My Journey into Business
My journey into business began before I started thinking about running my own business and before I had ever heard of a maternity concierge. I would never have thought that this is where I would end up. I recently just launched my maternity concierge service in May of this year.
The Birth of my Business Idea
My business idea all came from one of the most difficult experiences of my life. When I was first pregnant, the morning sickness just felt like it went on forever. I felt so sick ALL day. I couldn’t wait until the second trimester. That’s when I got a groin injury from my ligaments loosening, a limp from sciatic nerve pain, a cold that didn’t leave for months and I was starving all the time. Then at 28 weeks I developed pre-eclampsia and had to stop working and go on bed rest until I was induced at 38 weeks. I’m one of those people who likes everything organised. When people told me to enjoy putting my feet up, I struggled not to stress about everything that needed to be done before the baby came. I felt guilty about my husband doing all the housework, the nursery and all the errands around working long hours. After having an emergency caesarean, I didn’t worry too much about the pain, I was just relieved that the pregnancy was over.
I didn’t know what I would want to do after the baby. I didn’t know if I would want to go back to work or if I would want to stay home. The answer came after I was still reflecting on my difficult pregnancy and was thinking about what could have made it a better. That’s when I came up with the idea of someone that can help with all the things needing to be done and that is specialised in preparing for the baby.
Starting my business with a baby
I started the business when my baby was 6 months old and I put her into childcare for 2 days a week. It gave me a much-needed break from a clingy crying baby and let me start building something important for myself. I love creating something new, a business that hasn’t been heard of in Sydney before. I love providing something that will make women’s pregnancy journey a happy one.
Struggles and Successes
I love learning about how to run a business. I’ve learnt how to do 10 different job roles in the last year and I still have so much to learn. Sometimes I feel like I have taken forever to launch my business, over a year in fact, but I have done so much in that time. I’ve raised a very clingy baby into a clingy toddler, and acquired the skills, knowledge and experience needed to provide the services of my business.
My biggest struggle has been trying to balance my time. When I stopped putting so much pressure on myself, I was able to manage a lot better. On the days that my baby is home during the week, I just try to get a bit done when I can, but most of the time I have to wait until her nap time. Sometimes I feel guilty when I want to spend time with my husband in the evening rather than work on the business. But to put it into perspective, my struggle is balancing my time between 3 things I love; my husband, my daughter and my business.
Where to Now
I want to be able to help every pregnant woman that needs a helping hand in Sydney, whether they are busy, or want reassurance that they are prepared for the baby, or if they are having a difficult pregnancy. What that looks like for my business, I’m not really sure. I would love to be able to employ a part time concierge in each region of Sydney. Sometimes I doubt myself and think that I can’t do this or it will be too hard. But what keeps me going is the drive to make something good come of my difficult pregnancy and to help others. It’s a lot easier to stick to it if it means something to you or is important to you. I have to tell myself that I can do this and I will do this. And perhaps those are the words that you need to tell yourself too.
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