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Episode Info: Ailsa is based in the North of Scotland and is running 3 businesses as well as raising a family. If you're thinking about starting a business that is geographically limited, rather than online/work from anywhere, this is a great interview for you. Ailsa is based in Elgin and has been there for 4 years now. In her previous life she worked in London as branding consultant and travelled Europe in a full on, interesting and exciting job. From there the family moved to Shropshire where she managed to get an advertising role working for the local council and have a couple of children. Shortly after her second child was born another posting came around, this time to Anglesey, where it is far more difficult to find employ. Ailsa does admit that maintaining a 'career' is very difficult as a military spouse but getting a 'job' doesn't tend to be any harder than for your average person. The restrictions of military life encourages allows us to set up businesses which we would probably have never have done, in order to build flexibility into our own lives. When Ailsa moved North, she and her husband decided to buy a cottage on Skye to rent out as a holiday home, albeit without considering that this made them 'business owners'. That was her first dip of her toe into the murky waters of business ownership. The next dip came, as it so often does, with the aid of wine. A friend of Ailsa's was having a tough time with the cleaning job she was doing and had decided to quit. Recognising what a shame that would be given the great reputation she had built up Ailsa asked her round for wine - like any good friend should - and they got to chatting about branding and progressing the business in the hope of getting her friend excited again. It seemed she had already made her mind up to leave it altogether. Ailsa then took the tack of trying to convince her to employ cleaners and just manage the business and before the night was through it was decided they would do this together. See what a bit of Dutch courage does... Ailsa explains how difficult it was in the beginning to manage the business and her small children, particularly in those times where with a partner away. Now that that business has grown to a certain level, the feeling of boredom is sneaking back in, and so Ailsa has started up a third business. The new business was something that she had in her mind all along, as it harks back to her passion and the job she so loved in London. She found

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