Ever since I entered the world of work, I’ve been inspired by women in business. You know; the kick ass, got their life together women that make running a business look like a walk in the park. The women that stuck two fingers up to the daily grind and leapt into a seemingly uncertain world. I admire these women even more now that I’m a mother. Building up a business is hard work. When you throw a home, partner and children into the mix it becomes a complete juggling act.
When things get a little hectic over here, I often wonder whether I should have waited until my children start school before I began building up another business. I have another two years until they’re both in education though andI know I wouldn’t have lasted that long without working. So instead of dwelling on how hard things seem in any particular moment, I like to turn my attention to the amazing women that have struggled on through the tough times to build their empire. Taking reassurance and inspiration from their determination and achievements.
There are so many amazing women in business out there. They’re homemakers, mothers and entrepreneurs, powering through each day to teach, provide, learn and achieve. So with this in mind, I got in touch with fellow women in business to give you a little insight into how their lives tick!
Women in Business
Vivienne from The Mother’s Room: ‘I run two small businesses, both inspired by my children! My main focus is my newborn and wedding photography business, but I love supporting new families to carry their babies through my sling consultancy. With support from my husband and some fab childcare, it means that I can juggle work and still be there for my children as much as possible. It does involve a lot of late nights and many strong cups of tea, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.’
Christy from Welsh Mum: ‘I’ve owned an exotic pet shop (physical shop in Cardiff and online shop) for 10 years. 7 years ago my husband started working with me as well, so now it’s a family run business. My son is currently 5 months and we’re looking forward to the challenge ahead. As I’m self employed I could only get the statutory maternity allowance from the government from day one, which is quite limiting financially. My husband was entitled to zero paternity as a self employed worker. So I am currently doing work on the social media, customer service, updating the website etc. from home with the baby. He’s also come into the shop with me on quite a few occasions and I’m sure it will become a second home to him as he gets older. He’s been around snakes & lizards from day one so he’ll certainly be used to a little bit of exotic nature! It has been very challenging trying to focus and find time to look after a newborn and actually be productive. Blogging has helped me with my creative side which I’ve found very relaxing and an essential release. Most of all I’d say being willing to work after the kids have gone to bed is important if you’re self employed. Often I do 2-5 hours work in an evening once he’s asleep as this is my only quiet time to really, really focus on what needs to get done.’
Sarah from Mumzilla: ‘I’m cofounder of a plants by subscription company called BloomBox Club. Because we are both mums, we allow super flexibility on working hours, which works really well. No more 9-5!’
Laura from Mum on a Mission: ‘I run a cake decorating school from home. I teach during school hours and in the evenings so it fits in around family life. I also run a profitable blog which I do during the school day when I am home alone. Working for myself has helped me to not only earn some much needed money but also be sociable & meet new people. I struggled not working when I first had my son but his disability means its impossible to get paid employment because of the amount of time off I’d need. But I need to work because I get bored so quickly! My brain needs the challenge.’
Donna from The Sleep Thief’s Mummy: ‘I’m a self employed recruitment consultant with a (nearly) 4 year old and an 18 month old. It’s nails but while they’re at nursery/grandparents I have to cram in as much activity as possible. The hardest thing is when they’re ill and I have to take time off as (as much as I love looking after them and being able to be there for them) I’m only able to work 16 hours a week at the moment and it always comes down to me as my husband can’t get the time off – the most important things for me are to be organised and focused.’
Danielle from Someone’s Mum: ‘I earn enough from blogging to stay at home now. I was a teacher for twelve years but I gave it up when the blog became profitable. For the last 3 months or so I have earned more than I did teaching full-time. I get to stay with my children, support my son more (he has autism) and I love the nature of being my own boss and not having the awful pressure of results etc. It can be hard to juggle as until recently both children were at home most of the time. (My son just started school) I have to work most evenings at weekends. I love the flexibility though and it has transformed the quality of my life.’
Chantele from Two Hearts One Roof: ‘I run a wedding and newborn photography company and a studio photography company with my hubby. We had the wedding business before we became parents. It was hard to adjust at first but 1 year on we have learnt to juggle parenting and our businesses. It’s involved a lots of work late at night, having to be more focused and organised to get work finished and out to our clients in the shorter amount of time we have. We started the studio business to actually allow us more time with the dude, as our studio is built in our garden so we can work from home, no travelling involved. It takes lots or drive, determination and a passion for what you do but we love our job so can’t imagine it any other way now.’
I’d like to say a huge thankyou to each and everyone of these amazing women for contributing and for being truly inspirational!