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.
What do you do?
Own and operate Sun Jellies with Nick.
When did you establish your business?
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.
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.
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
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Finish redecorating the house before starting the business!
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.