Hey everyone, my name's Rachel Berk and I'm based in Norfolk in the UK. I joined the accelerator program in March. We're now in mid-April. And it's been a bit of a rollercoaster. I left my job as a marketing manager in July 2017. I had had a one-year-old baby and I really couldn't deal with working full-time and looking after my family and I had to make a priority call and decided that I would go self-employed. It was a bit of a leap for me and it was stressful, but it's definitely the right thing to do.
I got a client pretty fast and they've been brilliant but I really realized really quickly that there was just no way that I could ever scale kind of that business. It would involve too much of me. It would likely involve a lot of travel. I was very lucky to get a client based very close to me, but ultimately I'd have to travel to London to get more clients and I'm based in Norwich. So for anyone not in the UK, that's not that much of a commute, but if you wanna spend time with the family and live out in rural areas, which is what I do, then yeah, it was gonna be too much.
So Sam's course really came at the right time and it was a bit of a leap of faith. I watched the video and paid the money and thought, "Oh god, what have I done?" I was really worried that I just piled a load of money that I didn't really have into this course. But I knew from the first video that it was gonna be brilliant and it really has been.
I've sort of jumped around a little bit in the course and I think Sam might tell me off for that. But there were things that I felt I couldn't know without, or I couldn't do, without knowing other things first. So I picked my niche, aiming for UX Agencies who need to recruit UX designers, so that's user experience designers. And there's a real need for that right. It's a really competitive industry. And I'm aiming to recruit using Facebook.
And I've not gone out to sell it yet. I pitched it to my old employer last week and I saw some real holes in my script. There were a few things that definitely need fixing. And I'm kind of just ... I've got faith in everything and I'm really trying to keep myself grounded and not get too hung up in the detail, which is a real issue of mine. And try not to worry too much 'cause it's ... You know I couldn't keep going the way I was going, so something has to change. Yeah, I'm trusting in it and really trying to focus on the mindset stuff, 'cause I think that that's really gonna help me.
Yeah, so I'm kind of really looking at defining my offer a bit more and I'm about to start building my funnels because as Sam says, "You only know if you're right if you go out and do the strategy course." So that's my next step. So I'm really looking forward to what maybe this time next year might look like and I hope I have more than one client. But it's been great and thank you, Sam, and I definitely recommend this to anyone else that really wants to go out on their own and set up a consulting business.