Good Stuff Coaching | Case Study
Along with her husband Steve, Emma Nicol (Director and Lifestyle Coach) runs the business and lifestyle coaching consultancy Good Stuff Coaching. As a new company, Emma quickly discovered that a number of skill gaps were holding back parts of the business and turned to Udrafter to correct these.
“It was a new idea that was was giving students the opportunity to learn about business and gain work experience before finishing uni, which we know is really important. So, it was a win-win, because it solved our problem and we thought we were helping someone at the same time” Emma Nicol – Good Stuff Coaching
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS WERE YOU FACING BEFORE COMING TO UDRAFTER?
So neither Steve or I are very strong in the IT space and we had some sort of niggly things that we needed help with that weren’t big projects, but we wanted to have someone available that we could just get in touch with and get little changes and updates made and Udrafter really was a great solution to that.
WHY DID YOU THINK YOU NEEDED AN INTERN SPECIFICALLY?
Neither of us had the skills to update our website and we were frustrated that a few things were out of date. We were also developing some e-courses and we wanted to make those available on our website as well. So we needed someone to help with which got us started thinking, “We need some help.”
HAD YOU HIRED OR WORKED WITH INTERNS BEFORE YOU CAME TO UDRAFTER?
No. We’re a new business, only a few years old and we’d just been growing and got to a point in time where we needed a bit of external help.
HIRING AN INTERN FOR THE FIRST-TIME INTERN FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHAT WAS IT LIKE AND HOW DID YOU FEEL?
Good. I think we both felt that we wanted to give some help to a student. I’ve got a son at uni, so I very much I understand what that’s like in that space. So we thought, well, if it can help someone at university that can learn a bit about our business too, then there was alot of wins.
WHAT WAS THE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT INTO A UDRAFTER INTERN?
I think, first, a lot of benefits. I mean, it was very cost effective, it was easy to do once we were set up, It’s now very easy to have that contact and get the work done. The intern’s very quick, we’ve built up abit of a relationship and It just takes away that task from us and frees up our time to do the things that we want to be doing and need to be doing in our business.
WHY UDRAFTER OR OTHER METHODS OF RECRUITMENT?
Well, the biggest reason, really was that Steve had already connection with the business through RGU, and he already knew about you[Udrafter]. He thought it was a great idea that we wanted to support. So when we had an opportunity to use Udrafter, you were our first choice for that reason.
HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT UDRAFTER AND WHAT PIQUED YOUR INTEREST?
I think. Probably because it was a new idea that was was giving students the opportunity to learn about business and gain work experience before finishing uni, which we know is really important. So, it was a win-win, because it solved our problem and we thought we were helping someone at the same time and making a difference for them. Rather than just going to another company that was just going to make money out of it so I think there was an added level of benefit of making a difference, if that makes sense.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY DESCRIBES YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITHUDRAFTER? AND WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU GOT THE MOST VALUE OUT OF IT?
Probably the time saving and not having to keep getting someone new to do the task. For us, we’ve developed our relationships, we’ve almost got someone available on an ad hoc project that can jump in and sort things out. So there’s a peace of mind aspect too because we’ve got just that availability there to help us with things if something needs done at short notice.
HOW LIKELY WOULD YOU BE TO RECOMMEND US AND WHY SHOULD SOMEONE WHO COULD BE LISTENING TO THIS RIGHT NOW?
I would recommend Udrafter. I think there’s lots of different reasons, including it’s very easy to use. I think for someone that’s busy, it’s a quick and easy platform to get to setting up your project and then getting interns available to do the work. So that aspect I would definitely recommend. It takes away a lot of the time wasting and faffing and once you’re into it, not only are you getting your job done to a good standard and completing your project, but you’ve got the added knowledge that you are helping someone at uni get some work experience.