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in my head
The light went on in my
A couple of years ago a friend of mine told me about a
business where I could get paid every time a customer turned on a light, but it
wasn't until September 2004 when I was looking for cheaper phone calls that the
light went on in my head, and I realised exactly what she was talking about.
I retired as a Police Sergeant in 1992 and joined the ranks of the
self-employed as an aroma therapist, which gave me more time at home with my
children. Unfortunately, after a rather bloody divorce, I became a single
parent with two children, a large house that was miles from the bus stop, and
an unpredictable income. My Police pension was slowly falling in value, and I
was turning into a taxi-driver for two teenagers. So we decided to move to a
smaller house, nearer school and civilization, and it was when I was looking
for ways of saving money that I found I could make money too, with a range of
essential services that everyone already used.
I fit in my customer
gathering between running the house and organising the family. I love the
simplicity of the Telecom plus (Utility Warehouse) business opportunity,
plus the free training, evening meetings, websites, and support are all
I started my customer gathering with my old friends and
customers. Some were really keen; others thought there was a catch, or just
didn't like change. And I've made some mistakes - check the TV schedule before
you call on people, because football is much more important!
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I was eager to attend events as an approach
to gathering customers, and went to a busy car boot sale, only to find that
no-one wanted to talk to me. Next time I was far batter prepared.
building relationships with people at women's networking and business support
groups such as WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) and WorcNet, as well as BNI.
I've arranged stands at various events, including a local horse show and the
Great Yorkshire Show, and I continue to speak to lots of people about the
benefits of either being a Utility Warehouse customer or Independent
Why did I join as a Utility
Why am I doing this? I want to get to the
end of the month without worrying about my bank balance, and I want to take
time off more often and still get paid. Long-term, I want to move back to my
family roots in the Lake District and when my kids have both gone to University
I want to take my own gap year too. And make sure that you are one of my
team/family/friends, because when I turn 60, I plan a very big birthday party
where I fly everyone out to Turkey and book them into my favourite