Sally Cousland

Principal Consultant at Sec HR Services

After working as a Senior Human Resources Manager for over 20 years in Toronto, Sally made the decision to leave the corporate world to work as an independent Human Resources Consultant. She focuses on working with small and medium sized businesses in Durham and York Regions. Sally has earned her certifications of CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) and CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) from the Human Resources Professional Association. In short, she knows her stuff!

How did BACD help you get started and pursue growth?

For my business, which is a service business, what was the most helpful was to have BACD’s extensive online resources, as well as the Business Fundamentals seminars. The ones that were the most useful to me were Business Planning and Marketing & Sales. In addition, the meeting I had with one of the BACD Advisors offered some good suggestions that I hadn’t considered. I also appreciated their support by following up on how things were going with my business.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own business?

Research/do your homework before getting started and then do your planning. Don’t skimp on this part. Pick a business/service where there’s some demand or uniqueness to what you’re doing/offering and choose something you’re passionate about. Network as much as possible by attending workshops/seminars/events and talk to people about their experiences.