[Episode 97] Rachel Carrell, founder of Koru Kids, on reframing your thoughts and her unique hiring process

Stress. 😰 How do you handle it? Whether it has you dashing for the biscuit tin 🍪 or grabbing your running gear to pound the pavement 🏃‍♀️, you’re going to want to tune in to this week’s episode of the Sparkle and Thrive podcast. Rachel Carrell, founder of a £14 million childcare start-up, has had a fair few nail-biting moments in her entrepreneurial journey, but she has a nifty reframe that you’re going to love. Plus, if you want to hear an Olympian’s attitude to handling nerves, this is your chance (our founder shot arrows for the US archery team and her husband is Tim Foster. Yep, one-quarter of that famous coxless four Olympic gold medal rowing team 🥇). Here’s why you need to tune inWe take a dive into Rachel’s story, from humble beginnings to changing the lives of families and nannies with her business. We hear about the emotions she’s gone through to get to where she is today, and we get some top tips on hiring people when you’re just starting out. Oh, and if you want the best person for the job, you’re going to want to pinch Rachel’s ‘secret’ hiring process. It’s genius! 👏Here’s what to listen out for:[01:45] Rachel goes back to square one. [04:36] How to play bigger than you are (at the time!).[06:28] Hear Rachel’s top tip on buddying up for a good cause.[11:00] Discover Rachel’s method for reframing stress.[12:04] Hear how an Olympian handles nerves.  [20:10] Learn about Koru Kids’ ‘blind’ hiring process.[22:58] Hear Rachel’s advice on hiring early on in a business. [25:48] Why you should never stop learning. We’re off to grab a biscuit! 😂 Hit play now and enjoy! For links and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit TechPixies.com.Huge shout out to TechPixie Sophie Rose Simmons who create the pre-roll voiceover to our podcast! If you would like her to create your pre-roll voice over, please check her out at https://www.sophierosevoice.com/.

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Joy Foster is an award winning entrepreneur who helps women upskill with modern technology in order to return to work, change careers or start a business. Most recently she was recognised by Grant Thornton as one of the 100 Faces of the Vibrant Economy 2018, she was awarded Startup Director of the Year for London and the South by the Institute of Directors (May 2018). She was the only Startup female finalist in the national IoD awards (Oct 2018). Her business, TechPixies was named Women in Business Startup of the Year 2018 and Enterprise Nation Female Startup of the Year 2017. Joy and her company have recently been profiled in Forbes for raising £150,000 and Stella for breaking down barriers for women wanting to re-ignite their careers and in April 2019, TechNation has named TechPixies ‘one to watch’ in the EdTech space.