Welcome to Libro Small Business Chat – today we’re featuring an update from Chrissie Metcalfe from Chrissie Metcalfe Recruitment Ltd. Chrissie’s original interview was published in February last, year, and when she were asked where she wanted to be in a year’s time, she replied, “I will have two members of staff and a bigger office. I won’t be as tired, ha ha!!” So – is she less tired, and how’s she doing? Let’s find out …
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
I have changed, I have a stronger business mind now. I am well known for giving quality recruitment services and have won one award and have been a finalist for two other awards. I have a member of staff and my own private office in a very nice business centre. I have also stayed the same as a person and still appreciate how hard it can be running a business on your own. My ethical values have stayed the same too.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
I have learned that there are a lot of people out there that are out for themselves and will try to push their business onto you to get you to spend silly money with them. I wish I hadn’t been taken by other businesses promising you big cash returns if you join their club or business, and taken these people on face value. Research, research, research and ask question after question before you make a decision on anything.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Yes, if you believe you can be successful and believe in a decision, then run with it. Good friends and others who are in business will support you. Remember a mistake is only a mistake after the event. Talk to other business people who you network with, tell them if there is a problem, as they may have come across the same problem before.
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
In a year, I will have two more members of staff, making in total a senior recruiter, a general recruiter and a marketing and admin person, allowing me to network more. It’s all very exciting!
That all sounds very positive, doesn’t it – sensibly building staff levels, getting a good reputation, and learning from her mistakes (what a shame that quite a few people seem to have learned that particular lesson about researching people and their claims to be able to help – it certainly shows us how careful we need to be.) Chrissie had an eventful year coming up after she posted this update – read more here.
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