I've been running my own small businesses for the last 11 years after leaving a career in TV production to have my first son. You can read more about my story below.
The Mumpreneur Collective offers a free online community, a paid membership club The Cocoon, one day Momentum events, plus 1:1 mentoring and group coaching.
I had a fast-paced career in Television Production on some of the UK's best-loved programmes. It involved working all hours and travelling away from home, and I loved it. Then in 2008 my first son was born and at that moment, my priorities changed. I decided to leave TV and look for a better quality of life which enabled me to work doing something I love, whilst also being a mum.
I took a huge leap of faith and bought a franchise of Smallprint Fingerprint Jewellery, entering the whole new world of the self employed business owner.
I loved the freedom that working for myself allowed. Soon the entrepreneurial bug kicked in, and in 2010 whilst still running the franchise, I started creating my own company Pitter Patter - The Hub for Bubs. Working for yourself can be isolating but I was lucky enough to find a like minded business partner, Shelley Henderson, and together we created a network for other mums running their own businesses, Ealing Mums in Business, based in West London. We offered local business meetups, training and events.
I went on to have my second child, whilst running 3 businesses and settling my eldest in to reception at school.
The businesses were going from strength to strength and in December 2014 Shelley and I were recognised in The Houses of Parliament by our local MP, Angie Bray, for our efforts in supporting local businesses. It was wonderful to have recognition for the work we had been doing, and the praise didn't stop there, as we were also awarded a Mumpreneur UK Top 100 award in 2015 and appeared on London Live TV! We were on a roll!
That very same year, my husband was offered a job in Abu Dhabi. This was exciting and daunting at the same time. We decided we couldn't miss the opportunity of living abroad, so made the move with our two young children in tow. If I am totally honest, it was one of the hardest things we have ever done. I was thousands of miles away from the community of like-minded mums I had built in West London and it started to feel very lonely. All my businesses had been very localised to London, and although moving to the Middle East was very challenging, it did undoubtedly broaden my horizons and open my eyes to the opportunity of creating a global business.
In Abu Dhabi, I threw myself into studying more about digital marketing, which gave me something to focus on when the world around me felt very uncertain. I just couldn't get to grips with the expat lifestyle. It was during this time that I decided I would put all my learnings into creating something I was truly passionate about. That was when The Mumpreneur Collective was born (then launched as Making Mumpreneurs). I decided it would be an online community for mums anywhere in the world who, like me, were juggling business and family, I would offer them the opportunity to feel part of a supportive network of mums in business. It was so exciting to launch it and reconnect easily with my network in the UK, whilst also connecting with new audiences in the UAE, America, Australia and Europe!
After a year we decided that Abu Dhabi just wasn't right for us, and we made the difficult decision to return to the UK. We had already decided we were ready to leave London, so we moved again, this time to Bournemouth where we started a new life by the sea.
My husband made the decision to quit the corporate world at the same time, and we have truly embraced an entrepreneurial lifestyle. We love living by the beach and are working hard to get the balance between work and family right.
Everyday after I have dropped the kids off to school, I get down to working on building the business. I absolutely love what I do.
I launched The Cocoon online business club in 2017, which is an amazing environment where mums can learn, evolve and grow as small business owners.
The Cocoon combines all the benefits of networking from the comfort of your own sofa, with master classes, guest speakers, expert advice, business surgeries and continual support. If you find it difficult to get to face to face networking meetings and miss the camaraderie of working in a team, this club is designed for you.
The community goes from strength to strength and I now offer one day events, 1:1 mentoring and group coaching, all of which have had an overwhelming response. I know personally how important it is to feel supported, and how having that guidance can help you to achieve your dreams so much faster.
I'm very excited about what the future will hold!
I love speaking to people about their own business journey. If you'd like to have a chat about working with me 1:1 you can book a FREE 20 minute Discovery Call here. I'd love to find out more about your business and the challenges you're facing, so we can make a plan for moving forward and start to make real progress!BOOK A FREE CALL