Posted on March 6, 2012

Mumpreneur Feature – Sheena

Mum in Business
I’m pleased to introduce you to Sheena Woods the owner of MaByland, who’s on the blog this afternoon to tell you about herself and her business. You can also find Sheena on Twitter and Facebook 🙂
Who are you?
Sheena Woods
What do you do?
I’m a mum of 2 (18 months old and 3 year old), and owner of MaByLand. 
When did you establish your business?
MaByLand was launched in late August 2008 online whilst I was pregnant.
What made you start your own business?
I have always wanted to create and run my own business, but at the same time I also see family as being the most important thing in life.  At the time I was planning my wedding and my mind became flooded with broody thoughts as well as my entrepreneurial dream, it soon led me to have a ‘light bulb’ moment.  I could combine both my dream of running my own business and starting a family; the outcome was MaByLand, my very own baby brand.  Starting my family and setting up my business at the same time was always going to be challenging, but the prospect of having full control of my working hours, and being able to have the perfect work-life balance for me and my family was very appealing.  I wanted to be able to spend more time with my little ones and enjoy their precious first years.  So I decided to chase both of my dreams immediately after my wedding.
What do you love about working for yourself?
Flexibility. 
Although I’m a career minded women, I see family as the most important part of my life. I started my family at the same time as setting up MaByLand.  Luckily I fell pregnant twice, and by becoming a Mumpreneur I was fortunate enough to be flexible with my time spent with them. Their first few years are particularly precious to me, so I insisted that I had them close to me, and they’d come with me to the office. This is what I love about working for myself.
 
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Not really, but I guess sometimes it can feel like a battle of one. But this only pushes me further.
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
I probably would like to be closer to my parents if possible, but since they live in a different country, that is too difficult to achieve!
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
If I were to give advice to another mum who is thinking of setting up her own business, I would say be prepared for it, times will be tough, there will be highs and lows, it will feel like a roller-coaster ride.  But just remember what a great achievement it is already to have children, and believe in yourself as we can achieve a lot more than we thought!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Chloe Brewer March 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Really enjoyed reading this, I always love to hear about mums who have their own businesses x

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