Monday Mumpreneur with Linda Barrack
They share with us their motivation, their challenges and their proudest moments in business and they also tell us how they take time to nurture themselves.
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I'm delighted to introduce this week's featured mumpreneur, she embodies the real mumpreneur spirit. When she realised that going back to work after the birth of her daughter meant no real passionate job satisfaction, she looked elsewhere and found a gap in the market ~ I just love that and I know you'll love her too. Please welcome . . . .
Your name: Linda Barrack
Your website: www.baby-bliss.co.uk
Brief description of site: Offers information on Baby Massage, Baby Yoga & Babywearing & details of my classes & workshops. I have recently added an e-commerce section to my site to enable parents to source beautiful, safe & comfortable slings & baby carriers.
Tell me about your children: Rowan, my daughter is 2.5 years old & the person who lead me to self employment & Corrie, my son arrived in June last year & is 6 months old.
Where do you live? Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, UK
PC or Mac? - PC
Tell us about your business: I offer local, friendly, baby massage & baby yoga classes and one to one & group babywearing consultations which allow parents the opportunity to learn about the benefits of using a sling or baby carrier & to make an informed choice on the type of carrier which will complement their lifestyle.
What motivated you to become a mumpreneur? – Rowan! As my maternity leave was passing in the blink of an eye, I was dreading the day I’d have to leave her & return to a job which paid the bills, but didn't offer real, passionate job satisfaction. I was disappointed to learn there wasn't local provision for me to attend baby massage with Rowan & decided there & then to plug the gap! I studied early years care & education when I left school & later spent time as an early years assessor but had left the industry following redundancy. Child development has always fascinated me & so spending my working hours surrounded by gorgeous babies, is my idea of professional heaven!
What’s been your biggest challenge in business? – 2012 was a year of achievements both in business with the addition of my baby yoga classes & Babywearing consultancy & at home with the birth of our second baby, Corrie. There’s no denying though, that it was tough running my existing classes, studying for my additional qualifications & growing another little human! I completed my Babywearing training at 37 weeks pregnant & Corrie was born 6 days later… I guess that’s what Mums in business do though, isn't it!?
How have you overcome it? – With pure dogged determination! I had worked so hard to establish my classes during 2011 that it gave me the momentum needed to keep going!
What’s been your proudest business moment? – Publicising my first baby yoga class & it being full to the brim before the end of the first block.
What’s your catchphrase or favourite quote? - “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway” – John Wayne
What do you do to relax or nurture yourself? - Yoga
What was the last treat you bought for yourself? - a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
Favourite colour - Purple
Favourite flowers – Daffodils
What one piece of advice would you like to give to a new mumpreneur? – Do it! Better to have loved & lost, than never loved at all!
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