Founder of Distinctive Assistants
With increasing numbers of people running businesses from home Andrea Webb has seen demand rocket at her own firm.
Distinctive Assistants provides a flexible personal assistant service to companies across a wide range of sectors.
Webb said: "When I started I was determined to help people like me hard working professionals who want to grow their businesses while achieving a successful work life balance.
"In just under three years, I have discovered a surprising number of home based start-ups who are determined to buck the trend.
"They value services which will help them to deliver and grow, while keeping costs manageable and flexible in a climate of economic uncertainly."
With customers from all kinds of businesses Webb's working week is rarely dull.
She said: "For me, it is exciting to work with such a wide number of creative and determined self-starters. Many have been through redundancy at high level and have dusted themselves down, hit on a great idea and are starting afresh.
"Others are parents who want to run successful businesses with the benefit of being based at home and close to their children's schools.
"As my client's businesses grow, so too I am getting busier and I hope to be able to create opportunities for other freelance workers.
"This is an exciting era for the small business in Scotland and I am seeing at grassroots level the drive and creativity which I believe will help our economy grow."