Deborah Sawyerr worked as a Housing Manager leading and managing a team of 5 staff who provided front-line tenancy support service. She had worked her way up the ranks from being a front-line officer to being a manager over the course of 20 years. By the late 2000s, the job market became very unstable resulting in many job losses. Deborah was able to keep her job through the layoffs but by 2015 it was she decided to start something on her own. “Despite only recently becoming a single mum of 2 young girls, I decided to take a leap of faith and applied for redundancy at work to start up my own online brand known as Sawyerrs’ House. My brand is about teaching young men, women and single parent families simple, savvy, stylish and sexy how-to money solutions to spending better, saving bigger and investing bravely. I enjoy helping my fans go from feeling hopeless to feeling hopeful. I also love all things property investment – better known as Real Estate in the States”.
Deborah is turning her passion for purposeful finance into a business that helps others, allows her to travel more, and live her life on her own terms. Most importantly it allows her the flexibility to work from home and spend more time with her girls. “I can put away enough money to be able to sponsor my daughters university education – without the need for them to have to pay for their own education through student loans”.
It hasn’t always been an easy because like many of us Deborah gravitated in a variety of directions. She also tried to be “Superwoman” and do too many thing herself. “I would say to anyone thinking of leaving their 9 to 5 to be sure that they are cut out for it as it’s not for the fainthearted. Find your niche which may not always be everyones cup of tea but as long as you believe in what you are doing, stick with it. Get yourself a coach and mentor and continuously challenge the status quo. You’ll do just fine.” She has still managed to find focus and inspiration along the way. “The first book that inspired me along me journey is called Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. I also love the Do/ books which are very similar to TED Talks but in a book format. DO/ PURPOSE and DO/FLY are my favs. Another book which has really helped me with my brand is Saving is Sexy by the talented Alice Wood.”
As she moves her business forward Deborah hopes to write a couple books of her own and start to do more public speaking. She is currently working on building more of a formal roadmap for her clients so anyone can do this. “Life is so simple, why complicate it?”
Follow Deborah online at the following:
Facebook – @sawyerrshouse
Instagram – @sawyerrshosue
Periscope – @sawyerrshouse
Twitter – @sawyerrshouse