Last year I loved giving fellow mums with start up or small businesses a chance to share their story and give us all some business tips. There was just no question as to whether I’d carry on, it’s one of my favourite features and I hope you enjoy these interviews too. The first mum of this year is Vicki and she runs Bo&Bel a contemporary teething jewellery brand. I wish teething jewellery had been around when my two were babies. I hated not being able to wear jewellery in those early years, and having jewellery that’s safe around babies and actually helps them when they’re teething is a winner in my eyes.
Hello, I’m Vicki, Northern girl turned Londoner. 37 year old mum to twin girls Isobel and Phoebe. Mumpreneur.
Tell us a little bit about your business
Bo&Bel is contemporary teething and breastfeeding jewellery, which is for mum to wear and baby to chew. They are made from 100% food grade silicone and meeting EN71 regulations. I choose fun, bright colours and a variety of bead shapes to give mum the choice on what she wants to wear, as you would when shopping for fashion jewellery.
What made you want to start up?
Bo&Bel started out in 2014 after becoming a mum and going through teething with twins. I stopped wearing jewellery as they pulled my necklaces, broke them and this made me lose a little bit of identity. I came up with the idea of giving mums jewellery that was safe to wear, made them feel stylish and as much about mum as it was about their teething baby because I could resonate with how it felt to be a new mum and how important feeling special meant.
Once you had the idea how did you go about turning it into a reality?
Having the twins left me little time to focus on myself so the business was just an idea I wanted to get started but I was sensible enough to wait until they started reception class at school so I have every day 9-3 to concentrate on the plans. I used the time before launch to do plenty of research and building ideas so the business was ready to go when I was.
Have you made any mistakes?
I’m proud to say I have made mistakes and it’s helped me grow. You can’t know everything so you are always going to get some things wrong along your journey. I’ve had some great people to mentor me along the way, and finding them takes time and I’ve enjoyed the process of meeting people and have had so much good advice given to me. Women who have supported women with their businesses and together we are all growing stronger together because of it.
Best thing about running your own business?
Being able to run my business around my family is the biggest benefit. I can work in school hours and be there for the girls. I love updating my Instagram and seeing all the mums share their photos wearing the teething necklaces saying how happy they make them and baby. It’s great to start from the beginning and see your hard work grow and become what you dreamt it would be.
The hardest thing?
I’ve found that starting your own business means you have to be good at time management. It can be extremely time consuming, especially in the first year or so when you are establishing yourself as a brand. I have to remind myself often to take a step away to relax and recharge!
What inspires you?
When you have so much passion for what you do, be it motherhood or work, ideas flow and you enjoy the journey. Ideas for work come at various times and I keep a note pad by my bed so I can write them down before I forget by the morning.
Any advice for anyone out there thinking of starting up their own business?
You don’t always need a business plan or a bank loan to start out but do have a focus and passion for what you are trying to achieve. If you don’t have passion for what you do it will show and you won’t enjoy it. Learn from others and ask plenty of questions from others who’ve done it before you. Research, research and research before you jump in the deep as good foundation will get you further quicker.
I’m so excited to be partnering with Bo&Bel to give you the chance of winning one of their necklaces.
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Terms and Conditions
UK entries only
The winner will win a Bo and Bel teething necklace of their choice, subject to availability
Giveaway ends 12/02/2017 at 11.59pm
When the winner is announced they will have 48 hours to get in contact, if they do not then another winner will be drawn
Any one that does not complete the compulsory entry will be disqualified
The prize will be sent out to the winner by Bo and Bel