Posted on May 7, 2014

Mumpreneur Feature – Kelly from @Sunjellies

Mum in Business

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.

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12 Comments

  • Reply The Original Sunjellies Review | This Mummy Loves... May 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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  • Reply Michelle Murray May 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi Kelly, I love your sun jellies. They look amazing, I really like the clear ones and definitely need to get a pair 🙂 http://www.mummy2monkeys.co.uk

  • Reply Rollercoaster Mum May 9, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I loved jellies as a kid and they were brilliant on holiday cause you could paddle over all the stones and stuff. I think I should try and persuade my girls to give them a go!

  • Reply Emily g May 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love the look of these! I NEED some!

  • Reply Kelly May 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Such lovely comments, thank you everyone. xx

  • Reply Vicki May 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I love these posts that you do! They are so inspiring! Wanting to start my own business means I have a super interest in others who have done it. What a great lady…and great shoes! Oh how I loved my jelly’s when I was a kid!

  • Reply Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog May 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I loved this post-so inspiring to see women start their own businesses from home! Also-how adorable are those sunjellies – I totally had some as kid and need to get some as an adult because they look so cute!!

  • Reply Em @ snowingindoors May 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I never owned any Jellies as a kid but I was always very jealous of those who did!

  • Reply thebeesleybuzz May 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Happy memories of jellies here! Another inspiring story of someone following their dreams and making it happen – well done! Also very jealous of you being near the beach (I grew up in Brighton and miss the beach lots – my dad is in Worthing -so its a familar place to us) x

  • Reply suzanne3childrenandit May 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

    They definitely make a prettier alternative to Crocs which I find so useful for kids but would never wear myself. I take my hat off to people who can follow their dream like this – sounds like it’s paid off in this instance!

  • Reply Philippa @ Letters to Elliot May 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hmm, I’m not sure about jellies for myself (I still look about 12 so not sure they would do me any favours!) but the colours look cool!
    I think anyone working for themselves and setting up their own company deserves a pat on the back and a massive slice of cake! x

  • Reply Beth @plasticrosaries May 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    These are such a massive craze. I’ve seen them everywhere. I love some of the colours for the girls although I wouldn’t wear them myself. I swear I’m seeing them everywhere though :).
    I definitely know how Kelly feels when she says it’s so hard to switch off – I need a button implanted in my brain or something 🙂 x

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