I’m a tell-it-like-it-is business strategist, known for zero fluff, clear strategies, and data over drama.
There isn’t a one-size fits all approach to growing a successful online business, but using online courses and digital products at the core of your business model can create an incredible level of freedom.
And that’s what I’m here for. Your business shouldn’t be your whole life – it should be the vehicle that helps create your dream life. And I’m going to help you build it.
After getting my undergrad degree from Queen’s University (I’m from Ontario, Canada), I got my Master’s in Public Health from a fancy school in London, England. I thought I would change the world, working for global health non-profit organizations.
But when I got pregnant with my daughter a few years later, everything changed.
I knew the 9-5 life wasn’t for me, although I had worked for some amazing organizations.
I wanted to be home more, have the flexibility to design my days, make memories with my family, and have total freedom (probably my enneagram 3 or Aries coming through).
I already had started a creative side hustle for fun – a home decor blog.
From there, I tried about 3,495 business ideas. Working with brands, affiliate marketing, decorating weddings, interior decorating projects, hosting craft workshops, designing websites, selling handmade goods at craft fairs, starting an Etsy shop…
… but I finally nailed it when I launched my first online course for other bloggers.
No, I didn’t become an overnight success with my first course.
But I did realize that my passion was in teaching, I loved digital marketing, and I could make real money doing this.
(my first launch brought in a few thousand bucks and it felt like I hit the jackpot!)
That course turned into another one, and after 3 years of working with bloggers, I pivoted into teaching entrepreneurs how to create and scale their own online courses. Despite working part-time while raising my kids, my revenue has consistently grown…
Steady, sustainable growth with a small part-time team and a chill attitude toward business.
(FYI, gross profit numbers don’t tell the full story and I hate clickbait, so for context, my profit margins shifted from 75% in the early years, down to about 50% in 2021 as I added team members and paid ads)
It’s about creating a life on my terms. One where I get to do work I love, have time to hang with my kids, travel the world, give back to causes I care about, and pursue my other passions (I’m looking at you, real estate investing).
Getting to work with students and watch them make this happen for themselves is life-changing.
From quitting their jobs, to funding full maternity leaves, to making a sweet side income, my students have done amazing things.
Over 8,000 entrepreneurs have purchased my programs and resources and we have incredible stories over on our Results page.
I’m obsessed with personality tests. I’m an Enneagram 3, INTJ, Aries and Manifesting Generator. Basically I’m a mix of fiery ambitious energy, but as an introvert. My daughter is a Leo, my hubs is a Pisces, and my son is an Aquarius – super chill dudes around some intense women.
I could watch house decorating and real estate shows all day long. From small do-it-yourself projects that I documented on my original blog (see it here!) to huge renovations, I’ve done it all and loved every second.
I’m always planning my next 5 trips in AirBnB. Travelling as a family is our favourite thing and a big reason why I wanted to build an online business (hello, work from anywhere life!). I have travelled to over 35 countries… and counting!
Systems, funnels, and the back-end operations of online business come easily to me. I think it’s because I love organizing. I am obsessed with Home Edit and you can usually find me re-organizing a closet most weekends.
Nutrition and health are important to me. I’m always working on improving my well-being, learning about the latest superfoods, and finding making time to exercise. I’ve dealt with some gut health stuff, so hit me up with microbiome research any day.
I will do anything for a spa day. Nordic sauna and baths, a massage, a mani-pedi, I love it all. One of my part-time jobs during University was working as a receptionist at an upscale spa. I was in it for the free treatments!
I launched my first online course while on maternity leave with my son, James. I have never been more motivated and ambitious. Moms with a dream are unstoppable.
I love taking hip hop classes. I know every lyric to all the 90’s hip hop classics. I may look totally ridiculous, but adore every second.
I have been crafty as long as I can remember. One of my first side hustles was selling art prints at local craft fairs (which later turned into my first Etsy shop!).
In my mid-20’s, I did a training program to become a volunteer doula. I had the opportunity to support 7 vulnerable women during their births. It was a magical thing to be a part of and made me even more excited to become a mom myself one day. I had midwives help me deliver my own babies and will always be grateful for their incredible care.
I got my Masters degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I thought I would work my whole career in global maternal health initiatives. These days, I donate money to those causes I feel passionately about. Eventually, I’d like to have a formal charitable arm of my business.
I’ve been building passive income way before starting an online business. After watching episodes of “Income Property” in our early 20s, my husband and I bought our first fixer upper house and turned our basement into an apartment. We have since purchased 3 rental properties, have an investment portfolio, and are constantly thinking new streams of passive income.
Although I’ve got 5 half-siblings who are all much older than me, I grew up more or less as an only child. It’s kinda complicated. But I am forever grateful for the super tight relationship I have with my parents.
Even though I’m born and raised in Ottawa, Canada (where I still live) flying into Heathrow and getting into the English countryside strangely feels like home. Maybe it’s because both of my parents grew up in England… something in the genes!
Yes, I’m related to Helena Bonham-Carter. I know y’all are wondering, since the search query comes up in my Google Analytics report every month! She’s my Dad’s second cousin. Sadly though I don’t really have any acting skills.
- Daniel David Wallace, Writing Coach
- Meg Svec, Bakery Business Academy
Gemma has a completely no-nonsense approach to scaling and operating an online business. I appreciated that she was also a mom, and could understand the balance of running multiple businesses while juggling family life. My business never would've grown the way it has without her help.
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- Catalina Bloch, Photo Booth Industry