I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with years of experience in dealing with Tax and Accounting matters. Having trained and worked with a number of the larger practices in the area, suddenly and unexpectedly I found myself being made redundant. As it is for many people, this proved to be a shock and prompted me to reconsider my working life. Combined with the arrival of my first daughter, I decided to adopt a more flexible approach to work by becoming self-employed.
Having made the decision, I was then faced with two major issues – my self-esteem had suffered following my redundancy, so my confidence was low and I was unsure how and where I would find customers.
Who is your mentor and how have they helped you?
I approached Enterprise Coach for Shipley, David Humphreys from Airedale Enterprise Services. This introduction turned into a long term relationship and over a 3 year period with David’s support I have moved on from being uncertain and hesitant into a self-assured business woman. Now, as well as working with clients on an individual basis, I am also very comfortable facilitating finance workshops across the District.
When I first met David, I would never have considered myself as a sales person, however, with his gentle nurturing, this side of my character has blossomed. I have been able to become an active net-worker and secure new customers in a way that I would never have dreamt possible a few years ago.
I found the Kickstart assistance useful in clarifying the market, what promotional tools to use to reach the market and the introductions to other organisations including Shipley College and Trident of great value.
Initially, I found gaining customers to be a very slow, demanding and sometimes dispiriting process, however, I determinedly stuck at the task. All the hours of meeting prospective customers and providing an introductory no cost consultation have eventually begun to pay dividends. Steadily enquiries have become paying customers who in turn have recommended their friends and contacts. Throughout I have maintained my philosophy “We don’t prioritise our clients, all our clients are our priority” and the result is that I now has 30+ clients alongside running evening classes on bookkeeping at Shipley College and having a second daughter.
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