Success Stories

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From Corporate Suits to Cotton Pyjamas

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"I'd become disillusioned with the corporate work environment. I knew I needed to make the jump." Now, Becky Lupton is awake and working at 2 a.m., juggling a baby and a business, and making mistakes along the way. But even on her exhausted days, she has no regrets. This is her story.

From Spreadsheets to Healthy Drinks

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"When you make such a big change, things are always going to go wrong. That's just part of it." Andy Sugden quit his corporate job to turn an innovative side-project into a business. Here's how he enlisted the help of others, overcame tight finances, and created a career he's proud of.

From Fabrics to Brands and Blogs

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"I've never felt happy with the jobs I've had, so I figured the issue was probably me." In search of more creativity and freedom, Rhiannon James took herself on a journey of mini-projects, new connections, and self-discovery. Here's how she pulled together the threads and created a portfolio career that finally fits.

From Marketing to Health and Wellness

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"I was feeling disillusioned. I've always been hardworking and driven. But... there was no room for progression." When Lesley Collins saw a friend building a successful business of her own, her curiosity was sparked. Here's how she learned to navigate the naysayers and build a new career on her lunch breaks.

From Journalism to Property

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"It was the only career I'd ever known. It was a hard decision to leave." Daniel Freeman had an exciting career, but the lack of security and reward left him frustrated. Now he's found a job that looks less glamorous from the outside, but feels infinitely better on the inside. This is his story.

From Iconic Brand to Own Label

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"Life is for living. I'd always wanted to have my own business... so what was I waiting for?" After a difficult year and a painful redundancy, Laura Bonnell was forced to re-evaluate. Now she says she's never been happier – but the journey to her new career wasn't easy. This is her story.

From Landscapes to Wagging Tails

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"I was good at my job, but I was exhausted. I barely saw my husband, let alone my friends. I had to take stock." Now Janet Reading's swapped her 80+ hour a week job for her own business, but not without a fair amount of emotion along the way. This is her story.

From Planning to Teaching

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"The more money I earned, the less happy I felt." When Christopher Harris had an unexpected bereavement, he knew he couldn't waste another minute in an unfulfilling career. So, he went back to university, rediscovered his love of learning, and after a long, challenging career change journey, is feeling energised again. This is his story.

From Engineering to E-commerce

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"I enjoyed the work... but there wasn't really anything creative about my role. This was the missing link for me."  So Beth Elsdon braved some rocky financial times to set up an online craft marketplace – bringing what she loved into her career and getting the flexibility she was after. Here's how she did it.

From Osteopathy to Elves

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"I decided that unless I gave it a go, I would always wonder what would have happened.” Emily Beckloff loved her day job but also had a burning curiosity to see if she could turn one of her other passions into a side business. Here’s how she navigated vulnerability and choke hazards to make her dreams – and those of children all over the world – a reality.

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