Who are you?
I’m Nomita (sometimes called Nom) and I have a 2 year old daughter called Anya. I’ve recently realised that the ‘terrible twos’ is indeed quite terrible! I’m not from the UK but came over to work in advertising for 3 years. Ended up meeting an Englishman, getting married and here I still am, a whole 12 years later.
What do you do?
I recently started http://www.ebabee.co.uk/ an auction site for everything baby, toddler and maternity related. I also blog about cool, unusual, funky stuff for under 5’s. I’m passionate about fab design and since I can’t buy it all this is my outlet. My blog’s called ebabee likes: www.ebabee.co.uk/ebabeelikes
When did you establish your business?
I started both ebabee and ebabee likes at the end of July 2010.
What made you start your own business?
It’s something I’ve been thinking about forever. But I was always waiting for that eureka moment. One day, while on maternity leave, I woke up and realized that it hadn’t come. I could either continue waiting for that elusive idea or do something with the ideas I did have. And something told me it was now or never. So I took the plunge (which felt more like a deep sea dive actually)!
What do you love about working for yourself?
I am the master (or mistress even) of my own time. There’s no one telling me to be at a desk at 9am and not move till 5:30pm. The autonomy is a big positive too. And last, but definitely not least, I can be with Anya.
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Sometimes you do need a sounding board and that’s something I feel I lack. Of course I do talk to my husband but that’s not quite the same. Oh and I do miss office gossip!!
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
I’m only 5 months in so not yet. Ask me again in a year’s time and I’m sure the answer will be quite different.
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Just do it! You’ll make mistakes but you’ll learn heaps. And even if your first idea doesn’t work, you’ll meet loads of people, know so much more that you’ll eventually find it opens so many more doors and can lead to many other opportunities and many other ideas.
And always ask. If you don’t ask you won’t get. I’m really learning that it NEVER hurts to ask.