5 Dec 2015

Small Business Saturday - Meet the Mum #2

It's small business Saturday and our second meet the mum feature. So this is me...Babble Books

What's the best thing about working for yourself?

The fact that I can do as much or as little as I want and it fits around my other commitments at home and work. It's also my achievement at the end of the day, everything I get back from it is directly a result of what I've done. There is no bigger buzz

What made you decide to take the plunge?

I saw a picture on IG of a beautifully set up book stall. I kept getting drawn back to it and thought I would love to visit that stall. From there the idea was sewn, it was a no brainer for me, I love reading and combine that with books for children, I was sold.

Biggest challenge you face?

Not comparing myself to others who are on different circumstances. I can only work as hard as I can with my limited time and need to remember it isn't a competition. Slowly slowly catchy monkey.

What's the biggest misconception people have about what you do?

It's a pyramid scheme and there is a catch. The only catch is that you have to put effort in to reap the rewards. Usborne at home have been around for years and years and I hope I am also with them a long time.

What one tip you you give to someone who is just starting out?

Do your best, that's the best you can do at any time. Also just enjoy it, it does take effort but it's also not what I'd call work. I love the books and if you have a passion then you really can't go wrong.

Where do you see yourself this time next year?

Well I became a team leader (with a team of 10) within 12 weeks of joining so I'm aiming to get a wider team all over and continue to be a group leader, I want to stay at Usborne.

How do you juggle motherhood, work and your own business?

It takes a lot of effort to juggle it all sometimes. Other times it's the easiest job in the world. I have a big wall planner that I write everything on and I take a diary out everywhere with me to keep up with all our commitments. I also write lists...I love lists and I have lots of them.

What one thing do you want your children to take away from seeing you busting your groove?

I know it sounds rather melodramatic but I want them to know I changed the world a little bit. Even if it's just one children's book at a time. I want them to be proud of me and to realise that I'm not 'just' a mum but a better mum because I'm busting my groove trying lots of different things. Bubba already gets how important it all is to me and she helps me and I love that she sees its ok to try your hardest at something you are passionate about.

How did you get into what you do?

I've always read and loved books, no matter what type of book...I love it. I enjoy writing too and find the link between the two fascinating, anything that comes from a book has essentially started in someone's brain. So when I realised I could share my passion for reading with the next generation and help them also get a buzz from it...I couldn't wait to start.

Brief description of what you do.....

I share Usborne children's books with families, friends, schools and nurseries...basically anywhere that will have me. I'm hoping to do some sponsored reads in schools soon and help them get free books.

If you are interested in joining my team or ordering books I'd love to hear from you.

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