Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shane Mahi, Founder of DRIIVN LIMITED, located in Farringdon, London, UK.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

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Tell us about yourself

I worked at a media agency for many years and developed a number of new markets. When the pandemic started, I had a feeling there would be a major shift in the way we work, so I took a chance at the opportunity I saw in the marketplace. I knew people were going to fully switch to effective virtual networking, and because I had already been working in that way, I knew I could make it work. My motivation to do what I do every day stems from not wanting to go back to an old life that I have come so far from.

I almost lost my life and freedom over a decade ago. I knew I needed to get as far away from failure as possible and toward success as quickly as possible. While developing my career, I always enjoyed helping customers solve problems and knew I was able to provide value. I took the chance to take my career and my future into my hands and determine my own success by becoming an entrepreneur. I wanted to determine my income and future, and building a business was the only way I knew how.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is hiring and working with the team we have. They are able to operate without me, and I trust them with the business.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Managing people’s emotions and behaviours and then client surprises.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Get a great lawyer.
  2. Know your numbers with a great accountant.
  3. Always use a plan with live data to make informed decisions.

Where can people find you and your business?


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