Posted on August 15, 2017

Mum in Business – Rebecca de Jager

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Good morning everyone; today we have another lovely mum in business on the blog. Please welcome Rebecca from Hugo’s Workshop. You can also find Rebecca on FacebookTwitter and Instagram so make sure you pop over and say hi. Rebecca is very kindly giving away one of her gorgeous personalised photo frames so make sure you read right to the end to see how you can win! 🙂

Who are you?
Rebecca de Jager, 34 year old mum of 2 boys in Maidenhead, Berkshire

What do you do?
I own Hugo’s Workshop, I make bespoke personalised gifts by engraving beautiful pieces of oak.

When did you establish your business?
I started making and selling products in 2013 just before my eldest turned 1. I did it alongside my day job for a couple of years and then took some time out during my pregnancy with the little one. When he was 10 months old I decided to quit the day job and focus on Hugo’s Workshop full time.

What made you start your own business?
It’s a funny story really, my husband is in the construction industry and came home from work saying that he had bought me a present. I was excited of course, what on earth could it be?

Well it was not a piece of jewellery like I was hoping, but It was an engraving machine!

What on earth was I supposed to do with that?

Anyway to cut a long story short, I decided that it would be really cool to make solid oak engraved photo frames. I really love the look and feel of oak, and I also take what feels like millions of photos of my boys! So it was engraved photo frames that I started off with. I found a factory in North Yorkshire that makes gorgeous chunky oak photo frames so I bought some. I made a few prototypes and gave them as gifts to friends. They were a massive hit! Friends then began to order them, then I started to get repeat orders. Then people who had received one as a gift started to order them too, either to give as gifts or to complement the ones they had received. It just spiralled.

Since then I have expanded my product range to include chopping boards, notice boards and even hammers. I’m always looking for the next thing. But it’s important to me that I use quality materials and that the items that I produce are the best that they can be. I do not want to be a “Jack of all trades”. I would much rather specialise on a few items and do them really well rather than spread myself too thinly and subsequently have the quality suffer.

What do you love about working for yourself?
I love the freedom of being able to work whichever hours I need to. If my son has an assembly or sports day, I can do some extra hours in the evenings to make up for it although my engraving machine is pretty noisy so I have to time it so that the engraving is done during the day.

My husband also works from home so we are able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner together most days.

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Even though my husband also works from home, he is in his office upstairs and I am in my office in our converted garage. I do get a little bit lonely at times and I do miss the office banter!

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could? 
I might not have named the business after my son as I now have 2 sons and I need to think of something to name after the little one!

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Aim high – you will be surprised at what you can achieve if you have a good product that people want.

There are so many free resources online that you can access online which have great hints and tips for business owners, make use of them! They are not only educational, but they are also very inspiring and help to keep your focus.

My current favourites are the blogs and podcasts of Janet Murray which you can find at www.janetmurray.co.uk and I also like Debbie Clarke’s blogs at www.debbiedooodah.co.uk

As I said at the beginning Rebecca is very kindly giving away a beautiful 7×5 photo frame (which you can have personalised with your own handwriting on the front if you wish) to one of my very lucky readers. All you need to do to enter is complete the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be notified by email on the 5th September 2017. Good luck x

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142 Comments

  • Reply Natalie Crossan September 4, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Love the egg and soldiers board xxxx

  • Reply Claire Elizabeth Noke September 4, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I absolutely love the childrens handwriting Photo Frames 🙂 …. they are such a fab idea! how lovely to capture a memory/period of your childs life like that and to be able to keep it forever xxx

  • Reply Tammy Neal September 4, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I really love the personalised chopping boards. They would make such a wonderful gift.

  • Reply Hekna September 4, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I love the notice boards. Look really solid and like they’d last well.

  • Reply Catherine Gregory September 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I love the doube photo frame. Perfect for my Mum to put her first 2 grandchildren photos in. One is 8 weeks old the other (mine) is due in 6 weeks

  • Reply Emma Rawlinson September 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    The triple photo frame – I can display even more memories 🙂

  • Reply Simone Griffin September 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I love the egg and soldier board as you’re never too old for a boiled egg and soldiers x

  • Reply Kelly Simpson September 4, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Childrens handwriting chopping board is my favourite. I think it is a brilliant idea, i just love it!

  • Reply Jo Hutchings September 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I love the photo frames with your child’s handwriting on. My little boy’s just starting to write so it would be great to have a record of his early efforts.

