Having left school at 17 with a handful of GCSEs my mother made me write a note to myself.
'I will not regret leaving school at 17.'
I was lucky enough to get into a temporary post as an office junior at the local water company. I ended up there for 16 years. Nine until five. All very secure and safe. But I was bored. I experimented with a number of sideline businesses but ended up wasting time and money on them due to lack of experience.
My real journey didn't actually start until I made the bold move to leave the water company and join an I.T start up business in 2008 when I was 34 years old. That is when by real learning of business kicked in. By then I completed my post graduate degree and was awarded Chartered Marketer status.
Two years into post I was made redundant. Devastated at this and thinking "Why did I leave the safety of the water industry?" and "People will think I'm useless" I had to think of something and quickly.
In panic my CV went out as I desperately needed to find a job. I had two young children dependant on my income and I had just moved into a new home with a pretty hefty mortgage.
Then an idea occurred to me. I would to apply for roles that were a lower grade than me - but I would offer to do them for the same budget but only one or two days a week as a freelancer. They would be getting an experienced marketing professional that could hit the ground running and deliver more in a handful of days than an inexperienced person could in a month.
That was when it struck me. My business idea. A marketing resource on tap. Providing smaller businesses with an experienced sales and marketing professional within their budgets. And it worked.
Within 8 weeks I was working for three businesses and earning double what I was as an employee - and working less days.
My redundancy was THE best thing that ever happened to me. My confidence grew and I then decided to make this into a real business and it grew quickly.
I was able to afford lovely holidays, buy an extension for the back of our home outright and eventually get that new car I had been dreaming of - the money was fantastic! But more than anything - the feeling of being my own boss was second to none.
I was lucky as a marketer that I had the skills to set up a business quickly and knew the tricks of the trade. Since 2010 I have met many people along the way who want to explore going into business, but don't have a clue where to start. Or they have started their business, but are finding it difficult to grow due to lack of knowledge on sales and marketing and have wasted thousands of pounds on poor decisions as they haven't had the support and advice from an experienced business coach .
So, this is where my program was developed. I'm a coach, consultant, mentor and friend to people who want to go into business. Guiding them through, helping them to avoid costly mistakes, giving them the knowledge and skills that they need that will allow them to grow their business quickly!
I wanted to make my service as affordable as possible - so I have gone down the route of offering this online for a small £199 annual subscription.