Busy Mum Alix is on the blog this morning telling us about herself & her business ‘Make a Mess’ 🙂
Who are you?
My name is Alix Hay, aged 33, wife to Ben and Mum of 2 lovely girls, (aged 4 and 1). I am proud to say I am officially a Mumpreneur as I was listed in Mumpreneur’s Top 100 2012 list, a brilliant accolade bestowed to me so soon after launching my business.
What do you do?
I run frantically around the house after my girls, but as well as being an extremely lucky Mum, I own and run Make A Mess www.make-a-mess.co.uk, which offers weekly messy play sessions, parties and events to children aged 4 and under. I spend many hours researching and trying out new materials, luckily my girls are very willing and honest guinea pigs!
When did you establish your business?
The penny dropped in June 2011 and by September, Make A Mess was launched and 2 venues were firmly established, by January 2012 Make A Mess also started in Warwick. Now I am working on the launch of a franchise package so that other people can benefit from running their own fun and hugely rewarding business and children all over the country can benefit from it. The business will go through a relaunch and re-brand – so watch this space!
What made you start your own business?
My youngest had got to that age where she, and I, needed to get out of the house and get involved in the local toddler scene. Why Messy Play? It’s fun, parents aren’t too keen on setting it up at home and most importantly the children LOVE it (whilst honing lots of developmental milestones. So it was time to introduce a new offering to the toddler group market.
What do you love about working for yourself?
I love being the boss – I don’t feel isolated because this “job” (I love it so much I don’t actually like calling it a “job”) involves meeting and getting to know so many lovely families in my local area (Stratford upon Avon)
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Not so much don’t like, but would rather have someone to bounce ideas off, slow me down a bit and review things with.
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Ideally I would have launched Make A Mess in a couple of years time, when the girls are that little bit older and at school, to rid me of the guilty conscience I get that I don’t spend all day every day with them – however there’s always a bit of leftover gloop or cloud dough for them to play with when I come home.
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Find your USP, you need to have that different angle to shout about.