Weston-super-mare residents who dream of being their own boss spent the morning with those who have been there and done it and others who can help to make it happen recently, at the first of several #BOSSIT events planned to take place in the town.
#BOSSIT is a new campaign to help people living in Bournville, Coronation, Oldmixon, the Potteries and the Town Centre, who are wondering if they could be their own boss. It provides the opportunity to explore how individual talents, skills and interests can be used to create a business and offers lots of support to help people who have, or wish to develop, a business idea.
A series of events are being held in Weston through the coming months to give people the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and ideas with experts, find out about the free help and advice that exists to support them, gain the help they need to overcome any barriers they face and hear from inspirational local people who are successfully being their own boss.
Some 30 people attended the first #BOSSIT event, organised by North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA), Skills4Work and Westonworks (on Thursday 16 November) and heard local resident Nina Payne, who started her business – the SEO Lady – five years ago, tell the story of her experiences. Nina used the talent and expertise she had gained from becoming experienced at selling on e-bay to create a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) business, ranking clients’ websites in Google, whether they are locally based in Somerset, nationwide or international, to appear at the top of internet searches and increase the volume of website visitors.
Business advisor Liz Gjoni was on hand on behalf of NSEA to offer free information and tips on starting out in business and a host of local agencies including Weston College, North Somerset Community Learning and the National Careers Service were in attendance, providing helpful advice and resources.
All of those who attended can now take a further step towards their ambition by meeting on a one-to-one basis with a business specialist, who will help them explore their ideas in more detail, completely free of charge.
Angela Hicks, Chief Executive of NSEA, said: “We were thrilled to experience so many people and so much interest at our first #Bossit event – and to see people going away more confident in their abilities to take their business idea forward.”
SEO Lady Nina Payne said: “It has been a pleasure for me to share my journey and help others to see what being your own boss looks like. I experienced a short period of unemployment in 2013 and for the first time began to realise that I could actually work from home without the dreaded daily commute! However I have to be busy, so had to create a business that would really work for me. I now love what I do.
“For a while it can be scary and you may not be convinced you will ever earn enough to cover the bills, but there are many thriving and exciting small businesses like mine out there – and room for plenty more!”.
For those who missed the first event, further #Bossit activities will take place on January 18, from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon at The Stable in Wadham Street, Weston-super-mare and on January 26, from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon at Alliance Homes at Weston Court in Oldmixon Crescent, Weston-super-Mare.
More information can be obtained by calling NSEA on 01934 418118 or by following the campaign Facebook page: @bossitwsm.