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Posted on February 1, 2015

Mum in Business – Katherine Homfray

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I’m really pleased to introduce another lovely Mum in business to you today; Katherine has just launched CozyGlo and is in the very early stages, their crowdsourcing page has just gone live and  you can purchase their gorgeous products through that. Please support this brand new business if you can, their nightlights look totally amazing! Right now they are available for pre-order at a special introductory price!! Read more

Posted on January 28, 2015

Mums in Business – Clara Bentata

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Good morning everyone, this morning we have lovely Clara from Lucy & Belle on the blog to tell you a little about herself and her business. Have a read and then pop over and visit her beautiful website. Clara has been kind enough to offer you all a 10% discount code, just quote “THANKYOU10” at the checkout, this is valid until the end of February 2015 🙂 Read more

Posted on January 13, 2015

Mums in Business – Sonia – That would be me ;)

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I can’t believe I’ve been doing these features for almost 5 years now and it never once occurred to me until TONIGHT to feature myself!! So here we go this is my Mums in Business feature 🙂

I currently have a special offer on over on my website… All maternity and newborns sessions are HALF PRICE until the end of January!! Come on over I would love to capture your pregnancy and gorgeous new baby.

Who are you?
I’m Sonia, Mum of three lovely children and partner to a gorgeous man who is probably a saint for putting up with me – I also blog here at this very blog here in case you didn’t know 😉

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What do you do?
I am a maternity and newborn photographer covering the East Midlands.

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When did you establish your business?
It was way back in March 2008 that I started Sonia Thorpe Photography.

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What made you start your own business?

I wanted something that I could fit round the kids. I’m a Mum first and foremost so being self-employed meant that I could control when and how much I worked.

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What do you love about working for yourself?

I love being in control of me, not having to answer to anyone other than my clients of course 😉 I love that no two days are the same, all sessions go differently and I meet so many wonderful people and babies… lovely squishy babies, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do!

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

Sometimes it would be nice to not have the responsibility, I often fantasize about a desk job where I’m told exactly what to do and then go home at the end of each shift. Then I wake up and realise that just isn’t me and I’d be bored senseless!

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

No I don’t think there is, everything I have done has been at my own pace, working around my family.

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What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Just go for it! Never compare yourself to anyone else, just do what you have to do and most of all love what you do!

Posted on November 13, 2014

Mums in Business – Lena & Giveaway

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The lovely Lena from Milo et Mimi is on the blog today to tell you all about herself and her business! She is kindly offering you a 20% discount when you shop at Milo et Mimi, all you need to do is enter ‘MUMMYLOVES14’ at the checkout. This code is valid until the 12th December 2014. Also make sure you check out the end of the post for a lovely giveaway too! Thanks so much for letting me feature you on This Mummy Loves Lena! We love your business and wish you every success with it! Read more

Posted on May 7, 2014

Mumpreneur Feature – Kelly from @Sunjellies

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The lovely Kelly fom Sunjellies is on the blog this morning! Please say hi and make her feel welcome! I bet you all had a pair of jelly shoes as a child didn’t you? Now you can have them as an adult too and get matching ones for the kids!! I just love all the colours Kelly has available over on her site! Go over and have a look!! 🙂

You can also follow Kelly on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you are interested in her and her business 🙂

Who are you?
I’m Kelly and I moved to London from Australia 7 years ago and met my partner Nick (he’s British) at a festival. We’re the parents of 2 little rascals; Harry almost 4 and Rosie 2 and a half.  We now live a 5 minute walk from the beach on the south coast of England.

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What do you do?
Own and operate Sun Jellies with Nick.

When did you establish your business?
September 2012

unnamed (5)What made you start your own business?
I was always on the lookout for a great product or idea, something I could get passionate about and turn into a business. When we moved to Worthing I tried to find some classic jelly sandals for me and the kids to wear on the pebbly beaches and I stumbled across the original French jellies. I had loved jellies as a kid in the 80’s but was amazed to discover that jellies had a French history dating back to the 40’s! It was also nice to find an original plastic product that was not made in China. I fell in love with the story of the French jellies and the idea for an online jellies shop was born.

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What do you love about working for yourself? 

