Wonderful Women: Interview with Entrepreneur Vanessa Cameron
Entrepreneur and founder of Qwiddle, an online digital piggy bank, mother of 3 boys, Yorshire based Vanessa Cameron is sports mad both watching and participating in tennis, running and netball.
Describe a typical day for you?
I am both up with the larks and I burn the midnight oil, they say if you want a job doing, give it to a busy person!
I start with the newspapers then a quick listen and catch up on twitter. I get my 3 boys up and off to 3 different schools which means spending an hour each day in my car, the traffic in my home town of Harrogate is dreadful at the moment!
Back to some quality time on my business Qwiddle; helping children learn about managing money in a digital world. This often involves travelling up and down from London, and across to Manchester or at the schools that I work with locally.
I spend a great deal of time networking and developing my product and evangelically spreading the word.
School pick up and tea followed by children’s sports and exercise for me! By 8.00pm I’m back to work again.
You get out of life what you put in, I’m looking forward to great rewards!!
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
The soft launch of Qwiddle my business.
It has taken such tenacity, I have had to battle with bankers, regulation, negativity by those trying to keep me out but I have done it! I promised my boys that there would be a better way to deal with their money, a pictorial and fun way, hands on that they could do themselves on their iPads. And now its here. I need to tell the world now! (You can enter to win £50 with Qwiddle on the blog HERE).
What’s in your handbag/satchel?
The usual purse, phone, lipstick. I always keep a hair band, brush and mirror in there too. Lurking in the bottom is usually the contents of my purse – coins and a couple of paracetamols.
The latest necessity, to keep me going with essential regular black coffee is Hershey Kisses – a fantastic little mouth size treat.
What are your ambitions in life?
That my persona as ‘Miss Pocketmoney” encourages children, mums, parents and the media to turn to, when they want advice and help with money issues for children from where, why, when and how children aim, save and spend their own money.
What advice would you give your pre-baby self that you now know having had children?
Enjoy your time alone, treat yourself lots and enjoy weekend mornings while you can!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In a villa in La Manga, planning my next tennis match!
What advice would you give a budding entrepreneur?
I’m still giving myself advice- talk from the heart, be honest, share, work hard and enjoy.
Finally, happiness is…
Friday night : a bag of kettle chips, a bottle of wine, and the company of my family and a good film!