Snap shot of a Successful Mum
“The studio I worked at as a photographer was closing down, which is why I decided to set up my own business. My first daughter was only 17 months old but wanted to make a go of it. It certainly was a tough learning curve though. I hadn’t realised the challenges of planning my workload; there were peaks and troughs in demand – some months I would be very busy with bookings and then other times I would struggle to fill the diary.
The Successful Mums Business Start-up Course really helped, I loved how it was designed specifically for mums. It gave me a sense of direction and so many ideas about how to work effectively, stay focused and answered many of the challenges a business can bring.
One of those challenges has been managing to take time off and achieving the right work-life balance. No matter how long it is, I ensure I make time to switch off completely from the business and spend quality time with the family. Whether it’s walking to school with the children, eating together or meeting our friends. This means that when I work, I’m more focused and effective.
“I loved how the course is designed specifically for mums. It gave me a sense of direction and so many ideas about how to work effectively, stay focused and answered many of the challenges a business can bring.“
The balance of seeing my children grow up and achieving personal work goals feels like personal success, it is a great privilege and satisfying to know that I brighten people’s lives with lovely portraits of their families.
Jane is always willing to showcase the skills of her Successful Mum Graduates in the day to day running of her own business. She recently commissioned me to take photographs at one of her training courses.
If I was starting my business again, I would tell myself that word of mouth advertising is still the best way of getting more customers. Invest your time and energy in a brilliant customer experience rather than expensive advertising in print.
A huge thank you to Jane and her team for all the business advice and ongoing support I have received.”