Home Working Heroes
At YouFibre, we know that you can achieve anything you want with access to ultrafast, reliable broadband. To celebrate the launch of our 8000 Mbps package, and inspire you to do more, we’ve interviewed a series of successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople to find out how they’ve made their fortunes from the comfort of their own homes.
Izzy Prior is a dynamic entrepreneur who embarked on her business journey just two years ago. As a LinkedIn Creator and distinguished Top Voice for Gen Z, Izzy has carved out her space in the world of personal branding. In this interview, we chatted with Izzy about her path to success and why remote working made it possible.
Through my agency, Spark, I'm dedicated to building purpose-driven reputations for the visionary founders and CEOs who are shaping our future. My approach centres around creating authentic, captivating content that not only builds trust and loyalty with customers but also aligns with the values of my clients. My expertise lies in working together to define, align, communicate, and amplify my clients' missions. My strong passion for meaningful conversations allows me to help individuals uncover and embrace their unique purposes. This deeply resonates with my agency's goal of empowering social impact leaders and mirrors my personal commitment to supporting others on their diverse journeys.
Honestly, through facing rejection and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Social media and the opportunities to connect across the globe shouldn’t be something we fear. We should take advantage of what tools are providing us. I used social media to gain attraction towards my name and my agency. Since then, my brand has attracted 57,000 followers, keynote speaking opportunities, inbound leads for my agency daily and so much more. I had to face rejection and discomfort in the early days to achieve what I do now.
Being online, I’m able to find (and make) more opportunities than networking in person would lead to. I live in a small town so I would never have been in positions like I am today. That aside, working from home has made my life a great deal more creative and it takes away a 2-hour commute into London each day. More time to spend on business.
We have a huddle twice a week to keep on top of things. Other times, we do ‘body-doubling’, almost as if we were sitting alongside one another in the office, but in the comfort of home. When initiating a remote-first approach, I ensured communication was a priority so everyone was aligned, and mental health didn’t become a problem. This is very important to me - so I’m always researching ways to benefit us, overall.
Find a place in your home that is solely for work, and doesn’t interrupt your ‘home’ lifestyle. Take time to make this place comfortable but also productive and practical. A great setup goes a long way. Plus, it prevents any discontent or resentment towards working from home.
Oooh, great question. Noise-cancelling headphones has to be up there - no one likes hearing a car alarm going off, a lawn mower or building work during video calls. But also, a standing desk. I’ve seen plenty of people invest in these (as well as walking treadmills) to remain productive AND active at home. I’d also throw in a coffee machine, because who wouldn’t?
Check out more inspiring stories in our Home Working Heroes series.