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Name: Emily Thompson

Social Media Designer/Manager

Business Name: Socially Styled

Emily, what is your career background?

You name it I have done it, accounts, buying, marketing, customer services, admin I even trained as a dental nurse for a short while! I am also a fully qualified beauty therapist as I worked for one of the UKs largest beauty wholesalers and decided it was a great option for a life of moving with the military…I was soon to learn how hard setting up every time you moved would be!

Where did the idea for your business come from?

My business was created due to being made redundant at the start of Lockdown 1. I had already started researching the prospects of becoming a VA as a ‘side hustle’ to my part-time employment but when I found myself redundant I decided to take the bull by the horns and finally work for myself and my dreams. After lots of digging deeper into my passions I realised that social media was what I wanted to do so I pivoted my business plans and that’s where Socially Styled by Emily came from.

How did you move from the idea to the actual business?

LOTS of research but the main thing that got me to where I am today was investing in myself and getting a business coach. Not only did it save me time but it made me money.

How do you spread the word about what you do?  Social media!

As a Military spouse, what has been your biggest obstacle when trying to balance work/ kids/ your spouse’s military commitments?

Time. With two young children and a husband serving in the Army, time is always an obstacle especially when we’ve been in lockdown. I am so fortunate to work with clients that understand these pressures as 90% of my clients are fellow military spouses!

What has been your proudest moment?

Creating a business whilst navigating the juggle struggle of a global pandemic. If I can do that I can do anything!

Why is work so important for you? What advice would you give fellow Military spouses who want to get back into work, retrain for a new career or start their own business?

Independence. Not only does a career/business give you financial independence it gives you your identity back. Instead of being someones ‘Mrs’ or ‘Mummy’, I get to be Emily!

Instagram @sociallystyledbyemily Facebook @sociallystyled Website www.sociallystyled.co.uk