Dribbledry

DribbleDry – Launching a Problem Solving Parenting Product

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?
My name is Hannah Rayner, I’m 37 years old and I have two sons; Jack ages 15 and Harry aged 8. I have been married to Scott Rayner (42 years old) since September 2014 and have a step son Dylan 15 too. We live in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire but I am originally from Wiltshire. My husband owns Cheshire Building Contractors which is going from strength to strength so we both have our own company’s to run now!

What’s your business called?
DribbleDry

Can you describe it in one sentence?
An all-in-one innovative solution to keeping your baby dribble free all day!

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?
It was in 2009 when my youngest son Harry was two years old and dribbling lots. Bibs didn’t work and I was fed up with changing them several times a day (and the washing!), his chest area was always wet and therefore caused dribble rash. I remember just looking at him and thinking of how I could improve this and it was then I came up with the solution DribbleDry!

How did you fund your start up?
At first it was through small savings and a credit card, and I paid for a worldwide patent search, design boards and a patent to be drafted but then I became a single mum of two with a demanding job and no disposible income to take my idea further. Luckily three years ago I met my husband Scott and this all changed. Scott has funded dribbledry for the last two years and we are now successfully selling our products to parents!

How do you manage working around your children?
I work mainly from home during the week and do what I can when my boys are at school, then depending on what they are doing in the evening I will either play with them or pop back on the laptop! I tend to do lots of social media which I can do when they are in bed on my phone in front of the TV! My husband will also help with them if I have something urgent to put together but generally we just all muddle through ok at the moment!

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?
I have a big ‘To Do’ list and put everything in my diary to keep organised and work through everything in the week. I am always emailing someone! My manufacturer, retailers, customers, baby awards, accountant, website team, my media company are just a few and I’m always creating new posts for all of the social media. Instagram seems to be working well for our website sales! I also sell on Amazon so this takes some work too. Its about building the brand and sales at the moment in all ways I can.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?
The biggest challenge for me at first was funding everything! It costs so much to get an idea off the ground with prototypes, Intellectual Property, Manufacturing, Website, Business plan, Photos and then all the advertising that’s needed! Everyday I learn something new and I love that! Everyday there are always more opportunities that come along which is exciting! Its all one big learning curve especially when sourcing a manufacturer and IP.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?
I can be there for my children after school, if they are ill and during the holidays as I can be flexible with my work and where I am. I also have a lot passion for what I do which keeps me fully motivated and happy which then has a positive impact on my family! I have the best of both worlds.

What are your plans for the future?
Luckily we are off to a good start and in two months we have had hundreds of positive testimonials from parents, celebrity endorsements and nationwide press releases! The future is looking quite bright at the moment and we plan to expand our DribbleDry baby clothing range and start manufacturing for new range of products to help those with disabilities like Cerebral Palsy. We have been approached by two special needs schools and a care home who strongly believe there is huge potential for our products in that sector. The next step is probably investment.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?
Research a lot, what can you offer that’s better than your competition, find people you know who can offer advise about marketing, accounts, Intellectual property and manufacturing (if your making a product). I have had to learn to be very patience to! It took a year from having my samples made by my manufacturer to receiving my bulk stock to sell so you need to make allowances for this.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Hearing such fantastic feedback from parents about our products is the best feeling ever! My family and I are now very excited about the future!
www.dribbledry.com
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The Hair Helper – Creating a Product

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?

I’m Vanessa, married to my husband for just gone nine years. We have two children. My daughter is our eldest and was born in January 2012 with a head full of long dark hair which she never lost. My son followed in October 2013, he wasn’t quite as lucky in the hair department.

What’s your business called?

The Hair Helper

Can you describe it in one sentence?

The Hair Helper is a hair accessory organiser for little girls, storing all clips, bands, bobbles, and even the hair brush.

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?

We started the design process for our product at the beginning of 2015, the inspiration behind our product was my daughter with all her hair and copious amounts of hair accessories with no-where to put them.

How did you fund your start up?

We have used savings, and completed each stage as we’ve had the funds.

How do you manage working around your children?

