Ling’s self-employment success with Compassionate Cuppa

Ling Salter runs Compassionate Cuppa, a service that provides mentoring for emotional wellbeing. Ling attended the Create course in 2019 soon after she began her business to learn more about self-employment and find out how to grow and establish herself in her industry.


Becoming self-employed

“I had not long started my business – Compassionate Cuppa, when I heard about the Radian’s ‘Create’ course. I knew I still had a lot to learn regarding being self-employed and so finding the course was really ideal.

“Personal circumstances and a desire to use my skills and experiences to help people in a meaningful way led me to deciding to become self-employed. But you don’t become successful overnight – there is so much to learn and so much to do.


What is Compassionate Cuppa?

“Compassionate Cuppa provides mentoring for emotional wellbeing. It’s a bespoke service – we visit people and work with them on a one-to-one basis. We take time to listen to them, find out what is troubling them and learn about their situation. The aim being to find out what their challenges are and formulate a plan that will help them move forward in their lives.

“Where possible, we action the first steps together with the person. When you are trying to make changes in your life, you need to feel supported in the changes you’re trying to make.

“The job can be very varied, depending on people’s needs and preferences. Sometimes we might be working alongside other organisations that involved with that person in some way. Or we might be required to refer people to more specialised services.


Getting yourself out there when self-employed

“It’s really rewarding work and the rewards are great. But it’s as equally challenging as it is rewarding.

“Learning about marketing and getting yourself ‘out there’ so that people are aware of your service is one of the biggest challenges of being self-employed. But becoming self-employed and doing something I never thought possible is worth it.

“When you start a different chapter in your life (for me, self-employment) you start a learning curve in that area. You learn a bit, enough to realise that there’s much more to learn.

“Being self-employed is hard when you don’t have the security of a regular income. However, I have made new connections that I definitely wouldn’t have sought if I was in a regular job. I am happy that I can work in a way that suits my lifestyle, that aligns with what I am passionate about and that reflects my values.”


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