A Day in the Life of a Jersey Entrepreneur – James Filleul, Connect / Bailiwick Express


What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?

Lots to do, with, usually, too little time to do it in. So it’s the fear of not getting cracking, and so letting something slip, which gets me moving.

What does your normal day look like?

I start at 0600 every day, deal with urgent e-mails and check and update Bailiwick Express website to make sure it is right. Then it’s family time, before I arrive at my desk at 0800. I have a lot of plates spinning between then and when I leave at 1900, so the day is always judging which one is closest to the ground. I try and take 90 mins at lunchtime to go to the gym, four days a week, as otherwise the day can get very intense. After seeing the kids before they go to bed, I then make sure client work is completed, and the website it ready for the morning, before switching off from it all about 2200. Knackered.

How did you get to where you are today?

It’s impossible to say. Take your pick: a great upbringing, a good education, exceptionally supportive family & friends, talented colleagues, intense focus & drive, desperation to do well, a bit of brain power, a bit of luck, fear of failure, stickability, love of doing something different – delete as appropriate, or mix them all together.

What couldn’t you live your life without?

Stickability. Building businesses is a hard road. And being an inveterate questioner of why something has to work as it does.

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

All of those mentioned have an important role, and I’ve been lucky to work with some great examples of each one. But fundamentally, it comes down to yourself, and your family. Do you have a good attitude? And do you have the family to make it all worthwhile?

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

People and complacency. People not having a positive attitude creates so many unnecessary problems, and I’m lucky to now have two great teams. Secondly, there is still a lot of complacency in Jersey, and that’s a shame, as it really holds us back.

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

I wouldn’t. At that age, I was never the type who listened much to advice, I wanted to find out for myself. I’m also contrary, so I would want to prove myself wrong! Finally, I like ripping things up and doing them differently, so if you told me things were going to work out one way, I would automatically do the opposite.

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