Rebecca Robertson Q and A Interview
Can you share your back story with us, a bit about your childhood?
I was brought up by my father as a single parent along with his parents until I was around 11 when my Dad remarried. I went to primary and secondary school, then onto college before starting my first job at 17. My childhood was without any real worries and I was allowed to play outside with my friends, without anyone looking after us. I wasn’t the ‘clever’ or ‘smart’ one at school and was never pegged to go very far!
Were you a determined child or has that developed?
I was strong willed but it was never nurtured so when I started working and it was encouraged, I thrived on it.
Can you share something about yourself that is not widely known?
I love the rap group Salt and Pepper.
How and when did you know you wanted to become an entrepreneur?
I’ve always been the type of employee who took all the challenges and saw no real boundaries. However when I went self-employed it was due to a lack of opportunities in my industry. But I knew that if I could do my boss’s job and my own, I knew I could run a business myself.
Tell us about your business…
I support individuals either employed or business owners create their own financial plan, creating wealth and long term security. I also recruit, train and support new advisers into the industry. We currently have 5 advisers across Cardiff, London, Kent and Essex.
What did you give up to get to where you are today? What did you have to sacrifice?
What did you have to sacrifice? At first income, a good 9-5 job with a high basic salary for the freedom to have choices with my family. But in turn I had to sacrifice my own personal time whilst running a business and looking after my family. It does and is easier, but for some time I had to remove time for myself.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to do?
Give birth to my children and be a parent to them, but also the most rewarding.
What are your goals for 2018 and beyond?
Continue to do what I do however also create an online training program which would help and support many people, from all walks of life, in making better and stronger financial decisions, like buying your first home, getting financially fit or getting started with investing. I also plan to continue growing the advisers within the team and training new women into the industry.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Do you have any big Goals?
The largest national all female Independent financial adviser firm. Personally I would like to buy a house with enough land for my own horse(s).
Can you share 3 #BizTips for Women in Business
1) Understand what kind of business owner you are, what your strengths are and what you are good at. Knowing what is right and best for you. Knowing what your next steps are, only comes from knowing what you want and who you are. Doing what everyone else is doing and getting advice from all different places without knowing this basic assumption will only send you off in the wrong direction.
2) There is no magic pill to business. No one has the magic answer and you aren’t lacking in any way to achieve any level of deemed success – therefore no one else, no matter how successful they perceive to be, can give you the answers. Often they are right in front of you. Find someone you trust to talk to and find a mentor to take out for a coffee. You don’t need to spend a fortune to gain a better understanding.
3) Pay yourself first, don’t let your business become a monster which needs feeding. You need to earn a least a basic wage before your business is paid. Focus on profit and increasing your wages, not increasing your outgoings. Separate your finances. Personal and a business bank account. Understand your money, love your money and it will love you right back!
How can people best connect with you online?
You can read more from Rebecca Robertson – Are You Too Kind With Money? inside #BizRocks Magazine Issue 65
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