Ask yourself… Do you have a hobby or an interest you could turn into a business? Katy did….
Katie had the opportunity to develop her new business: Hazeltree Giftware, with the help of the Prince’s Trust.
Katie was in work before coming to the Trust but had to leave due to health reasons as she has a rare bone disease, that has in turn caused Osteo-arthritis. She had an operation to relieve some of the pain but the recovery time was extensive making it difficult applying for jobs . She found this extremely disheartening as she wanted to work and be independent.
It was at this pivotal point in Katie’s life she begin to consider working for herself, which would allow work to fit around her medical condition. Katie had quite a journey towards becoming self employed and having her own business. She had previously sold giftware products at craft fairs and events for fun, but she did not think it was a business.
Katie then approached the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme. She attended the four day Explore Enterprise course in Kettering and learnt the basics of self-employment, a course which she said was very informative and helped a great deal. After the course, Katie then worked with Bijal Suchak, an Enterprise Executive. Katie said that Bijal “was a fantastic influence. She helped me every step of the way.”
On completion of a solid business plan, Katie pitched her business idea to a Business Launch Group at the Prince’s Trust and was successful. She was awarded financial support and a business mentor to help get her business up and running. Katie says she has not looked back since.
Here is a statement from Katie about how her life is now:
“My business Hazeltree Giftware is steadily improving, I sell at events, on Facebook and I have secured some retail space locally where some of my stock is displayed permanently. I have many regular customers and things are looking positive for the future all thanks to the Prince’s Trust and their support and knowledge.”
Why not explore being your own boss ? Check out the upcoming series of workshops in Kettering