Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Charlotte Hudson a successful entrepreneur from Kent, who runs her own dance school. She has kindly shared her story of how she turned her passion into a business which is going from strength to strength!
Q1 How did your business journey start and was there anyone in particular you looked up too or used as a mentor?
I took over ballet classes held at Benenden village hall in January 2016 with 15 students attending weekly. This became the Charlotte Hudson School of Dance and adding Acrobatic Arts, ISTD tap and modern classes to the timetable, we now teach 140 children every week!
The Principal at the performing arts college I attended and now also work for has been an amazing mentor along the way.
Q2 How old were you when you started out and who supported you?
Originally I started assisting with dance classes in my home town at around 12 years old! Then after moving to Kent for college began freelance teaching at 19, and started the school at 23. My family still live back in my home town in Nottinghamshire but support me as much as possible and are there for every show, exam day and always at the end of the phone.
Q3 What is the most challenging part of running your own business?
Learning to switch off! Working long hours and loving your job can mean you forget any kind of work/life balance.
Q4 What skills do you think are the most important to stay successful in a rapidly changing world?
Social media skills and finding new ways to train and engage children in dance as education and lifestyles are changing so rapidly
Q5 How do you stay motivated to not only do the day to day but grow and move forward?
Running my business singlehandedly, growth in numbers is now becoming more difficult, so I am now focusing on improving quality of the training continuously. I’m completing my higher teaching qualifications part time and find surrounding myself with other successful dance teachers so motivational. Looking back on what you’ve already achieved always helps on a bad day!
Q6 What advice would you give to young people thinking of taking the plunge?
It’s hard work but so worth it! Having a job you love and a business you’ve created is the best!