“I was just named in the Maserati 100 List. It’s amazing to be recognised alongside entrepreneurs that I look up to like Richard Branson and I’m really proud that my business makes a difference and positive impact.”
Meet Vicky Olubi, GirlCrew London
Like many great businesses, The Tutoress, was born out of a love for an idea rather than as a company. In fact, Vicky hadn’t even thought of settting it up as a business when she started, “I simply loved teaching and wanted to teach students on a one-to-one basis. I ended up going from having one student to having tons of parents refer other parents to me which in turn led to me realising that it should be an actual business.”
Her hard work has obviously paid off as since 2010, The Tutoress has helped more than 200 children to pass entrance exams for some of the world’s most prestigious schools – including Eton College and Dubai College. “I offer intensive courses and lessons to students who are preparing for the 11+ school entrance exams.” But the company doesn’t stop there, she also offers a range of teaching resources and books, that have been created as a result of her work. While it may seem that this is just another prep system, Vicky prides herself on the relationships that her team form with the students.
“My aim is to provide a very personalised service whereby parents feel they can talk to myself and the other tutors in my team and we establish great relationships with our students.” This personalised, and nurturing, approach has resulted in her students attaining great results and the company has also been featured by media outlets such as The Guardian, The Independent, and GetwestLondon, as well as a coveted spot on the Maserati 100 List.
1. What is the best thing about running your own business?
The best thing about running my own business is doing work that transforms the lives of others whilst also having the freedom to turn my ideas and dreams into reality.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
The most challenging thing about running a business is learning to switch off and not work on business-related tasks 24/7. In the past I used to be a workaholic but over the years I’ve learnt to focus more on having fun, letting go and just enjoying every area of my life.
3. What is your proudest business achievement to date?
I was just named in the Maserati 100 List. It’s amazing to be recognised alongside entrepreneurs that I look up to like Richard Branson and I’m really proud that my business makes a difference and positive impact.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to set up their own business?
Just one tip? I have so many! My biggest tip would be to have a really clear vision of what your business model will be. I see a lot of people start businesses but they have no real idea of how their business will make money and so they end up starting something and then realising that it isn’t financially viable. I’d definitely advise others to be as clear as you can before embarking on the journey.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in business?
“If you learn, teach.” That’s one of my favourite quotes by Maya Angelou. Teaching what you know is such a powerful thing; don’t be afraid to share your knowledge and wisdom with others as it might positively impact someone’s life.
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