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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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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