Describe your morning routine.
Before the kids are even up I’ve probably decided what my priorities are for the day so once I’m back from the school run, I procrastinate for about five minutes. Then I’m at my desk checking emails and cracking on with my first task which at the moment is probably different every day.
Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from and when do they arrive?
Ideas and inspiration can come from anywhere, you just have to be open to them. I think the most important thing is to give your brain food for thought which it can be processing subconsciously. Most often I get ideas when I’m not actually “working”.
When motivation wavers, how do you get back on track?
I think when you’re feeling a little demotivated, if you can take a little time away, and then just get on with it. Pretty soon something usually happens to get you excited all over again.
What is the best thing about your job/lifestyle?
It has to be the flexibility I have to be there for my children without having to sacrifice a fulfilling working life. The beauty of my business is that as my children grow and their independence increases it has the potential to also expand. While they’re very young it’s small but the time I’m spending now is hopefully laying the foundation for a larger business that will require more of my time as the children (in theory) need less.
If you could do something else for the day- what would you do?
I would be a civil engineer, a career that I didn’t even know existed when I was considering what to study at university. I’m fascinated by huge structures and the challenge of constructing them.
How do you overcome any challenges in your working life?
Usually by talking about them with someone who I think can help or who has an informed opinion. Because I work on my own I often have to wait to discuss challenges which can be a bit frustrating: for example with my husband in the evening or perhaps with a group of like-minded people such as a networking group I’m part of called Startup Mums.
I’m also very lucky to have met someone who runs her own product business with a similar target market that is much more established than mine. She is happy for me to pepper her with questions, I suppose you’d call her a mentor.