Meet Bel from My Little I Designs Mum of Isla and #girlboss
Bel Meginley || My Little I Designs
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Bel Meginley || My Little I Designs
Being a mum is a BUSY job! I remember when Isla was born I thought
to myself “oh I can’t wait until she’s a bit bigger and it won’t be so
constant”. Well she’s 3 now and the intensity hasn’t changed – just
the things that we do. I can’t imagine what happens when you add
extra kiddies to that (I’ll leave that to someone else, thank you!).
Add into that a small handmade business and it gets tricky. I am the
owner of handmade girls clothing label My Little I Designs and
everything is done by me – sewing, mail runs, social media, emails,
the whole lot.
I am lucky to be in the position that we haven’t had to send Isla to
daycare – she’ll start pre-prep next year – and while I’m so thankful
for the precious time I have in these formative years with her, it can
sometimes mean I struggle to keep everything up in the air at once.
Having said that, my daughter is always my first priority. So if she
needs me I will drop everything and focus on her needs.
I want to share my top 5 tips to help small home-based mummy
businesses balance their family and work time. That’s not to say I get
it right all the time – I, like everyone make mistakes, but this should
help as a rough guide.
WORK WITH HUSTLE
o Have good business practises –because you’re a
new/small business doesn’t mean you have to behave
like one. Use a business planner, a notebook, whatever
system works for you to keep track of orders, payments,
expenses, tracking numbers etc.
o Set realistic timeframes for yourself – don’t say you’ll
have something finished in 2 days if you won’t. Have a
buffer for when things go awry too. I find the day you
NEED to get to the post office is often the day your child
gets sick and you can’t leave the house.
ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES
o Following on from the last one, understand that life will
invariably get in the way sometimes and learn to accept
it. Sometimes your kids just want to spend the day with
you, so DO IT. They are the reason you do are working
from home, and whilst its easy to put on a Disney movie
and try to work, I find I’m far less productive anyway.
Often we go to the park on the way home from the post
office, its become a special treat to go to the post office
USE YOUR TIME WISELY
o Use a scheduler for posts to social media. I like Hootsuite
(www.hootsuite.com) because I can post to Facebook &
Instagram from the one website. I grab a cup of coffee
and schedule posts for days in advance – then they’re all
done and out of the way to focus on what you do best!
Social media is such an important part of home-based
businesses and it is easy for it to become all-consuming.
Using a scheduler is much easier in my experience.
FOCUS ON YOU EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE
o Take time to look after yourself – I find I can’t sew during
the day now that Isla doesn’t have a day sleep anymore,
which means a lot of late nights. Just under a year ago I
was up till past midnight every night sewing and I caught
a cold. I thought it was nothing and just ignored it. Turns
out it was early stages of pneumonia and I ended up
cracking ribs from the coughing and meant sitting over a
sewing was excruciating. So my advice; don’t work
yourself into the ground! You owe it to yourself and your
family to look after yourself.
I hope you find these helpful to balance being a mum and running a
The Photo’s above are the new S/S16 Collection called CandyLane from My Little I Designs
Photography by the lovely Sarah @my.heart.project
Beautiful Models The stunning Miss Harlow @harlow_ever_after and the cutie Miss Avalon @avalon.renegade and Miss PiperSienna
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