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Jamie Doughty – Poetry author and cartoonist

“I was on a bus and I saw an advert for Outset Bristol that said something like, ‘Can’t find a job? Why not create one for yourself!’” And so began Jamie Doughty’s journey to self-employment. “For years I was doing jobs to pay the bills (as we do) and treating my creative work like a [...]

“I was on a bus and I saw an advert for Outset Bristol that said something like, ‘Can’t find a job? Why not create one for yourself!’” And so began Jamie Doughty’s journey to self-employment.

“For years I was doing jobs to pay the bills (as we do) and treating my creative work like a hobby,” says Jamie, who is a poetry author and cartoonist. “I decided that instead of wishing I was doing something that I love for a living I should just get on and do it and see what happens.”

Jamie joined the Outset Bristol programme in March 2011 and worked though the Introduction to Enterprise and Business Start-up programmes, as well as taking advantage of additional finance workshops and networking opportunities. All told, Jamie received more than 50 hours of support from Outset Bristol and set himself up as a sole trader in July 2011.

“The Outset Bristol programme was fantastic. The team are all very friendly and are very good at making the whole process of running a business make sense. It’s so nice to have opportunities to bounce ideas around with other people who are in the same position as you and the whole thing has been a very positive experience for me.”

Since joining the Outset Bristol programme Jamie has become a published author and sells his books through Amazon and at Foyles, Cabot Circus.

“In the last year I have written and published two poetry books and am about to publish a comic book. I have also performed the poems that I have written in theatres, galleries and pubs in a number of places in England and Wales. I paint cartoon pictures on canvasses and sell these at art markets and festivals.”

As with many Outset Bristol clients, Jamie benefited from the soft skills incorporated into the workshops, especially in time management and confidence building, as well as the support offered by the group workshop format.

“There are two main barriers that I have overcome. The first is that I now have confidence in myself and don’t get put off doing things after one person says ‘You can’t’ or ‘It won’t work’. The other is time management. There are only 24 hours in a day but it’s amazing how much you can get done when you plan things properly and stick to the plan!”

So what about plans for the future?

“In the immediate future I will be publishing my first comic book so I will be promoting that. In terms of the performing I have just done my first reading in London as one of the acts at Iain Lees ‘Set The Agenda’. It could have gone either way as I was on the bill with some very entertaining comedians and magicians. I’m glad to say it went well and people laughed in the right places. If I can get a few more gigs like that one then I’m going in the right direction.

“Outset Bristol has really given me a chance to look at the bigger picture in terms of running a business and the time to build and develop ideas before jumping in at the deep end. The friendly team are always there to listen and present your ideas and concerns to, even after you have started your business.”

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