Join­ing the club

En­tre­pre­neur hopes to in­spire women.

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d484743

Sarah Grif­fiths, owner of The Cof­fee Club in El­len­brook, wants to in­spire other women to chase their busi­ness dreams.

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