Monday Mumpreneur with Rebecca Guidera
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This week's featured mum shows us how running your own business can be the best thing for creating work and life balance and I love her advice for new mumpreneurs, enjoy ...
Your name: Rebecca Guidera
Tell me about your children
I have one lovely little boy called Cade and he’s three years old. He adores being in the great outdoors – going to the beach, fishing, bush walking and golf! It’s funny, neither my husband nor I have ever played golf and here we have our little man getting us into a new sport.
Where do you live?
I live in Vivonne Bay, which is located on Kangaroo Island, just off the South Australian coast. It’s a most beautiful and magical place.
PC or Mac?
Just upgraded from a PC to a Mac. What a learning curve.
Tell us about your business
My husband is a builder and together we are NRG General Building & Carpentry. The work we do ranges from the smallest of decks and patios to the largest of architecturally designed homes. I run the business side of things - marketing, bookwork, invoicing and finance etc. I also liaise with our clients a lot. We started from small beginnings over 10 years ago and today we are now a very successful business.
What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?
I have always subconsciously known that I would end up running my own business. As a teenager my parents had their own business and I could see the benefits of it even back then. I have worked for others in a variety of jobs, but nothing compares to working from my own office at home.
After I had Cade, I realised how my business and my family could easily blend together. I have no childcare to worry about, no time schedules to keep. I don’t have to ask for time off of work if he is ill. It really is a gift to be able to do that, and a big motivator to stay in this business of ours.
What’s been your biggest challenge in business?
Keeping track of the finances. We have so much coming and going it can make your head spin.
How have you overcome it?
Ahhh, still a work in progress that one!
What’s been your proudest business moment?
Watching our reputation grow through word of mouth. You cannot buy exposure like that! Also to receive amazing feedback from clients, architects and engineers alike.
What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?
‘Eat, drink and be merry’ – Saint Luke. I write it on a lot of birthday cards I send. Basically enjoy your life and have a bit of fun.
What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?
I love to get pedicures. We live in a remote area and the nearest spa is a 40 minute drive away, but I’m lucky enough to know a great Beauty Therapist who has a mobile business. She comes to us! It’s wonderful.
What was the last treat you bought for yourself?
A beautiful photographic print from a local artist, which I am yet to frame and hang. I must put that on my to do list.
I love all colours and find it really hard to pick a favourite.
Sunflowers, they just look so happy.
What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur?
Schedule in a yearly timetable for your mundane, boring old bookwork, and stick to it. There is nothing worse than leaving things like that to the last minute. On the first Monday of every month, I sit down and do it. Once it’s done your free to work the things that sing to you 🙂
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