From the top · 24 July 2018

TV personality Rebecca Jackson on balancing presenting with entrepreneurship

TV personality Rebecca Jackson

Finding five spare minutes in Rebecca Jackson’s schedule is tricky. Being a race car driver, TV presenter, motoring journalist, brand ambassador, fitness guru, world record holder – and set to launch a range of children’s products this year – the motorsport and media specialist is a busy businesswoman.

At the moment, it seems like every minute she is not driving she is in front of a camera. Before TV fame she owned a used-car business, so when TV channel Dave approached her about hosting a new car-buying series, it was a no brainer. The show, called Modern Wheels or Classic Steals, will be broadcast in September this year, with the first series being 20 episodes long.

Alongside her TV work, Jackson runs a motorsport and media business that encompasses everything from racing a Porsche, brand ambassador for companies such as Pertemps, M6 Toll and Morris Lubricants.

Business Advice caught up with Jackson to find out how she gets over life’s hurdles and what world famous motoring event she wished that she saw.

What made you want to start your own business?

I realised very early on that I was highly motivated by targets, hence why a sales roles suited me, but I wanted to create success in a different way to employment. I am very self-motivated so working for myself was a logical path to take. Plus I love challenges and find variety interesting, which I get from business.  

What numbers do you look at every day in your business?

I look at the yearly target and have my 5 year plan in mind. In terms of looking at numbers in a programme or a spreadsheet we look at what money is due in, what money is due out, how that compares with the budget and targets.

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How do you overcome any hurdles that life throws at you?

Mastering your mindset is the best learning you will do for yourself to back-up all your factual based learning. It supports any academic education you have and if and when things don’t go how you expected you have the right mindset to tackle it. When I am met with a hurdle, I look for ways around it, over it and ways to make sure that hurdle doesn’t repeat itself – if possible.  

What business venture do you wish you came up with?

Oh, any business that is mega successful of course! The Virgin brand is one example. Uber is another great one.

What do you love to do in your spare time?

Hot yoga at Studio 42, spend time with friends and family, watching movies and eating sushi.

Three things you couldn’t live without?

By “things” I am answering that as inanimate objects so I will go for a car, a coffee machine or caffettiere and a hair brush.

Have you had to change business strategies?

Yes of course! To be successful in business, you need elasticity of the mind. Strategies change as market conditions, economies and client expectations change too. 

Who would you choose to be stuck on a desert island with?

Impossible to choose! 

What is your biggest business blunder?

We don’t talk about those. As long as we learn from them, nothing is a failure.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

If you believe you can do it, you probably will.  

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be?

The first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929. It would be spectacular to see what it was like then and of course my Project Monaco, which sees me getting to the grid of the Monaco Grand Prix support race in a Porsche 911 means I am as excited about the history of this race just as much as I am about Le Mans. I successfully completed Project Le Mans from 2013-2016 and raced in an LMP3 car in the Road to Le Mans support race to the main 24 hour event.

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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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