The lovely Kathleen from Slugs & Snails is on the blog today; she also brings you a fab giveaway for two lucky readers – Kathleen would also like to offer all my readers a free shipping code ‘MummyLoves’ which expires on the 22nd September 2012 🙂
Who are you?
I am Kathleen Redmond, mummy to Noah, cleaner upper for Dolly the dog, nagging other half to Andrew and founder of Slugs & Snails, the original boys tights company.
What do you do?
We design and manufacture tights exclusively for boys aged 0-3 (soon to be 0-4).
When did you establish your business?
Slugs & Snails went live in November, 2011 but was originally developed one cold winters day in 2008.
What made you start your own business?
Sheer frustration at the lack of choice in the baby boys clothing market, specifically comfortable trousers/leggings that were both warm, flexible and colourful.
What do you love about working for yourself?
I love that I get to be mummy to Noah 100% of the time and that all of my efforts in my working life are for the benefit of my family. It is very rewarding to watch your work and dedication prosper into a product that so many people love and praise.
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
My house is always a mess because once it’s cleaned we don’t walk out the door to work and return to it in a reasonable state. Our home is our office and so day in and day out a trail of our family life and our working life is left behind to be cleaned, the only problem is that when you are self employed there is very little time to be house proud.
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would not eat so much chocolate cake when I was pregnant! Retrospect is valuable in that you only know things should have been done differently when you have already done them wrong. It took three very long, hard years to get the business live but I wouldn’t have known I had made mistakes along the way as it was all so new. There are always things you think you could have done differently when you look back that’s why it is best to take them on board and keep looking forward.
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Be prepared for feeling an emotional wreck sometimes as you learn to balance work and life and accept that balance is very hard to find, but if it your business can benefit your family in the long run it’s worth taking the chance.
Kathleen is giving away a pair of her fantastic boys tights to two of my lucky readers! Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter 🙂