Episode 5: Kath Chadwick

Becoming your own boss

How do you make the move from a successful career working for someone else to doing whatever it is you do as your own boss?

In this episode, Gemma chats with Kath Chadwick, founder and co-director of Front Door Communications. Kath built a successful career as a BBC journalist and producer before being headhunted by comparison site Go Compare to look after their PR. But a deep-seated desire to be self-employed saw her give it all up to go freelance, before going into business with a friend.

Gemma and Kath discuss building a team, the vital importance of role models, mentors and of maintaining networks - and dealing with imposter syndrome, perimenopause, and mum guilt.

Episode Topics

01:05: About Front Door Communications.

02:00: Journey from journalism to starting a business.

06:52: Importance of role models.

10:22: Building a team.

11:24: Self-confidence, Imposter Syndrome, dealing with perimenopause, & knowing your strengths.

15:24: Importance of support networks.

19:14: Balancing a business with family commitments.

24:23: Advice for taking the plunge.

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