NINE TO FIVE

Name Kate Hudson, 32 Occupation Marketing director Salary pounds 36,000 plus dividends Address Bedford

Describe what you do

A year ago six of us, five men and me, decided to set up our own training consultancy for companies working in the financial sector. My official title is marketing director. My role includes getting the company in front of prospective clients, producing press releases and newsletters. Companies come to us when they have problems. Say, for instance, that they want help introducing new technology. It's not just a matter of training people how to use a computer. It's about the way they cope with different attitudes and the way they deal with change. It's very competitive. Increasingly only those consultancies who adopt a proactive approach will be the ones that survive.

How does your day start?

I get up at around seven. Either my husband will be leaving for work (he works far more hours than I do), or my son Sam will come into my bedroom and wake me up, or failing that an alarm clock will go off. I prepare breakfast and sort out things like Sam's sports bag and check he's done his homework. Breakfast is normally whatever Sam has - Shreddies or Coco Pops. I'm not a health freak. I get him to school, then it's back here to start work. As a new company we've had to keep our overheads down so for now I work from home.

What do you wear?

If I'm seeing clients I wear a suit. I still dress for work even if I'm working from home but less formally. You have to create an impression: first impressions are critical. I tend to wear black, pinstripes or navy.

What's your journey like?

When I'm visiting clients I travel all over the place. Last week I flew to Edinburgh and also had to drive to Liverpool, Bournemouth and Croydon. I have a compact disc player in the car and play loud music: James Brown, Manic Street Preachers and George Michael. Colleagues listen to Radio Four but it's not for me.

What do you do for lunch?

I don't have lunch when I'm at home - I might just have a biscuit or something. On the road I carry fruit in my bag and buy chocolates at a garage.

What stresses you out at work?

Going from being employed to taking the plunge and investing our own money in our own company has been stressful - but positively so. We could have continued in an employed position with another company, but the opportunity was too good to miss so we went for it.

What are the perks?

Being in business with friends I have known and worked with for years, and we are all equal shareholders. The present arrangements are good for family life. You can get a better balance when you're working from home.

What are your hours?

About 10 hours a day, but there have been times when we've been working from nine in the morning until midnight or later, including weekends, to get important work done. But weekends are fairly precious and I try to keep them free.

How much holiday do you take?

We agreed to give ourselves 25 days a year but one of my colleagues has taken only one day off so far. Last year we went to Minorca for a fortnight. A proper beach holiday with Sam making sandcastles and we just crashed out. Then in the second week we hired a car and travelled around a bit. Holidays are for recharging the batteries.

What do you do after work?

I'm studying for a marketing diploma but work commitments mean that I am not always able to get to the classes. I go to the gym about twice a week and I have just bought a piano and am starting to get my fingers around the keys again. I took my grades when I was at school. I play with Sam on his Nintendo.

How do you feel on a Sunday night?

I used to hate Sunday nights. Now I look forward to the new week. There's always something different to look forward to, and new challenges in the week ahead.

Voices
Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
charity appeal
Sport
Amir Khan is engaged in a broader battle than attempting to win a fight with Floyd Mayweather
boxing Exclusive: Amir Khan reveals plans to travel to Pakistan
Arts and Entertainment
Strictly finalists Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge
tvLive: Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge face-off in the final
Sport
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
footballRonnie Moore says 'he's served his time and the boy wants to play football'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Finance Director

    £65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...

    Recruitment Genius: Medico-Legal Assistant

    £15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...

    Ashdown Group: (PHP / Python) - Global Media firm

    £50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...

    The Jenrick Group: Quality Inspector

    £27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...

    Day In a Page

    Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

    Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

    'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture