Active Outcomes started with an idea. The same is true of most organisations, but this idea wasn’t exactly my own. I had left my job as a Policy Officer in local government and was considering what I really wanted to do after moving back up north to the beautiful city of York. One of my former work colleagues suggested that I look into training as a proofreader and copy editor as she thought I would be really good at it.
This seed lay dormant for a while as self-employment was not a career option I had considered. I had studied English Literature and Politics at the University of York, followed by a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy, it had never occurred to me that the world of business and self-employment was a niche I could comfortably fit into.
I struggled to find any opportunities that I really wanted to take advantage of. Job specifications weren’t a good fit, I felt they would not challenge me, or that I would not have a chance to use and further develop the skill set I had already spent years building up.
There was no perfect fit available for me and so I decided to go my own way. Offering a service which used my skills as a writer, researcher, communicator, pedant, manager and analyst. One which might be useful for other small businesses and organisations that may lack that specific strategic skill set that I possess.
Being a solopreneur is challenging. You have to wear a lot of different hats and be flexible and adaptable to rapidly changing circumstances. Having the right skills in place can make all the difference, even if only for a few hours, and that is where I come in. I can offer a fresh pair of eyes and a brand new perspective and find it rewarding to help others see past the problem to find the perfect solution.
For me, no two days are ever the same. I get to work with a huge variety of clients from various backgrounds and sectors. All of whom present me with interesting projects to get stuck into doing the type of work I love, writing, researching, planning and managing projects and performance. Working for myself gives me a chance to indulge my creative side, except for when I’m doing my accounts, of course.