Go For It Programme
A Mid Ulster mum-of-four has found the perfect balance between family life and a successful career by launching her very own virtual assistant business with the support of the Go For It Programme.
Eve Beattie, who lives in Magherafelt, explains that it was during her maternity leave with her fourth child that she had the vision to establish her own business. “I realised that with the time constraints of four young children and the price of childcare going back to work was no longer a feasible option. I wanted to do something which would allow me to combine the flexibility of family with work and give me a good balance. I also wanted to develop and use my skill sets.”
From her initial idea, Eveva was born – setting her up as a virtual assistant. “I saw a niche in the market for this type of work with small businesses and self- employed people who simply do not have the time to manage the tasks themselves,” she explains.
“I offer a range of services, particularly in digital marketing, where I manage email marketing campaigns and social media pages for clients. I joined a few local networking groups, where I have since met my first clients and I am now starting to see referrals come through.” she explains.
Eve turned her vision into a reality after taking part in the Go For It Programme which was delivered free of charge within Workspace Enterprises. We provide expert advice and help with developing a robust business plan to help turn ideas into a reality.
Commenting on the success of the programme Eve, who did it through the Workspace Group and Mid Ulster District Council said;
“Often it is hard to know where to start; that was my experience before starting the Go For It Programme. The support and guidance offered through it helped me fine tune my business idea from concept to working reality. Workspace Enterprises helped me with practical things in the early stages like setting out a business plan and doing a detailed analysis. It was great for helping me to budget and forward plan.”
Patricia Elliott, our business advisor within Workspace Enterprises said: “Eve came to the Go For It Programme with a wealth of digital marketing and business administration experience, with a genuine drive to offer SME’s across Northern Ireland essential support services.
“We worked with Eve to develop a business plan that focused her on defining her service provision, marketing and financial forecasting, as well as helping her tap into local networking opportunities for generating business leads.
“It’s great to see Eve doing so well and continuing to grow her business. She is building a strong reputation in the local business community for offering an excellent service. Workspace Enterprises wishes her all the very best and we look forward to seeing her continue to grow.”
If you have a business idea you’d like to develop or if you are thinking about starting a business call 028 796 28 113 to get started.