Business advice just fine for art graduate Rachael

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A ROTHERHAM woman has fulfilled a long-held dream to become a professional artist - after receiving some important free advice.

Having read fine art at university, Rachael Caddy decided she wanted to use her skills by selling commissioned portraits and trading through art galleries.

She discovered Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s programme which provides free guidance and support to entrepreneurs as they develop business plans.

Rachael said: “I have always had a passion for art since being very young and that has been my main focus.

“It is a difficult field to go into, because you are told you need to get a job somewhere. You never really think about going self-employed.

“It’s something I’d always wanted to do, but I never knew how to go about it and it is only recently I’ve realised I can do it by myself.”

Working with Chamber Enterprise Start-Up Coach Christine Millward, Rachael formulated a business plan which steered her through.

Rachael said: “Christine talked me through the process of business planning – such as working out my predicted incomings and outgoings, how to register as self-employed, and understanding what I might be entitled to.”

“I don’t think I could have figured it all out without Christine’s help. Even when there were questions I felt I knew the answers to, it was nice to be with someone who could confirm I was right or clarify anything I was unsure about.”