WeDO Scotland’s youngest member
What was your first job after leaving school/further education?
After completing 5th year. I did not see a reason to stay onto 6th year as I felt that I would not achieve anything however I went on completing two years in collage studying business and finance. I then went on doing a temporary Christmas job at Fat face in Fort Kinnaird successfully lasting the Christmas period!
When did you start your business & what prompted you to do it?
I had launched No1 Healthcare on January the 23rd 2017. The reason I started my business is because just before I launched my company, I had worked in a similar organisation where I was over-achieving the goals set for me, however I wasn’t getting any recognition for the hard work I was doing! I also felt a great passion for this sector and meeting people, as well as providing them with jobs, I felt I had found my niche.
What did you find most challenging at the beginning?
The biggest challenged I faced was having the self-belief that I could do this due to having low confidence after being sacked from every office job I had within 4 weeks of being there! I struggled to believe in myself but with the support of my family, they made me feel that I could really make a success of my own busines and that this was the time for me to shine.
Who did you ask for advice & why did you choose them?
My family has been always been there to give me advice, they saw the potential in me to start my own business. As a child, I always had a dream of having my own business.
How did you fund your business?
I funded my business from my savings and with help from my brother.
What would you do differently now looking back?
At this point in my business I wouldn’t change anything. I feel like I have been blessed to have started my own business at the age of 19. I feel that I learn as I go and become better at what I do.
What or who has helped you to grow your business the most?
My family has helped me to grow the business to where it is today. My brother had encouraged me to start the business, he had belief that I could become an entrepreneur. My mum has also helped me by giving me advice and she has always been there to hear about the day I had in the office. My mum has also always been beside me when I’ve been working long hours as every entrepreneur does.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
The biggest challenged I have faced since I starting my business was to win my first client which happened after three months. After 6 months, the business became sustainable and started to pay for itself.
What are the future plans for your business?
The future plans for No1 Healthcare are to make it a high growth business whilst gaining a reputation and recognition for excelling in the services we provide to our clients. I would also like it to grow globally, not just in the UK.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to set up their own business?
Firstly I would say to the person that wants to go into business, it’s like a roller coaster! You will always experience highs and lows, but you need to be committed. You have to have determination to successfully build your business to be the best that it can be as well as investing a lot of your own time to make it work. Being prepared to lose sleep is another advantage!
Tell us something about you that isn’t commonly known.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age 7 years old, during primary and secondary school, I was always at the lowest levels in classes and I found it extremely hard to maintain good attendance because of it.
And finally, why did you join WeDO?
The main reason I’ve joined WeDO is because it provides a platform for entrepreneurs to learn from one another. It also provides a platform to gain experience working with, and sharing, the experiences of other entrepreneurs, as well as gaining recognition of the achievements the members achieve in their businesses.