“I believe in myself now” – Marie’s Story

Marie, from Bridgewater has mainly worked in retail and office jobs for most of her life. Due to circumstances she moved to Bridgwater to stay with her family in 2017.

Marie started off doing some care work but had to give this up and so approached the Jobcentre Plus for advice. For a long time she had been thinking about self-employment, but did not know where to start. After making contact with Positive People she started on her self-employment journey.

Marie felt lost at first, not knowing how to set up a website or how to use social media for advertising and marketing her new pet business. She felt she had no confidence with self-employment knowledge and couldn’t afford a laptop or funds for a bookkeeping course.

“Chloe from Cosmic supported me with the website set up, how to use social media tips and tricks, and how to market online and advertise.

“Peter, the self-employment coach helped with business planning, registering and contacting HMRC.

“My Change Coach funded a laptop and bookkeeping course to help me successfully manage my online training and my business.

“I now feel I am more confident, I believe in myself and I am competent in running and advertising my business. I also improved my skillset by completing online training.

“My plan for the near future is to keep growing the business and building up a clientele. I also want to add a bookkeeping service to the business.

“Positive People were always very quick and prompt in helping me with any questions and queries”.

Marie now runs her own pet service, providing walking, grooming and general pet sitting.