Take a new broom to your life and clean up. When fifty- something Julie Finch-Scally walked out of her job with a bank, she struggled to find new work. "It was not very nice, really, because the majority of people don't phone you back or send you a letter to say sorry... you just sort of apply and you don't hear anything" she says.
It's a familiar story for many jobseekers, but Finch-Scally needed work, so she went along to a cleaning agency that had been recomended by the mother of one of her daughter's friends.
"In the cleaning industry everyone is desperate for people to be working and i was offered a job as soon as i walked through the door," she says. There was no training in how to clean, but she applied her own life experience to the job, later starting her own brand of franchised cleaning companies user her method.
"Most people say they can clean but not all of them know the precise things to do. They think vacuuming and doing the bathroom is all that's necessary, but it's a bit more involved than that," Finch-Scally explains. She says she put herself in her clients' shoes to think about how she would want her own house clean, a thought process that helped her establish a successful business, Duster Dollies.