Be Your Own Boss!

‘Be your own boss!’ is a statement everyone has come across. You read it, hear it and see this declaration online, on the radio and television – but is it really worth considering as a viable work option?

Of course, being employed has its advantages – a certain amount of stability, usually a regular income and fixed holiday, but even then, more people are weighing up whether being self-employed would give them the flexibility they yearn and additional prospects.

Denise Winder and Heidi Franklin set up Wild Play Ltd in 2018. They originally met at antenatal classes and being outdoor types, they endeavoured to get their own children outdoors.

Both women have a teaching back ground and decided to set up Wild Play as they strongly believe that children and adults need time to play outdoors, away from the digital world. They encourage children to learn through outdoor play in a woodland setting.

Denise and Heidi attended MENTA’s free Start Right workshops led by expert trainers who helped them explore the business world, legal structures, marketing and book keeping. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the three, four hour Start Right sessions are held on a regular basis by MENTA in Ipswich, Bury, Norwich and Dereham.

The Wild Play team commented: “MENTA’s Start Right workshops are relaxed, informative and invaluable; a real ‘must’ for anyone creating a new business. They are also a great way to begin your networking journey!”

Leanne Castle at MENTA said: “Many people are deciding to be their own boss. Yes, there are downsides, however if a business idea is researched thoroughly and there is a good marketing strategy planned then a business can really thrive and flourish.”

Established in 1984 MENTA provides business advice, training, bespoke social media support; networking opportunities, a virtual office service and easy term office unit options.

The MENTA Team are passionate about helping start up, emerging and existing businesses to thrive.

For more information go to, call 01284 760206 or follow them on social media at #mentabusiness. To find out more about Wild Play visit:

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