Following a bout of anxiety and stress, Tara Trethowan decided she needed to re-evaluate her work-life balance so she could maintain her successful career while also enjoying more time with her family.
After weighing up the family finances, Tara decided to resign from her job and make the leap into setting up a business of her own, enrolling on the Outset Cornwall programme for support.
“I initially thought about opening a café, but after realising I knew nothing about baking or coffee beans, I quickly decided against it.
“I have three mentors who I regularly turn to for advice. After discussing my ideas and aspirations with them, they agreed that my skills and passion lay in sales and business development, so here I am!”
While researching funding and training opportunities online for her new venture, Tara discovered Outset Cornwall and quickly signed up for the programme.
“For me, the Outset programme gave me a great opportunity to learn about other businesses and industries, as well as from other peoples’ experiences. Outset really helped me understand the full potential of my business and set realistic growth targets, plus I got to make some great friends,” she said.
Tara launched Tara Trethowan Business Development Consultancy shortly after completing the Outset programme, focusing on supporting Cornish businesses with their sales, training, mentoring and business development needs.
“So far, the majority of my clients have come through referral, which is the best marketing you can ask for. It just proves that what I’m doing works and really benefits my clients,” she said.
In terms of services, Tara wants to expand to help start-up businesses as well as established companies, offering her services either on an ad-hoc or service level agreement basis.
“The future is looking bright and exciting for my business; I’m in the position that I’m looking to take on an apprentice, as well as move into an office! There are definitely exciting times ahead!”