Posted on May 21, 2014

New Business Mum – Danielle

competiton/ giveaway/ Mumpreneur

The very lovely Danielle from Ella Bella Scarves is on the blog this morning, she’s here to tell us all about herself and her business so please make her feel welcome.

You can also find Danielle on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

At the end of the post you’ll find a lovely give-away too xx

Who are you?

I’m Danielle, a wife and mum of one three year old daughter. I work 4 days a week as a software tester as well as run Ella Bella Scarves.

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What do you do?

I handpick beautiful, fashionable, fun and funky scarves which I love and sell them through my online shop www.ellabellascarves.com It’s more than just selling scarves for me though; I have built up a real relationship with my customer base through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/ellabellascarves which I love. I thrive on delivering first-class customer service and ensuring my customers are delighted with their scarves!

When did you establish your business?

October 2013

imageWhat made you start your own business?

I had returned to work after maternity leave, and was struggling. I suffered PND and realised that as much as I loved being a wife and mummy, as well as being back at work, there was little “Danielle” left over at the end of each day. I realised I needed to create a space in my life that was all mine, to remind myself that I was still a person in my own right!

I was inspired by a fellow mum-preneur friend who ran her own online business selling jewellery. She fitted it around being a SAHM and had a real passion for it. “Id like me some of that!” I thought! I have always been a scarf-o-holic, so I tentatively set up my Facebook page, bought a few scarves and put myself out there… and I sold out immediately! I was so warmly received, and continue to have a really close relationship with my customers – I am always willing to help and enjoy sharing little snippets of my life with them via my Facebook page.

I have found that space in my life I needed – I am so passionate about Ella Bella Scarves!

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What do you love about working for yourself?

I can fit Ella Bella Scarves around me and my life. My family always come first, and running my own business means I can fit it around my other priorities.

I love that I am constantly learning and stretching myself. I am also able to really let my creativity loose and enjoy coming up with new promotions or campaigns or styles – Ive even done a few video tutorials! I’m not someone who likes myself in photos, and I’ve had to conquer that to be able to photograph and video myself in my scarves!

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Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?

When something goes wrong – and it does! – it upsets you so much more because it’s your baby. My husband would say that he dislikes the fact that I never switch myself off from Ella Bella Scarves – I’m always thinking about it, checking in on my page, looking at new designs, thinking of new directions – at all times of the day and night!

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Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?

No – because it’s all been part of a journey, and I’ve learned so much. The lessons I’ve learned along the way (and continue to learn!) have bought me to where I am now, and I think make me offer an even better service and drive me forward.

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What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?

Be passionate, and be brave. You have to take a leap of faith sometimes, and push yourself out of your comfort zone a little to take you to where you want to be. Also, try to be disciplined about the time you spend on your business, set aside set times perhaps and always remember to keep family #1!

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Danielle is kindly giving away one of her scarves to one of my lucky readers! The winner can choose a scarf of their choose (subject to availability) all you need to do is complete the rafflecopter below 🙂

Good luck xxx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Natalie Crossan June 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    neon butterflies one 🙂

  • Barefoot Mahala June 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Love the black scarf with the roses – it would match my new floral DMs so well!

  • Heidi June 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    So many gorgeous scarves to choose from but my favourite is Beautiful Bugs. I love the colours 🙂

  • Dawn Totton June 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    The Owls one is my favourite – http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/owls-in-love

  • Joanna Sawka June 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I’d like the Pink Chevron

  • susan willshee June 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    really difficult to choose but I think my favourite it ‘Lillies’

  • Carol Bevitt June 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I love them all, but especially the Pastel Dragonflies Grey.

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/pastel-dragonflies-grey

  • MARY HOCKENHULL June 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    it has to be the grey cats scarf as I have three of my own little darlings
    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/grey-cats
    Thank you!

  • Samantha J Freeman June 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Toadstools (but it says sold out 🙁 so I would choose Beautiful Bugs instead

  • Tracy Sinclair June 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    They’re all lovely but I would choose the red Mini Owls one, thankyou http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/mini-owls

  • Caroline James June 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    It’s a hard choice, but I’d choose the pink chevron.

  • laura avery June 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This is lovely http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows

  • clare d June 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

    wow there so many nice ones i love the diamonte skull one or the blue skull one though 🙂 X

  • Maria Jane Knight June 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/lillies

  • Emily Knight June 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love the penguins!

  • Kerry Pool June 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Tough one! I love the bug one, all the skulls but would probably go for the starburst grey

  • Lani Nash June 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    This one is gorgeous! I love all things green 🙂 http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows

  • Mark Palmer June 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    birds on a wire

  • Lisa evans June 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The bug/beetle scarf is gorgeous! They are all very pretty x

  • Sarah McArthur June 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I love the navy scarf with the swallows

  • Michaela Palmer June 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I love the Sketched Birds scarf <3 so pretty!

  • Hannah Smith June 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I would choose: http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/navy-swallows

  • Antonia Rookley June 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I adore Spring Swallows x

  • Jane Middleton June 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Blossom and Birds

  • cherie shaw June 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I love the Cute Foxes one 🙂

  • Sammy Sugden June 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Toadstools

  • Kim Mulcahy June 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I love the pink chevron & we call our daughter Ella Bella!!