  • Reply Hayley Todd September 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I really love the personalised chopping boards. They would make such a wonderful gift.

  • Reply Jo Carroll September 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    What a really clever idea. My fave is the handwritten chopping boards as I’d be looking at it every day making up those packed lunches for work and school 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Baker September 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Children’s handwriting chopping board is wonderful xxx

  • Reply Kate Toner September 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I like the double photo frame.

  • Reply Zoe C September 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    The egg and soldier board, makes breakfast fun

  • Reply Lucy Bishop September 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I love the Triple photo frame, what lovely products!

  • Reply Karen Scott September 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    The noticeboard, we have lots of pieces of paper and bits just in a drawer and so would be very useful and the handwriting would make it so super personal

  • Reply Suzanne Jackson September 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I love the children’s handwriting products – precious. 🙂

  • Reply Dale Dow September 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I love the triple photo frames as I have 3 children so could put one in each

  • Reply paula cheadle September 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Love the photo frames with own handwriting, perfect for a gift

  • Reply Eva Trelfa September 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I really like the triple personalised photo frames! They look gorgeous

  • Reply Rebecca Lis September 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Love the photo frames with own handwriting on! Such a lovely personal idea!

  • Reply jen jackson September 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I love the notice board

  • Reply Danielle Pooley September 4, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I like the double photo frame!

  • Reply Elzbieta Znyk September 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Notice Boards, I am crazy about notes!

  • Reply aga September 4, 2017 at 7:33 am

    NOTICE BOARD IS GREAT

  • Reply Carly Belsey September 4, 2017 at 5:37 am

    The egg and soldiers board is my favourite, how cute and unique, the kids would love it.

  • Reply Jamie Millard September 4, 2017 at 12:23 am

    another vote for the notice board – would come in super handy to help us stay organised.

  • Reply Lydia Graham September 3, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I really like the Engraved Hammer, the children would love to get Grandad this

  • Reply Rich Tyler September 3, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    childrens handwriting frames, so lovely

  • Reply Diana September 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    the notice boards are so lovely 🙂

  • Reply Kristy Brown September 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I love the notice board as hubby has to live away from home during the week and this would be perfect to remind him how much we love and miss him

  • Reply Kirsty Fox September 3, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I love the Egg and Soldiers Board, it’s so unique.

  • Reply Leanne weir September 3, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    The chopping boards are fab

  • Reply Naomi Williams September 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    The photo frames are lovely

  • Reply Adrian Bold September 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I love the notice boards as they are so different and unique.

  • Reply Amy Dugdale September 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    NOTICE BOARD

  • Reply JULIE WARD September 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    The notice board would look good in my new kitchen,

  • Reply chloe brill September 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    https://www.hugosworkshop.co.uk/shop/details/chopping-boards very practical

  • Reply Jodie Sheehan September 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I love the photo frames.. will definitely be ordering from you in the near future x

  • Reply Katy Malkin September 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    The notice boards are good. We like pinning up leaflets and places we want to visit.

  • Reply Kat Allinson September 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I adore the chopping boards

  • Reply Maria Jane Knight September 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Im a massive fan of the Engraved Hammers – what a fan DIY gift!

  • Reply Claire Little September 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    the notice boards, wonderful

  • Reply Ren Taylor September 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    the chopping boards are my favourite! I love them 😗

  • Reply Claire Nellany September 3, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Egg and soldiers board! Because it is really unusual and cute

  • Reply laura banks September 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    love the eggs and soldiers board its genius and we eat them all the time so would be lovely

  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER September 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    My favourite item has to be the egg & soldiers board as honestly i’ve never seen something like this before and i know the children would love this too.

  • Reply Harding Seree September 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I love the notice board

  • Reply Rebecca Inman September 3, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Egg and Soldiers board

  • Reply Susan Hoggett September 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    love the chopping boards, what a great gift!

  • Reply Joanna Ford September 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Love the personalized chopping board as it makes something that you use everyday special
    https://www.hugosworkshop.co.uk/shop/details/chopping-boards

  • Reply Lynda September 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    A photo frame with a child’s handwriting would be my favourite. So unique and sentimental, something to treasure.

  • Reply amy bondoc September 3, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    i really love the large notice boards, they are great in the kitchen to put reminders on!

  • Reply Sarah Parker September 3, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I love the notice board 🙂

  • Reply Fiona September 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I love the egg soliders board! Never seen anything like it before, it’s great.

