An Insight into local businessman Jason Hulott from Ramsgate based Speedie Consultants Ltd as he answers our Kent Entrepreneur Interview Questions.
Age – 40
Company name – Speedie Consultants Limited
Give us your business ‘elevator pitch’
We supply finance and insurance companies with internet marketing services – that said I think it was Seth Godin who said no one bought anything in an elevator
How did you get started in business?
If we asked your staff what you are like to work for, what would they say?
Thankfully we don’t have that issue 🙂
What was your biggest ever business challenge and how did you overcome it?
Time and ability to turn all of our ideas into a reality is a big challenge and one we fit everyday. Still trying to overcome that one.
What do you see as your biggest success to date?
Working with some of the biggest companies in our industry as a “small” business
How many hours sleep do you get on an average night?
How has the recent recession affected your business?
It has meant we have had to really focus on our core business, but we are growing again after a low profit last year.
If you could offer a first-time entrepreneur only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Focus – stay the course. People will try and pull you in lots of directions normally for their agenda not yours. Focus on your idea and see it through.
Looking back at your career, what’s one thing you would do differently?
Start my own business sooner and be cleverer with expansion plans
How does being Kent-based benefit your business?
Not much to be honest as we provide web services our client base is national, well actually international.
Where do you see yourself and your business five years from now?
Hopefully sold up and relaxing somewhere. Hopefully.
How important have good employees been to your success?
Good freelancers have been key to our ability to expand and contract as required. Yet it has taken us 3 or 4 years to get to that point.
Which top three skills have made you a successful entrepreneur?
Creativity, Drive and ability get stuff done
What has been your biggest failure, and what have you learnt from it?
Being let down by a few large clients that through lack of payment nearly shut us down. Spreading the client bank. Don’t rely on one or even two bigger clients .
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Don’t really have one. We are pretty self motivated here.
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
I practice Japanese sword arts.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Still being here after 9 years.
How many hours do you work a day on average?
Anything else you want to tell us about?
While we focus on Finance and insurance companies. Always happy to be a sounding board for businesses who might want a second opinion on a marketing plan or proposal.
Tel 01843 831088
Mob 07940 521056