A Day in the Life of a Jersey Entrepreneur – Alana Mann, Mainmann Group


What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?

I generally am looking forward to the challenges of the day! I spring up, so I can get as much done in a day as possible (a strong flat white helps!)

What does your normal day look like?

I work from home and although I rely on emails and the internet, most of the interesting big things happen over phone calls with London and Brazil. I am more of a ‘night worker’ than morning I seem to crank up by 4pm and am checking emails in the evening from my sofa or bed

How did you get to where you are today?

Asking a lot of questions, listening, never thinking I know it all, using the skills that are my strengths and working with others whose strengths are different to my own. Always being driven to ‘do well’ at anything rather than being driven to be ‘successful’! You have to put a lot of hours in and forget about your social life.

What couldn’t you live your life without?

My man! My Family! Holidays! Coconut flavoured anything!

Which outsiders (professional services, investors, mentors, family etc.) have been most important to the success of your business?

My mother for encouraging me to be independent from a young age and making me believe anything is possible. My dad for his entrepreneurial ways and no-nonsense approach, which rubbed off on me. My Nonnon (gran) for always believing in the power of imagination and make-believe, expanding my little mind.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?

Maths! Developing my unorthodox approach that works a treat!

What advice would you give to your younger self before embarking on your business journey?

When a tall dark handsome man approach’s you about a business opportunity – don’t take it!

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