Over the last few months, I have told you lots about how Out and About Poultry started and how we look after our birds and, more importantly, why we do what we do. This month’s blog is about the inspiration I had to start my own business and become a Mumprenuer.
So what exactly is a Mumprenuer? The online dictionary’s definition of a mumpreneur is “a woman who sets up and runs her own business in addition to caring for her young child or children”. It is estimated that there are 800,000 women running their own business part time in the uk at the present time.
For me being a Mumprenuer is not just about running my own business it’s about being able to work and be at home for my children while they are small. We all know how quickly time passes and how quickly they grow! Juggling work and the children is a military operation and I won’t lie and say it’s easy. Being able to make it to sports day without having to book a day off months in advance and not worrying about juggling childcare when your youngest resembles an erupting volcano as they have Norovirus makes all the juggling worth it.
The other side to being a Mumprenuer for me is the support and friendship I get from others who are doing the same thing. It is about being able to take my turkey farming wellies off for a while and have a go at something different and, above all else, it is about me being in control of my time and how I want and need to spend it.
My journey into running my own business and becoming a Mumprenuer started when I met these two lovely ladies at my ante-natal group in 2012 when I was pregnant with Grace, my oldest.
So you all know how the idea for Out and About Poultry came about. I met a man down the pub ect ect (see May blog post), but the inspiration that I could turn my hobby into a business came from these ladies.
Sophia, Hannah and myself first met in May 2012, when we were all waddling around with large baby bumps learning how to breathe through contractions, because of course a contraction doesn’t hurt if you breathe correctly, whatever! Over the following months, our little ones arrived and we met up regularly to discuss sleepless nights (not me, I was the smug one whose baby slept… how we are all still friends after this I don’t know), feeding and pooh. Particularly pooh, especially in those early days.
Time moved on and, as the pooh conversations tailed off, we all started to focus on new ideas and what the future might look like now we were Mums and needed to balance childcare and working. Hannah was already running her own herb business (Hannah’s Herbs) and was looking to develop the use of herbs into a soap range and Sophia (Little Fox Clothing and Tickle Tots) began designing her own reusable nappy and baby carriers.
Over the following months and years we have all helped each other out with our businesses. We have shared ideas, collaborated and put in man hours. We have been there for each other with bottles of champagne when there have been successes and we have been there with tea, biscuits, tissues and a helping hand when the juggling got too tough for one person to bear.
Hannah is one of my most experienced turkey dressers and, in the run up to Christmas, can be found with her hand up a turkey bottom. Without her help last year there are many families that would not have had a turkey for their Christmas dinner! Sophia has been brilliant in advising me how to transition from hobby to business, as well as sticking her hand up the odd few turkey bottoms.
For me being a Mumprenuer is not just about running my own business, it is about the support and friendship I get from others who are doing the same thing. It is about being able to take my turkey farming wellies off for a while and have a go at something different and, above all else, it is about me being in control of my time and how I want and need to spend it.
So if you’re a Mum and you’re thinking about taking the plunge and setting up your own business so you can get a better work/life balance, do it…. You won’t regret it!
I would love to hear your Mumprenuer stories and what led to you running your own business.