This month we’ve talked to Leila Jones – Ashford Mumpreneur who runs Ginger and Jones, a company based in Ashford specialising in personalised, handmade crafts.
Hi, my name is Leila and I run Ginger and Jones which is a crafting business. I make handmade patchwork and panelled baby blankets and quilts that are personalised to my customer’s preferences. I’ve been running for over two years as a very small business and I have made lots of blankets for baby shower presents, expectant parents and gifts from family and friends.
What made you start up as a Mumpreneur?
I actually started my business before I became a mum. It started as a hobby and I used to post my creations on Facebook. Friends and family then started ordering blankets from me and spreading the word and we soon grew into an Etsy page and a Facebook page with a good following. Now I have become a mum it really fits well into my life.
What have you most enjoyed about being a Mumpreneur so far?
I have loved being able to do something I love while still spending time with my daughter, especially as my work is baby orientated, I get to talk to and meet other mums and it feels so special being part of the exciting time in their life.
What is the main challenge you’ve faced as a Mumpreneur?
The main challenge (which I am still working on) has been fitting work around my daughter and trying to get her into a nap routine so that I can make blankets and juggle housework. We’re hopefully getting into a bit of a routine now but I am having to learn to be very flexible
What, if anything, would you have done differently?
Sometimes I wonder if I should dedicate more time to marketing and create a website and go ‘all out’ as it were to promote my business but right now I love how small it is and want to make sure it stays as a hobby that I enjoy.
What key piece of advice would you give to anyone thinking of taking the plunge?
Go for it! It’s hard work and like I said, you need to be flexible, but the joy of being able to do something you love while still being a mum is wonderful! I would say start small, don’t expect things to take off over night as you don’t want to wear yourself out. Enjoy the journey and seeing your business slowly build.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I have always lived by the motto ‘everything happens for a reason.’ What might seem like a setback is just a change of direction or focus and might open up new doors. Enjoy being a mumpreneur and don’t put too much pressure on yourself!
This week, our #WinitWednesday prize has been donated by Leila – a beautiful set of 4 Beatrix Potter themed ceramic hearts! Visit the Mums in Ashford Facebook Page here to enter before Wednesday 25th.
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