Well, it’s not for me, and not
something I would recommend people jump into without considering all the
Some people say to me, “Ooh, it must
be great being able to work when you want to and take time off with the
family”. Little do they know the truth behind the swan like persona I exude!
The negatives (in my humble
“There must be some positives”
regular income guaranteed. Depending on how you set up your business you
may borrow money, increase your mortgage, use redundancy, or savings. But
what’s your GUARANTEED return?
regular hours. Yes, you may be able to work around school hours, as I
generally do. But, take today. No.2 son had played with my phone and
managed to set an alarm for 5am – yes, 5am. I couldn’t get back to sleep,
so I was up doing my accounts at 5.20am. I’m now, catching up on emails
and trying to tick things off my list at 9.41pm. Not every day I grant
you, but if you want to grow your business, sometimes you just have to put
the time in
does your work when the children are ill, or your child-carer can’t help
you out? Usually no-one. So, you’ve got sick children to look after, plus
your business to keep going, and potentially clients to keep happy!
Juggling balls is a very useful skill!
hear your cry! Yes. I certainly wouldn’t be doing the silly hours I currently
am if I wasn’t getting JOB SATISFACTION from my business. I certainly wasn’t
being challenged in my last salaried position (2007), even though it was quite a
For me, I love helping others. I am
PASSIONATE about what I do – making women comfy and feel good about themselves
by selling bras after a bra fitting. My dream is a big one, and I’m working
towards it. When I miss a child’s sports day (which I will next week), it’s
because I’m working towards this goal.
You have to be committed. Some may
say you have to have a certain mental strength, to run your business, and your
family. There will be knocks along the way – some big and personal, others
small, and the business ones? Well, they’ll be constantly there – challenging
you to make things better for you and your customers. But why are you
considering going into business in the first place? I guess it’s to be
challenged and fulfilled – it’s not for the easy ride!
Tracey-Jane Hughes (known as T-J) is married with 2 boys, 8 and
6years old. T-J set up and runs bras4mums
which is now growing through a network of agents across the UK. T-J blogs at