Who are you and what do you do? – I’m Baz Moffat and I’ a women’s health and fitness coach, which essentially means that I help women to move more but in the right way. So I focus a lot on the pelvic floor and their core and move out from there.
What inspired/motivated you to create your business? – my two very contrasting birth experiences, both equally as intense, but one the most traumatic and painful experience of my life and the other, 16 months later the most beautiful, empowering and physically incredible experience of my life. The moment my youngest arrived I just knew what I had been put on this earth to do. I am here to help women connect with themselves and tap into the power of being a woman.
Do you feel being a woman has been a barrier in anyway during your career and setting up and running your business? I’d like to say no not really. In everything I’ve done I’ve never looked for reasons why things were not going my way, I’ve always focussed on me and what I can do better. But the reality of having a business with two young kids and a husband that works is that yes the lions share of responsibility falls at my feet. And that is super hard – work is so easy compared to everything I have to put in place to get to work. But although I could very easily see this as a barrier it means that I totally get what it means to be a working mum, I do it every day, I’m not nailing it but I’m certainly living it and I don’t see that as a barrier at all.
What advice would you give others wanting to start a business? Or rise up through the ranks? I am certainly playing the long game with my business, and that’s an active choice I’ve made about how much money I want to make and how much time I want to have with my kids. I could 100% earn more but that would have significant implications on the type of person I was and the time I had for my kids. When I set up this business I was very clear from the start when I’d work, when I’d not work, when would I make exceptions to this rule – and it’s much easier to put these rules in up front as opposed to start with no plan and suddenly find yourself in a bit of a pickle with no obvious way out.
What have you learnt on your journey as a business owner? To invest in me - at the start I spent a lot of money on business experts. Because my business is me it didn’t really work – once I decided to invest in me instead suddenly the business really started to take off as I was a much better version of myself. It was hard to give myself permission to do that but once I started there was no going back. It’s the simple stuff like making myself really good lunches from lovely food even when I’m on my own, to having therapy to process my birth trauma, to doing exercise during the day because I’m working at night. I’m in this for the long game and I need to be on my A game if I’m going to last the course.
What has been the toughest challenge being your own boss? Being in such a high position? I don’t find it hard to be my own boss at all, I would not have it any other way – I love it. There are times when I feel a bit low about things and working on your own means that you have to be really self-aware so that you minimise the impact of these moments. For me it generally means I need some company, I’m not very good at being on my own and so I make sure that I have enough human interaction to stop me from going to deep!
What is the best thing about being your own boss? Pace! I like to work at pace and get a lot of stuff done. I can work at my pace when I’m on my own and really crack on which suits me brilliantly! Although I do love to collaborate with others, I have to be picky as my style does not suit everyone!
What do you do in those moments when you feel like quitting? – I tend to stop, think ask myself what’s really going on and then do something totally different to get a sense of perspective on whatever I’m flapping about! But usually some fresh air, movement and cake sort most of my moments out!
Do you feel there is a women's revolution coming as more women set up and run their own businesses and is it a good and is this a good thing? Yes I do, certainly in my field of women’s health and 100% this is a good thing. It’s fabulous to see companies popping up in previously male dominated worlds, doing a fab job. I just think we’ve all had enough and are ready to look at our bodies our way and from a holistic perspective and are looking for a lot more than what the medical model can offer us.
What does the future hold for your business? I’m not too sure to be honest – I know I should have a plan, but at them moment my plan is to be good at what I do and by doing this I really believe that the right opportunities will present themselves to me. Looking back even 6 months, things have shifted I am starting to get involved with bigger companies and projects which will give me a bigger platform from which to reach more women, which is what I am really interested in.
Seven random facts about yourself
1. I love open water swimming
2. My full name is Basilie!
3. I have a she shed in my garden where only women are allowed (no husbands or kids!)
4. I was born in Scotland
5. I was on the British Rowing Team
6. I used to do high jump
7. My dad makes great cakes
Anything to add
Over the next few months I’ve hooked with Dr Bella Smith a fabulous GP and together we’ve put together a series of talks which go deeper into women’s health issues. We’re cheesily calling it the Baz and Bella show and the next topic looks at sex and contraception in your 40’s – the online format seems to work well for these topics, just because I think some of us like to learn in the comfort of our own home.