WorkJuggle was founded by Ciara Garvan in 2016. The company specialises in flexible work placements, serving both employees and employers. 

What did you do before you became an entrepreneur?

I have always worked for large organisations in very corporate environments. I started out in Symantec as a business analyst and studied for my MSc. in Applied Computing part-time at night. I joined Meteor on a contract basis but loved the place and ended up staying years. I took voluntary redundancy while I was on maternity leave with my third child.    

“For the employer the benefits are clear. A small-medium business can punch above their weight talent wise.”

Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?

‘Entrepreneur’ is a very big word. I would say that I always wanted to work for myself. I love managing my own schedule. So even though it is hectic, I am very happy getting up early in the morning and starting work while the kids are then sleeping.

When did you have the idea for WorkJuggle?

I have always been interested in the culture of work; why we do what we do. When I went back to work after a few years at home it really struck me how technology has moved on and the way people live their lives had really changed yet there was still the expectation of nine to five in the workplace. I toyed around with the idea for a while and did lots of research. I started New Frontiers last summer and launched in September so it has definitely taken me a while. In my defense, I like to mention I was still at home full time for all of this so it has been busy.

What is your biggest achievement to date?

I think our biggest achievement is bootstrapping the platform and getting blue chip customers on board. We do not have massive budgets we always seem to be able to figure it out and work with people to get what we need to get done, done.

“We love to work with anyone who is serious about changing the face of work.”

WorkJuggle specialises in attaining work with some degree of flexibility, what benefits does this bring to both the employee and the employer?

For the employer the benefits are clear. A small-medium business can punch above their weight talent wise. They are able to afford an experienced, senior person they may not otherwise be able to access on a permanent basis.

For large, blue chip companies we help them plug the ‘leaky pipeline’, where women leave the workforce due to lack of flexibility. We help them showcase their culture and working practices.

For candidates the benefits are clear; our part-time roles offer better work/life balance.

“Personally, I find it less distracting when working from home and get more done.”

What companies do you currently work with?

We really enjoy working with tech companies and startups. They have a great buzz and energy. We love to work with anyone who is serious about changing the face of work.

What are the three main tips you would have for employees who want to (or currently) work from home?

So in terms of working from home, I would say it is important to have a dedicated area, even if it is just a cubby hole. It is vital to have high-speed broadband and good technology. Personally, I find it less distracting when working from home and get more done.

Do you ever switch off from work?

I find switching off from work very hard. When it is your own business there is no real ‘time off’. That said, I love to run and am getting better at going out and not bringing the phone with me. I am not very fast but I just love the headspace of running in the morning. 

Are there any jobs you’d love or hate to have?

I was once second level Oracle support and I pretty much hated that. I love what I do now. I get to connect people with great jobs. Have met so many brilliant people along the way and learned so much.

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