This weeks #WCW puts Boxed Out PR CEO and Flow Aid creator Hayley Smith in the spotlight.
At the age of 24, Hayley set up her own PR company Boxed Out PR after being made redundant. “I figured that I always wanted to be my own boss and run my own company and took the attitude this is now or never and if it fails I am only 24 and it is not the end of the world.”
However, 5 years on and the company is still going strong, “there are 3 of us in the team, but it is growing really quickly I turned it ltd in January and in the last few months quite phenomenal in terms of gross.”
Boxed Out PR all began with a pen and a pc. “I started it myself with my own finances which was very little at the time from the spare room in my home.”
Following the success of Boxed Out PR Hayley began to turn her attention to volunteering. After reading an article about the situation with homeless women, Hayley started up a campaign in 2015 called Flow Aid.
“It took me some months to really push things into gear and make a decision to do something about it. That is where the campaign came in, initially partnering with small charities and homeless shelters who I still work with now, and then eventually partnering with St Mungo’s homeless charities.
“I did a TED talk about it last year in Covent Garden I was 1 of 15 speakers all women it was a great experience. I happened to be in the right place at the right time, I had gone to the conference last year just when I set flow aid up.”
When it comes to giving advice on starting your own business, Hayley has one word. Network. “It’s all about who you know what you know, I don’t think I would have half the clients I have now if I did not have a good network.”
Words: Amy Jo Taylor