Your Name and Age: Yuliana Topazly, 36 years old
Tell us about your family: Being a migrant, most of my family is back home in Russia, however my husband and my lovely daughter Jessica have been my biggest inspirations.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition? I was always interested in entrepreneurship, supporting my family business since I was 13 years old, working for educational institutions and private sectors gave me lot of knowledge and experience. However when my daughter was born, I had to change my career almost immediately and think of different ways I could apply myself and support others. That is how I set up My OutSpace Business centre (www.myoutspace.co.uk), which supports parents into self-employment by offering flexible workspace, business support, mentoring and training, with childcare provision.
When did you launch?
www.buddywith.org.uk was launched in October 2016
How did you get started?
Buddy With was born from seeing frustration of many parents across South London while running My OutSpace Business Centre.
What’s your favourite thing about running your own business
Running a business is very challenging but also very rewarding. You work very hard, sometimes 7 days a week but you are in full control of your decisions as well as take full irresponsibility for your actions. The most rewarding for me is when my business is making a real difference and see our clients succeed in what they do – it feels amazing!
What’s the thing you least enjoy about running your own business
It is a lot of work in the beginning and it takes time to build reputation, but I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to speak to your customers before you launch anything to ensure you make less mistakes and certainly save time and money.
What has worked well about your business?
Personal experience and doing extensive market research really helped us to create right solution for our customers. I also managed successfully applied for grants to develop the solution, which always helps, especially when start something new.
What’s been your biggest business mistake? How did you deal with it?
Doing a PhD while starting my business. It has been challenging to time manage but it felt like I had two startups in one. It taught me how to make very quick decisions
How do you fit in work with the family? Is your partner supportive of your business?
Family is always my priority. Running your own business can be flexible but it also means that initially you will probably be spending your weekends working on your business too. It is very important you have a support network around you and always make sure you have ‘me time’ and ‘family time’…does not matter how busy your schedule gets, you need to prioritise most important in your life – your family!
Would you ever give up your business to do something else?
I love doing business and never have any regrets for taking this new challenge on, but never say never.
Have you had your ‘I’ve made it’ moment? Tell us about it. If not when do you think it will come
Croydon council recently launched Good Employer Charter and included www.buddywith.org.uk as one of the innovative solutions organisations can implement to support their working parents – employees – it was great news for us and we really hope more organisations will sign up and will support their employees to lower stress and absenteeism levels.
Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
To see BuddyWith used widely across the UK
Your website link: www.buddywith.org.uk Currently, any organisations offering services for parents can register on our platform for free.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yuliana Topazly is founder of BuddyWith.org.uk – a supportive community of parents and experts who are there to help each other, offer advice, and share experiences. See: www.BuddyWith.org.uk