MIV Catch Up - Clare Ramsaran
Clare Ramsaran joined us on Twitter for #MIVReveals on Friday 19th January 2018 to tell us about her startup business.
Clare is a contractor who builds databases and teaches others to build databases. Based in San Francisco until 2017, she recently made the move back to England and is now living in Manchester. Currently she is delivering training on the Salesforce Database.
Thanks for joining us today Clare Ramsaran. Could you firstly just explain to us what it is you do? #MIVReveals
I build databases and train others to build databases. Currently I teach online and have trainees in the US, The Netherlands and here in England. I’m also returning to web design work. And in my spare time (!), I’m working on a novel. #MIVReveals
What inspired you to #startup your business? #MIVReveals
I love training and I love building databases! The work I’m doing allows me to do both. I did similar work within organisations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, taking the leap a few years ago to become a consultant. It’s been working out very well so far. #MIVReveals
What have been the biggest challenges of setting up your #business? #MIVReveals
Paperwork and regulations – trying to find out whether the sole trader or limited company route was best for me in my situation and the implications of the different choices. Also negotiating contracts. #MIVReveals
How helpful did you find the business advice via live chat service which we provide on behalf of Manchester City Council? #MIVReveals
It was very helpful. The person at the other end was clearly an expert who had experience of running a business and he was very thorough and clear in responding to all my questions. #MIVReveals
What aspect of receiving business advice online appealed to you or encouraged you to try the service? #MIVReveals
I was actually looking online for information about attending the business advice centre at Manchester Central Library and the chat box appeared on my screen so I thought I’d give it a go - I’m glad I did! #MIVReveals
The live chat service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm - would you use it again for advice and recommend it to others? #MIVReveals
Absolutely! The person I spoke to was knowledgeable and helped me think through what I needed to find out next. #MIVReveals
Can you tell us more about your business? #MIVReveals
I’m a Consultant, primarily focused on working with the Salesforce Database. Currently I’m training others to be Database Administrators and preparing them for a certification exam. #MIVReveals
How do you advertise your business? #MIVReveals
Right now, word of mouth and recommendations. Also people have found me on LinkedIn. #MIVReveals
What would you say is your proudest #business moment so far? #MIVReveals
After moving from California back to England in June 2017, I studied very hard and passed a tough 4-hour certification exam in order to qualify as an Official Salesforce Trainer. This opened lots of doors for me. #MIVReveals
What advice would you give to other #entrepreneurs looking to set up their #ownbusiness? #MIVReveals
Do your research. Prioritise the different tasks you need to do – there won’t be time to do all of them. And don’t forget to look after yourself as well as looking after your business. #MIVReveals
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