  • Emily Jayne Phipps June 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Summer sequins is fab. That would make even a vest a shorts look glam! Love it.

  • conrad edwards June 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    grey cats for my wife

  • Kat Allinson June 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Either Grey and pink stars, or birds on a wire

  • Rhiannon June 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I love the Pretty Peonies scarf! great job. x

  • Felicity Kelly June 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Birds on a wire x

  • Amanda E June 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I like the Navy swallows and the Umberella’s

  • barbara madden June 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    love the rose one its my favourite BUT they are all nice designs i would consider

  • Heather Walsh June 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I would choose Blossom and Birds.

  • Tina Holmes June 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Love this one or the mushroom one they are all so pretty – http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/starburst-grey

  • Sarah Rees June 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Summer sequins is lovely

  • Clint Howat June 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Simply lovely pink

  • Karen Barrett June 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Love Abstract Leaves http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/abstract-leaves1

  • Katherine Coldicott June 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I’d choose the Umbrellas scarf.

  • Belinda June 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I would choose Spring Swallows

  • Steph Meakin June 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’m really liking the simply lovely dusky pink 🙂

  • Helen Belton June 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows …it is a lovely colour 🙂

  • Nadia Stanbridge June 1, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I love the purple “lilies” scarf …. Gorgeous pattern and colours.

  • Patricia Avery May 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Some beautiful scarves but as an owlaholic I have to say ‘Owls in Love’ is my favourite 🙂

  • YOLANDA DAVIS May 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    The starburst grey is my favourite; http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/starburst-grey

  • Amy Beckett May 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    The scarves are really well priced would love the Candy Skull one

  • Catriona Pavey May 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Deer Family

  • Joanne McDonald May 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Beautiful bugs

  • Celeste F May 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I remember seeing these scarves at a fair in London. So many to choose from!

  • Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy) May 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Birds on a wire

  • rebecca mills May 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Simply lovely pink

  • Isabel O'Brien May 29, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I would choose pretty peonies, it’s lovely.

  • lyn May 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    They are all lovely and Im a sucker for a scarf but if I had to choose I would go with Spring Swallows

  • thebeesleybuzz May 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I love the pastel dragonflies grey one (rebecca beesley)

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Rebecca! I’s so pleased you do! Thanks for entering x

  • Emma Nixon May 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    SIMPLY LOVELY DUSKY PINK

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Emma! I LOVE this one, in fact I’m wearing it today! 🙂 Thanks for entering x

  • Jackie ONeill May 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Summer Sequins http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/summer-sequins

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks for entering, Jackie! Summer Sequins is gorgeous! x

  • jodie harvey May 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    love the Diamante Skulls 🙂 http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/diamante-skulls

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Jodie oooh it’s a really cool scarf that one! Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Sarah Wyatt May 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Birds on a wire I think, but they all look great!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Good choice, Sarah, I have one of those 🙂 Thanks for entering! x

  • Tammy Tudor May 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    the gorgeous umbrellas design

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/umbrellas

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Tammy I have that one too! 🙂 I wear it when it rains, so that’s a lot at the moment!! Thanks for entering x

  • Hannah Ingham May 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    The Umbrellas one is beautiful!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Hannah as Ive just replied to Tammy, I wear my Umbrellas scarf all the time at the moment! 🙂 Thanks for entering x

  • Kat Lucas May 27, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I would choose this black scarf
    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/crinkled-black

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Oooh a very classy choice Kat! Thanks for entering and good luck! x

  • jackie chapman May 27, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Love the pastel dragonflies

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Good luck Jackie and thanks for entering! x

  • Tracy Newton May 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Loving the chevron scarf. It would go with a vast amount of my wardrobe.

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      The chevron has been so popular! Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Kelly Finn May 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Bicycles! http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/bicycles

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      A great choice 🙂 thanks for entering and good luck x

  • michelle bennett May 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    ooh the purple crinkle

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Michelle I love this simple purple scarf – great choice! Thanks for entering x

  • lorraine polley May 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    love the perky penguins

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Lorraine that has been such a popular one, it’s so cheerful! 🙂 Thanks for entering x

  • kim neville May 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Owls in love is gorgeous

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Kim good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Jill Webb May 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    PERKY PENGUINS great fun

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Good luck Jill and thanks for entering! x

  • Val Swift May 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I love the Owls in Love

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      It is lovely Val – good luck! x

  • Suzanne May 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Deer family is lovely.

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      That’s one of my newest Suzanne! Thanks for entering x

  • Jessica Wilde May 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I love them all… Really like the neon butterflies, but my absolute favourite (cute design, and good versatile colour way) is the deer family… http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/deer-family

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      That’s one of my newest designs Jessica! Good luck and thanks for entering x

  • Debbie Louise Davies May 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    The Umbrella scarf is my favourite xx

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Debbie I am wearing my Umbrellas scarf a lot at the moment with all this rain! Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Anthony Harrington May 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I know my Daughter would love purple crinkle

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Aw that’s so sweet, good luck Anthony and thanks for entering! x

  • winnie May 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    cute foxes 🙂

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Winnie that’s a really popular one! Thanks for entering x

  • Caroline H May 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    So many lovely designs I haven’t seen before but I would choose the Deer Family.

