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1) When did you realise you wanted to go into business for yourself?
I had been thinking for a while about how I could use my skills and knowledge outside of the corporate world but the idea became a serious one during a short period of time where I had taken a role, in central London which was completely wrong for me. I felt that I was not adding value and was completely under valued, it was then that I decided to set up on my own and risk it all. That was 4 weeks before I set my business up!
2) Were you confident you would succeed or were you nervous of failing?
Of course I was a little nervous, I think you have to be to make it a success but I was always conscious that should it all go wrong, I had the potential fall back of going back to being employed within the corporate world. It was this fall back that motivated me to succeed!
3) Did you seek advice from your family or friends? Did anyone close to you suggest it was a bad idea to go into business for yourself or did you receive a lot of support?
I told family what I was doing and the support was positive, although cautious about the financial aspect. I on the other hand was not concerned about the finances, believed I could do it and therefore just got on with it without any approvals from anyone else.
4) What was the biggest obstacle you had to face and overcome in order to start your business?
There were two, the initial obstacle was that I had no idea what I was doing when I set up my business, Google was my guide. I conducted a lot of research into how to go about officially setting my business up, which was surprisingly simple and because I was motivated and excited, I would be awake at 5am on my laptop tackling my to do list.
The second is networking. A family member had suggested I look into it and it was the best piece of advice I received. This was a new concept to me and completely out of my comfort zone. Of course, this shouldn’t be as after all, my work is about people and therefore interacting with people should not be a problem. Oh boy! Talking to people about me and what I do is a completely different scenario. My first networking group was a local one set up by the local Chamber of Commerce with an early start (7:30 – I soon realised that there are earlier ones!). I put my lucky suit on along with a brave face and in I went, having no idea what to expect and I survived. 3 years later I was leading my own networking group and still am today. Networking is the main source of business for me and is worth every minute and penny spent. However, networking is not just about getting business, the people I have met along the way have given me the opportunity to improve the services I provide to my clients and that is priceless.
5) Do you remember your first customer and can you recall how you felt when you delivered what they were prepared to pay you for?
I do remember my first client and they are still with me today but I would never tell them that they were my first though. When I turned up to pitch for their business I discovered that I was competing against a well known large Company, who had many Consultants working for them and who could provide a variety of services. Considering this was my first pitch, when I walked into the room to meet the two Directors, I was incredibly confident. Perhaps this was adrenaline but it seemed to have worked as we got on like a house on fire. They liked the fact that I could offer them a service tailored to the business needs and my price was competitive, which I had decided early on would be my selling point. Small businesses do not have large budgets, however, they have the same risks, therefore I wanted to limit their risks at an affordable price.
When I received the email to inform me that they wanted to sign up with my business, I was elated. The buzz you get knowing that you have beaten the bigger brand is amazing and the fact that the Company had decided to buy into me and my ethos was such a compliment, my motivation simply grew.
6) What would be the ONE thing you would do differently and where do you see your business in five years time?
I have though about the one thing I would do differently and to be honest there isn’t one because every step I have made has been lesson for me and even if it has been the wrong step, I have learnt from it and moved on. In five years time, I expect to be the go-to HR provider for small businesses within my local area.
7) What would be your advice to any startup or to anyone thinking of going into business for themselves?
Be confident in what you are selling and Network, Network, Network
We would like to thank Kelly Bater for submitting this article for our readers
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