There are so many reasons why being a Mumpreneur is beneficial. You can work when and however you like, you can be flexible with your time so that you are there with your family, you are doing something for yourself, you are doing something for your family.
Yes, it’s not easy. You’re balancing business and babies, home and finances, sleep and quality time with friends and family.
But if you get it right, being a Mumpreneur can be the most rewarding thing you can ever do.
If you missed last weeks interview with Mumpreneur Sara from Babycup, you can catch it here.
This week we’re interviewing a Mum who started a beautiful flower subscription service, so that she could stay at home and watch her own children bloom. Introducing Kate from Grace and Bloom.
Tell us a bit about your business? Why and when did you start it?
Grace and Bloom is a monthly subscription service for beautiful Blooms! Each month we hand select ‘in season’, ethically sourced and beautiful Blooms to be sent to you in one of our custom made Letterboxes, so you don’t even need to be in for delivery!
Our daughter grace became critically ill this January at 10 months old, and after coming off life support she requires additional care. This is was the deciding factor in launching Grace and Bloom as I can work from home whilst caring for Grace.
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
We have two children, Harry is nearly 4 and Grace is 1.
Where do you like to work from?
I work from home. We have changed the box room into a small office where I complete all the admin side of the business. The Blooms box side of the business I work from our garage, which my partner John has converted into a bit of a workshop for me, meaning unfortunately all his ‘man stuff’ is packed away!!
How do you balance both work and family life?
Finding a work and family life balance is always difficult and something we are always working on as John also works long hours.
I’m lucky in that I can work the majority of the admin side of the business around when is best for the family, such as evenings when the children are in bed.
By doing this I can make sure we have a day in the week to have a family day adventure. As Harry does not start school until next year, we are trying to get out and about in the week, before we are restricted to school holidays.
What is your vision/dream for your business?
I want Grace and Bloom to grow to be a reputable well know name; the go to, to treat yourself, or your loved one. I hope that in time the word will spread about our beautiful Blooms that have been lovingly selected with a personal touch. I personally love to support smaller businesses and especially work at home parents, so I hope that will work for us also.
What have been your biggest challenges so far and how did you overcome them?
Grace being ill has by far being our biggest challenge, there is nothing worse than your child being ill and you can do nothing to help them, Grace was not expected to come out of hospital so every day is a miracle and we never forget how lucky we are every day.
What has been the highlight of running your own business?
Deciding the times I work, as mentioned previously, is a huge advantage for us and the children. I can spend quality time with the children as a family, whenever I want to which is great! Also the support from other work at home parents has been really touching.
How did you fund your business?
I had a small amount of savings to launch Grace and Bloom so everything has had to be done on a small budget. I didn’t want to risk getting loans and putting us in large debts when I was embarking on this on my own, it wouldn’t be fair on the family.
What advice would you give to other mums starting a business?
If you believe in it and are willing to work your socks off for it- go for it! You can totally do it!! And if the worse should ever happen and it doesn’t turn out how you expected no one can ever say you did not try or give it your all, you will regret the things you didn’t do not the things you did do.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Each day can vary massively, dependant on when in the month we are. As the Blooms Boxes are currently only going out once per month, posting week is very hectic! That week I don’t have too much time to be on the computer as I am sourcing and selecting the flowers, building up the postal boxes, packing the flowers and adding all the extras. Sorting out note cards, postage labels and then doing a number of post office trips, all whilst balancing caring for Grace and doing the everyday tasks!
During the month I can be found spending a lot more time on the computer, sorting orders, advertising and trying to keep up to date with all the social media platforms! That was a learning curve also for me as a complete newbie to it all!
Do you have any tips to banish the mum guilt we all feel?
I’d love to hear some myself to be honest as it’s hard not to feel it on a regular occasion! Some days when tucking the children up into bed I feel guilty I haven’t spent more hours just playing with them and rolling around the floor that day, but then I make a conscious decision to do twice as much the next day! At the end of the day all Mumpreneurs are doing what they can for their families so they should not be too hard on themselves at all, they’re amazing!
Do you ever get the chance to have time off for yourself? If so, what do you like to do?
This is something we are working on. Now Grace is a little stronger we are working out childcare that will suit us all. It would be great to start going out on a few dates again with John! I like to try go swimming when the children are in bed to blow away the cobwebs and have a bit of me time also.
Thank you so much Kate. We absolutely adore your business idea and are so glad that Grace is all better now. We are really excited to watch your business grow and we know that you’ll be a ‘go to’ place for treats and gifts in no time! Check out the Grace and Bloom website here if you haven’t done already.
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