The lovely Kim is my new business Mum on the blog this morning, please keep reading to find out all about Kim and her business. You can also find kim at The Dress Tree Blog, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please go over and say hi and support her
Who are you?
Hi there, I’m Kim. Mummy to the whirling dervish that is my two year old daughter, Alessi and owner of The Dress Tree. Pleased to meet you!
What do you do?
I run an independent online business selling handmade dresses and accessories.
When did you establish your business?
In March last year so it’s still a baby. It’s been a real learning curve and very time consuming, but I’m loving every second.
What made you start your own business?
Alessi. I had wanted to do it for years before she came along, but talked myself out of it each and every single time. Either I wasn’t ready, it was too complicated or I didn’t have what it took blah, blah, blah. There was always an excuse.
Then when Alessi was born I had this overwhelming urge to be the sort of person she would be proud of. This urge would not let up and turned out to be stronger than my fears of failure so I took the plunge and haven’t looked back since!
What do you love about working for yourself?
It has to be the freedom to chose my hours and make my own decisions. This freedom is not only allowing me to express myself creatively, but also to spend these precious early years with Alessi. I can be working one minute and then getting the biggest cuddle from her the next while she tells me a story about her toy cat. These moments are priceless and I am so grateful to be doing a job that allows me to be here to witness them.
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
When you work for someone else, once you leave the office, you leave the work there too. However, working for yourself means the line between work time and personal time gets blurred. You will find yourself working into the evenings, over the weekends, when you’re on holiday, on your birthday, any time you can get a spare minute basically. There’s just never enough time in the day and it can be difficult to switch off.
Oh and walking to the post office in the rain. I’m not a huge fan of that either!
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Actually no. I’ve made mistakes this past year, but having sat here and thought about it, I realise I wouldn’t even change those. With each mistake made, I’ve come away having learnt something valuable that has helped make the business better.
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Be prepared that not everyone around you will believe in your venture from the offset. When I started, many people honestly thought that I was just ‘playing shop’. My advice would be to not dwell on it and see it as something to spur you on. A year in, people who previously referred to my business as a hobby, are now starting to take me more seriously. Believe in what you’re doing. If you do, the nay sayers will catch up.
Also, brace yourself as it’s true what they say. It really is hard work and results can come frustratingly slowly to begin with. Keep chipping away at it, it really does get easier, but you have to be prepared to put the work in and be in it for the long haul.
Kim is kindly giving away one of her gorgeous turtledove necklaces (above) – just complete the Rafflecopter below to enter – Good luck xx