Sally Alsakarchi, Honey Bee Nursery | Be Your Own Boss

Sally Alsakarchi, Founder of Honey Bee Nursery in City Walk and Bumble Bee Nursery in Sharjah and a mum of Yara 13 and Yamin 7. As a successful business owner, she talks us through her experiences of being her own boss.

How did you come up with the concept for your business and at what point did you decide to make it a reality?

I was searching for a good nursery for my daughter Yara and I found out quickly that the quality in childcare really matters especially as a first mum.So, I decided to do my research on early years and started to make a business plan.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village.  Who are your go-to people/services?

My go to people are no one other than my staff.I have staff in my nursery who I have been working with since I started my business. They built my foundation.

How long did it take for you to be profitable?

It took me 4 years to make some profit, but even then all my profit was put back into the nursery.

What was the best advice you ever received?

To start studying childcare and learning more about how children learn.

Worst advice?

To shut down my business and give up.

Since you’ve been through it, what would you tell someone starting out?

You have to love the business that you start and have all the knowledge for it otherwise, it becomes just a business, without the passion.

Which statement best describes you?

  1. I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.
  2. She’s got that whole, “purpose-driven, change making, warrior princess, super mom” thing going on.
  3. An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen.

Take us through a day in the life of Sally

Every morning the first thing I do is reach for a cup of Arabic coffee and that keeps me going to get my kids ready for school.  I start my work day soon afterwards and end my workday around 6 or 7 pm.

3 Tips for Blossoming Entrepreneur

  • Love what you do
  • Always surround yourself with people who support you and celebrate your success
  • Dream as big as you can

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