  • Working from home means I can look like crap and no one can see me (except the postman and the delivery guy – poor man).
  • Having created a business from an idea.
  • Finding a product that people connect with emotionally.
  • All the wonderful jelly stories our customers share with us; how they loved jellies as a child, jellies lost in the sea, jellies coveted but forbidden by mum, jellies collected in every colour and jellies loved so much they were worn to bed.

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

  • Not having a boss I can get advice from or escalate difficult issues to.
  • Not being able to switch off. 
  • Working from home means it’s not really my sanctuary anymore and I’ve had to make a lot of lifestyle adjustments

unnamed (9)Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could? 
Finish redecorating the house before starting the business!

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What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business? 
Be brave, be prepared to feel like you are nursing a newborn for the next 12 months at least, get the support of your partner and get a desk! Creating an office space helped me feel like I was doing a “proper” job.

Posted on April 29, 2014

New Business Mum – Rhiannon

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Please welcome Rhiannon from her new business Devon Road Babies to the blog this morning.  Pop over and follow her on Facebook and Twitter too 🙂

Who are you?

Rhiannon Carpio. I am married with two little girls aged 2 and a half year and 10 months. Big on family, friends, great food, womens equality and social responsibility. I hope to raise my daughters to be strong, beautiful women who know they can achieve anything they want to acheive.

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What do you do?

I have always worked in sales and am currently employed as marketing consultant helping small businesses with their social media marketing and online sales. I love my job, the company and the people but have always wanted my own business.

Devon Road Babies sells everything you need for your hospital bag in one place- the difference is that virtually every item has organic, ethical or sustainable accreditation and you can pick individual items or from a range of pre packed bags. We also strive to work with companies that manufacture in Britain as I believe this is important for many different reasons but the whole concept is about giving pregnant women more purchasing choice – my ethical ideals may not be the same as yours so I have tried to give as much information as possible about the products and brands we feature and what their values are so women can make up their own minds which companies they want to support if this kind of stuff is important to them too. If it’s not then they can just enjoy our beautiful products!

I have this vision of Devon Road Babies being a place which is immediately associated with hospital bags and where pregnant women can shop for organic, ethical products without feeling like they have morphed into a different person. Hopefully it’s a stylish looking site without too much oatmeal and pretty pink rabbits! To suddenly switch from reading Grazia and shopping in Ted Baker to scouring pregnancy magazines and Mothercare maternity is a massive transition, I hope our site has a balance of beautiful baby delights but also recognises that pregnant women are women and not just baby incubators!

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When did you establish your business?

We are really new – I incorporated the company at the end of last year and launched the site at the beginning of February. Our first sale came about two weeks later.

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What made you start your own business?

I have always thought that the only way to provide a solid foundation for my children’s future and to be in control of the time we get as a family is to have our own business – I also genuinely believe we source great products that make a difference in the world, it’s nice to have a vehicle that can make a change, no matter how small that change is.
With my second baby I tried to source organic, sustainable and ethical products for my hospital bag but would have ended up ordering from 7 or 8 different sites so I had to make compromises. This is where the idea for Devon Road Babies came from, I could source products from companies trying to do great things and provide a solution for women who want chemical free and fairly traded products.

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What do you love about working for yourself?

I am an undercover control freak and like things to be done my way. I also have loads of ideas all the time so having my own business is a good outlet for all of that!

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

I am always having to remind myself to keep focussed – I want to launch a million new products when we have only just scratched the surface of what we already have! Luckily I have some great people around me who know what they are talking about plus the mum and baby world is absolutely the nicest, most encouraging and open industry I have ever worked in.

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

Theres always something new to learn and the business is constantly changing and adapting as I find better ways of doing things. Time management and utilising things like social media schedulers is something I should have been doing from day one.

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

Number one is something you hear all the time but it so true, do something you believe in – in the short run you might have to sacrifice some family time (or sleep!) to get started and its hard to do if you don’t really believe you have something great to offer. When you are working or raising a family as well then make sure you carve out set hours to work on the business otherwise everything else gets in the way. Surround yourself with good people and let them help, take as much good advice on board as you can but trust your own instincts because it’s your personality, ideas and tone that will create your brand. Have a strong plan with your initial ideas down on paper – it’s so easy to get distracted and a business plan keeps you focussed on what you need to achieve at what stage, my plan helps me get excited about everything again if I am lacking motivation.

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