Monday Mumpreneur with Fiona Strachan
Every Monday we feature a mumpreneur who’s ready and willing to open up their lives to us. They share with us their motivation, challenges and proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves. It’s lovely to have them here at Mums Got A Business and we hope you enjoy connecting with them too.
Since coming online in 2007, I've had the honour of meeting and connecting with lots of inspiring mums and I'm so pleased to be introducing you to one of those mums who not only does an amazing job, but also help other parents on their journey.
Your website: www.adoptresources.co.uk
Information and resources for families involved in adoption and fostering; from the thinking about stage through to placement and beyond...
How many children do you have?
3, 2 boys and a girl aged 12, 11, and 6 yrs
Where do you live?
Near Edinburgh, Scotland
PC or Mac?
I have a PC but would love to have a mac...
Tell us about your business
I offer resources, information and support to families at all stages of the adoption process – from thinking about through to family life... I blog, write articles, run training workshops and coaching programmes (one to one and small groups) online and offline. My passion is in helping translate the theory we learn in preparation groups and from adoption experts into day to day parenting strategies and in finding ways of helping adopted children make sense of things.
What motivated you to become a mumpreneur?
Becoming Mum to 2 small boys in a short space of time led me to look at different ways of working and being around at home more. I was able to work as a freelance consultant in my professional area of clinical research and training. I also started working in adoption support and trained as a coach and developed the idea of AdoptResources as an additional support for adoptive families.
What’s been your biggest challenge in business?
Working on my own and wondering if I’m doing the right thing.
How have you overcome it?
Linking in with other business owners, business mums and business networks. I also invest in business coaching from time to time to help keep everything on track.
What’s been your proudest business moment?
Launching the website and actually taking my idea out into the open.
What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote?
Just keep swimming (Dory from Finding Nemo!)
What do you do to relax or nurture yourself?
Have a long soak in the bath...
What was the last treat you bought for yourself?
Some tinted moisturiser (great way to fake a healthy glow!)
Favourite colour: Blue
Favourite flowers: Scabious
What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneurs?
Make sure you have a good network of other mums in business who understand the challenges of juggling family life and starting up a business – there could also be a good opportunity for skill sharing when you’re just starting out.
Fancy featuring as one of our amazing mums? Drop me an email over on the contact page and I’ll be in touch. And remember to drop by every Monday to welcome our latest profiled mum.