This week we talked with Caitlin Brookes of MyPropella. Caitlin is the Founder and CEO of MyPropella, an online platform creating a community of solo female travelers to connect and travel together. Caitlin holds a UNSW Bachelor of Social Science and a UNSW Masters in Planning. In addition to the demands of her CEO role with MyPropella, Caitlin provides consultation services in relation to social media communications strategy, community and stakeholder engagement and community engagement events. You can visit Caitlin online at mypropella.com.au/.
Tell me about your business!
Many women travel solo due to circumstance, not choice. We match women travelers so they can travel safely, in comfort and with ease to their chosen destination.
How did you business come about?
I’m an avid traveler having traveled to 35 countries. I experienced this problem first hand when travelling solo to Africa. I found it hard to connect and meet with like minded female travelers to share my travel experience with. I started researching by interviewing and surveying over 200 women and discovered women were experiencing the same issue as me. This was mainly felt by women aged 50 years and over.
What's the hardest part about being an entrepreneur?
Stamina and the persistence to keep going when you have a health setback.
What's your favorite part?
Continually learning new skills like web development, financial management, people management and working on my passion project.
What advice would you give to women either working in business or starting their own?
Find supportive women who can mentor and encourage you.
What's your favorite quote?
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
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