This is something that I’m still learning to juggle. For the most part I work while they nap or have quiet time in the afternoon. If need be, I will carry on working in the evening. I don’t tend to work weekends, as we have actively chosen to guard that time for family and rest.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

A typical day will start with the nursery run for my eldest. That will then either lead to an activity with my little boy or catching up on housework. Just before lunch we collect my eldest from nursery, then it’s home for lunch and their down time. I will then quickly have some lunch, and set to work whether it’s answering or sending emails, packing orders, writing for our blog, preparing social media posts, filing etc. The afternoons will be quite relaxed and are very varied depending on what needs to be done – sometimes it’s a walk to the post office to send off orders, other times it can be a walk to the library or playground.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

The biggest challenges have most probably been financial – it’s not cheap to develop a product. We’ve shopped around to find the best deals possible. And other times, we’ve simply had to wait on doing things until we’ve had the means to.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?

I love the flexibility of it, getting to decide my own schedule and plan business around my family.

What are your plans for the future?

We plan to make our product available to retailers. If the first Hair Helper does well, we would love to look into the possibility of developing more products.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

If you believe in your idea, and you have researched, weighed up and considered advice along the way…go for it!

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

We will be attending the Pulse London tradeshow in May, and look forward to meeting potential retailers for our product.

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Halto Mumpreneurs

Creating a Business that Solves a Problem – JillyRox Ltd

Tell us a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?

Lucy: I became a mum to Millie in 2012. We waited a long time for her and I love being a mum as much as I thought I would!
Lerryn: My son Jamie rocketed into the world in 2013 and hasn’t stopped since! We call him the pocket rocket! He is super cute and I wouldn’t change being a mum for anything. Watching him discover his world is totally magical!

What’s your business called?

Lucy: JillyRox Ltd (you can probably work out why. Lets just say our kids are literally at the heart of everything we do!). The brand that people would associate with us most however is Halto.
Lerryn: We have more products to come that are currently in development so we needed an overarching brand to work from.

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Lerryn: Halto stops the pain and discomfort caused by halter neck swimwear, immediately. Quite simple really.
Lucy: You feed the straps through the holes, tie your usual knot, and enjoy wearing halter neck swimwear again.

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?

Lucy: I guess at heart we have been entrepreneurial since we were kids, following in the wake of our mum. I remember setting up a table at the end of our driveway to sell things we had made; book marks, Fimo models etc. We even used to busk with questionable dance routines and singing! I’m sure it was hilarious to the passers by who would chuck us the odd 10p for our efforts. We would feel rich, and then spend it on penny sweets at the village shop!
Lerryn: Mum always had a business idea that she would be working on, and every time she took it right the way through to fruition. There was no procrastination at all! We grew up knowing no different and have always had underlying aspirations to do the same. We didn’t always plan to do something together; that was a happy accident really! We officially formed the company last September, although we had been working on Halto since 2012!

How did you fund your start up?

Lucy: We spent a lot of time exploring the options and in the end decided to crowd fund. It gave us a fantastic opportunity to test the market with a minimum viable product (an idea, an RRP and a CGI mock up for the product) before we committed to production.
Lerryn: We raised £10,000 in 18 days and walked away with a mailing list of over 200 people, a great level of brand awareness and a renewed confidence that what we were doing was the right thing. You don’t get that from a bank loan!

How do you manage working around your children?

Lucy: There is a great visual tool I was shown once with a jar full of pebbles and you were asked if it was full (the pebbles representing tasks in your day). After saying yes, you were then proved wrong by tipping smaller pebbles in that were shaken down into any gaps. And then proved wrong again when sand was poured in, and then finally when a jug of water was poured in. I guess this best explains how we run our business around the kids! We find time that would be otherwise wasted. You would be amazed at the conversations we have had whilst dealing with potty-training accidents or even via messenger whilst sleep training at 3am!
Lerryn: We walk and talk (beach, woods etc), we utilise free WIFI at soft play areas, we make calls and send emails when the kids are napping, we product test at trips out for the day, and we work late into the evening after the kids have gone to bed. It is probably more of a question of how we work around our husbands. They often get the bum deal!