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Caroline that is one of my newest designs! Thanks for entering x

  • Jennifer May 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love the one with dragonflies

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks for entering Jennifer – good luck! x

  • Laura Pinnell May 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I adore the diamante skull scarf!!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      That is a very lovely scarf Laura – good luck! x

  • lorna Kennedy May 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows for my mum 🙂 x

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Laura that one is so lovely! I gave one to my sis and she wears it all the time 🙂 Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Barbara Handley May 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/summer-sequins. Love sequins.

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Barbara – great choice! Good luck! x

  • suan watts May 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    French Leaves please

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Hi! Thanks for entering and good luck! x

  • Victoria May 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    The dragonfly one is lovely!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Good luck Victoria! x

  • Gemma Jordan May 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Grey and pink stars

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Gemma I love that one 🙂 Thanks for entering and good luck x

  • Lynne Durkin May 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Think i’d go for the Grey & Pink Stars 🙂

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      As I said above, I love that one! Good luck! x

  • Lesley Stevens May 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I would have to choose the french leaves scarf – it looks gorgeous x

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Lesley – good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • maureen findley May 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    the lillies

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Maureen that’s a really classy one – good luck! x

  • Heather Haigh May 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Owls in Love.

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Good luck Heather! x

  • Rebecca Hall May 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Spring swallows – Tis gorgeous!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      It is Rebecca! 🙂 Good luck! x

  • susan gough May 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Winter Butterflies is lovely

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      One of my bestsellers, that Susan! Thanks for entering and good luck! x

  • katie skeoch May 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    The Deer Family is my favourite x

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Katie that’s one of my newest designs! Thanks for entering and good luck x

  • Sam Swain May 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I love the simply lovely grey

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Oh that’s such a nice one Sam! Good luck! x

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs May 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/chevron Would love the Chevron one 🙂

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Ah that is very popular! Good luck! x

  • Elaine Savage May 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I LOVE the mix of colours on this one http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/french-leaves

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Good luck Elaine! x

  • Richard Randall May 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

    DIAMANTÉ SKULLS for Mrs.R.

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Aww that’s so nice of you! Good luck! x

  • Karen Lloyd May 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    That was difficult but it would have to be toadstools.

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Karen that’s a personal favourite of mine! Good luck! x

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Good luck! x

  • Kris May 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Hard to choose, they are all so lovely. But i think it would have to be the swallow one 🙂

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Kris – great choice! 🙂 good luck x

  • Donna R May 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I really like the Abstract Leaves – beautiful!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Aw thanks Donna! Good luck! x

  • Kathryn Davies May 25, 2014 at 9:35 am

    penguins

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Good luck Kathryn! x

  • Ashleigh Allan May 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

    the lillies one – beautiful!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Ashleigh – thanks for entering and good luck! x

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Good luck Clair and thanks for entering! x

  • nicola clarkson May 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    New neon butterflies, its lovely

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Nicola thanks for entering! Good luck 🙂 x

  • Gillian Holmes May 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    SPRING SWALLOWS

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      A great choice Gillian! Good luck! x

  • The Mummy Diary May 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I love the cute foxes scarf 🙂

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      It’s a very popular one 🙂 Good luck! x

  • Hazel Hulson May 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love Pretty peonies great scarfs lovely designs!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Aw thanks Hazel! Good luck, thanks for entering! x

  • Marissa Coltman (Little Rascal Reviews) May 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Pastel Dragonflies Grey or Navy Swallows – lovely & such good value too!

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Aw thanks Marissa! Good luck 🙂 x

  • Hazel Christopher May 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows I love this one! 🙂 X

    • Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Hazel great choice! Good luck 🙂 x

  • Alison Turnnidge May 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Lovely scarves, but love the New Neon Butterflies

  • Laura F May 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    They re all lovely but I would go for perky penguins.

  • melanie stirling May 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    So difficult to choose,there are a few I like! I would pick the Deer Family I think.

  • Jayne T May 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    These are all so lovely, my favourite is the BEAUTIFUL BUGS.

  • Julia Plant May 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Beautiful bugs

  • Jen aka The Mad House May 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Dear family. Really good price for a nice scarf

  • Lucy Bishop May 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would choose the perky penguins one as a gift for my lovely mum!
    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/perky-penguins

  • Liam Bishop May 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think my wife would like the Swallows one!

    • Lucy Bishop May 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      I would Liam! 🙂 clever thing xx

  • kim plant May 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    lve the chevron xx

  • Tracy Nixon May 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    OMG How can I choose because there are so many designs I would choose! But I think I might go for the grey cats as I love cats! http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/grey-cats Thank you!

  • Gemma Yapp May 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Wow lovely scarfs I love the bug one (can you tell I’ve got a little boy!)

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