  • Reply Charlie Lovatt September 3, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I like the notice boards best. So simple and beautiful

  • Reply Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) September 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Love the notice board!

  • Reply Stevie September 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I like the egg and soldiers board as it would be fun when my nieces visit.

  • Reply hannah igoe September 3, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I love the egg and soldiers board its so lovely and unique

  • Reply Ian Cheyne September 3, 2017 at 11:55 am

    engraved hammers….are just awesome

  • Reply Meryl Thomas September 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I love the notice board – it would help me organise myself and not forget things.

  • Reply Pauline black September 3, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Loving the double persomalised photo frames!

  • Reply Caroline Blaza September 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I love the childrens handwriting products. Such a lovely keepsake x

  • Reply Stewart Biddle September 3, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Love the egg and soliders chopping board so quirky

  • Reply christine nicholson September 3, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I love the notice board. Definitely something I need to be buying 🙂

  • Reply Samantha R September 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I love the notice board, really unique gift idea.

  • Reply Marie Rule September 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I love the Children’s handwritten chopping boards. This would make a lovely Father’s Day present with our daughter’s writing on it.

  • Reply Ellen Stafford September 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Love the engraved hammers….awesome!

  • Reply Amelia Mccreith September 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    The frames are lovely:)

  • Reply Rebecca Sutton September 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I like the notice board.

  • Reply Sheri Darby September 2, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I love the Single Photo Frames – such simple designs – don’t detract from the photos

  • Reply Amy Wright September 2, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    The chopping board with the children’s handwriting because it’s personal and the boards are beautiful

  • Reply Carol Boffey September 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Love the chopping boards

  • Reply Nicola September 2, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I love the notice board. However, all the products are beautiful.

  • Reply Erica Price September 2, 2017 at 9:05 am

    The chopping boards because I would use them every day.

  • Reply Kyomi Johnson September 1, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Love the personalised chopping boards

  • Reply Samantha Atherton September 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I like the notice boards, look great and will be used everyday.

  • Reply Kelly White September 1, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I love the photo frames, they’re so personal!

  • Reply Karen Usher August 31, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Really like the Notice board. Currently doing up the hallway in my house and I think this would make a great addition to the house…..once it gets finished…..its taking a very very long time.

  • Reply Sarah Prentice August 31, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    https://www.hugosworkshop.co.uk/shop/details/single-photo-frames
    This frame!

  • Reply Kimberley Ryan August 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    The childrens handwriting writing frame, just a beautiful touch

  • Reply Sadiyya Maryam August 31, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Lots of wonderful unique gift ideas and my favourite are the personalised chopping boards they would look great.

  • Reply emma loftus August 31, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Fab gift ideas here. Keep up the hard work. Lovely.

  • Reply MARK HOPKINS August 31, 2017 at 12:29 am

    The chopping boards. They look solid and durable.

  • Reply Rebecca Alderson August 30, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I love the children’s handwriting photo frames, so cute and heart warming!

  • Reply jo liddement August 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I love the wooden photo frames and it’s so nice to have them engraved which makes them great gifts which are more personal and thoughtful

  • Reply claire griffiths August 30, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    i love the notice boards very different to usual ones

  • Reply BECCA STAPLES August 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I love the childrens handwriting photo frames, something different that can be kept forever x

  • Reply aj August 30, 2017 at 11:48 am

    https://www.hugosworkshop.co.uk/shop/details/triple-photo-frames cos I am a sucker for things with my kids hand writing on.

  • Reply sarah fielding August 30, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I love the chopping boards, they are so adorable!!

  • Reply Danielle Spencer August 29, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    The children’s handwriting products

  • Reply michelle speight August 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    the personailised shopping boards can never have enough lol

  • Reply chelsey hollings August 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Love the childrens handwriting frames they are such an amazing gift for someone x

  • Reply Robyn Clarke August 28, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I love the the childrens handwriting chopping boards, would make the perfect present for the grandparents. Lovely memento of their handwriting.

  • Reply lynn neal August 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I like the notice board the best!

  • Reply Michelle Ferguson August 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I love the chopping boards as need a new one

  • Reply Jodie A Green August 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    i love the chopping boards personalised with childrens handwriting <3

  • Reply claire woods August 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Chopping board because it’s useful.

  • Reply Dawn Andrews August 28, 2017 at 12:21 am

    The egg and soldiers board is cute.

