Sarah has been self-employed since 2000, working with various entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them convey their message, product or service via the internet.
She naturally loves to research and has a knack for asking direct questions, helping to shed new light on a challenge or ignite inspiration.
With a love of travel, her vision is to continue to explore the world, helping others from her laptop wherever she may be.
I got my first full time job with a cunning entrepreneur at the age of 15 (I’m an August baby) and left home at 16. A brave move considering I was used to being baked by central heating and the flat I was sharing had ice on the inside of my bedroom window that Winter..
Thereafter followed a sound education in customer service and administration. I worked for a range of businesses as a temp, as well as a long stint with what started off as British Rail… yep, I was a ticket lady ;)
This saw me through getting married and having my two children in my early 20′s, until I got so depressed at the thought of having to go into work at a local energy firm’s call centre, I had to call it quits.
What was I to do?
My ex-husband was supportive but we needed my salary to keep things ticking over. At this stage, it was about 1999, we’d bought a huge house with my sister, Nicola Cairncross, and her family, with the intention to renovate it and sell it.
Luckily for me, Nicola had discovered her first self help book – Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – and was making major changes in her own life, from employee to being a self-employed life coach. She soon niched into being known as a wealth coach.
And I was her guinea pig!
She’d been huffing and puffing over her website, having taught herself HTML and it caught my interest. I was used to working with computers and so bought myself an updated version of HTML For The World Wide Web by Elizabeth Castro and got going on learning how to build websites myself.
With Nicola’s encouragement, I started practising my skills on her site, then moved onto creating my own in 2000 then taking the plunge to offer it as a service to other small businesses locally.
Before I knew it. I had my first customer.
I was terrified.
I did it anyway and soaked up all the information I could.
Nicola and I would listen to Zig Ziglar cassettes and other gurus as we painted endless walls, or peeled off wallpaper, and I was soon talking to customers about better ways they could write their website copy and suggesting options on how they could improve their marketing.
I did this until 2004 when I closed my business, moving to Australia for two years, investing in and renovating a property and looking after my children.
Coming back to Sussex in 2006, my personal life underwent a major upheaval and I struggled for a long while afterwards, not having the energy needed to focus on building up a business again.
However, I did continue to read and learn and started tinkering around with WordPress.
This software thrilled me with its capabilities and because it is open source, many talented people have created plug-ins and themes to make it work in very sophisticated ways. It is now very easy to create online shops, blogs, radio shows, and the marketing systems to attract and grow a customer base.
I can help people get what they’re passionate about, out into the world. And that has got to be a good thing.
People with passion light me up. They probably do the same for you.
Do you need help with WordPress, Social Media or Podcasting?
Then head on over to my business website TinyWebServices.com - I’ve got the basics up but will be changing it over the coming weeks.
So what’s this site all about?
Well, this is going to be my ‘umbrella’ site.
I will be showcasing stuff I’m involved with and occasionally blogging. The blogging won’t be about business stuff though.. it will be a collection of my thoughts about anything that’s caught my attention.
At the moment I’m still designing this site as well as Tiny Web Services but will keep you updated of my progress via my social media accounts – make sure you connect with me!