I have another lovely new business Mum for you all to meet today. Please say a big hi to Sarah who owns the gorgeous online shop Sidneyboo. Sarah is kindly offering my readers a massive 15% discount off her website AND free UK delivery! Just quote ‘TMLSB15′ at the checkout (Code expires 30 June 2014)
Who are you?
My name is Sarah Smith, mum of a very energetic and fun 3 year old boy, Sidney, living in Horsham, West Sussex
What do you do?
I have an online shop selling fun, funky and individual kidswear and accessories from babies to 5 years. I sell brands Ruff & Huddle, The Bright Company, Gardner and the Gang, Indikidual, Boys&Girls, Cute Graffiti, Nununu and many more!
When did you establish your business?
I started working on Sidneyboo! last September and the website went live at the end of February this year!
What made you start your own business?
I had thought about setting up an online kidswear shop when I was on maternity leave with Sidney but I just didn’t have the time to set it up and after going back to work it got pushed aside and I carried on with every day life but then last summer I was made redundant and as much as I love my son I knew that I didn’t want to be or could afford to be a full time mum so I used this opportunity to do something different that I was also passionate about so Sidneyboo! was born!
What do you love about working for yourself?
I have had to work really hard the last 6 months ready for launch but I love that every day is different, the flexibility that works round my family life and also the great sense of achievement that I have done this!
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
It can be lonely and having worked for a company for over 15 years where I always had a team around to bounce ideas and ask for help can be hard when you do not have support right there….plus not having a regular income!
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?At the moment it is still early days so I haven’t had the chance to make too many mistakes but ask me in 6 months’ time and there may be a few things I would change!
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Set “working hours”. I allocate certain days/times of the week that is dedicated to the business but I also have to be prepared that if orders come in they take priority and so sometimes plans and outings may need to be put on hold or worked around to make sure orders get out on time. Having your own business is so rewarding but you never switch off!
Thanks so much for your time Sarah and we wish you every success with Sidneyboo! x