What is your business or job? These days I am a full-time business writer and author. I have my first book being published on 4th February in the UK (2nd July Australia and 6th July in the States). It is called Scale For Success and is all about helping people grow their businesses. In writing it, I have had the help of 30 truly amazing entrepreneurs and big household names.
How long have you been in business or your career? I was an entrepreneur for nearly 40 years so I learned a thing or two there. During that time I started to write articles for a digital business publication so I have been doing those for about 10 years now. The book – not sure when you take it from! But a year, if we go from when I got offered a contract by Bloomsbury Publishing.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place? or … What you love the most about your current job? I loved being an entrepreneur for a long time but I burnt right out by the end. Writing I love in a whole different way. It is something I have wanted to do since I was a small child so a huge passion of mine. I am also passionate about campaigning to encourage entrepreneurship and have been involved in many different ones over the years. Now, I get to put the whole lot together and write about entrepreneurship to encourage others – how lucky am I ?!
Who has been your greatest influence in business or your job and in your personal life and why? Has to be the inbuilt determination to provide for the kids when they were small at the start of my career. In my writing, the encouragement of one editor in particular in the early days when I was writing online, my editor at Bloomsbury and my son, who told me to go for it with the book when I was having a melt-down moment and wondering if I could.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date? I was lucky enough to win business awards but they are pretty transient. I had opportunities such as being one of 50 women chosen to be representing the UK Government in an EU scheme to encourage enterprise. Debating at the Cambridge Union comes pretty high. But winning a publishing contract to become a published author is a real childhood dream/ bucket list thing for me.
What do you do to inspire other women? I don’t do anything solely for men or women I am afraid, but for both the book and the articles I write I search out and speak to some truly amazing women entrepreneurs in vastly different sectors and I hope that by featuring their incredible achievements that will inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.
What inspirational qualities do you possess? Arghh! That’s the sort of question I hate as I don’t see myself as inspirational really. But – I guess a determination to keep going when others would have given up, grit as they call it. Plus I know that in the last three years I have gone on a big personal development journey, partly but not solely in doing the book, and I am proud that I can still do that in my sixties. In fact, it is good to sit here and say now I am the sum of the woman I have been but one hell of a lot better than I was. I hope to keep going that way.
What’s your advice for other women that may want to do what you do? Never be afraid to dream it and believe you can make it happen. Have a vision board of what you are aiming for and what it looks like or something to represent it where you can see it every day.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to Nikki’s blog? You will regret not trying far, far more than you will ever regret failing. Failing is just a step to success. You don’t start without trying.
What do you do for fun/relaxation? Very simple things; reading, music, walks on the beach and in the countryside. Not one for the high life!
What’s the best way for our women here to connect with you?
via my website which is https://jancavelle.co.uk
Youtube channel coming shortly which will also be just Jan Cavelle