Summary of Business: is a cost effective recruitment platform specialising in part-time and contract roles across Ireland. As we approach full employment, finding quality candidates for roles has become increasingly difficult and by offering reduced hours, you can tap into a highly skilled, experienced talent pool so you get the talent you need at a reduced cost.

What led you to starting your business?

I am a Chartered Accountant by background and had spent 10 years working full-time in practice and multi-nationals. I then took a part-time role to accommodate family life for 10 years. I realised there was no platform specialising in these roles, yet I knew so many experienced mothers who were not working as they could not find roles to fit in with family life. Equally with innovation and technology, most roles can now be done in less hours so employers can save money by employing people on a part-time basis. It seems like a win-win to me and I love the challenge of matching the right candidate with the right job

How did you raise the funds you need for your business?

To date I have funded it privately and through revenue from the site.

What is the most significant lesson you have learnt in running your business?

I have had to learn how to switch off from work. I could work on the business 24/7 but you get run down very quickly. So whether it's been a great day or a not so great day, I have to be able to leave it behind me and enjoy family life, which is why I chose part-time work in the first place. Allowing myself to tune out took a while.

What has been the proudest moment in your business so far?

That has to be placing my first candidate. When you have spent months creating a website and a brand, to see it all working and an employer has found the site, posted a job and found a candidate they could not find elsewhere, it is a great feeling and one I never tire of!

What have been the biggest challenges in your business to date?

Trying to get brand awareness in a crowded marketplace. There are some very big names in the recruitment space but I think when you start in a niche such as part-time it is easier. Our most popular ads are for finance or administration roles and we are every confident that we will fill them so getting testimonials from satisfied customers has helped. Also, because we are smaller, we can offer a much more personalised service and employers like that.

What advice would you give aspiring entrepreneurs thinking of starting a business?

I think being passionate about what your are doing is essential. There are a lot of ups and downs on the entrepreneurial road and having a strong belief in what you offer is key to keep you focused on and achieving your goals.

What’s the best business book you’ve ever read?

The Purple Cow is great. It is all about making your business remarkable. In a world where there is so much noise and so many offerings, you have to find a way to make your service or goods special and better than all the others.

Who is the entrepreneur you admire the most?

Honestly, I admire all entrepreneurs who are brave enough to take an idea and invest their time, money and energy into something that may or may not reap a reward. Starting a business requires you putting yourself out there and I think everyone who takes a chance on that is to be admired.

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How has the SFA helped you in your business?

I have just joined the SFA and I am excited at the prospect of all it can offer. Having HR support is fantastic and it provides me with a whole new network. They have already published an article for me and I hope to be able to reach many of the members and help them find great candidates as part-time roles are a great way for SMEs to get the talent they need at a reduced cost.

Contact details:

Jane Downes
Telephone: 086 3718211
Address: The Portershed, Eyre Square, Galway