Tessa Budd has recently made a very big career change from being a virtual assistant to the owner of Vintage Franglais, selling gorgeous vintage French and British items. With a shift in focus from PA Partner to her new business venture and her love of gardening, Tessa writes about her career journey and all the ups and downs, and the sparkly bits, that come along with it.
Some people know what they want to do when they grow up. For others it takes a while to work out. Honing your niche can be a labour of love, but when you get there, it's a revelation.
Jill Robinson is the founder of Organic Pilates - she is based in Durham and teaches pilates, post-natal pilates, barre and offers personal training sessions. Jill tells us about her journey from the hectic lifestyle of of a performance analyst and subsequent London commuter, to finding her passion in pilates and becoming a self-employed pilates instructor. We're thrilled to have her on the blog and hope you enjoy her story!
Running a small business requires a strong network. This can be made up of customers and clients, people who can help you and people like you. Networking, whether in person or online, is the best way to make connections and build relationships – these are the people that could determine the success of your business!
Ever considered a big career change? Maybe you aren't happy in your current job, aren't earning as much as you would like, or maybe you have a burning desire to do something different and out of the ordinary. Nathalie Paris, founder of Natta-Lingo, describes how a tragic life event and change in circumstances led her from being a full-time secondary school teacher to a self-employed mobile French library bus driver!
My name is Alex, I am 18 years old and I have been recently appointed as Assistant Sparkler for Sparkle Communications! A matter of only a few months ago, I was studying English Literature in my first (and subsequently last) term at university.