I’m delighted with how things have progressed since I started! It was not easy and I worked really hard to get to where I am now. Until January 2018, it was only me. When I got pregnant, I switched to online teaching and appointed a virtual assistant to take care of admin and IT. I was afraid my clients wouldn’t follow me, but they were willing to try and… they loved it! Before having Arthur, I appointed two teachers I had trained to take over my lessons.
I felt like giving up on a daily basis during this time.
All was going very well until… my husband Sam lost his job just before my son was born. I also found out I was pregnant again soon after having him! I struggled with the new pressures of motherhood, entrepreneurship, and providing for my family. My business was not making much profit yet, my husband hadn’t found a job and I was exhausted.
I felt like giving up on a daily basis during this time. However, that was also the catalyst to my business expansion. Whilst sharing the task of caring for our son, my husband developed Prêt à Parler’s e-learning platform, so I could spend more time on business development, recruitment and marketing. I had a small promotional budget, but was lucky enough to cross paths with inspiring, generous womenpreneurs who agreed to exchange their services for French lessons, enabling me to grow organically.
Following the great article about us on TTDIG, business boomed and has never stopped since! My team has since grown to 12 Prêt à Parler collaborators (customer service specialist, chief of operations, web designer, IT specialist, SEO and social media specialist and 7 super profs. There is still so much to do, but I couldn’t be happier with the way my business is growing!