When I began creating this website of my business idea I was unwell and on long term sick leave from my regular full-time employment. I had a lot of time on my hands and I guess I was worried that my illness would not allow me to return to work at all? How would I pay my bills? I was lucky at the time to live in a lovely house out of town, giving me peace to work on my idea.
Even though I am no computer expert, after some research and trial and error, I found a self-build website program that allowed me to be creative and attempt to put my idea across.
I had been researching my family tree for 20 years and had taught myself a way to share my findings with family members that was more than just a print out formulated by a program. It was more detailed, more personal. Looking at everyone in the tree and expanding on the story of their lives. Where they lived, how they made money, the highs and the lows of everyday life. This then led me to create personalised family tree posters, again more detailed than an average print out formulated via a program. I am still refining my skills.
Thankfully after a few months, medication was found that reduced my symptoms (A tablet a day, keeps the doctor away) and I was able to return to work. My job consists of 12-hour continental shifts.
With the website up, I found I had no time or spare money to promote or offer services, so it has sat there in the background gathering dust.
After moving home and getting settled, the business side of things was never far from my mind, but I lacked motivation to continue given the time restraints.
I then saw an advert via Facebook promoting women in business ran by Causeway Enterprise. They were looking for women from the Causeway Coast and Glens area with a business idea to take part in a programme called the ‘Power of 4’. I immediately applied and am happy to say was accepted to take part.
It is all well and good having an idea for a business but knowing how to develop the idea, control sales and marketing and deal with all the financial details is beyond me! After week one of the programme I have been thrown into the world of business. Dealing with business models and valuation statements has me buzzing and I am more inspired than ever!
I did not gain many qualifications from High School, I believe my brain was not ready to absorb the information at that time. I have since gained various qualifications via courses and am very proud to be a life learner!
I find myself so lucky to be able to network with an amazing group of likeminded individuals, to grow and learn with them will be an inspiration.
I invite you to join me in my journey towards my goal of sharing our local history! Watch the website change for the better. I will update the blog on a weekly basis with a candid report of progress.
Onwards and upwards!
Wish me luck!