Posted on October 13, 2011

Mumpreneur Feature – Nikki

Mum in Business

The lovely Nikki of Be… Eventful is on the blog today to tell you about herself and her business! Don’t forget to say hi ;O) You can also find Nikki on Twitter @beeventful

Who are you?
I am Nikki, wife of Kevin and Mum to 2 gorgeous little girls Hollie, 7, and Isabella, 4.

What do you do?
I run Be….Eventful, an Event Management and Wedding Planning company based in Stirling, Central Scotland.
We specialise in running events that a little bit quirky and like to use our creativity to give each event or wedding a unique edge to it!
We also hire out vintage china and a range of fun props, and we offer a photography service also!

When did you establish your business?
Be….Eventful has only been up and running since August of this year! 

What made you start your own business?
Being a full time mum & a full time employee was a struggle at the best of times, I feel I missed out on so much with the girls.
Things were getting more and more stressful with my job, childcare was becoming an issue and generally, we were all really unhappy.
So….in March of this year, I made the HUGE decision to quit my job!!
I didn’t really know what I was going to the do and it was all a bit spur of the moment, so I took a couple of months to just relax really and spend some time with the girls! During that time, I decided that I might as well do what I had always wanted to do, and start my own company!
I persuaded my sister Claire to get onboard and Be….Eventful was born!

What do you love about working for yourself?
The thing I love most is the flexibility I now have. I am able to take my girls to school, and collect them, something I was never able to do when working full time. I try, where possible, to schedule appointments during school hours so I am at home at the most important times of the day for them.
I also love the satisfaction I get, knowing that what I am doing is all going to benefit my family rather than an employer!

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
The fact that I no longer have a regular, guaranteed full time salary popping into my bank account at the end of each month is not ideal, but, we can manage…just!

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
The only thing I would have done differently, is to have quit my full time job sooner!

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure you have a good support network around, having the backing of my Husband, Mum and Sisters has made the whole process for me much easier. It is hard work, and sometimes, being at home and working has it’s distractions, but if you can be organised and diligent, being a Mumpreneur is definitely the way forward.
xxx

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