Hello There!

Thankyou so much for popping on by to find out a bit more about me!

When I took the leap into business from my corporate career nearly 7 years ago, I never really knew what I was in for. I didnt know the highs and lows I would experience, the failures, the challenges, the successes or the personal growth I would go through.

I left a corporate career in Financial Planning to become a personal trainer. A career that I had never once considered, but had instead grown increasingly passionate about womens wellness. It is here that my business journey began and my realisation of my purpose was found. Supporting women to achieving goals, personal growth and building confidence is what I absolutely love. I have this ability to know just how far to push, without pushing too far, and to do it in a way that is encouraging, gentle and empowering. All while working with my husband to create a multiple award winning business.

I went on to establish Sass Place, a co-working space and community for South Australian women in business. I threw everything into it and the business evolved and grew, until I reached burnout. It was then that I made the big decision that it was time to step away and focus more on my own self-care, my family and doing what brings me joy - nurturing women in body, soul and business so that they too can follow their joy.

Nurturing women to establish and grow their businesses is such a phenomenal privilege. More women than ever are launching into the world of business, but they are also exiting at a significant rate through burnout, overwhelm and lack of support. We hear a lot about it takes a village to raise a child, but I truly believe that this also relates to business. And it is my hope taht through the nurturing of women during this journey, helping them definetheir own version of success and nurturing them holistically in body, soul and business that they will flourish.

I love to work with women who are determined, passionate and ready to go all-in to make their business a success. Women who just like me are willing to take the calculated risks needed to follow their dream. But women who with me by their side, will be supported through the highsand lows, be encouraged and be connected with all the services I wish I had known about when I started all those years ago and support you to create your business YOUR way and minimise burnout and overwhelm.

Thankyou so much for being here to find out more, I truly hope the incredible passion I have for supporting women just like you comes accross. I would love to have the opportunity to nurture you and your business.

Head over HERE to find out more about how we can work together.


Carly Thompson-Barry
Business Nurturer


Just a little more about me...

What is your approach to mentoring?

I am a business nurturer, so I like to support and guide women on their business journey. I am not a tough down the line sort of mentor/coach, I like to work with you on your needs at the time. Sessions are free flowing and we focus on the areas we are guided to during our session. I am about setting achievable goals for the month ahead, not overloading you. Sometimes the women I work with need a gentle approach if they are at a fragile stage, and other times they need a kick up the bum to get things done. I have an ability to know when those ‘get tough’ times are right. My sessions are more like mentoring than coaching, as I do share my experience and the lessons I have learnt over the last 8 years in business.

I work a lot with women helping them build a business that is sustainable and successful. But successful on THEIR terms. Everyone has their own vision of what success is to them, and it can be incredibly empowering when you uncover that and can put the steps in place to get there.  I am not about the ‘hustle’ and believe that successful businesses can be built without the us burning out in the process!

Do you specialise in a particular area?

I work mostly with solopreneurs and women in the first 3 years of business. The women I nurture are in varying industries, but the majority have a service focus.

I am a wealth of knowledge but not a specialist in a particular area (well aside from nurturing!). And I believe it really depends on the individual as to what their specific needs are, no two women are the same! I draw upon my experience and learnings from the last 8 years to support the women I mentor. Areas that I don’t feel I can help with I support the women to seek out the right people through the connections I have. Ie. I am not a lawyer, so anything legal/IP related are referred on, so you will always have a contact to follow up with if need be. I do love numbers and think it is really important for a business to be across where they are at financially to be able to move forward.

Having also started my business with a young family I am well adept with the challenges this can bring and do work with a number of women with children at this stage in their life.

What is your career path?

I had a career in financial planning starting up the paraplanning arm of a superfund, I left that to go into business with my husband (We have a PT Franchise), which we have had for nearly 8 years. We closed a second franchise so that I could start up Sass Place. Our franchise is the biggest in Australia and multi award winning. Sass Place grew from one location to 3 (I put everything on the line and set it up with a credit card and savings) in less than 3 years and I was a Telstra Business Womens Award Finalist in 2015.I also created SA Woman a community for women in business with a 2500+ facebook group. I retired Sass Place at the end of 2017 so that I could now focus on my nurturing as my main work. 

How much are sessions?

Session rates very depending on the package you choose, you can have more of a read of those HERE.  Some women just need a one off to get them on track or to work through a challenge, but most women I meet with once a month to discuss their strategy , chat about their progress and set new tasks for the month ahead.

What other help can you provide?

While my focus is on nurturing, I am also available for project work with organisations where my broad skillset is a good fit. This can be in a range of areas from events, planning, social media, research and more.

Given my broad business experience, I am also equipped to provide support with branding and basic website development.

I also have a personal training and wellness coaching certification, so can work with women 1:1 to achieve their wellness goals.