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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


Happy spouses

Recruit for Spouses found us someone who was far and above the expectations we had hoped for and would always recommend, and recruit from them in future.

5

Mark Moseley, Director PestGone Environmental

I was able to secure a permanent position due to the experience I gained through the Liquid Workforce and I am very grateful I was allowed to be part of it.

5

Melanie de Klerk

‘I was very impressed with the quality and depth of talent that RFS can provide to employers across many types of role. I have no doubt (they) will be a huge asset to any employer working in digital marketing, social media marketing and associated roles’.

5

Andy Mihalop, Head of Channel Partner Marketing EMEA - Facebook

They helped me free up important time to work on my business by finding me a fantastic, dedicated, kind and communicative administrative assistant.

5

Emily Foster

RFS was...a platform for spouses who understood my struggles and my challenges. It felt like I came to them in pieces, deflated and very defeated and they (RFS) pieced me back together.

5

Rusila Halofaki

RFS are offering an amazing, unique opportunity in the Liquid Workforce within the recruitment world...so many doors can be opened.

5

Kate Legg

Don't give up, amazing and flexible companies do exist and RFS are 100% the best people to help you find them.

5

Amie Hills Grey

RFS was and is the only platform that exists that really understands the struggles and plight of every Armed Forces spouse.

5

Rusila Halofaki

The competency amongst the military spouse community is unbelievably good and the fact all our candidates were happy with remote working made this ideal for us as a small business.

5

Michael Coates, COMBAT pest control

I found the course to be an excellent refresher of the skills I used in my previous roles, and also a confidence booster to me, proving that I can do it again

5

Melody Davies, Liquid Workforce

Helpful? It has been so much more. It has given me confidence and self-belief as well as motivation and inspiration.

5

B. Barber, Military Spouse

This experience has been more than helpful. It has been, in many ways, life changing.

5

B. Barber, Military Spouse