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

Lucy: As a new start-up I am not sure if there is a ‘typical’ day, but you can always guarantee some things. Firstly someone will want to speak to you at an inappropriate time so you find ways to either rearrange or find a quiet space for a couple of minutes. We are lucky to have each other as business partners so can tag-team on childcare when needed. Then there are emails that come in, but modern technology means that urgent ones can be dealt with wherever you are!
Lerryn: I would say much of the way we manage to juggle at the moment is down to planning as much as we can. We work almost all evenings which enables us to catch up on emails, be proactive with PR and social media, and generally get some head space in order to plan ahead. Our days are flipped around really. Our working day starts properly at 7.30pm and finishes around 11.30pm, with some time during the day to deal with the more time-specific stuff. Because we are dealing with China and Australia as well as the UK, this working pattern isn’t always a bad thing!

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

Lucy: I would say the biggest challenge (aside from the juggling time and the massive amounts of guilt we feel for being working mums), would be that the vast majority of business start-up and funding support we have received has been from men. Halto is most definitely NOT a male-focused product, and it solves a problem that men simply can’t understand. Being mums to two little ones was also a big issue in these situations. Consequently we found that we were being pushed back into ‘our box’ when it came to the market potential for the product and the perceived ability for us to take Halto to market. It was very frustrating and certainly tested our belief in ourselves.
Lerryn: We overcame these problems in two ways. Firstly, (and rather ingeniously!) we made a few sets of fake boobs-in-bikinis that any man attending a meeting with us HAD to wear for the first ten minutes. They weighed 7lbs (the average weight of 43DD boobs) and were placed around the unsuspecting advisor’s neck. They soon ‘got’ the problem! Secondly, we worked our socks off and made stuff happen. We have proved that we CAN do this, and do it really well. We now have an incredible team of champions around us (male and female) who believe wholeheartedly in the product and our ability to bring it to market.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?

Lucy: Oooh tough question. I guess on a selfish level, the means to scratch that itch that we have always had, but also enjoy the ‘feel good factor’ in the thought that we are being great role models to our kids.

What are your plans for the future?

Lucy: So, Halto swimwear is very much a phase one for us. We plan to launch it in Australia later this year, and then into other markets in 2017.
Lerryn: Then there are the exciting new products we are currently working on that will follow in Halto’s wake, so watch this space!
Lucy: In addition, we are one of only two female-owned businesses who have been invited to join the GAIN20 network, which offers some incredible opportunities for business development and networking. Who knows what doors that will unlock!
Lerryn: And, of course, we are not ruling out more children at some point!! Phew!

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

Lucy: Know your target market and product/service REALLY well! Be very clear on what problem you are solving, how you know there is a problem, who has the problem and whether those people would pay to have a solution. There will be a lot of people who will challenge your ideas, but by having a really sound understanding these things, you are halfway there. Also, don’t be ashamed of admitting you got it wrong. It is far better to tweak your business model early on rather than plug on to save face.
Lerryn: Have a great support network around you. One of the best things we did was get an independent mentor who wasn’t emotionally involved in our day-to-day lives and could be really objective about the business. Their belief in us, and our business, acted as a buffer when we were running on empty, but their ability to play devils advocate was invaluable when thoroughly testing our ideas.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Lerryn: Yes, just a reminder really. Women are the most amazing creatures at building a community and supporting one another. We are also, unfortunately, the first to doubt ourselves and talk ourselves down. We pay too much attention to the annoying voice in our head rather than the guru in our guts. Just surround yourself with people who can keep you positive (and realistic), and just enjoy the ride!
Lucy: Don’t be afraid to be cheeky either. If you don’t ask you don’t get, and you end up being fairly memorable! We have had so much fun pushing the boundaries at meetings (from the fake boobs, to asking people to meet us at soft play centres) and have been surprised by how accommodating people can be. On that note, we are looking for some contacts at national online and high street retailers, so please get in touch if you could help us. Happy to reciprocate support in any way that would be useful! (See, it’s easy!)

We’d also like to say that Halto will be in the UK within 8 weeks and we are accepting pre-orders via our website www.halto.co.uk. If you understand the pain and discomfort of wearing halter neck bikinis, then a Halto should definitely be on your 2016 shopping list. Please spread the word!

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Mumpreneur run business tots up products

TOTSUP Ltd – Launching a Reward Chart and App

 

When did you become a Mum and to whom?

I have two sons aged 4 and 6.

What’s your business called?

TOTSUP Ltd

Can you describe it in one sentence?

