Tell us your name and a bit about your family. When did you become a Mum and to whom?
I am a mum to three children, the oldest one being Shantell (30), Serena (14) and lastly 12 yr old Joshua.
What’s your business called?
1st Aspirations – Event Planning & Consultants
Can you describe it in one sentence?
An Events Management company for private and corporate clients, who want to make their dream event a memorable occasion.
When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?
I had a calling from God last year but it took me until summer 2016 to start the ball rolling. I had a catering company in 2000 that I ran with my mother but decided to give it up because the responsibility and the demanding physical energy needed became too much with a toddler and a new baby.
How did you fund your start up?
I am self-funded right now, it doesn’t take much as everything is run online. I will eventually fund everything by acquiring bookings from clients, a deposit will be required upfront to help with the cash flow, or I will use money from my pending redundancy as a back up.
How do you manage working around your children?
I had flexible working hours with my full time employer to allow some working and family life balance. I structure my days similarly now working on my own business. I also get them involved where possible, they both help out with social media.
Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?
Generally on the go for the whole day. I start at 6am from home with my current employed company until 8am, then travel into Central London to start again at 10am until 3.30pm. These times allow me to drop my youngest off to school before travelling in, and supervise them from a distance when I work from home. At my day job I prepare documents to be posted on the company website from banking analysts. I can concentrate on my own business on my days off and during evenings. This will consist of either working on an event I’m hosting later this month, or trying to complete my online Weddings and Events Management course. It’s pretty full on. I try to keep Saturdays and Sundays for family time, even though my children have their own clubs and activities to attend.
What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?
Right now my biggest challenge is finding enough time to fit everything in. Learning how to manage social media is all new to me and attending networking events to find clients is not always possible.
What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?
So far its been hard but I like the flexibility of working from home and being able to pick up or drop my children to school whenever I need to. I am looking forward to seeing what God brings my way.
What are your plans for the future?
Spending time with my kids, running a successful business and helping the homeless whilst serving God.
What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?
You need to have a listening ear to advice whenever you get it, focus and drive to make it to the end whilst working diligently to make it successful .
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Yes! I would be happy to give a 10% discount to any mumpreneurs who would like me to plan an event for them.