Dorset entrepreneur launches an entire business on furlough

Jessica Wicks / Jessica Ross
Jessica Wicks (Ross)

Jessica Wicks is a Marketing Manager who along with hundreds of thousands of other UK workers has been put on furlough during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the short three weeks of being furloughed by her employer, Jessica has started her own freelance marketing business, built her own website and produced content for her business while tackling sales and work for her clients.

With the security of her 80% furlough paycheque, Jessica has been giving back to the community by offering free social media support to local charities.However, businesses can also benefit from Jessica services.

Jessica Ross (her soon-to-be name), Jessica is a specialist in and provides SEO & copywriting, marketing strategy, social media audits, community management, campaign planning and marketing consultancy services. Therefore, whether your business needs freelance marketing support, or has furloughed full-time marketing staff due to not needing them full-time, Jessica can keep your business heading in the right direction.

When Dorset Online asked Jessica if she had any advice for anyone else looking to start their business while furloughed, she said:

“My advice to people looking to start a business while furloughed would be to just go for it! The worst that can happen is no one gets in touch with you, at least you gave it a decent try. You have a unique opportunity to test the waters without too much risk, as you still have your 80% pay coming in, so it’s very different to if you decided to go it alone and start your own business without any other employment. Luckily, my company have been great and agreed that I could freelance while I was on furlough, but I’d definitely recommend people speaking to their employer first to make sure they’re happy for you to do it.”

Jessica Wicks, soon to be Jessica Ross
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