Jenni Bowman is known for her warm and friendly personality as well as her ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ approach to pretty much anything! Grab a coffee and take a couple of moments to get to know Bournemouth’s Passionate PA…
Jenni joined The Passionate PA in January 2018 after leaving a career as an employed executive PA to several directors. Jen felt the time was right for her to launch her own business, building a client-base that she could balance with the demands of family life. Jenni is incredibly hard-working, organised and proactive – she’s also fabulous fun! She might be from Essex, but we don’t hold that against her 🙂
Getting to know Jenni
Alarm goes off at:
Start the day with:
Coffee, checking emails, social media, feeding the cats!
Where do you do most of your work?
Either from home or from The Village, or from Littledown where there are other freelancers. I am looking for a co-working space actually.. any suggestions?
What sectors do your clients operate within?
Huge variety – PR, Coaching, User Experience, Speechwriting, Shutter & Blinds, Franchising
Best part of your work:
Getting to work with amazing clients and in an amazing team of Passionate PAs where everyone is on the same page and zero negativity!
Worst part of your work:
My own pressure to be the best I can be 100% of the time and deliver for my clients – as well as juggling being a wife/mum/friend/daughter etc etc. I think all working women say the same.
Clients you add most value to:
Those looking to improve efficiency – particularly busy directors whose feet never seem to touch the ground. I love becoming their ‘buffer’; filtering the noise and helping keep them focused on business objectives. Oh, and clients where customer service is everything – that’s my bag!
After work you’ll be:
Walking, running, playing golf, occasionally cycling (in the summer!) spending time with my amazing friends and family.
Why a franchise with The Passionate PA and not go it alone?
It is the best of both worlds – support of a franchisor (that’s Kate!) and a brand name that get’s recognised. Working in a team in an established business is really important to me as I hate to feel alone. But, the flexibility to drive my own business and create the business I want is fab… I have all the tools and support I need which means I can concentrate on what matters – CLIENTS!
What did you do before:
A mix of PA work, office management, sales, facilities management, customer services.
Favourite location for a business meeting:
Christchurch Harbour Hotel, beautiful location and scenery.
What are you reading?
I don’t really read!
Your guilty pleasure:
I’ll give you a clue – gotta catch ‘em all! I love a little Pokemon now and again!
Favourite hobby/past time:
Running/walking – fresh air, freedom, exercise and me time!
Most inspirational/influential person in your career:
My friend Ally Case, a very successful Travel Counsellor who encourages me to always be the best version of myself, go for my dreams, never let anything hold me back and realise that life is too short for regrets!
Favourite animal and why:
Dogs, loyal and loving!
Greatest contact/supplier that deserves a plug:
Sharon James – she is one absolutely amazing woman, and I’m delighted to call her a client!
Your business plan (in one sentence!) for the coming year:
At this stage I want to focus on learning and developing my skills. I am lucky enough to have a great set of clients already so now it’s all about providing the best possible Passionate PA service and adding value to all their businesses.
You can find out more about Jenni by clicking here! Or, give her a call – she does love a natter!