My Career Journey so far…
So let’s start at the beginning shall we? After struggling through three years of university I finally graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Photography in 2013. Despite being a highly creative person I knew that the photography industry wasn’t for me so I set about trying to discover an alternative career path. I’d been interested in blogs for years at this point and finally decided to bite the bullet and set up my own which is when Jess Who was officially born. As well as getting the opportunity to flex my creative muscles again, the blog also acted as a portfolio when it came to applying for roles within the digital marketing industry which is the career path I decided I wanted to pursue.
Over the next couple of years I worked within a variety of roles for national brands such as AO.com and Hillarys developing my knowledge of content marketing, social media, SEO, event management and influencer marketing. During this time I also started to pick up some freelance social media work on the side via contacts I’m made within my day job. Thanks to many word of mouth recommendations my client base grew quite substantially within a short period of time and in December 2017 I was able to take the leap into full-time self-employment specialising in offering social media marketing services for creative business owners.
After achieving what had felt like a life-long ambition of becoming my own boss I felt ridiculously ungrateful when after a few months of working for myself I found that I was struggling. The loneliness and isolation that comes with working from home remotely really started to set in and I found myself feeling increasingly negative about my future as a business owner. I started to write about my experiences on the blog and found that these articles were gaining traction with other freelancers and business owners who had faced similar struggles and were looking for support or guidance.
In late 2018 I started arranging casual co-working meet-ups at a local coffee shop with a couple of freelancers I knew and over time this began to grow and gain interest from a whole host female business owners based in Nottingham. Earlier this year I decided to take this passion for bringing together like-minded individuals and transform it into a supportive community called The Co-Working Club.
For female business owners who want to FOR themselves not BY themselves, The Co-Working Club consists of regular meet-ups and events, an inspiring weekly podcast and a handy monthly newsletter packed full of advice and guidance for anyone struggling with the isolation that comes with working from home. My overall goal is for The Co-Working Club to help freelancers, business owners and remote workers all over the UK, not just in Nottingham so keep your eyes peeled for lots of exciting developments coming your way in 2020!