Jess from http://www.cottonlily.com/ is on the blog today to tell you about her fantastic business; please read all about her and go and have a look at her gorgeous website and then come back and enter her very generous giveaway at the bottom of the post 🙂 Also if you would like to place an order; all first time customers get 10% off automatically and it’s FREE shipping every Friday 🙂
Who are you?
I’m Jess Taylor, an Aussie mum-to-be who has made Bristol, UK my home. I’m 7 weeks away from having my first baby, a little girl.
What do you do?
I am the Founder of Cottonlily.com, an online boutique specialising in organic essentials for newborns and new mums. I work alongside my husband Sam, whose job is mostly to keep me calm, encourage me and remind me that I’m pregnant.
When did you establish your business?
The business began in 2011 in Australia, and launched in the UK this August. I love online shopping and found that it was harder for me to find baby products that were of great quality all in one place. I wanted gifts for my friends’ children that were organic, made well and that lasted forever. I decided to start my own business to serve that need.
I was pretty adamant that the majority of my suppliers be based in the UK as well, it’s important to support small businesses just like mine.
What made you start your own business?
I used to work in Advertising, and the fast pace was pretty stressful. I always felt that there was never enough time in the day to enjoy life, so when Sam and I decided to have a family, I knew starting my own business would give me the flexibility and freedom to do what I loved as well as spend quality time with my favourite people.
What do you love about working for yourself?
The sense of freedom, as well as the responsibility. When the business does well, it feels amazing. Plus, I get to watch daytime tv when I’m procrastinating.
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
That daytime tv needs to be taken away from me! I think it does get a little lonely at times but I’ve built up a network of fellow work from home parents and it really does help having someone to chat to during the day.
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Not at all, I’ve made the best decision and I highly recommend it to everyone!
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Do the jobs you’re the expert at and let others handle the bits you aren’t so great with (hello accountants!). Join a mumpreneur group if you’re feeling lonely, support is always at hand.
Jess is very kindly giving away a cuddledry apron towel and a cuddledry change mat liner to one of my lucky readers.
To enter all you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter below 🙂