This month we are excited to chat to Nicole Layton, the owner of Insearch Talent Solutions: 

Name: Nicole Layton

Your business name: Insearch Talent Solutions           

Industry: Recruitment

Please give us a brief description of your business (what you do, how long you’ve been in business etc)
Insearch Talent Solutions, is an organisation that connects like minded people together in their chosen career path, we have a unique ability to connect the right talent at the right time with the right company. We specialise in the Service, Design and Digital sector recruiting from Team Leaders, Customer Experience Managers, Service & UX Designers through to Directors.

What inspired you to start your business?
I’m sure my father wouldn’t mind me saying this, but he was the one that inspired me to start my business. I don’t think I have ever told him this. In the early 90’s he was made redundant, and subsequently placed on an outsourcing programme with a very well known recruitment agency where he had a terrible experience. I remember the day that he came home and told us how bad it was and I thought to myself – I would never let someone feel that way. Ironically my sister and I both ended up working in the recruitment industry.

I also have a passion for helping people and while I loved my time in the corporate world, felt that the traditional large recruitment agencies were more about their bottom line then actually helping people. The individual human interaction was missing between the clients and candidate this is the part of my job I enjoy most, getting to know my clients company culture and personality, so I can recruit the right candidate.

What is your business motto, personal mantra or favourite quote?
Be the change you want to see in the world

What advice would you give to others wanting to start a business?
Make sure that you are starting up a business for the right reasons. I think you need to be passionate about what you are doing. Enjoy the flexibility that you have but you need to make sure that you have the discipline to reach your goals.

How do you market your business and what works best for you?
I am active on LinkedIn/Facebook and Twitter. I proactively call clients but it is the networking at events that is becoming the best form of marketing for my business at the moment.

Do you have business mentors? Who do you seek advice from? Who do you look up to in business or strive to be like?
I have two coaches one that is specifically in the Recruitment industry that I have engaged for a one-year mastermind program, which I have really enjoyed so far, and I have another coach that I have used when required since I started my business.

What are the best and worst things about owning your own business?
Best thing about having your own business is the flexibility and the worst would have to be that it is up to you to make sure that you have enough money coming through.

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
The most satisfying moment would be winning a new client and placing a great candidate in a role that is their dream job.

What are some of the biggest mistakes you have made in your business?
I would have to say the biggest mistake is not developing new business every week, when you are busy filling jobs you still need to remember to keep marketing out to prospective clients.

What is the best book you have ever read?
Way of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman

What is one item on your bucket list?
Moving to the country, buying a small house that is 15 minutes’ drive from the beach and having a creek running through our property.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My family.

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