The lovely Kate and Amy from imaginabox are on my blog today! You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest! Don’t forget to say hi and make them feel welcome here Keep your eye on the blog as I will be launching a fantastic giveaway from them very soon! You might also want to sign up to their newsletter for lots of ideas to make, do and play.
Who are you?
We’re Kate and Amy from imaginabox and we’ve been friends since we were teenagers. We have always wanted to start our own business and, given that we are both from very crafty families, knew that craft would be the best use of our talents. And as we have three gorgeous boys between us, kids crafts seemed to be the ideal way to go!
What do you do?
We provide fun and inspiring ways for parents and children to spend time together, making crafty things, doing fun activities and playing in an imaginative way.
When did you establish your business?
February 2013 – we were both on maternity leave (with mercifully content babies) and took the opportunity to work on something we love (and to resuscitate our baby brains).
What made you start your own business?
Wanting to build something for ourselves and our children, doing something we love!
What do you love about working for yourself?
It’s just really exciting that something we’ve come up with and made in our living rooms is out there and that people are making and having fun with it.
And eventually, hopefully, the freedom to be flexible around our children, doing something super child friendly that they get to enjoy too, and will actually make us more fun mums.
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Feeling spread even thinner… the pressure to be good wives, mothers, and now businesswomen (we don’t wear shoulder pads honest).
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Being plugged into social media and building a network and interacting with craft fans and super mummies from the start – to be honest we both really regret that we didn’t start a personal blog when we first had our little ones as it’s such an exciting time and one we wish we had captured.
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride – it’s never going to all go exactly as you expect. Having a very good friend to make the journey with has been a massive help, as whenever we’re not sure about something/knackered/having a nervous breakdown we’ve got someone to pick us up and have a nice cuppa with – we do get through a lot of tea.