Program helps rural women achieve entrepreneurial goals

12th January 2018 3:05 PM
Kelly Beasley participated in the WiRE Hub program and now has her own bookkeeping business. Kelly Beasley participated in the WiRE Hub program and now has her own bookkeeping business.

A PROGRAM designed to help rural women achieve their entrepreneurial goals is about to kick off for 2018.

The WiRE Hub, which is part of a larger capacity building program led by USQ, is a 12 week program designed to help those who are wanting to start a business, develop a business, or implement a program within their community.

The program involves choosing a goal to achieve and breaking it down into smaller tasks to work on each week.

"We call it a Big Rock. Over the 12 weeks they work on achieving that rock,” said Joy Taylor, one of the program officers in the WiRE.

"And the way they do that is to define what it is at the beginning and then break it down into a series of milestones, and then break those down into what we call stones and pebbles.

"The stones are all the little tasks that need to be done.”

Each week the women dial in online, joining a group of their peers, to discuss what they have been working on that week.

They can talk about their successes as well as any obstacles they've faced, and brainstorm ways to overcome these obstacles.

"Those who persisted through found they certainly made much more progress to achieving that Big Rock than they would have if they didn't have that peer support network.”

Kelly Beasley, located in Laidley, participated the WiRE Hub program in its first round in 2017.

She said the program helped to provide her with the motivation and accountability she needed to reach her goal.

"It was great! To be honest I miss it. It was great to have ladies, going through similar things, to talk to,” she said.

"It just had that accountability. You said you were going to do something so you did it by that time.

"It was really good. It did keep the motivation going,” said Ms Beasley.

Her Big Rock was to launch her bookkeeping business, Busy Beas Bookkeeping, and get five clients.

"I launched my business in the middle of the program,” she said.

"My actual goal was to get five clients by the time it had finished and I did it in the last week,”

Ms Beasley said her bookkeeping business continues to grow and she has continued to be mentored by one of the ladies she met through the program.

Applications have closed for the next 12 week round of the program, commencing on January 23, securing 40 applicants.

A further round of WiRE Hubs may commence in coming months, depending on continued funding of the program.

For more information about the program head to www.wireprogram.com.