Biz Extra

Published: February 24, 2022 | Updated: February 25, 2022

Advice to anyone starting out? Get out there and build a network – it will open many doors

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a prominent person in Dorset and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

She gets angry at people who treat others unfairly and also littering, loves Italian food, chooses Hope Cove in Devon as her favourite holiday location and would like to be remembered for being kind, leaving people with a smile on their face and producing content that connects!   

Gayleen Hodson, Copywriter & Blogger, Hodson Writing Services, takes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 Questions.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: The Walking Dead. Should I admit to that? I had Rick Grimes on my screensaver on my phone for years. People used to ask if it was my husband. I wish!

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Ant and Dec. I’m starting to wonder if I should be admitting all my guilty pleasures in these 20 Questions. I’m sure I should say something more inspirational, but honestly it would be the funniest car journey of my life.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Helping and connecting with others. Creating content and copy is only one part of what I do. The other side is helping small businesses tackle their content fears. I love it when I know I’ve made a difference to their stress levels, and when they’ve enjoyed what I’ve created.

Q: And the worst?

A: Sitting in front of a laptop so much. I need inspiration, and that’s hard to find when you’re stuck in front of a desk all day. So, I make a conscious decision each day to go and search for inspiration.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: My big brother. Me and my other brother and sister would do anything he said. Growing up he was just the coolest person to me, and he would always be there if I needed him.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Petrol. Or the smell of Christmas, (cloves and cinnamon). If home was a smell, that would be it. Petrol is just a weird one- I’ve always loved it!

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: We are so lucky to have a beautiful coastline, which in times of difficulties, I love to look out on and see how big the world is out there. It makes whatever is happening to me seem so small. But I also love Stanpit Marsh for a family walk.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Network! Through networking I have met some incredible people, who have taught me so much in the big wide world of business. So, get out there and build a network. It will open so many doors and opportunities.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: I’m sure it was The Spice Girls. I am a true 90s kid.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Those who treat others unfairly and littering.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: I love such a variety of music, it’s hard to pick a favourite. From Ed Sheeran through to reliving my teen days by listening to bands such as Jimmy Eat World.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: I’ve just started building a team, and enthusiasm is a must. I look for someone driven, hardworking and up for a challenge!

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: I love an Italian!

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Plate of melon.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: Our education system is amazing, I feel so fortunate for my children to be in decent schools. Also, raising a family in Dorset is great, we are so lucky to live near forests, towns, and beaches. Working in Dorset has got to be the amazing people in it. I’ve made such great connections. I’d hate to ever leave.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: I would introduce more life skills into the school curriculum and begin to close the gap between the highest and lowest paid.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: I’m quite impatient as a person, and I get frustrated with myself over this. Also, my children’s homework. After home schooling I’ve been severely put off it for life.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Hope Cove in Devon. It has a special place in my heart.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Running a successful content agency across Dorset with a team of incredibly hard-working creative people.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being kind, leaving people with a smile on their face and producing content that connects!