We talked to Gabrielle Rodier of Switch Up on how they help people who relocate switch to their new environment. This is what she had to say about it:
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Gabrielle Rodier: We are fine, thank you.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Switch up.
Gabrielle Rodier: My name is Gabrielle Rodier. I founded Switch up in 2016, after following my husband in a professional relocation. I was surprised by the lack of support from companies who hire talents without thinking about all the things that include a professional mobility. That’s why I decided to create a startup to help people like me.
How does Switch up innovate?
Gabrielle Rodier: Switch up permit movers to be put in relation with local greeters, relocation experts. Thus, they can benefit from housing, social integration, administration, childhood, and professional insertion for the husband/wife who accompany them.
How does the coronavirus pandemic affect your business finances?
Gabrielle Rodier: I admit that we have been impacted by the pandemic but not that much. We firstly saw a decrease in the number of mobilities, but it didn’t last for long. Then, we saw a real increase in mobilities from Paris to other places in France. We had to adjust our business plan quickly to maintain stability in our development.
Did you have to make difficult choices regarding human resources, and what are the lessons learned?
Gabrielle Rodier: No, Switch up is composed of 6 persons, and we had the chance to maintain team balance. We are now looking for new talents to join the sales and IT teams.
How did your customer relationship management evolve? Do you use any specific tools to be efficient?
Gabrielle Rodier: As a startup, every choice is counted to save money, so we found some tips to keep productivity and cohesion.
Did you benefit from any government grants, and did that help keep your business afloat?
Gabrielle Rodier: No, our business sector has not been impacted by the pandemic, such as Tourism, Food, Event …etc
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