Three Inspirational Business Women – How Did They Climb the Ladder to Success?

A lot of people have different routes to success and these inspirational business women all show that's there's not one simple path we can all stick to. What these women have in common is that they are inspirational businesswomen, all with a story to tell. If you want to take your first step on the career ladder, check out

Hilary Devey

Considering her family went bankrupt and couldn't get anyone to fund her business idea, Hilary Devey has done rather well for herself. She landed a place on the famous Dragons' Den television show all thanks to her skill in business and determination to succeed.

She left school at 16 to go and earn some money for herself so she could get started in business. She later made her fortune in the palletised freight network Pall-Ex. When looking for funding for the business idea she knew would make her millions, she was turned down by numerous banks.

Eventually she sold her house in order to get the money she needed. Her business now has annual revenues of around £75m.

Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca's story is an interesting one because despite achieving success as a television presenter on ITV4's I Want That Car and motoring journalist for The Telegraph, she's still climbing the ladder as she embarks on a journey to race at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in 2016.

With just one car and a small amount of cash, Rebecca started a used car business. This has grown over the years and she now buys and sells cars on a daily basis. This all goes to fund her racing dream (along with help from international sponsors such as Turtle Wax) and is a great background for her journalism and broadcasting work in the motoring arena.

Not only is she using her business savvy and success to launch a successful motorsport career but she's been named a Michelin Inspirational Woman for three years in a row.

JK Rowling

We've all heard the stories of the Harry Potter author and how she went from a horrible divorce and living in a 'grotty and depressing' council house to being a best selling author. During her time living in Edinburgh, she worked on the Potter books as a means of escape.

She'd spend every moment she could just writing, usually in long hand or on a typewriter. When the first book was ready, Rowling snapped up an agent pretty quickly but 12 different publishers rejected the book.

Eventually Bloomsbury decided to give the book a chance on a very small advance. From there things began to sky rocket, the books began to win prizes and soon there were publishers in a bidding war for rights to publish subsequent novels.

Since then, the books have gone on to sell millions of copies and, as you probably know, have been turned into a series of films. Rowling's story is one of those that gives writers everywhere hope, keep at your dream and you'll get somewhere.



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