14th April 2016

DSCF5084 (2)Having worked for many firms, Alison wanted the autonomy of being self-employed. She began looking at her options – researching business support online, she found Nwes.

Through the Start & Grow programme, Alison’s Nwes Advisor helped her refine her business plan, guiding her on cash flow projections and strategy. Working with Nwes, she secured the finance needed to launch through a Start Up Loan. Wills Express, her online solicitor business, launched in October 2015. Seeing clients in their homes around Essex, Alison offers a whole suite of professional services including Will drafting and preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Alison knows the programme’s impact has been key in the business’ growth. “I meet with an Nwes representative monthly to discuss how the business is progressing and it is very helpful in setting action plans for the forthcoming month. For those wishing to start their own business, I would recommend taking advice from an organization such as Nwes where people with experience can guide you through the process and make suggestions or challenges which help move the business forward.”

Used to working for bigger firms, Alison has found self-employment a little less social at times – “This is where going out and networking with other business owners helps.” But the lows never outweigh the highs – the freedom to work independently and to make her own decisions.

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