“The best way to begin or end your working day” - Paul James 2014
I never thought social networking is for me but since I joined the Tuesday pm club as the apprentice in mid June I haven't looked back and enjoy every session I attend.
I left the NHS in May 2013 after 30 years of service as Registered Nurse, leaving at management level with a redundancy type package to follow my dreams and develop my passion for animals into a pet sitting and dog walking service. It was a huge leap of faith and security from having a regular income to becoming self employed but this is what I wanted to do and I didn't want to look back and have regrets.
Developing the business has been a huge learning curve - professionally and personally - with lots of high and low points as they say you take the rough with the smooth. I find that marketing the business and getting your name out there in the Forest is hard work -I am not a natural business woman with the gift of the gab and find that this aspect very tiring and quite soul destroying at times.I also found that working from home is great but you can also become very isolated and drawn into your own business world -creating a negative impact and not been able to think outside the box.
I had several supportive conversations with Jo from Forest Traders regarding promoting my business and social networking who encouraged me to try CAP Business club.I was going through a personal bereavement at the time and felt quite low about the business in general and not having enough clients to make it all worthwhile and was on the verge of giving up my dreams.I knew the first year was going to be tough but not this tough .But something inside me said not to give up and now was the time to try social networking - the e mail conversations I had with Jo were inspirational in how CAP club had developed and supported her business.
Luckily for me - Paul had just advertised for an apprentice for the Tuesday club - applied, attended informal informative meeting,got the job and here I am here today writing my second ever blog!!!
I now look forward to each meeting - the group is very friendly,informal and supportive with a wealth of knowledge and varied experiences from all different types of businesses.
Even in a short space of time I feel I have grown professionally and personally,feel more confident,supported and now know that I able to ask for help in growing my business through the contacts I have made through the club.
Thank you Paul and Tuesday club for accepting me…..
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