In the quaint hills of Tambourine Mountains, Rosslyn Findlay’s heart was captured by her first high tea event.
Inspired by the experience, she dreamed of opening her own business, “I started doing high teas for my family and friends, and everyone said, ‘You should go into business.” Rosslyn shared.
With her husband’s support, they tried to start a home-based business, however, red tape and strict regulations made it too difficult.
Then tragedy struck when her husband passed away unexpectedly.
Rosslyn relocated to Mount Gambier to be closer to family, and found casual work in an attempt to be financially independent. However, her quest to find more hours or a permanent position was unsuccessful, something she puts down to being a mature woman close to retirement age.
After exhausting all her savings just to stay afloat, Rosslyn turned to Centrelink for support.
It was there she was connected with Employment Consultant Karen Savage at IntoJobs.
Rosslyn shared her business idea with Karen who quickly noticed her determination to upskill and potential. Karen signed her up for the Self Employment Assistance program, delivered by IntoJobs and supported by Mas National (both part of the IntoWork Group), that offers practical support and tailored advice on all aspects of starting and running a small business.
“Roz had set everything up, had a clear vision and possesses excellent people skills, which are essential for her business.”
“Computer illiteracy was her biggest barrier, but she didn’t let it stop her from starting her business and the whole team worked together to help her succeed,” Karen said.
IntoJobs organised for Rosslyn to complete a computer course and acquire a brand-new business laptop. Learning fundamental computer skills boosted her confidence and allowed her to setup a Facebook page to promote the business and book customers.
High Tea @ Rozies has been up and running for six months now, providing a boutique experience with homemade cakes and a friendly, warm environment, all set up within Rosslyn’s home.
Rosslyn acknowledges the challenges she faced in starting her business. Through determination and resilience, she has been successful, honouring her late husband’s memory, “he was a great man,” she shared.
“It hasn’t been easy,” Rosslyn confides. “But starting this business has provided me with a renewed sense of purpose.”
She is now ready to embark on the next phase of her business journey, benefiting from the programs full mentoring and guidance over the next 12 months.
“I’ve had return customers and positive feedback. I’m hopeful that my business will grow. My goal isn’t just profits; I want to provide a unique experience for my customers.”
To find out more about Rosslyn’s unique high tea experience, go to https://www.facebook.com/people/High-Tea-at-Rozies/100089747655589/