Everyday People

"I was moved by the kindness and humility of the people around me, and I wanted to help." Sam Beardall Community

Everyday People

I was moved by the kindness and humility of the people around me, and I wanted to help. This is how I went from being a single Mum while at university to helping freelancers and small business owners make a difference.


 

Things did not get off to a flying start

Growing up in Scunthorpe, I used to daydream about what I wanted to do with my life. However, things did not go as planned. While I was at university, I became a single mum. Then, after graduating, I spent ten years in a controlling marriage.

In 2011, I got divorced. Feeling liberated and empowered, I started an events company. I loved growing the business and being part of the small business community. We received Visit York’s Outstanding Customer Service Award and York Press Tourism Business of the Year in 2013. It was so exciting! In a city based on tourism, it felt like the story of David and Goliath.

After five years, my business partner and I parted ways. And I had a fresh start.

 

Another bump in the road

Over the years, I had been to my fair share of draining networking events where people were only interested in making a sale. You know the ones I mean. As a result, I only wanted to work with people who shared my values. So, I built a platform that connected great freelancers with fulfilling projects.

To test the market, we created a minimal viable product. Things got off to an excellent start. Then, my developers went out of business and ran out of money. Another developer offered to finish the platform in exchange for help with marketing. By the time it was ready, my motivation and mental health had suffered.

To pick myself back up, I walked about 8 miles a day. With so much time to think, I started to wonder about the purpose of life. I wanted to live mine to the fullest.

I read a lot of books while figuring out my purpose. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl changed how I saw life. It helped me to focus on the meaningful things, and I felt compelled to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Sunshine among the clouds

This brings us to March 2020.

Among many devastating effects, COVID swept the small business community like a tsunami. Many businesses lost customers, and some were forced to close entirely.

Despite personal challenges, people came together to help others. Business owners volunteered their time with community groups and advocated for those whose voices needed to be heard.

These rays of sunshine accelerated change.

I was inspired by their humility and kindness and wanted to help them make a difference.

There are over 5 million freelancers and small business owners in the United Kingdom. A growing number of people want to run a business that cares about the people they work with, gives back to society, and protects the environment.

Fortunately, there is a growing amount of support for values-driven organisations.

There is a lot of brilliant support from the small business community. Business groups, social enterprises and local authorities also offer a variety of programmes, grants, events, and resources to help freelancers & small businesses make a difference.

However, information is dotted here, there and everywhere.

I felt that bringing all this support together in one place would help those already making a difference and inspire others to do the same.

I created a hub that brings everything together in one place. This saves you hours of searching because we do it for you and get suggestions from the values-driven business community. I also wanted to streamline the information so you can see what support is available, how it aligns with your values, and how it could help your business.

Having a reliable hub makes it easier for freelancers and small businesses to make a bigger difference.


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