Setting up a business with children

When I set up my blog on my website I wanted it to be all about Reiki, crystals, Himalayan salt products and how we use them in our daily lives. My business is fairly new and in order for it to grow I need to meet people. How do I meet those people? Well I use Twitter to connect with local businesses, Facebook to meet other mums and in the six hours I have child free I try to do some networking.

Having children and setting up a new business is tough, like really tough. A friend of mine sells products at school fairs. I don’t know how she did it but she made it look easy. I sell products at fairs. I took my children to a school fair in Leeds with me, I had been there before so knew the layout, thought yes I can do this. We got there, unloaded some stuff from the car. My 2.5yo fell over on the way into the school, she cried, wanted picking up, whilst I was pulling a trolley and carrying bags. Another mum walked past, thankfully took pity on me and asked if I needed a hand, yes thank you. She carried half of my stuff into the school. We unloaded the first lot, headed back to the car, got the next lot of stuff and then 5.5 yo falls over. Seriously? You couldn’t make this up. Cue tears and lots of kisses on knees. Right lets just get us in and set up. I set up whilst the kids eat all of the food I had prepared for the day in an hour. The café runs out of cakes after an hour. They want to go outside, 5 mins later another dad is carrying my crying 2.5yo out of the mud. She is covered in mud and twigs, by cuddling her I am now too. The day got better, I sold a lot, made some lovely friends and we did enjoy ourselves, eventually.

Fast forward two weeks and I have set up a meeting with a blogger. She would like to try out my products and write about them. Woop woop is what I think. However I hadn’t planned the logisitics properly. We are to meet in her building of work in the centre of York. OK. My OH is supposed to be looking after the kids. The meeting is at 4pm. At 3:35 pm my kids are still naked in the garden playing water fights and OH not home. I have two choices, I stay at home and cancel or just go. I threw clothes on the kids, have no idea what I look like and head out the door. On the way I tell kids to please be good and behave.

We enter the building. There is something of huge interest in the building. Me and the blogger start chatting in the café. My kids run around and around the item of interest, until the receptionist comes over and asks us to maybe find a spare room as there are meetings going on. There are no spare rooms. Seriously? The building is huge. I end up conducting my meeting outside with a ramped area and bars that the kids can run down and hang off. My eldest keeps counting the number of words the other lady has written on her page, strangely proud and annoyed at the same time lol!

I wanted to share this with you because as a mum its tough, as a mum trying to build her business its tougher. If we are having meetings in your building a little compassion goes a long way. Don’t be put off or feel like you have done something wrong. The reason women work is generally for their family. Stay strong, and carry on regardless. Note there is no mention of crystals or himalayan salt products, I just wanted to share my day to day stuff 🙂 Love  and light xx

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