After twelve years of working in the corporate world, Ranya Akacha realised her passion wasn’t in owning a specific business. Her passion was business itself! Her sideline work in business coaching and her experience with employee engagement programs grew into Real Business Matters, where she shares her passion for business with others through executive coaching services and action-based employee engagement programs.
“I want to create high-performing teams. I know how hard it is when your team is not engaged.”
Before she started chasing her passion, Ranya wishes she had known these three things:
- Organisation is one of the most important things.
- You have to spend money at the start to make money in the end.
- It’s important to ask for help when you need it.
“In the beginning, I was trying to do everything myself and be everything in the business. That was really hard.”
For anyone starting their journey, this is Ranya’s advice:
- Create a team of people around you.
- Know your strengths, and outsource what you’re not good at.
- You have to be self-aware and articulate the things you want and need.
Who is Ranya’s favourite entrepreneur? Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
“He pushes all the boundaries. He tries lots of new things, and he doesn’t care that no one’s done it before. He thinks outside the box to extraordinary lengths. He does things so differently that it just works.”
Ranya loves running her own business because of the flexibility and freedom to schedule her own life that it gives her.
Ranya’s ideal business would allow her to do more of the things she enjoys, teaching seminars and coaching teams.
“I don’t enjoy the nitty gritty stuff, so I’d like to outsource that. I would love to automate more, and it would be me just doing the stuff I enjoy doing.”
Why does Ranya love HerBusiness?
Ranya loves being able to ask questions and learn from Suzi, CEO at HerBusiness, and the other members.
“We have our own little inner circle that we’ve created. We’re all in the same boat, and we help each other. I learn from a lot of people I look up to, who have created great brands and businesses I’ve actually used. It makes me excited! If they can do it, I can do it as well.”
This post was authored by Sophie Grosserode. Sophie is completing a journalism internship at HerBusiness. She studies journalism and media at the University of Tennessee in the United States.