In a nutshell…

Hello I’m Jan Ibbott but also known as Business Buddy. I’m a Business Advisor and Strategist based in Essex but also working with clients in Hertfordshire and North /North West London. My approach is to offer practical and sensible business solutions! I can offer advice on so many different areas of business. I can help you refine your business model. Solutions to the worries that keep you awake at night. Re-awaken your blocked creative thinking. Suggest how to package your services to appeal to new or existing clients. Help you reach your aspirations by creating a sensible business strategy.  Advise on ways to work smarter to save time, energy and money, as a new start up business.  Think of new ways to keep your business ideas fresh and up to date! I am a solutions orientated advisor and a creative thinker. I am a straight talker who admires honesty in others. Therefore I will offer an honest view of your business. I will talk to you in practical terms.  It means the outcome is to acheive an easy to implement business solution. By working together to shape or refine your business, will help it to flourish and thrive.

I work with women like you

My ‘typical’ client will fall into one of the following 3 categories:

1) An budding entrepreneur, who has a bright idea but needs help to shape the idea into a successful business.
2) A new start up business (usually under 3 years old). They may not be as far forward as they had hoped. They need some guidance to be able to jump over the brick wall that they seem to have hit!
3) An established business owner who is stuck in a rut. They are often doing the same old stuff, getting the same old results. They want a change so seek professional help.

Working with women is my passion

Business Buddy was founded in 2012 as a result of combining my desire to help other women succeed in business. I’ll use my unique experience of working with other women in business since 2005 to help your business.

I had an opportunity to create a new business in 2005 which offered women business owners, facilitated business networking. I founded The Women in Business Network (WIBN).

Over the years I developed and refined the WIBN business model. I developed and grew the business via franchising.  I knew that I could offer other women a chance to get involved. They could operate networking groups in their local area. They were able to use a tried and tested business model. It proved to be a great way to support their primary business. More importantly, it meant they could also create a platform for their local business community. They could meet and exchange business referrals. They could also share business ideas and make valuable strategic connections.

Selling a business – WIBN

I sold the WIBN business in 2011. Today I still run 6 WIBN groups each month. I love networking. I means that I regularly see and speak with 100+ female business owners every month.

At the heart of it

Now that I run my own micro business (Business Buddy) I can appreciate what it’s like to be in my clients shoes. I have experienced the whole start up process again. It takes time to create a new trusted ‘brand’.  It is essential however, to create a sustainable long term plan of growth and development in the process.  I love working at grass root level. I helps me identify with my client challenges, when it comes to running a small business.

My approach is friendly, caring and empathetic

I am passionate about helping women to create a successful business. A business that they can be proud of.  I want to help them achieve it without making expensive and unnecessary mistakes. A lack of planning can stall a business’s growth and development, particularly in the early stages. I enjoy being part of their journey to success.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I have plenty of it! I have encountered business issues myself that were costly or caused by a lack of knowledge (at the time). My hindsight can now used to prevent others doing the same. I can identify and empathise. I have experience of the day to day concerns and issues that worry a new or fledgling business.

If you think we can work together, please give me a call for a chat.