Earn money from home! Work from home, be your own boss, while you spend time with your children. It sounds simple, right? We’ve asked mums who run their own business, to talk about the challenges and the opportunities that they experience.
The first of our “Mums Are The Business” guest blogs is by Ginny Koppenhol. Ginny’s a photographer, based in Lancaster in Lancashire, UK. She started her her family and a new business around the same time. Ginny wrote a poem to describe her experiences of being a mother while running her own business.
By Ginny Koppenhol
Whilst reading Dr Seuss one night
As my daughter settled in bed,
I wondered if I could write a poem
To explain what’s in my head.
“Lots!” was my initial thought
Stuff always whizzing round my mind;
Playgroups, nappies, tax returns
And other things of that kind.
Being an ‘Entrepreneurial Mum’
Can be overwhelming, it’s true,
But on other days I love it all
And feel like I’m sailing through.
I happened upon my business idea
Whilst on mat leave four years ago.
Could I really leave my therapy career
To give photography a go?
So you could say my business and first baby
Were born around the same time,
Which is pretty exhausting when you think of it,
It felt like an uphill climb!
A sling becomes an essential
Taking baby where ever I go
Stopping to feed or change nappies
Clients get used to a child in tow.
Then teething begins and sleeps disappears
Things can get really tough,
I am always so grateful to family and friends
Who support me far more than enough.
One positive of this is the empathy it brings
For parents who are exhausted too.
It’s very handy during family shoots,
As I understand, I really do!
When starting out in business
You can’t do it all alone,
So get out there and find your tribe
Get some networking seeds sown!
For me Jane’s ‘Growing Club’
Was a fantastic place to start,
Learning marketing, sales and self-care
Alongside developing my art.
My work is built on creativity
And motherhood has it in spades,
The crafts, the role plays, the songs,
Although sadly that bit isn’t paid.
I do lots of work in the evenings
Burning the midnight oil,
But even when tired, work makes my heart sing
And to that feeling I’m loyal.
My children inspired my job change
So a ‘happier me’ I could give,
I hope that my actions will also prompt
Them to choose the lives they live.