Phew, where did that Monday go? Just time for a quick round-up of a few of our latest mentors, who have joined within the last week.
First-up: meet quakquak – professional organiser!
I am the owner/operator of a professional organising company, providing organising services and strategies for businesses and homes. I assist clients by streamlining their environment and systems to alleviate the stress, frustration and confusion associated with disorganisation thereby increasing productivity and profitability for businesses and harmony in clients’ homes.
Having lived in Canada for almost 30 years, I was well aware of the professional organising techniques there and employed them in my own life and for others around me. At university, I was always the one structuring the study meetings and organising events. When I moved into the corporate world, I consistently found myself gravitating towards roles where I was ensuring that processes and procedures were followed and where quality assurance was a must.
Having turned 40 last year, I had that epiphany that most of us have around this age. Life is short. It was time to make my mark. Having set up a small business in the past year, I was so thankful for the advice I had from others in order to achieve this. After my son was born, I decided to move out of the corporate world and work for myself.
Why mentor on horsesmouth?
As I had been organising friends, family and others since I was at university, I realised that this is what I was really good at and passionate about. I loved helping others get their organising structures in place and living a decluttered life. The move from a corporate career has been such a fantastic move. Not only has it given me the chance to do what I love, it affords me the flexibility that I was looking for to ensure that I was caring for my family in a way that suited our lifestyle. Although there will be always times where you feel unmotivated and sometimes even deflated, moving steadily forward has helped me personally in my business set-up and growth. I would like to share my ideas and thoughts with others having similar experiences.
Next up, Rofhouse, offering 35 years of business and entrepreneurial experience.
I have been responsible for a businesses or their development for 35 years. My experience extends across a range of setors but generically will add value to any business. Architecture, Construction, Security, Leisure, Agriculture, Catering, Electronics and more.
I have been an architectural specifier, a salesman, company director, farm park operator. I have worked with enterprises large and small, five startups went to £multimillion and I have been the lead in winning two international business awards.
My passion is working with and supporting micro businesses. I have established a group of entrepreneurs under the banner of the Centre for Micro Business C.I.C – a social enterprise in order to deliver an accredited programme for startups and those seeking growth. I have also undertaken the basic SFEDI mentoring course.
My involvement in supporting businesses includes Chairmanship of the Federation of Small Businesses in Kent.
Why mentor on horsesmouth?
I have a huge bank of experience and accumulated knowledge. My passion is to ensure that the grass roots of the economy is nurtured and I believe that can be accomplished by helping those climbing the ladder. I enjoy meeting people and the challenge of problem solving.
And finally, Sian88, offering advice on overcoming OCD and dealing with domestic violence.
I’m nearly 24, and I live in Bath. I’d like to turn some of my life experiences into something positive and to communicate with other people about some of the issues we usually keep to ourselves. I know what it’s like to feel burdened with things. I consider myself to be empathetic and compassionate so it would be great to use that in helping others.
I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and learning about the condition has helped me live a more normal life. My OCD was undiagnosed for many years, I didn’t even tell anyone about my disabling, crippling thought patterns, – and this all started when I was young, twelve or thirteen. It was only when I read about OCD aged twenty that I realised I wasn’t insane, as I’d previously thought. I have suffered from depression caused by not understanding my OCD, but also as a result of real and tangible things; loneliness, ostracisation by my peers, negative opinion of myself.
I experienced domestic abuse when living with a male friend at University. It was only violent once or twice but his behaviour was still aggressive and frightening. He mentally abused me, playing mind games, belittling me, using nasty insults and demeaning everything that meant anything to me. I think I would be helpful for people in a similar situation who don’t necessarily even realise that they are being abused, as the media depicts domestic abuse as always involving physical harm. Often, I think, as women, we come to expect belittlement by men; this is utterly wrong and I want to help other women (or men) who are in this situation or anything similar.
Why mentor on horsesmouth?
I want to do something worthwhile with my free time and I think, especially in the current financial and social situation, it is important that we pitch in to help one another using free and easily accessible services.