Dawn Price MBPsS
Where are you in the North East?
I specialize in Project Management and Statistical Analysis for SME. I work closely with one or two clients on increasing business, ensuring any new project runs smoothly while providing statistical analysis regarding any information and writing in depth reports.
When did you start your business and why?:
2010 as administration support when I returned to FE to commence a Psychology degree.
What gives your business the edge?:
I currently work with two customers and provide in depth information regarding any projects undertaking including a risk assessment, statistical analysis and management of any problems or issues that could arise. I write reports on meetings, business opportunities and the latest innovations in the semi-conductor industry.
What is the best thing about running your own business?:
I have the freedom to choose the hours I work and can work around other commitments while feeling a useful part of society.
And what is the worst!?:
The long hours and sometimes travelling intensely can be tiring and tedious, only so many airports/hotel rooms can be interesting.
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
I check emails in the morning plan my day depending on my workload each day, work on reports or implementing projects, discuss issues via Skype or phone. Organise any travel plans, book flights or hotels as required. Cook an evening meal and depending on workload may work until 19:00. I can have phone calls at any time due to my clients travelling so can be up at 04:00 or woken at 02:00 if an issue arises that requires immediate attention. I have most weekends off to visit children/parents if I am not travelling.
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:
I hope to grow my business and maybe change the format or start another business, a future project working with people and providing support for stress and mild depression from an evolutionary perspective, which is my speciality. I currently support people on a voluntary basis without charging.
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:
I would say to go for it, being on your own can be daunting and stressful at times when everything is running well it is a good feeling to say that is my achievement. The only thing I miss about not being employed is the people side of things, which I try to balance with meeting other SE business woman for coffee.