  • Reply Lisa Conn August 27, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    https://www.hugosworkshop.co.uk/shop/details/chopping-boards

    Love the chopping boards would love to win them for my Mom

  • Reply Kim M August 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Like the chopping boards – they look nice and sturdy x

  • Reply kira cook August 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    i absolutely love the personalised frames i would love one to put the pic of me and my kids in it

  • Reply Amandeep Sibia August 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    SINGLE PHOTO FRAMES – Simple and elegant.

  • Reply Ruth Harwood August 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Would love a large notice board to stick all our appointments and important memory notes on as I can be forgetful!!

  • Reply Leila Benhamida August 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Love the Notice Board. Will definitely use it and it will be helpful.

  • Reply Alison Johnson August 26, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I love the chopping boards. We use our chopping board every day & to have a personalised one would just make me smile every time I bought it out to use.

  • Reply fiona waterworth August 26, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    CHOPPING BOARD so I could put leave alone on it

  • Reply Jules Eley August 26, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I love the chopping boards with a child’s writing, they are such a lovely thing to own.

  • Reply Ellie Lundberg August 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I absolutely love the childrens handwriting products!! It is so personal and perfect x

  • Reply Laura Pritchard August 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I love the personalised double photo frame!

  • Reply Angela Treadway August 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    The photo frames as I cash put a nice family pic in it x

  • Reply LAURA WHEATLEY August 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I love the childrens handwriting photo frames <3

  • Reply Katie Sharman August 25, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    The photo frames are lovely

  • Reply Frances H August 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    The single photo frames although simple are great for a variety of uses, as they offer five different sizes.

  • Reply Fiona Rennie August 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I love the children’s handwriting products

  • Reply Rachel @ The Daisy Pages August 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I absolutely love the photo frames; the quality and the personalisation make them a wonderful gift x

  • Reply cheryl hadfield August 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I love the chopping boards, perfect gift for my parents

  • Reply Ailsa August 19, 2017 at 10:37 am

    The chopping boards with the children’s writing on are really sweet

  • Reply Rachel August 18, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I like the photo frames – simple but always useful!

  • Reply Catherine August 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I love the large personalised chopping board Rebecca did for my husband at Christmas.

  • Reply frances hopkins August 17, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I love the chopping boards they’ve brilliant presents!

  • Reply Adrienne McGroder August 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Love the double photo frames – perfect for my 2 boys! x

  • Reply Zoe Brown August 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    would love the triple photo frame

  • Reply Lorna Ledger August 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    NOTICE BOARD – It would say – Hawkes – Ledger – Fitzpatrick Family at the top – We would keep all our special and important things on it 🙂

  • Reply Isabel O August 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    My favourite is the photo frames where you can get your childrens handwriting engraved, what a lovely idea.

  • Reply Roxanne coffey August 16, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I love the double frames would be great to use these for baby scans too!

  • Reply Sarah Mackay August 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Love the engraved notice boards as they are useful yet gorgeous

  • Reply Solange August 15, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I like the double photo frame. It would make a lovely gift.

  • Reply ruth robinson August 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    i love Triple Photo Frames as id put my 3 most important people in them my 4 month old jacob my fiance and my mum

  • Reply Alice Dixon August 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I like the double photo frame, because I could have a photo of each of my sons in it with their names at the top

  • Reply Naila August 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Really love the Notice Board, it’s great way to pin up all your inspirational cuttings or family bits and bobs, plus it makes a great present too x

  • Reply Rachel Craig August 15, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Personalised chopping board, would be a nice practical gift for my fiancé.

  • Reply Lindsey Smith August 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I love the notice boards, would be great for a family with lots of stuff going on like school slips and party invites. https://www.hugosworkshop.co.uk/shop/details/notice-board

  • Reply lorraine kirk August 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I love the noticeboard, a great present idea.

  • Reply Ruth lee August 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The photo frames to put pictures of my kids in

  • Reply Annabel Greaves August 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I love the double photo frames – a lovely idea for pictures of the children x

  • Reply iain maciver August 15, 2017 at 11:47 am

    love the personalised chopping boards

  • Reply laura stewart August 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    i like the Chopping Boards

  • Reply Tracy Nixon August 15, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I love the personalised chopping boards – lovely for a gift idea for a family member x

  • Reply Liam Bishop August 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    The egg and soldiers board is brilliant!

  • Reply Amie August 15, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I live the children’s handwriting products! They’re a lovely way to remember something so special

  • Reply Margaret gallagher August 15, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Live the personalised children’s handwritten chopping boards
    A beautiful selection of gifts

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