Interest & Opinion

13 Nov 2019

Starting Your Own Business

David started his journey towards being a self-employed cattle foot-trimmer on an Explore Enterprise Course in 2018, with a group of 16 other young people on the Business Support Programme provided by The Farmer Network.

He comes from a Dales farming background and has worked at farms with responsibility for curative trims. He was later employed by a vets as a Vet Tech cattle foot trimmer and after the Explore Enterprise course, negotiated with his employer, and with their full support, to become self-employed and focus solely on foot-trimming.

He had advice from his Farmer Network business adviser on preparing a business plan and received a loan from the Prince’s Trust to purchase specialist tools, safety equipment and half of the cost of a professional foot trimming course through The National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers (NACFT).

David still provides services to the vets clients through his former employers, but being self-employed gives him more flexibility and availability for new clients and urgent visits in North Yorkshire. David also has a flock of 100 Cheviot ewes on his grandmother’s farm and helps out there.

He said “I knew what I planned to do when I started the Explore Enterprise course, but it helped me with an overview of what being in business means and the details of what is necessary to start up self-employed. Setting up my books properly and getting the right insurance cover for instance. It also triggered my conversation with the vets and gave me the confidence to think about it as a business and negotiate with them. Having a business adviser looking at my plans and thinking that it was a goer gave me a real confidence boost. I suppose it gave us all confidence that I was on the right track”.

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