Having left her teaching job due to illness in 2011, Catharine was more or less unemployed for 7 years and feeling unable to access the support she really needed to pursue her business dream. And that’s where Better Off Finance and Enterprise Hub came in ..
Catharine joined the Better Off Finance programme, which supports people to improve their financial capability and prepare and progress into sustainable employment, or access training opportunities. Regaining control of her personal finances, Catharine felt empowered to begin thinking about employment opportunities and the next step forward.
Contacting The Women’s Organisation, Catharine said: “I had a couple of business ideas but didn’t know where to start. My adviser helped me to see that I have skills that can be utilised in a home business and gave me confidence to know that I could do it. She was fantastic at explaining the nuts and bolts of how to start a business and how to market yourself on social media.”
Coming out of the other side, she is now an editor and proof-reader able to bring written work to publishing standard. She has edited documents for a variety of academic journals and textbooks and written several educational textbooks for children learning English; “I am now a business-owner running my own editorial business from home – Enterprise Hub has allowed me to achieve this in less than a year”. The biggest mark of success for Catharine is that she will now be able to buy her own house, a dream she had once given up on when claiming benefits.
To read more of Catharine’s story, head to The Women’s Organisation blog. If you’d like to find out more about Catharine Ramage Editorial, head to her website or Facebook.
If you’d like to find out more about Better Off Finance or Enterprise Hub, contact us on 0151 706 8111 and speak to a member of our Engagement Team.