Introducing Bluchic Customer Spotlight, a series of posts featuring our customers who share the amazing stories behind their business and the gorgeous website they’ve built with Bluchic themes.
In today’s Bluchic Customer Spotlight, we’re happy to introduce you to Nikki, the founder of Mama’s In Business . Read on to learn more about Nikki’s inspiring story and how she uses our Paisley WordPress Theme for her website. Enjoy!
Q: Hi Nikki. Tell us about yourself and your business?
I’m Nikki and I’m a self confessed tech geek with a passion for teaching & empowering women – specifically mums – so that they can run their own businesses. I’ve been an entrepreneur for the last 8 years when I started out as a Fitness Professional. For the last 2 years I’ve been helping other entrepreneurs with technical and business support online (through my Virtually Angels website – also on a BluChic template 😉 ) and I realised that the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects people struggle with when they are getting started, but maybe don’t have the budget to outsource, are the things I could help them with – so the Mama’s In Business blog was born!
Over at Mama’s In Business I provide help and support to get in business, stay in business and thrive. I hold free live trainings, post educational blogs and at the moment I’m in the process of setting up the first ever online business conference for mums which will be held in January 2016! Mama’s In Business is all about finding the answers you need in an easy to implement format.
Q: What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
I’m incredibly passionate about educating & empowering people and I adore being an entrepreneur. Nothing makes me feel more fulfilled than to see others thriving and growing in confidence after reading a blog or taking a class from me!
Q: What does a typical day in your life look like?
I wake up between 7am – 8am (depending how much my little girl decides she wants to sleep!) and I spend the morning getting my little girl ready for nursery (she goes a few times per week). Once she’s dropped off at nursery I return home and have an hour to myself to eat breakfast, read a few blogs or get a few chores done in the house.
I then head up to my home office and start my work for the day. To help keep myself productive I work in pomodoros (it’s amazing how much you can get done when you’re racing the timer!). I typical work from 9:30 to 3:00pm with a short break for lunch.
At 3pm I head out to pick up my little girl and then spend the rest of the afternoon until dinner time doing something with her – maybe we snuggle up to watch a Disney DVD or head out to a soft play area.
After we’ve eaten tea it’s time to start the bath and bedtime routine – she typically gets to sleep between 8pm and 8:30pm and after this time I usually spend some time with my fiance and catch up on any TV I may want to watch until I head to bed around 10pm.
I check my emails sometimes or catch up on social media occasionally in the evenings but no client work is done after 3pm!
Q: What’s been your biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
Implementing boundaries! I love to help people and hate if anyone feels disappointed, so I have to admit I have occasionally let my boundaries get a little blurred. It made everything quite stressful and frantic.
I found creating my ideal schedule in a Google Calendar, blocking out time for everything I need to do – client work, admin, marketing, etc really helpful – it keeps me focused and makes sure I make time for everything. I also have my boundaries set out clear for my clients to see so they know the hours I work and when they can expect a response from me.
Q: What has been the most rewarding experience since launching your business/blog?
The most rewarding part of setting up Mama’s In Business is seeing the positive comments from people who have taken any of my trainings. When somebody says they finally understand something and feel they can confidently take control of their business it’s just the best feeling! I love being an entrepreneur and working to my schedule – I get to spend so much time with my little girl and I feel very lucky! I am so passionate about helping other mums to do the same.
Q: What’s one thing you wish you knew before you started your business?
Oooooh so many things haha! I’d say the biggest thing I’ve learnt is to just get started. I spent so much time thinking things over and then trying to get myself out there looking as perfect and polished as people who’ve been established for years. It was very eye opening to see that those super star entrepreneurs started out just like me and that the most important thing is to just do something – who cares if it’s not perfect?
Q: What business tools or resources have helped you or inspired you?
The biggest thing for me is having a support network – I am a member of lots of Facebook groups but my favourite by far is a paid group called The Members Club by Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneur Association. I have made some amazing friends and connections and there is always somebody there to help you out when you need it! It makes such a big difference.
Tech wise I’m a huge fan of being paperless and ‘in the cloud’ so I love Google Apps, PicMonkey, Evernote & Dropbox – I use them all pretty much on a daily basis!
Q: What social media network do you find to be the most pivotal to your business?
Facebook by a mile. I make all my connections on here and get a lot of web traffic from it (and I don’t currently use ads that much either!). I do also love Pinterest and plan to leverage this a lot more in 2016.
Q: If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
Just get started and keep it as simple as you can. It’s so tempting to want to be like an A La Carte restaurant with all your services/products/ideas but I personally find this lands me in overwhelm and then I do nothing. Implement a simple idea that really benefits people and test the waters – if it doesn’t sell or do well, make some changes and if it does – hey you’re in business! 🙂
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Stop caring what others think about you and just do your own thing. Caring what others think has stopped me so many times and my goodness – what a waste of time and energy. People probably aren’t even giving you a second thought and anyone who does have a negative opinion probably isn’t worth taking notice of!
Q: What’s in store for your business in 2016?
The first ever Virtual Conference for mums – not having childcare won’t hold anyone back anymore! Super excited about this! After this, it’s all going to be about creating content to educate and support my audience and really building a strong community.
Q: What made you choose your current Bluchic Theme for your website?
Gorgeous, clean design and so easy to use and customise. I feel like it perfectly represents who I am. Every time I go on to the site (as I build sites for clients too) I am like a kid in a sweet shop – I just want them all!
Q: What are some of your favorite features in Paisley Theme?
It’s so easy to completely change the look of the site with the options section. Although I can use CSS in a stylesheet I don’t necessarily need to with how easy it is to make amendments in the ACE panel.
I love how every element has been considered and that once I’ve inputted my colour palette everything on the site just looks perfectly branded down to the tiny details.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” Bruce Lee
To learn more about Nikki, check out her website l Twitter l Facebook l Instagram.