What’s your business called?
The Bra Consultancy
Can you describe it in one sentence?
A bespoke bra fitting service for ladies from teen to mature ladies, specialising in maternity and mastectomy bras offering the lady a personal one to one service.
When did you start it and what inspired you?
On a personal note I always had a problem finding the correct size bra and felt there was a lack of good lingerie shops which offered a personal service, especially catering for ladies who are nursing and ladies who have had breast cancer treatment and would like to get back into beautiful pretty lingerie following treatment.
How did you fund your start up?
I got a loan from a family member, no start up loans were available, but I am that passionate about the brand and service I provide and know I could make a difference to ladies.
How do you manage working around your children?
I already have a full time job, 2 horses and two children, My husband is great and is fully supported and the children do help but know why I am doing this to benefit the family as whole.
Can you describe a typical day?
I work full time at my day job (I am a Patient Liaison Manager in a private hospital). I offer consultations after work and weekend, and if I have not consultations in the evening, I feed the horses on the way home, cook tea for the family, then sit on the computer catching up with paperwork, and adding to social media this weeks photos, replying to emails ect.
What have you found hardest?
The hardest thing has been no down time in the evenings, but I know there is an end goal, and once I am working on my business time flies I love it.
What’s the best thing about being self employed?
Freedom I can arrange my appointments to suit my family life, I get to see the boys more, and my travel will be cut down once I leave the full time role. work life balance
What are your plans for the future?
I want to franchise The Bra Consultancy, so I can offer this as an option for other mums looking for a business from home.
What advice would you give for someone just starting out?
Do lots of research, look who else is doing the service or product, see if you would make a living from your ideal, take all the advice on board, learn from others already making a living.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I am so glad I started this business, life is full of What if’s but if you don’t try you never know if you can or could do it. (Listen to your little voice)If you are prepared to work hard, doors will open.
Phone: 07790 270503