Victoria Olubi
London, England.
Multi-award Winning CEO, Founder, Author & Mentor.

Tell us a bit about the business that you are creating?
My business is called TheTutoress and we specialise in helping children aged 8-­11 to pass the British private and grammar school entrance exams. We run engaging, high­-energy holiday courses that transform both a child’s academic skills and their confidence and self­-belief.

What are your three core values in your working life right now?
Passion. Love. Kindness.

What’s the hardest part of running a business from home?
For me, the hardest part of running a business from home is limiting distractions. I think it’s very easy in this day and age to be caught up in all of the endless shiny objects that are thrown at you especially when you work from home so I’ve really tried to focus on limiting distractions, especially online. For instance, social media is a great tool for business but I often notice that many entrepreneurs become so immersed in it that they lose sight of their business goals because they’re surrounded by online/social media distractions.

What’s the most rewarding part of running a business from home?
The most rewarding thing is the fact that it makes me happy and as a result, that happiness rubs off on my work, my students and my clients. Working from home also gives me a degree of flexibility and enables me to do the work I love in an environment that I love which in turn allows me to produce my best work.

What fears did you have about starting your business?
I was rather young when I started (I think I was 22) and naturally, I was a fearless young person who believed I could conquer the world. Looking back however, my biggest fear was whether I’d actually succeed. I didn’t want to be another statistic, another person who started a business and failed. Luckily enough, I didn’t allow that fear to get to me, I kept working and hustling despite the uncertainty.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in running your home­ based business?
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that you to have to be persistent when running a business. Things don’t always go smoothly and there are always the not­-so­-great days. However, you have to be strong­-minded enough to keep going and not give up. You have to constantly visualise the bigger picture and make that the centre­-point so that you never forget why you’re doing this in the first place.

How do you find the right balance between being a partner, wife or mother and running your business?|
What works for me is dividing each business responsibility into days so that I’m not doing several things at once. For instance, I might spend Mondays focused on marketing and then Tuesdays on writing or having calls with prospective clients. One of the biggest lessons I’ve also learnt is that we are not super­human and we can’t get a million things done in a day so I now aim to do about 2­3 business tasks in a day and spend the rest of my time on balancing family commitments.

On a scale of 1­-10 how much does your business light you up?
10 of course!

What do you wish you had in your business that you are still seeking?
That’s a tricky one as I feel very content but I suppose, I would love to build a team in the nearby future as I’ve been very hands­-on which is great but it’s not the best way of running a business.

In moments of doubt, how do you overcome it and lift yourself back up?
I read a lot! I’m constantly on the lookout for inspiring books so that I can pick myself up whenever I’m having a bad day. I also pray and read Proverbs as I find that to be one of the best ways to lift my mood and it helps me re­-focus.

Who is your support crew if you have one?
My partner, my siblings and my immediate family.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?
“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”

What’s a brief summary of the pathway it took to get to where you are now?
An unemployed graduate, tutor, founder, author.

How important is grit, determination and persistence to you in growing your business?
It’s essential because, without grit, determination and persistence, you’ll constantly give up at every hurdle. As a business owner you have to be passionate about what you do to the extent that you keep going no matter what.

Which of your personal traits are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the fact that I am a really caring person because it’s a quality that makes me more supportive and attentive to those around me including my clients and students.

What’s the hardest thing about being your own boss?
The uncertainty. When you work for someone, you’re given a roadmap of what to do, how to do it and you know what your long­-term career options are. As an entrepreneur, you have none of those things. You’re on your own and whilst I love that, it can also be quite nerve­-wrecking because you are your own boss and you, therefore, have to make very difficult decisions on your own.

What sacrifices have you made starting a business?
I do sometimes feel as though it’s stopped me from spending as much time as I would like with my loved ones so I would definitely say that’s the biggest area of sacrifice for me personally.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes, it’s in reading a book or watching a film. Sometimes I’ll be doing something completely unrelated to business and it will light a fire in me and I’ll have an amazing idea that sparks my next business move. I probably get most of my inspiration from talking to my clients and students as well as members of my team.

Who’s a woman you deeply admire?
Maya Angelou because she was such a remarkable woman and she achieved so much in her lifetime.

What do you still want to achieve on a personal level?
To slow down in terms of work and have children.

What do you find most frustrating about your home workspace?
The size, I would love to have a bigger home workspace.

What is the favourite thing about your workspace?
The fact that it has pretty much everything I need within a 20 second reach.

Name one thing you can’t live without each day.
My notebook.

Find out more about Victoria Olubi and her services HERE.