Sarah Hannah is the newest member of #TeamPassionatePA yet is already proving invaluable to clients across Somerset. Knowledgeable and as cool as a cucumber under pressure, it’s time to get to know her better…
Sarah joined The Passionate PA in July 2018, looking to bring her vast corporate experience and love of business together as a franchisee of The Passionate PA. She has worked with senior management and directors in companies of all sizes, providing support in both their professional and personal lives. Here, Sarah gives us a sneaky-peek into her life.
Getting to know Sarah
Start the day with:
Coffee and a review of social media/my email.
Where do you do most of your work?
Well, I’m just starting out really but my ‘patch’ is Somerset so I can be found in Wells, Glastonbury and Bath most weeks.
What sectors do your clients operate within?
Brand Culture and Communications, Online Marketing, Training and Coaching
Best part of your work:
Seeing a client’s business grow and change, being part of that change and knowing I’ve added value to the people involved.
Worst part of your work:
Doing my own business accounts!
Clients you add most value to:
Ambitious, focused directors with small teams or even no employees at all. I love becoming a client’s right-hand woman and helping them through the next phase in their business. Larger clients that need to outsource project work too – I really enjoy that.
After work you’ll be:
In my wild flower garden or walking my dog-like cat!
Why a franchise with The Passionate PA and not go it alone?
Having independence to build and shape my own business, but with a support mechanism around me when I need it – being a business owner or freelancer can be incredibly lonely but there’s something pretty special about being part of a team where everyone is responsible for their own business yet know exactly the challenges (and successes!) I’m going to face.
What did you do before:
I have always been a PA/EA. I’ve worked in small family businesses to large international companies, from luxury products to highways maintenance!
Coffee… did I mention COFFEEEEEEE!
Favourite location for a business meeting:
I enjoy the fact that there is no set place for a business meeting as a freelance PA! So far I’ve used hotel lounges, cosy pubs, cafes, training rooms, clients’ front rooms! It’s the people that matter, not really the space.
What are you reading?
How to be Human by Ruby Wax, a neuroscientist and a monk.
Your guilty pleasure:
Favourite hobby/past time:
This changes constantly – I love to learn. One day I may be baking, the next I may be obtaining my motorcycle licence… On a rainy day, you may even find me curled up with a cup of coffee, watching a Disney movie – just don’t tell anyone!
Most inspirational/influential person in your career:
I am extremely lucky to have worked for and with a number of inspirational people throughout my career – each one has taught me something new, provided me mentorship and has helped me grow professionally and personally.
Favourite animal and why:
The Wren – highly independent, takes no nonsense and isn’t scared of those bigger than itself!
Your business plan (in one sentence!) for the coming year:
To build my business in Somerset; meeting ambitious business owners and providing a freelance PA service that makes a difference to people’s lives professionally and personally.