When Amanda, a former mortgage adviser, was offered retraining after losing her job in the banking crisis, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.
“I’d been a witness for a friend’s will and enjoyed the process so much that I decided to look into becoming a will writer myself.
“First of all I did a correspondence course, then undertook some training with The Society of Will Writers. I am now a member of the Society and keep up to date with my training.”
Amanda has been in the will writing business for two and a half years and loves meeting people from all walks of life. “No day is ever the same,” she says.
“I gave Trudy Thompson a call after coming across Entrepreneurs Retreat on Facebook and in the local PL24 magazine. I wondered whether they could provide some help and advice.
“I told told Trudy about my business and she assessed what she could for me. First of all she suggested I write a list of all the things I wanted to achieve and all the things I expected to achieve.”
Amanda has had a handful of coaching sessions with Trudy to challenge self limiting beliefs and her fear of public speaking.
“Before I met Trudy I would never had stood up in front of other people to talk about my business. Now I speak at local networking events and I’ve also become Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall branch of The Society of Will Writers.
“I’m not only doing wills and power of attorney, I also work on trusts, funeral plans, obtain life insurance quotes and check pensions. I am a specialist and there are very few specialists like me in Cornwall.”
“I also feel much more confident about what I do. Previously I would talk myself out of telling people about my service. Now I’m more proactive.
“I’m feeling very optimistic about my business and if I feel stuck again Trudy will put me back on track.”
Interview by Sharon Barnard, August 2016
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Entrepreneurs Retreat is run by social entrepreneurs Trudy Thompson and Josh Taylor.
Enterprising people visit the retreat for inspiration and guidance through business coaching sessions and workshop training events.
The income generated by the retreat funds free coaching sessions for local people to help them develop the right mindset to successfully run their own business. Trudy and Josh have invested in business premises in the village through their community fund which supports the growth of the small businesses they coach.
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