After talking through the available options, Aiyesha signed up for an Introduction to Enterprise course, which is designed to help clients overcome any real or perceived barriers they may have to running a business, by building their confidence and helping them to become more aware of their transferable skills. After completing the course, Aiyesha went on to launch her own mobile hairdressing business, signing off benefits once and for all in December 2012.
Her ambition now is to open her own salon. Working on her business, she explains, gave her a sense of accomplishment and the confidence to improve other areas of her life too. She says, “I finally gave up cannabis for my kids. Now I just want to invest the money into my business rather than drugs.”
“Even in the most challenging of life circumstances, Outset can make a difference. I received positivity, support and enthusiasm from the group. I felt really comfortable, enjoyed it and looked forward to going each time. It was nice to hear other people’s ideas and feedback on your own ideas. We all worked at things together even though we had very different business ideas.”