inspire women.
ELLENBROOK entrepreneur Sarah Griffiths is hoping by sharing her own story of success that she will inspire other women to believe in themselves and reach their goals.
The Coffee Club owner opened her franchise in Ellenbrook seven years ago and has not looked back.
Ms Griffiths said growing up in the UK in a traditional family with a low income had led to a lack of self-esteem.
She said after marrying into a traditional family, her goals of becoming a businesswoman were never supported.
In 2006, she moved to Australia with her family, with a plan to start her own small business with her husband, but after the plan didn’t go ahead, she fell into a deep depression.
Ms Griffiths said in 2010, she was so depressed she decided she was going to end her life.
“I had planned how I would end my life and then in the final moment I had an overwhelming realisation that I didn’t want to do it,” she said. “It was like the repressed person I had been had just come to the surface.
“I then drove to the shops and saw the space where the Coffee Club is now up for lease and inquired about it.”
From there, Ms Griffiths decided to become a franchisee.
“I was thriving in my environment and felt like I was becoming who I was meant to be,” she said.
After three years running the Coffee Club, Ms Griffiths hired a manager and bought an independent restaurant in Margaret River.
“I wanted to run an independent restaurant and the Arc of Iris came up for sale and I put into practice what I had learnt by opening the Coffee Club,” she said.
Ms Griffiths said after turning her life around, she wanted to help other people do the same and looked to business coaching.
“I was juggling the businesses and a lot of people started coming to me for advice, so I fell into business coaching,” she said.
“I wanted to help people achieve their best.
“I want to change the way people speak about themselves and give them the tools to believe in themselves to achieve their dreams.”
Ms Griffiths has written a book detailing her journey to success, which will be released in October, The Unlikely Seven Figure Entrepreneur.
“I’ve named the book unlikely entrepreneur because I never thought I would ever get to where I am now and I want to inspire other people to believe they can,” she said.
Sarah Griffiths, owner of The Coffee Club in Ellenbrook, wants to inspire other women to chase their business dreams.