I have developed a unique reward system for 2-6 year olds, comprising a 3D magnetic reward chart and accompanying iOS app. TOTSUP – the reward chart tots love lots.

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?

I have been self-employed for 15 years, working as a Graphic Designer and I also lecture part time on a Graphic Design Degree course. I came up with the idea for my reward chart product to use with my eldest son when he was two but didn’t really begin developing it until 2013, when a couple of friends saw it and asked where I’d bought it from – that inspired me to explore the possibility of it becoming a viable business venture.

How did you fund your start up?

I have financed the majority of the business myself and continued my other work alongside it. I was lucky enough to receive some funding for the materials feasibility study from CALMARE (The Centre for Alternative Materials and Recycling) at Exeter University and some further funding to assist with prototyping from The Engineering Innovation Network at Wiltshire College. This was a huge help and also gave me access to considerable expertise within the field of product development.

I will be launching a Crowdfunding campaign on 15th March to fund the next stage of the project, which is the development of the iOS app and the packaging.

How do you manage working around your children?

A lot of my work is done once my little ones have gone to bed. I sometimes think I got so used to existing on minimal sleep when they were babies that I now need far less! My eldest son is at school and my younger son at pre-school, so I currently have two mornings each week that I use for phone calls and meetings. The rest of my work is done in the evening once the boys are in bed.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

The two mornings I am ‘home alone’ I generally dash back from the school run and work through a ‘to do’ list. If I need to attend meetings or make phone calls I usually do them then.

In the evenings I start work once I have cooked dinner and put my sons to bed this will include the design work associated with the project, updating social media, and email correspondence. I usually work until around 11pm.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

It is definitely a challenge fitting everything in! I try to be disciplined and make sure I separate work and family time but when you work from home that’s not always easy.

I also had no previous experience in product development, so navigating my way around intellectual property was quite a challenge as were the complexities of materials selection and technical specifications.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?

The support and friendship from other Mumpreneurs. I have been so surprised at the number of networking events and Facebook groups now exist and how supportive and encouraging they are. I have used the services of lots of other Mumpreneurs and we have all worked really well together sharing skills, contacts and expertise.

What are your plans for the future?

I have other products in early stage development and I hope to launch the second one later this year.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

I read a quote when I was just starting out on the project, which really struck a chord with me. “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”. If you’ve got an idea, do your research, talk to anyone who will listen and go for it!

I really believe if you’re passionate and determined about what you’re setting out to do you can achieve it.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I am launching my Crowdfunding campaign via Crowdfunder on 15th March and have a selection of rewards and the opportunity to pre-order products. I am hoping to raise £6000 to fund the next stage of the project. Check it out at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/totsup

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mumpreneur run business bath harvest

Running a Food Business – Bath Harvest Rapeseed Oil

Tell us a bit about your family?

I have two lovely ‘farm mad’ children, Joe aged 11 and Loren aged 8. My husband is a farmer and works on the family farm with his dad. Our farm is in a lovely rural location just outside of Bath in Somerset.

What’s your business called?

Bath Harvest Rapeseed Oil

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Bath Harvest rapeseed oil is all about provenance, health and cooking…it’s the British alternative to Olive Oil with added benefits!

When did you start it and what inspired you?

I started my business in 2011 after I was faced with a career change due to my steady admin job at the MOD being threatened. I had worked for the same big organisation for over 17 years and it was scary leaving the safety and security that this offered. I was not sure what to do next as the job market was not looking promising. It was around this time that I literally had a flash of inspiration whilst listening to the radio one morning. A farmer was being interviewed about the rapeseed oil that he grows and produces on his farm and I thought to myself – this is the crop growing at the bottom of my garden! Literally from then on a ‘seed’ of an idea took hold and I proceeded to do some extensive research into the cold pressed rapeseed oil market. I started trading in September 2011 and took early severance from my MOD job a month later and never really looked back – I haven’t really had the time to! It’s been a rollercoaster ride that is still picking up speed in some areas of my business – the more effort you put in the more doors and opportunities that open for you!

How did you fund your start up?

I used my severance pay from the MOD to fund my business. As you can imagine, you do need a certain amount of specific equipment and a dedicated space to press and bottle the oil, so we decided to convert a previously unused building at the farm and I now have my own press and bottling room on site which is perfect for my needs.

