Balancing a small business with small children is an issue that tends to come up for many women entrepreneurs at one time or another. The push/pull to blend our meaningful work with the needs of our families and the desire to be present with our children can often lead to feelings of frustration and guilt.
This week’s guest on the Inspired Woman Project, Yasmin Vorajee has tapped into this very theme, having created a business that tackles the balancing act of time.
Yasmin initially spent 12 years on the corporate track. When she suddenly found herself out of a job due to the global recession, she realized that she had actually been presented with an opportunity to fulfill her dream of self-employment. Although this enfolded quite organically and she was doing work she believed in, she was also faced with the dilemma of her time. With a toddler and another child on the way, Yasmin found herself repeatedly distracted and frustrated that she couldn't commit the time she wanted to do both.
It was then that she remembered that in her corporate life whenever she would take a half day, she found herself intensely focused and managed to do an enormous amount of work in a very short period of time. The question then arose, Why then not employ the same strategy as an entrepreneur? By creating a structure and a system that was highly focused she could create flexibility in the rest of her life. She honed her work schedule down to 3 hours a day, and discovered a life she could love.
Now, Yasmin supports other entrepreneurs to focus their energy and time on what is really important for their particular business. Getting clear on their meaningful work and the details of what actually needs to be done, and giving her clients big results from their tiny time.
The inspired woman project: Yasmin Vorajee
Yasmin Vorajee is a former Vice President of Leadership Development and after a highly successful corporate career spanning 12 years, she decided to start her own company where she now works with small business owners, who have expertise in their field and industry, to turn their knowledge into lucrative online courses, group programs and premium packages so they can stop trading time for money.
Yasmin is a highly sought after coach, trainer and speaker and she is the creator of the Tiny Time Big Results philosophy which encourages businesses to focus on purpose, profit, productivity and the importance of play.
Yasmin has featured in the Sunday Independent, the Irish Independent, the Irish Times and the Huffington Post as well as local and regional media. She also featured in the Global Women and Leadership Summit in 2013 alongside Cherie Blair, Marianne Williamson and John Gray (author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus).
Yasmin is from Lancashire, England and now lives in the Republic of Ireland with her farmer husband and their two young children.
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