Posted on June 25, 2012

Mumpreneur Feature – Natasha

Mum in Business

Natasha from Little Creative Days is on the blog this morning to tell you all about her business; She would also like to offer you a 10% discount when you quote ‘MummyLovesLCD’ at the checkout 🙂

Who are you?
I’m Natasha Dennis co-owner of Little Creative Days with my sister Tonya Meers.
What do you do?
We make craft kits for children of all ages from 0 – teenage. Soon we will be launching some new kits where kids make puppets and then get to act out a play at the end. This first of these kits is going to be launched for Halloween called Harry the Hapless Ghost. They will be great for parties or just for kids to get together and make. We will also be selling ebooks of the stories as well.

During the summer we are hoping to run some workshops to give kids the opportunities to learn new crafts. In the future we hope to be doing more workshops and parties and who knows maybe franchise these out, if the new story kits take off.

When did you establish your business?
We started in October 2011
What made you start your own business?
I came up with the idea for Little Creative Days when my son was still a baby. He made me realize how important it is to me to have a creative outlet in my life and I wanted him to experience the same sense of achievement that I always have from creating things.

I realized that not everyone is crafty like me and busy parents haven’t always got the time to go off and buy lots of different bits and pieces.  This gave me the idea of having everything you need in one bag.  Each bag contains full instructions and ideas on what you can do with the kits.

We also recognized that not everyone has the space for doing messy activities and so all of the kits come with a mess rating.  As a result, we are developing more and more of the no mess kits and these are proving popular. I believe that crafting is great for a child’s development; it improves their imagination, hand/eye coordination and self-esteem. Through doing crafts, they can learn various skills that will continue to help them throughout their  life such as problem solving, how things are constructed and it helps teach many other subjects in a way that kids will remember. Most of all, doing crafts with kids helps to build a bond between parent and child that can last a lifetime. I still love sewing with my mum.
What do you love about working for yourself?
Being in charge of my own destiny and no two days are the same. I love creating a business as much as I enjoy creating beautiful things.

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Not always having a regular pay packet – but that sometimes spurs me on.

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Would have launched earlier so that we had a bigger run up to Christmas
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Do your research and make sure you have some other way over covering the bills to start with. Things always take longer than you think and its hard sometimes to get people to know about you.

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