How do you manage working around your children?

It hasn’t always been easy and there are still some very busy periods in my business calendar but I think I have achieved a reasonable work life balance at this point in my career. There is quite a bit of juggling to be done especially when the weekend events and festivals kick in from May onwards. I do rely on family to help me out on my stall and this sometimes means babysitting can be a challenge especially in the summer when my husband is working long hours working hard to bring in the harvest. They do a great job on the farm and both Matthew and his dad are dedicated hard workers. They provide the raw material pivotal for my business and I’m proud to be able to help diversify the farm in the way that I have with Bath Harvest.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

This is why I love my job – no one day is exactly the same! I start around 8.30am after the kids have hopped on the bus to school. My daily priorities are dictated by my business calendar and the orders for the week. I might fit in a bit of admin followed by a stint in the bottling room, usually helped out by my dad and then after lunch and walking the dog, I usually do a few local deliveries. Other work activities can include attending networking events, prepping and presenting talks for groups, marketing via social media, website maintenance, dealing with suppliers, attending shows and book keeping – not my favourite task!

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

Before starting Bath Harvest I had never run a business and had limited experience in the skills and attributes needed to make successful business decisions. I soon had to became a mini expert in everything from food labelling to website SEO and if I’m honest the start up and first few months of trading were very stressful – there was just so much to do – I even kept a ‘to do’ list next to my bed to scribble on during the night!

What’s the best thing about being self employed?

I think the one thing I enjoy the most about being self employed is the variety and flexibility my job offers – I don’t think I could return to a 9 – 5 office job now!
What are your plans for the future?
I’m quite clear about my short term plans. While my children are still young and need their mum at home, I need my business to mould and fit around us. I have kept it small enough for me to manage largely on my own with a bit of help from family whilst still moving it forward in the current market place. This can be a challenge at times as I do have to say no to some things which may benefit my business, but that’s just the way it is for the time being. In a few years, when the kids are older, I hope to be able to throw myself into the bigger, more exciting business opportunities when they present themselves which should be fun!

What advice would you give for someone just starting out?

Do the networking thing! I’ve got so much out of networking, it’s the one thing I make specific time for as it can reap dividends in lots of ways. I work a lot of the time on my own and I thrive off of being around people so I deliberately take advantage of networking opportunities to keep me sane and I have made some really good friends along the way!

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Here’s the main benefits of switching to using our cold pressed rapeseed oil;
• Health – cold pressed rapeseed oil contains 50% less saturated fat the olive oil and is a rich source of Omega 3 and Vitamin E
• Cooking – you can use cold pressed rapeseed oil for dressing, drizzling, marinating, baking, roasting and stir-frying. It has a higher burn point of olive oil. It makes the most amazing roast potatoes!
• Provenance – Bath Harvest is grown, pressed and bottled on our family farm in Bath, Somerset. It’s a zero food miles product and we even feed the waste product seed husks to our cattle so zero waste too!

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mumpreneur run business tech sixty four

Techsixtyfour Ltd – Creating Wearable phones with Trackers for Children

Tell us a bit about your family?
My partner and I have 2 under 2, boy and girl.

What’s your business called?
Techsixtyfour Ltd

Can you describe it in one sentence?
I sell wearable mobile phones/trackers for children aged between 5-10

When did you start it and what inspired you?
I started in Aug 2015. I was at a farm park in the UK and heard on the intercom that a little boy was lost. The fear of losing my children coupled with the fact that I dislike the idea of young children handling smart phones, I started my business.

How did you fund your start up?
From savings. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to do things in the cheapest way possible. I had my logo designed for £3 in 2 days!

How do you manage working around your children?
My partner has taken some time off work so I work for about 2-3 hours in the morning 3 days a week and I mainly work in the evening when the kids are sleeping. I send the kids to a child minder one day a week for 4 hours. I think a lot about what tasks I need to accomplish when I am taking my kids out for a walk and so I jot them down along with way. I then tick off the to do list as much as I can in the evenings.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?
At 730am it is breakfast time with the kids. Then I take 2-3 hours to send out emails, post on social media sites and make phone calls. I spend most of the afternoon with my kids and they go to bed at 8pm. I then spend about 3-4 hours looking at marketing strategies, talking to friends about my product, learning about anything and everything I didn’t know before, planning, finances..the list goes on.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I will face which I need to plan for is when a company like Apple decides to run me over with a similar product. My strategy is not that of a large corporation. I am just a mum who fears losing her children and I want to be connected with them to know they are happy and safe. I am truly passionate about my product and know that others mums and dads will feel the same.

