BA (Honours) Business Management, Class of 2012
Joanne runs her own business coaching company in Sheffield.
What happened after I graduated
'As soon as I finished my degree I went self-employed and set up my own business, SMART Support for Business Ltd. I was approached by another business coach and offered a contract to work with him on his mentoring programme and be the main support contact for the professional businessmen and women who were in his group. This has led me to become an integral part of the team and well respected within a community of business owners who can see value in the work that I do.
'Since starting the business I have secured contracts with a number of regular coaching clients who I work with one to one on either a monthly or quarterly basis. I now work in multiple locations around the UK supporting business owners and their teams to develop and grow and achieve their goals. It has been an exciting start to the journey and I am looking forward to taking the business to the next level.'
What my job involves
'I support business owners who are looking to increase their sales or take a more focused role in growing their business. My specialism is helping them to rediscover their motivation and build better and more effective relationships with their teams, so that they can improve their results. As well as the coaching and team services I also run a small Mastermind group specifically for accountants.'
How Sheffield Hallam helped me
'Studying at Sheffield Hallam gave me more confidence in my knowledge of business and management. As a result, I am able to use that knowledge to teach other business owners how to better manage their teams. There were many great lecturers throughout the course but stand out ones for me were Jules O’Dor and Beverley McMillan, both of whom were inspirational and offered me a significant amount of support. In addition the team in the Research and Innovation Office were a great support in helping me with getting my business established.
A word to the wise
'If you have an idea for a business but are not sure whether you can do it, talk to the team in the Research and Innovation Office and ask their advice. Don’t be put off by those around you who are too scared to do it, do your research and then be brave and take that step.'
'My aim is to continue to grow the business so that I can continue to offer support to a wider number of business owners and their teams. As the business grows I will look to offer some sub-contract work to enable me to get support with the admin and paperwork side of my business.'