Q1: How long have you worked with UTP and what first attracted you to the role?
A: Hi my name is Joanne Boyd and I am just finalising the onboarding process with UTP. I am very excited about the opportunity with UTP having just moved back to the UK after a 20+ year career in the US working for various Fortune 1000 companies. I didn’t want to go back into the Corporate World and have always wanted to start my own company and have full control over my own destiny. I have had several senior leadership and management roles and am now at a point in my life where I am very happy to be an individual contributor, although I may add people to my team down the road.
I was very attracted to UTP as they have independent Business Development Roles within their go to market model. I have experience in the Merchant Services business and know, although it is very competitive marketplace, there is an excellent opportunity to leverage the uniqueness of UTP’s value proposition as well as provide differentiated sales engagement and support throughout the market and with our clients. Also, UTP does not require any upfront investment unlike other independent consultancy roles although they certainly invest in us from the get go.
Q2: What was your experience of the onboarding process?
A: Having worked for many Fortune 1000 companies I could not believe how efficient and effective the onboarding process has been. From my initial contact with them, through training, application, support materials, conversations with various team members it has been the most wonderful experience. I had my email address and business card within a day! At Fortune 1000 companies you are lucky if you get those within 10 days. Everyone I have interfaced with have been so extremely professional and helpful. It really has been a truly wonderful experience.
Q3: What do you think the benefits of being self-employed are?
A: As mentioned, being self employed you have full control of your destiny. You have the flexibility to work as few or as many hours as you like. If you want to work weekends you can do and the rewards will be there. I love the fact that I can be an entrepreneur in this business and have full control of my own business plan for success. Of course, having the backing and support of UTP will only enhance that too.
Q4: How did you go about getting your first appointment?
A: Wherever you go today the terminals are everywhere. Just asking a few simple questions allow you to get an appointment. So wherever you go…a restaurant, a shop, a petrol station, a hairdresser or nail salon…..opportunities are everywhere!
Q5: What advice would you give to those thinking about becoming a BDM?
A: You must think hard about whether you are truly a self starter and truly have a passion for this business. If the answer is Yes…go for it. Make sure you leverage all the resources at UTP and learn up on your competitors and marketplace through online research. There is a ton of great information out there. Take time to think about the areas you are going to target and types of businesses and make sure it is all documented in your business plan.
Q6: How have you found working with UTP?
A: It has been wonderful so far. I feel I have been engaged with them for months let alone days. People are all passionate about their roles and this business and go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable, informed and prepared.
Q7: Where can we find you on social media?
A: I am on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to reach out anytime…would love to hear from you.