APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice president Karren Brady answers questions about your career and meets an inspirational executive.
She gives career advice to a mother who wants to build a client base at her daughter’s new school despite the competition.
Q) I love baking and I’ve been working on starting a baking business for children’s birthday parties in our local area recently, especially now that my older child has started going. learn.
The thing is, I found out that another mom whose kids went to the same school had a similar business, although I’ve heard that some parents were disappointed with her cakes.
Since my daughter and I are new to school, I don’t want to upset anyone, but it’s clearly a great place for me to build a client base.
Should I push and print some flyers to hand out in the playground or is this unfair to the other mom?
Emmie, by email
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ONE) Being your own boss and doing something you love is the best kind of career you can have.
No business will launch if people are worried about upsetting their competition – however, there is a respectful way to solve the problem.
After all, having enough children, enough birthdays for both, is successful.
If you’re worried about being too brazen to hand out flyers in the playground, find other ways to spread the word.
Create an Instagram profile to upload your cake photos and order posters at local cafes.
You can also invite a few parents and their kids to a play date and serve them some of your delicious cakes – that way the word will go viral soon.
If the other mom asks you about your new baking job, be friendly and honest and tell her it’s something you’ve wanted to do for a long time and now is the right time.
If you’re polite and welcoming, she can’t have anything bad to say about you!
Have a career question for Karen? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A day in the life of…
Amali de Alwis MBE, 41, is the CEO of Subak, which helps tech startups fight climate change. She lives in west London with her husband Philip, 40, who works for Microsoft.
I get up at… 7.30 a.m., check the news on my phone, and then have a coffee let me go.
A typical day consists of… 9 a.m. just started. I’ll catch up with my teams, meet in person, and then chat with my board to make sure we hit our goals. We’re expanding internationally but I’m mostly working remotely – partly because of Covid but also to reduce mileage.
I will be working on the company’s strategy, finances and making sure our team of eight at London HQ has a clear understanding of how we can best support startups working to reduce emissions. carbon emissions and global warming.
I always take lunch breaks to relax. I can be very productive, but also very lazy. I defend work and relaxation equally! Some afternoons, I might have a call with one of my mentors or a virtual conference related to climate change. In my previous job as the CEO of Code First Girls, I would do 80-100 events a year, but we live in different times!
I recently told a taxi driver what I do and he said he couldn’t be bothered with trying to help climate change because we didn’t get the chance to make a difference. But it’s just doing what we can, and Covid has taught us that it’s entirely possible to come together and create rapid, mass, global change. I feel very positive about it.
The best part of my job is… Hear about the steady successes of the more than 40 organizations and individuals we work with – as they influence climate policy, hire a new team member or raise capital. That shows me the value of the work we’re doing.
And the worst… There are always challenges in starting a business, like when a team member has to go through a rough patch. It is difficult when one of the companies we support is having difficulty with funding.
I relax with… I am an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader, much like Terry Pratchett. Philip and I took turns cooking, although we would sometimes dine at one of the many brilliant Ethiopian restaurants near us. I’ll be making pottery around midnight, although that’s a habit I’m trying to change!
Claire Frost & Gemma Calvert Photography: Mark Hayman.
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