Back at the start of the year we were approached by a young woman, Emma Tinsley from Knowsley who was considering entering into self-employment. Sometimes when we meet women from across Merseyside, you just know straight away that being self-employed is the right choice for them!
Emma is a lone parent with two young children and had been working as a beauty therapist since 2012. But after being made redundant in December of last year, she began to explore her different options.
The Women’s Organisation were able to help Emma through our Skills & Opportunities Fund, and paired her up with our Business Adviser, Jo Mountfort who began working with Emma to launch her new business – becoming a Mobile Beautician.
Emma attended a series of 1-2-1 business adviser sessions with Jo, during which they talked about how to plan for business and paid special attention to looking at financial viability and support around this when Emma became self-employed. As Emma is a lone parent, it was really important for Emma to work out if she could still support her family when she launched her business. Jo was able to help with this by introducing Emma to some key contacts, although Emma already had a good existing client base and was confident she would be able to use her Social Media skills to expand this.
Emma told us; ‘Jo really helped me by sending me on the accounting and bookkeeping course, where I learnt how to keep my own books and all of the legal requirements I needed to know in order to start my business.’
Now Emma has been running Allure Beauty since May 2016 and she says the business is going really well! She’s often fully booked and spends her time zipping around making her clients feel fantastic with her extensive expertise in the beauty industry! We’re delighted that Emma has been able to launch her business and hope that it continues to grow and grow!
Emma told us; ‘The Women’s Organisation has been amazing! Jo really helped me to set up my own business and made the process as easy and stress free as it could be! She was always there to answer all of my questions, no matter how big or small they were. She made me feel confident to start up on my own and now, just a few months on I am earning a great salary and doing my own hours to fit around my children. I couldn’t have done it without The Women’s Organisation.’
Thank you Emma for those kind words! We think it’s great how Emma has launched into self-employment and can use it as an opportunity to work around her children and her life. If you’ve been inspired by Emma’s story and would like some support and advice about self-employment then get in touch with us! Ring us on 0151 706 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org