Jane Binnion Q and A Interview
Can you share your back story with us, a bit about your childhood?
I am the 3rd of 4 children,. I was raised in Walsall in the West Midlands in a working class community. My dad was a fireman and my mum did whatever she needed to make ends meet. For 10 years I was the youngest with 2 older brothers and a dominant dad and I learnt some survival skills during that time I tell you!
Were you a determined child or has that developed?
Somewhere along the line I became determined to not be a door mat . I left home at 16 and somehow managed to pass my A levels and get into the university of Essex to study sociology, which looking back shows determination.
We were a sporty family, I was an 800m runner so I think that training helps too with discipline and pushing through discomfort. I am certainly tenacious and will face up to fears.
Can you share something about yourself that is not widely known?
It’s possibly fairly well known that I am dyspraxic as I do talk about that, and my first book, You’re so clumsy Charley, is a children’s book about Dyspraxia.
As an ethical business trainer it’s probably no surprise that I’m a socialist feminist. Fairness and people being encouraged to work to their strengths, not assigned roles, is very important to me.
But you may not know that I love nature. I would love to work in an orangutan orphanage (though I would of course prefer it if there was no need for orangutan orphanages) I have a plan to work with elephants. I feel I have things to learn from them. They bring grace to what can seem like a pretty graceless world.
How and when did you know you wanted to become an entrepreneur?
Only in the last 4 years to be honest. My background is 20 years in the public sector working as a youth and community worker in Birmingham and then Lancashire. I went self employed because I wanted to be home for my daughter when she needed me, not an hour drive down the motorway. I am a single mum and I just decided life must be easier than working in high stress jobs while she was with a child minder.
I went self employed to have more control over my life and the plan was to find a way to make enough money to feed us and keep a roof over our heads. But after about 18 months I realised ‘I really like this’ as I had lots of cool ideas that I could act on without needing to seek permission. What’s interesting is, the more creative I got the more creative I got! Once I allowed all the ideas to flow it became so much more than a way of putting dinner on the table. It became about ‘I wonder if I can make that happen’. And I love it.
Tell us about your business
I am the MD of Ethical Business Training Limited and as part of that I founded The Growing Club. My background is youth and community work.
What did you give up to get to where you are today? What did you have to sacrifice?
What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to do?
What are your goals for 2017 and beyond?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Do you have any big Goals?
And in 5 years time I will have done my reccy visit to enable me to take some time to work with elephants in Africa.
Can you share 3 #BizTips for Women in Business
1) Get a good support network because it can be pretty darn lonely otherwise.
2) A coach / mentor is crucial if you are serious about growing your business. But pick the right one for you.
3) There is always more to learn and mostly it is about ourselves as running a business is very exposing of all our insecurities and mental blocks. So invest in your training.
How can people best connect with you online? twitter, website, youtube?
Website – www.janebinnion.com
You can read more from Jane Binnion – Here’s 2017 Looking Quite A Lot Like 2016! inside #BizRocks Magazine Issue 48
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