After being made redundant or ‘laid off’ from an office job, I used my freedom and extra money to start OfficeHounds.
For a giggle, when preparing this email, I had a look at our old British website officehounds .co.uk on the Waybackmachine.
I’d included the quote…
‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
What an appropriate quote for a no-nothing-wannabe-business-woman! The startup of the business was approached with great enthusiasm and that enthusiasm and fortitude carried the business through difficult times. When the business was still fairly young, my husband had a major surgery for Cauda Equina Syndrome that left him with a permanent disability. Enthusiasm and necessity pushed me to grow the business when it was our only source of income. I became a Virtual Assistant for a woman who earned an MBE (award from the Queen) for her service to British small businesses. I relentlessly learned and listened to the needs of small businesses in the UK and moved into social media marketing. So many small business owners were struggling with this and needed affordable support. A highlight during my time in the UK was doing social media for a non-profit tech startup that was a community crowdfunding platform. I was proud to earn my place on the Board of Directors and even more proud to be invited to attend two meetings at the Palace of Westminster!