Posted on February 12, 2013

New Business Mum – Kathryn Quaid

Mum in Business

New business Mum Kathryn Quaid is on the blog today to tell us about herself and her new business! 🙂

Who are you?
Kathryn Quaid – mum to Emily (and baby number 2 due in May!), wife to James and owner of Pitterpac Ltd. 

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What do you do?
I am lucky enough to design and establish my own brand of luxury, fashion forward leather changing bags available on www.pitterpac.com

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When did you establish your business?
Pitterpac was officially launched at The Baby Show, Earls Court in October 2012.  The designs and ideas were in creation from 2011. 

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What made you start your own business?
The idea for Pitterpac came about after the birth of Emily in 2010. As a previous lover of designer, high fashion handbags I was dismayed by the uninspiring designs offered in changing bags. I am a real magpie for colour and hunted high and low for a top quality, leather changing bag that was in line with catwalk trends and offered the practicality needed from a nappy bag. After failing in my hunt, I started to design my first bag – The Whitehall With a lot of inspiration and guidance from my husband who also runs his own business and encouragement from my parents, I decided to create a range and turn it into a new career.

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What do you love about working for yourself?
I love the freedom and satisfaction of running my own business. Seeing my designs on the catwalk and being loved by customers is a real thrill. I also am very grateful that I can adapt my working hours to suit our family, allowing me to spend precious time with my daughter whilst she is still young.

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Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
At this point, I can honestly say that there isn’t anything I dislike.

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Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would have had the courage to leave the security of my teaching job to pursue my dream of running my own business sooner. However, I would not have had the idea for Pitterpac bags had it not been for the birth of Emily so it’s easier said than done!

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What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business? 
Running a business can be a tiring and full on experience. It’s important to make sure your business is centred around a passion so work doesn’t feel like a chore during the busier periods. Also have confidence in yourself to do it, as with a lot of hard work and support from friends and family anything is possible!

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