Students Learn to Be Your Own Boss
1 November 2012
New entrepreneurs Sarah Bosley and Beckie Holmes of Occasional Assistants, joined students from across the University at a HCfE and Careers, Placement and Experience Centre event...
New entrepreneurs Sarah Bosley and Beckie Holmes of Occasional Assistants, joined students from across the University at a HCfE and Careers, Placement and Experience Centre event, to tell the story behind how they set up their successful online database for business support professionals. The directors originally set up the business to market their own PR and events expertise in order to freelance whilst raising their families. They have since won the Theo Paphitis #SBS title via Twitter earlier this year and were shortlisted for the Mumsclub Business Awards.
Beckie Holmes, a University of Reading alumni, explained how networking has been key to their business success, but how they had also benefitted from being mentored by a more experienced business person. The business partners plan to continue to expand their business and Sarah explained how the company had spent time on carefully profiling their potential members and clients as part of their larger overall marketing plan.
The directors underlined the challenges of running their own business, including long hours and the steep learning curve that new business owners undergo, often making extensive use of personal contacts with knowledge in areas in which they were novices. They also highlighted the highs of running their own business, and their celebrations when their membership grew beyond their expectations in a very short time.
Beckie explained: 'While I thoroughly enjoyed my degree, it would have been really helpful to have also done some business training. Sessions like this are really helpful for anyone looking to set up their own business.' Sarah added: 'We know that some of the students in the session have already set up their businesses, or are looking to do so. We hope our session gave them some indication of what to do, and the confidence to get on and do it'.