Two weeks ago I had the honour to be interviewed by The Sunday Times in their Business section.

“THE” Sunday Times!!!

The Sunday Times Business Section- 21st September 2014
The Sunday Times Business Section- 21st September 2014

I remember, as expats in Barcelona, my husband and I used to rush every Sunday morning to the only place in our neighbourhood that sold it, coffee and croissant in hand we went all over it for hours.

Just as a brief summary – as you can read the full article below- they asked my professional opinion on, what is the key to grow a business?
My clear -and loud- message is: “We all need better mentors and strategic advice!”
























It is not just in business that is key to have an unbiased and personalised advice. In any area of our lives the best way to grow, evolve, mature, achieve, thrive,…is to have somebody who understands who we are, what we need, our goals, strengths, weaknesses and how to make the most of all of that, taking into account the circumstances we are living, then and there.

We could say, that is what we do at SecurelyBe. We work closely with our clients aiming to understand:

  • Who they are – via our thorough video-call checklist months before their move
  • What their goals are during the relocation – we achieve that during the 4 months we spend with our clients
  • Their skills-to help them thrive on that new job in the city or to help the accompany spouse to find a suitable profession

With the knowledge of their individual and specific needs, plus our strategic advice on how to make the most of it all, our clients understand what the UK, London and this culture has to offer from day one. No stress, no distractions from work. They feel & do like a “local” in no time.

Now that I think about it, I wish I would have had SecurelyBe’s support in any of my past relocations. Perhaps there was more than one place that sold the Sunday Times in our neighbourhood and we could have enjoyed a lay-in back in those days with no children!

One of the many benefits of being an expat it is the fact that nobody really knows you in your new destination.

You could have been a teacher, a housewife, a director of a research facility, an astronaut, but in your new location, you can be anything!!! Why not?

We all have a series of personal and professional skills that we have mastered over time. The challenge while relocating is to make the most of that set of skills and experiences, to be creative with them, but most importantly to not be afraid of reinventing yourself during the process!

After leaving my corporate life behind to be an expat spouse, I was convinced that my new role as housewife and mum was much more than just those two words alone. I decided to give value to my new role and believe I was doing a professional job too. My new title became:

 “Facilities and HR Manager of our home & family”

Knowing that I was still a professional in every role I took on allowed me to spot the opportunity that came up 4 years ago.

To set up my own company.

SecurelyBe was born as a combination of:

1-a professional need I experienced during my own past relocations and
2-a personal suffering in each and everyone of them.

I braced myself, went all in, and created a new service that was non-existent “per se” in the relocation industry.
With tenacity, passion, a few tears, sleepless nights and great support from different entrepreneurial organisations -as well as my husband and friends- SecurelyBe became what it is today 3 years later.

But honestly? none of this makes sense without the professional recognition, right? That great feedback from a client, establishing important partnerships, growing media presence and the ultimate dream…an industry award. Yet again, why not?!

ARP award presidentWell, the dream has become a reality. Last Thursday The Association of Relocation Professionals awarded SecurelyBe with a prestigious award:

“Most Promising Newcomer to the Relocation Industry” 2014

WOW!!! For once…I was speechless…

The message here is:

  • You can do anything, if you believe in yourself
  • Find something that you love, research, study and learn all about it.
  • Look for professional guidance through a life coach or career coach, they will be the unbiased advisor you need
  • Find support in local groups, business groups, expat forums, other local expats, etc. and be inspired by them
  • Involve your partner in the mix, as he/she is the reason you are an expat anyway.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing” Pele

Hear, hear Pele! Hear, hear…