Michelle Dorrell is probably best known for her impassioned confrontation of energy secretary Amber Rudd on BBC’s Question Time, which left the Tory minister stunned into silence.
The hardworking mother-of-four’s emotional dialogue came about because of proposed cuts to tax credits, which Michelle said would make things even harder for her and her family.
But when she’s not berating politicians on live TV, Michelle runs Chelle’s Designer Nails, a small designer nail salon that she started in 2013 to improve her prospects and provide her family with more financial support; allowing them to decrease their reliance on state welfare in the future.
Why I’m Supporting #MicroBizMattersDay
Starting my own micro business has given me a new lease of life and enabled me to work on a self-employed basis around my childcare commitments. But it’s definitely not been easy!
Finding myself suddenly in a position a few years ago where I had to rely totally on income support was a huge eye-opener for me. My family’s way of life dramatically changed overnight and we found ourselves facing financial hardships we had never previously experienced.
I’ll be supporting #MicroBizMattersDay on January 8 because without Chelle’s Designer Nails I don’t know what I would be doing now. It’s driven me to obtain a string of qualifications that I otherwise wouldn’t have and provided me with goals and a real sense of achievement.
The beauty of micro businesses like mine is that they can provide a much more intimate experience to clients and that’s something I feel is especially important in today’s business environment.
Having started a micro business, I know how difficult it is to succeed without proper help and support. All being well, my business will make its first ever profit this year. This will be a huge milestone for me and something that will give me even more determination and tenacity to drive my business forward.
You can catch up with me during the Home Business Hour between 11:00-12:00 on #MicroBizMattersDay where I’ll be talking about the huge impact that starting my own micro business has had on my life and discussing some of the challenges I faced.
I’m hoping that the exposure micro businesses will get from this fantastic event will urge more people to support micro businesses near them, or perhaps even start one of their own.
See you on January 8!