Not one to sit still for long, shortly after taking redundancy as a college IT lecturer, Hadden made the decision to take some time out to give something back. He decided to volunteer in Europe as part of a global expedition. During his travels he found himself in familiar territory and using his skills to support people with their websites, utilising skills he picked up teaching web design in his former role.
“Over the years I have had lots of positive feedback about my ‘creations’ which always motivates me! I have always loved web design and using my skills to help people has always been a passion of mine.”
Feeling inspired from his recent expedition, Hadden knew that he wanted to use his skills to help others with their websites. Visiting the Job Centre on his return, Hadden was signposted to Outset Cornwall to get the help he needed to get his idea off the ground.
“The programme has been great fun and has given me the pragmatic support I needed to focus on the business elements of my new idea. It was refreshing to have a non-stuffy, relaxed yet informative workshop to attend every week, keeping me inspired and on track to launch my new business.”
Hadden’s new business, HeHa Web Design offers bespoke websites for small businesses, coupled with search engine optimisation, print design and IT training. The great news is Hadden can utilise all the skills he has already required to work with a variety of different clients across the county. All Hadden’s websites are bespoke and delivered in a way that is jargon-free and designed with the upmost professionalism.
“I would like to keep my business as close to its original ideals as possible. i.e. helping small businesses make better use of the web to promote themselves as much as possible. I want to make sure I create quality products with excellent service at a great price!”
Hadden continues to make some great new connections through the Outset programme and is already working with five clients who he has met through networking. Hadden also has hosted some sessions for Outset Cornwall, helping new businesses with their SEO and their web development on their Accelerator programme.
“Setting up my own business has been very rewarding, and I have experienced a steep learning curve throughout the process. I couldn’t of done any of it without Outset and the support of my advisor. It makes me realise that when you get a satisfied customer, it’s all worth it!”