Fleur, our CEO, was constantly being asked to recommend talent across a variety of consulting roles, as well as to share the business tools she had developed over almost two decades within her own businesses to help other female founders. It was becoming increasingly obvious to Fleur that there was a need for a jobs platform dedicated to women, where they were given the tools and coaching to develop and grow while also being easily located so potential employers could find them and hire them. In her search for this freelance talent what Fleur did find was information that female consultants charge up to 38% less than their male counterparts – that was the moment that she knew there was a gap and a need to help women find work with employers that support women at work, level up and get paid what they are worth. But she knew she needed amazing partners on this journey with her to be able to deliver a best in class product. Fleur had a long history with both Kirsty and Amanda and brought the trio together. They all brought something different and unique to the table making Freelancing Gems what it is today.
For both Kirsty and Fleur being working mums also meant they had first hand experience of knowing many women with children who still had meaningful contributions to make in the workplace, but connecting them with employers or recruiters who appreciated that and supported diversity was critical to the future of work for women.
All three ladies are unapologetic about our mission to help women find more meaningful work and get paid what they are worth and to help employers find this talent more easily. It drives our team every day and is the foundation of our business.