Be your own boss! Get paid doing what you love…

It can be so hard to find employment that suits you, not just in terms of skills and aspiration, but also the hours that you can work, location and so on.

On top of that, sometimes there’s not enough hours in the day to fit in what makes you happy… and that’s so important!

So, imagine getting paid to do what you love…

In August 2018, Positive People set up our new ‘Be your own boss’ self-employment course, to help you do just that.

In the past six months, 52 people have already completed the course, given feedback and developed it to be its best. But how does it work?

Once signed on to the course, there are six different workshops over the space of three days; branding, business planning, finance and funding, marketing and digital marketing, and finally, ‘what next?’.

Now that may all sound a bit daunting, but the sessions aren’t long and they’re fully interactive, encouraging you to explore all your thoughts!

Everything starts with a few simple tasks, which not only allows you to gain a better understanding of the course but also gives you a chance to meet new people and share ideas.

Project Manager, Vicky Moss-Crump, describes it as “A safe place to build that confidence, surrounded by like-minded people”.

You’re not left in the deep-end after the three days either. There is also the option of further help with your brand, website, digital marketing or business support. Whatever you may need to get your business off the ground.

And here are some of our stats…

• Number of courses completed – 6
• Number of courses booked for the future – 4
• Total attendees so far – 52
• Number of participants currently trading – 11
• Number of participants due to trade shortly – 10

The business’ that are currently trading include jewellery, belt making, arts and crafts, photography, sports therapy, refurbishing, dancing and fishing for wellbeing.

“The difference between this project and others is you’re set up and ready to go by the end of the course” explains Vicky, “Additional training for anything else your business may require is also available through our Change Coaches. For example, customer service training or health and safety”.

Beatrice, a participant who came onto the self-employment course and now runs her own dance business explains, “From my experience on Positive People, I would say that if you ask for help you’ll get more than you’ll ever need. Both Positive People and Cosmic were great in supporting me on my journey into self-employment and I have learnt a lot of new skills to help me along the way”.