6 Entrepreneurs Reveal How Becoming a Mother Made Them More Successful
As the saying goes, “If you need something done, give it to a working mother.” For many women, becoming a mother sees their productivity, efficiency, and motivation skyrocket and in turn, can unsurprisingly lead to success. For these successful entrepreneurs, this was certainly the case. Whether they were inspired by their children’s needs or their new-found lifestyles, each of these women found their turning point came when they became mothers and they're now reaping the rewards. Read on to find out how becoming a mother has made them more successful.
“It wasn’t until my son Oscar was due to go into his first ‘big boy’ bed that I realised that there was such a gap in the market for beautiful, affordable and function children’s furniture. After searching everywhere (literally) to find the perfect bed, it was my quest for the Oscar bed that inspired me to start Incy Interiors.”
“Being a mother has inspired my career in countless ways—from the products that we have designed to how I conduct my work day. The products we create at Olli Ella are a celebration of the homebody, of quick tidy-ups, of lounging on soft rugs with your family. There is such a cosiness that comes with motherhood—of being that source of love and comfort for your children—and we try to reflect that in the products that we make. An elevation of the everyday normal, because it's the ordinary—the chit chat over dinner, the tickles on the floor, the packing away of treasures—that really are the most spectacular of all, don't you think?”
“Upon the birth of my daughter, I took some time out from designing womenswear to enjoy being a mother, not realising that this very act would blossom into the birth of a brand too. I discovered that little girls loved to lose themselves in make-believe worlds and, more than anything, cherished beautiful tutus. When my daughter asked me for one, I embarked on a quest to find one that was not mass-produced, hot pink and polyester—that’s how Tutu du Monde was born. It gave me ample opportunity to rekindle my creativity, travel, and establish a global brand.”
“Becoming mothers has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience for both of us. Our children are a constant source of inspiration, and have given us the drive and determination to achieve more than we ever imagined with our business. Toucan as a brand directly reflects the relationships we have with our children, with our fun and playful designs, and would not be where it is today without the constant reminder that life’s gifts are not to be taken for granted.”
“Becoming a mother was actually the catalyst for starting the business, The Goods Tube! I wanted to create a business that could fit in with my family life, rather than around it. I live where I work, and I work where I live. We are all part of each other’s tasks and the living room table is evidence of this, as work often takes it over, but then so does Lego and homework. Being a mother puts life into perspective and one of the biggest advantages is being able to detach myself from work. The needs of the kids means that they need my attention, and so it's impossible for me to be 'in it' all the time. This in turn gives me greater clarity and sharpens my judgment about what's urgent, how to solve problems, and also when to ask for help!”
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