Your Biz

Arts and Media

Designing costumes for film and TV

Claire Anderson’s website is a pleasure to surf. She’s designed costumes for all sorts of familiar films, TV series and ads.

Suddenly I realise what an art there must be to dressing someone to look just average, or to fit a certain type of character.

Yet like so many of us, it’s fair to say that Claire more ‘fell’ into her current role, than planned to end up there.

Health and Beauty

Starting a business straight out of university

Funmilaya Aiyenuro graduated from university three months ago, and she’s ready to get started as a young entrepreneur.  She’s literally putting the ingredients of her business together.
 
She’s be doing consultations and training in making your own natural cosmetics, and providing clients with bespoke natural beauty products.
 
Currently she’s finalising her recipes, getting her products tested, and building her network of contacts. 
 

Internet and IT

A life in publishing

“Various times it has crossed my mind that it’s kind of simpler to have a job, but I have a two year old son. Even though it’s a challenge to have a toddler at home when I’m working, I don’t want to leave at 7am and come back at 9pm.”

Michael Lommel runs his own publishing company, and helps other businesses with their internet marketing.

Making or Selling

Starting a business straight out of university

Funmilaya Aiyenuro graduated from university three months ago, and she’s ready to get started as a young entrepreneur.  She’s literally putting the ingredients of her business together.
 
She’s be doing consultations and training in making your own natural cosmetics, and providing clients with bespoke natural beauty products.
 
Currently she’s finalising her recipes, getting her products tested, and building her network of contacts. 
 

Professions

Seduced by the lifestyle of self employment

Julie* has been an insurance broker for fifteen years, and three years ago she decided to work for herself. Since then she’s been gently seduced by the freedoms of working for herself.

“I was very good to begin with, I used to work from my office in the City. I’d go in and do a normal working day and then I thought I can be a little bit flexible with my time."

"Then I got a puppy.”

Trades

Enjoying working with demanding clients

Jurgen Kuhnel doesn’t sound like he was ever cut out to be an employee. "I've actually worked for myself my whole life.”

"I'm not very good under leadership. I'm a very dedicated hard worker and I know exactly what I need to do to get to wherever I need to be.”

His energy and enthusiasm zing down the phone line from South Africa. “I know what my responsibilities are and I accept that."

"I struggle to be motivated by someone else's vision really - like someone else's goals and ideas."

Other businesses

Real estate in Ecuador

Once upon a time Susana Adderley helped Ecuadorians buy property in Miami. Now she’s putting a website together to market property in Ecuador to people all over the world.

She has her eye on demographics. “In the States and Europe there’s a lot of people that are retiring. The circumstances in each country obviously are different. But what people find their pockets, may not reach very far for living.”