What’s the best thing about being self employed?
I can work looking like sh**. Needless to say I never do video calls!

What are your plans for the future?
I will continue to juggle the business and looking after the kids and hope that the business will get to a stage where I have funds to outsource some tasks. Would hope to grow an extra hand or two at some point also.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out?
Tell anyone and everyone about your business. Develop some seriously thick skin. If one person can’t help you out, they might know someone in their network who can help. Also, always be kind to everyone you deal with. We all have to deal with a**holes every now and then but just stay calm and be nice. Don’t burn any bridges.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
When I hit massive road blocks, I play Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.

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mumpreneur run business transformation beauty

Launching a Skincare Brand – Transformation Beauty 365

Tell us a bit about your family?
I am a mum of 2, currently pregnant with my 3 rd child. I also home educate my children. I am enjoying being around them and see them growing up.

What’s your business called?
I am the owner and founder of Transformation Beauty 365, an all natural, vegan Skin Firming Line.

Can you describe it in one sentence?
Most potent non-toxic skin care line that gives you the results you have been looking for but haven’t yet found.

When did you start become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?
It all started in 2010, when my first daughter was born. When your whole life changes. I wanted to make sure that I only use natural products free from nasty chemicals. What I found was, that those natural products did not give me the Anti Aging Results I was looking for. And it was important to me to have healthy, glowing and flawless skin after becoming a mother. So I decided to do it myself.

How did you fund your start up?
I used up all of my savings, or shall I say my husbands savings:)

How do you manage working around your children?
I stay up long, to make sure I have the time to spend on my business while they are asleep. Sometimes I would ask them to occupy themselves so I can finish some of the work. I am now hiring more and more freelancers to assist me. It is not easy, but your passion, desire and drive keeps you going.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?
There is no typical day lol. Usually we wake up and have breakfast, we then go to some of the home education activities. I always check my phone for emails and orders on the go. We usually get home in the evening and depending on how much time is left before bedtime, I turn on my computer to do some of the work and ask them to either play with each other, or occupy themselves which things they enjoy. Otherwise I will do the work which needs to be done after I put them to bed.
On other days – if I have loads to do, we stay in. And I work the whole day, spending time in between on cooking and home educating.

I make sure I make to do lists and prioritise them. So I know what is the most important thing which needs to be done now.

Luckily I am now able to outsource some of the work. So I can concentrate on the most important things.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?
Main challenges were, that I wanted things to be done particular way and I have been told that they cannot be done that way. So I had to go and find other companies who can do it the way I wanted. And in the end it was possible:) Always listen to your gut. If you want things to be done a particular way, find the right person who will be able to do that.
The other challenge was, of course, the shortage of money. In this case I had to do all the work by myself and ask my husband for assistance. And accept that things were delayed. The good thing is though, that I am now an expert in so many different things and fully understand how they function. I would not have acquired that knowledge if I had the money to pay someone to do it for me.

What’s the best thing about being self employed?
Freedom. I love my freedom and be able to do what I want whenever I want while seeing my kids growing up.

What are your plans for the future?
I would love to open my own stores, yes, that is my dream. I also started teaching others how to use the power of the internet to start or grow your business, whichever applies to you. You do not even have to have your own products. That is my other passion.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out?
Stay focused. Know what you want. And keep going no matter what.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I would like your readers to know that they are welcome to get in touch with me.
Either through Social Media or through this email: contact@transformationbeauty365.com

www.transformationbeauty365.com
(please note that I am currently updating my website as I am creating great free give aways for my customers – it will be up and running very soon)

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Additional questions for businesses that haven’t worked out

Previously I was involved in 4 different MLM companies. 2 of them were actually producing a bit of money. What I did not like is being dependent on others for my success. Also spending time teaching and training others and then see them leave.
However the knowledge and confidence I gained through MLM allowed me to start my own company.

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