I have never been a fan of working for someone else and this becomes apparent when I look back at my working career.
From a school leavers age I trained to be a dental nurse and after years of furthering my career in that sector I opted to go self employed and work through an agency. I was able to choose my own hours and source work through my own findings.
I then went on to try out some modelling and found that being self employed i was able to travel and after building up a portfolio of experience I could apply for my own jobs.
Work was very rarely handed to me on a plate. I Persued my own paths and chose my own destiny. I have always been wise and with a bit of confidence thrown in I had the drive and ambition to secure contracts that I always wanted.
So after my baby was born I was desperate to get back to work and earn a wage. I did not have to as fortunately I have a very hard working fiancé who was willing to support me to be a stay at home Mum. But my life was never panned out that way. I was always taught to be independent and this time I had an itch to provide for my Daughter.
I find nothing more rewarding then spending my hard earned cash on a item for my little girl, whether that be a toy or items of clothing she may need. I love having my own money to buy my family gifts and spoil my Fiancé at Christmas or on special occasions such as birthdays and Father’s Day.
And I earned that privilege all by myself.
So the day my Daughter turned One I drew up a business plan and thought about my unique selling points for the type of business I wanted to start.
The Day my Daughter turned Two I launched my business and had everything in place to give me the drive I needed to succeed.
The day my Daughter turned Three I cracked open a bottle of champagne and was overwhelmed at the success I had achieved all by myself. Believe me there was a whole lot more to it then a few birthdays but this was the first time I took a step back and reaped the rewards. At the time I was hosting my Daughters 3rd birthday and her Daddy’s joint birthday celebration too in the garden of our beautiful house. Everything was perfect from the venue to the food to the company and I had made that all possible by working hard.
My business is mostly online based and my biggest market are parents. On a daily basis I chat with my customers who are mostly Mums and I am constantly going that extra mile to support my small business. It is really Heart warming when I see children enjoying my product and I regularly receive pictures to post on my social media channels.
Through this journey I have linked up with so many Mums that have started their own business and who are following their dreams.
Together we have networked, offered advice and supported each other through tough times and difficult situations and we have learned that it is ok, in fact important to reap the benefits and just stop sometimes. Take a breather and refresh your mind.
I don’t know how I have managed to build up a successful small business and raise a child over the past Three years but I do know that with a little determination, self belief and support that you can get further than you may believe possible.
I started running my business from my laptop in bed each evening and eventually gained a leaky shed in a rented house. Fast forward one year and I now have secure storage and a separate working shed that has been converted into both a workshop and a space to chill. It is brand new and very cosy.
I can package up my items from there and potter around in my own little space. I have a comfy chair with a warm throw and lots of beautiful flowers grown in my garden and hand picked.
“Supporting another’s success won’t ever dampen yours!”
Are you a Mum in business or self employed and do you have a work space?