Where are you in the North East?
I want to be able to offer people bargains as soon as they arrive. My online shop allows you to shop from the comfort of your own home for a wide range of household goods to perfume, clothes, garden essentials and lots more.
When did you start your business and why?:
If I’m totally honest, I started my business because I was tired of people wanting something for nothing. I was a virtual assistant and I think that, as with all small businesses, people wanted my services but didn’t want to pay for them. I discovered this new business opportunity and felt a rush or freedom / adrenalin (whatever you want to call it) and I’m loving every minute of it! I want to be able to live off a residual income (ie, when I stop working, I still get paid) and I want to help other people to do that too. I want what most people want – financial security.
What gives your business the edge?:
I want to be able to offer bargains as soon as they arrive. We have a massive range of stock – there really is something for everyone.
What is the best thing about running your own business?:
Definitely the flexibility to work my own hours and being able to work around school runs, holidays, etc.
I tend to be a bit of a workaholic. I think, like most business owners, if you enjoy what you’re doing, it really isn’t work (which is great) but, the downside of that, is that you don’t switch off.
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
I start work at 9.00 am, usually working until 2.00 pm, before taking my dog for a walk and then picking my two children up from school. Once we’re back home, I’m usually back at my desk until around 5.30 pm. Depending what work I have on I might work a little in the evenings (did I mention I’m a bit of a workaholic?) but I try to do this downstairs so at least I’m visible!
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:
I see my business growing massively in the next 5 years and hope to help lots of other people to build their own businesses too.
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:
It’s a lot of hard work (and long hours) setting up a business but it’s so worth it. My advice would be to plan your business and have a clear idea of what it is you want to do. Contact Tedco, NBSL, etc for free advice, training, and maybe funding.