back-to-school session

clarity + focus for a fresh start

book a 30-minute back-to-school call

I love September. I love the feeling of a fresh start that it gives me. Long after having left school, those post-vacation days always inspire me. I start craving empty notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils.

If you get that September back-to-school feeling too and want to harness it in your business, a back-to-school session is for you.

These sessions are only available to book between September 15th and October 31st (the actual sessions can take place anytime before the end of November).

A back-to-school session is perfect if you want to gain clarity around a specific problem, get my help prioritising your ideas or making a plan for next steps.

We can use your 30-minute back-to-school call to…

  • plan the next steps in your marketing;
  • review marketing, individual products or services, a launch, your business boundaries + priorities;
  • brainstorm and talk through a new idea or plan for your business;
  • prioritise: what to focus on in the coming months, focusing on impact as well as your strengths and energy;
  • review what you want more and less of in your business;
  • any specific business problem.

We’re able to discuss this in ‘just’ 30 minutes because I’ll ask you to send me any relevant business background and a description of what you want to talk about beforehand, so we can spend our call getting really deep into it (and down to business).

As always, if you have any questions about working with me, or whether this session is right for you, feel free to send me a message–no strings attached 🙂

The back-to-school call is available for booking from September 15th to October 31st 2022

back-to-school call

Get clarity around a specific problem, help prioritising ideas and making a plan for next steps in your business.

feel clear, supported and empowered in the next steps in your business


  • a 30-minute call
  • pre-call questionnaire
  • book as many of these calls as you want


* about €65

This 30-minute call felt nourishing and centring, and was just what I needed in a busy week. I’m amazed at what we got done in such a short period of time. 


frequently asked questions

Is 30 minutes long enough to get anything done?

I’ve been experimenting with 30-minute sessions as part of my coaching package for the past year, and have been amazed at how useful these sessions are for clients. They are the perfect length to talk through a single issue, make plans and gain focus. As one client put it, 30 minutes is the perfect length for a check-in, and for centring and grounding you.

How do I prepare for this session?

30 minutes is a great span of time to get really focused. To get the most of our time, I’ll send you an email before our session with some questions about your business and about the topic you want to talk about. Please get this info back to me at least 24 hours before our session.

When can I book this session?

You can book the session any time between September 15th and October 31st.

When does the session take place?

Your session does not necessarily have to take place before October 31st, as long as you book the session before October 31st. I have slots available for the back-to-school offer until November 30th. 

Can I book more than one session?


How do I book?

You can book a session through my calendar app, Fantastical, between September 15th to October 31st. I’ll be in touch with a payment link, the Zoom link and and some questions about your business and about the topic you want to talk about. Please get this info back to me at least 24 hours before our session.

What if I want to work with you more after this session?

Great! You can find out more about my offers on my mentoring page. I currently offer focus and follow through sessions, and packages of four 1-hour sessions. The focus and follow through sessions consist of a 60-minute call, followed by a 30-minute check in a few weeks later. The package consists of 4 calls that we can space out over the course of 3 or 4 months. You can choose whether to have 4 calls of 1 hour, or to turn some of the calls into 2x 30-minute calls instead.

The difference between my regular offers and the back-to-school offer is that for the regular calls I’m available in between and after calls for questions via email, and that I’ll send you notes after each of our calls, and provide gentle check-ins in between the calls. Essentially, you get more support from me, and more access to me, in my regular offers.

How do I know you’re the right mentor for me?

I’d invite you to browse my blog and read my newsletter to get a sense of my style. My aim is to support you to create a slow, gentle + profitable business. I don’t believe in the hustle, ten-step plans, productivity hacks and get rich quick schemes. I do believe that we can all create and run businesses that deeply support the lives we want to live, in a pressure-free + aligned way. Read more about my thoughts on a slow, gentle and profitable business here.

I’d be happy to have a chat if you have further questions (no strings attached): send me a message at astrid [at] astridbracke [dot] com, or book a discovery call if you’re interested in a package.

Who do you work with?

I work with all kinds of small business owners, from creatives of varying kinds to product-based business owners and service providers. Most of them have an online business. All of them want to create and run a business that’s different from the norm.

I’m just starting out. Is working with you suitable?

Absolutely: I’ve got experience working with small business owners who are just starting out, and those with years of experience (+ my own experience as a small business owner).

I’ve got several years of experience working in my business. Is working with you suitable?

Absolutely: I’ve got experience working with small business owners who are just starting out, and those with years of experience (+ my own experience as a small business owner).

Do you donate part of your proceeds to charity?

I donate 5% of every call and every package to the Blurt Foundation. Blurt do amazing work educating people about depression, and supporting those who suffer from it.

more about small business mentoring with me

topics I can support you with

  • forging a business and life away from the norm
  • marketing in a non-icky, slow and gentle way, with or without social media, that doesn’t require you to be ‘on’ all the time 
  • prioritizing + planning
  • how to make time for your business consistently next to a 9-to-5, family demands or other obligations 
  • how to have a life outside of your business
  • making time for rest + recharging, including if your hobby has become your business 
  • running your business from a place of energy
  • setting boundaries in and around your business
  • overcoming ingrained 9-to-5 habits, productivity stories and presenteeism 
  • self-doubt
  • dealing with the mental load of owning your own business


Freya Lines, paper artist & designer

“I felt like I had a much better understanding of my work/life/balance issues, seeing them clearly with steps to take to organise them better, with aims to more forward which felt exciting. I really liked that Astrid championed the way I work, working gently, there was no element of applying more pressure or more tasks.”

Ruth Werwai, Raincloud & Sage

“I felt much more clear-headed about what I want and what I need to do to make that happen. I got a lot of clarity from some of the pointed questions Astrid asked – both around what practical steps I would take (ex: what’s my plan to spend less time on IG) but also on why I wanted something (ex: why I want to hire help etc). The fact that I had to communicate both my reasons for feeling a certain way AND my plan of action around that feeling really helped me to get clear myself on what exactly needs to happen.” 

Sarah Robertson, these are the days

“Before my call with Astrid I felt uneasy about using social media and had some concerns about continuing with Facebook and Twitter. I felt quite overwhelmed by the ‘need’ to show up everywhere. But our call helped to relay my fears around letting go of those channels in order to make more room for other marketing opportunities. I was amazed by how much we covered in one hour. Astrid was so well prepared, which really put me at ease and help me enjoy the process!” 

work with me

I’d love to know more about you! If it looks like you’ve found the small business mentor you’ve been looking for (yay!), do get in touch about working together.