Q&A with new Launchpad member Emily Dallara – Copywriter/Marketer/Entrepreneur

7th February 2017 | Author: Lizzie Dixon

Q: Tell us a bit about your career to date.

After doing my A levels I decided against going straight to Uni and went and trained in Nutrition and Health at Champneys in London.

At the time, I didn’t think it was for me and totally abandoned the idea of working in that industry. I ended up working in a Fish & Chip shop in Saltburn with my (then) boyfriend. He was at a loose end after Uni and together we decided to start a street food business.

The concept was totally new for the North of England and we were part of the whole original street food movement. I built the brand and positioned myself as the face of the business. Networking became second nature and Twitter was my saviour. We were featured in national press regularly and backed by some crazy influential people and organisations. It was a mental, stressful but fun time and it lasted nearly four years before we both physically and mentally had enough.

To top-up my income from the business I was a PA for a holistic therapist and did some freelance marketing on the side. I then became a marketing assistant for a country estate and after that a marketing manager for a really awesome IT company. I learnt the most I had ever learnt with my time at that company.

Q: You started a business at University – tell us a bit about this.

I went to Teesside University when I was 22 to study a BA in Business Studies I had been trading with the street food business for nearly two years by then and thought it would help boost my knowledge of operations, project management and give me a more structured approach to my current marketing.

It was hard work and I admit, I didn’t actually make many lectures. I managed to pull it off though and my business project got nearly 100 per cent.

 Q: What are the benefits of starting a business whilst studying?

One benefit was that I quickly developed my time management skills. If you want to fit it all in you have to be strict and set a schedule.

You also have the opportunity to access resources and information unavailable to non-students. You get to meet really inspirational people who can help you that you might not have met if you hadn’t been part of the University’s network.

Q: You call yourself a ‘Digital Nomad’ – what exactly is this?

Simply put, it’s a nomad (someone who travels frequently) who works online. I‘m not your typical ‘digital nomad’ as I prefer to stay in places a bit longer and find roots.

Q: What are the benefits of working remotely?

Freedom, discovering cultures, meeting amazing, talented people who help you in un-imaginable ways, as you do for them. I would never have met my functional practitioner, Clare (we co-host a women’s health podcast) without working remotely.

Remote workers are happier, more creative and more well-rounded people. Working remotely, you get the chance to start again in a new country anytime and the ability to structure your day however you want. For example, I have a lie in, workout, do yoga or whatever then get on with work maybe until 8pm.

Q: What are the best Co working spaces you have worked in in the world?

HUBUD in Bali was definitely my favourite. I was surrounded by ridiculously talented people all working hard to build a better future for themselves and the world around them.

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