Business partnerships

Running an IT consultancy

“I think the freedom is one of the big things. The freedom of choosing what we do, how we do it and when we do it.”

“We can decide pretty quickly as a team, OK, we want to focus on this and that, and decide how and when we do it. That’s a really nice thing when you have the freedom of doing that.”

Being in charge of his own destiny, and being able to work to his own agenda, were big drivers for Cyril Clement in becoming his own boss.

Winding down one business, and starting the next

Rose Grimond has done all sorts of things in her time: “I went from drama school, to acting, to editorial assistant at the Economist, to sub-editing, to working with ex-offenders.”

It’s food though, that’s finally captured her. “I can’t stop thinking about food. I wanted to be around food and talk about food.”

Rose’s first business, Orkney Rose, shipped delicious foodstuffs from Scotland to London restaurants and Borough Market.

Running a small business means somehow trying to be good at EVERYTHING

I'm managing director of my business. Marketing manager too. I hold full responsibility for service delivery and operations. I'm in charge of IT strategy and accounts receivable. I'm the web designer, procurement clerk, compliance officer, sales team, book-keeper, accountant, training co-ordinator, chief cook, and definitely bottle washer.

And I find that I do some of these jobs better than others.

Jack of all trades, but master of only some of them.

A family firm of architects

In 2004 Brian O’Reilly had been working as an architect for 12 years and was a director in a practice with 12-14 people.  With his wife, also an architect, “we decided, when our first child was born, we’d try to do something to get more control of our working lives.”
 
“It can become frustrating working for other people.”  He’d had experiences of designing something and “other people taking the credit for it, because it suits the business better.”
 

Life coaching

“When I was younger I wanted to be a psychologist," says Marie Glasheen, "but when I saw what they were teaching at school, it wasn’t what my heart was longing for.”

“This was more than 30 years ago, and they were doing Freudian analysis, and it really didn’t resonate with me. I wanted to find something practical, to really help people feel better about themselves.”

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