Rebekah Hamilton – Oyster Accounts
When Rebekah lost her public sector job due to recent cutbacks, she felt it was time to consider the possibility of working for herself, creating her own job where she could use her skills and experience and have the flexibility she needed to fit around her family.
Although feeling highly confident in her skills as a qualified bookkeeper, she felt less than sure about how to turn her knowledge into a viable business, so she got in touch with local business start-up support programme, Outset Torbay.
“I have a head for figures and great attention to detail but I had next-to-no experience in selling my services to clients and was not confident about being my own boss. Happily I was able to meet others on the Outset programme who were in the same boat.”
Rebekah completed the eight fully-funded Business start-up workshops that helped her assess the viability of working for herself. From marketing and financial planning to sales and promotion, Rebekah gained the skills to de-risk her business idea, within a group of like-minded people. She also refreshed her bookkeeping training before going on to launch ‘Oyster Accounts’.
“Starting my own business has been very exciting. I never thought I would enjoy the selling aspect, but going out, meeting business owners and talking to them about what they do is actually fun, and when they agree that we can work together – well, that’s the best feeling of all!”
Since completing the workshops, Rebekah has been able to get continued support as she develops her business.
“Going from working in a friendly office full of people to working by yourself is daunting. I’ve found the one-to-one coaching sessions really supportive as a sounding board and a source of new ideas. There are regular networking events too – my first client was someone I met on the Outset programme!”
Rebekah is now looking to the future, continuing her professional development to offer Self-Assessment tax returns, and building her client base.