I’m happy to welcome Kylie Nash from Bubs In Arms Gift Boxes to our site as the latest in our Professional Parents People series, sharing her own experiences of balancing family and a business. A qualified CPA Accountant (B.Bus ACC), Kylie is 36 and started her business in 2010, which is set up as a Family Trust. She is mum to two girls, aged 4 & 2. she is based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, and has offices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Here’s the Professional Parents interview with Kylie:
So how was Bubs in Arms Gift Boxes born?
My husband and I decided to have our family straight after marriage and I agreed to take 5 years off work. I got a little restless and decided to look for “something” to do. Bubs In Arms Gift Boxes came about from a need to purchase locally a baby gift box for delivery to a friend that had just had a baby. I didn’t want to send flowers, but practical baby clothing and gifts in the form of a bouquet. I found that the options were predominately Sydney and Melbourne based baby gift businesses. Hence, I found my “something” to do.
What was life like “before children”?
Blissful, not a care in the world! I was very career orientated being an Associate of a Accounting, Tax and Business Advisory firm on the Sunshine Coast. I loved travel, meeting new people and seeing new places. I worked hard but really enjoyed holidays with my husband to overseas locations.
Compared to “after children?”
Similar, just a lot busier with parenting duties instead of office duties and no overseas holidays (yet). I can’t wait until they get older.
How many hours a week do you work?
I work around 10 hours a week on my business. I have an employee that completes my orders daily. In my spare time I operate my husbands business (Nashcom Electrical) and run a preloved women’s fashion market, a side project with my two girlfriends (just for fun!)
Do you find your qualifications/training relevant now you’re a parent?
I’m a qualified CPA Accountant (B.Bus ACC), so yes I can still complete my own tax returns! And having business knowledge assists me day to day to know how my business is performing. It doesn’t help me get the kids dressed and fed and ready for an outing, but when I am in the office it helps a lot.
Something unexpected about becoming a parent?
How happy you feel when you step back and take a look at your childs achievements. It is cliché, but they really do grow up so fast!
One of the biggest challenges in business?
Keeping up with the changing landscape of the world wide web and the social media platforms and strategies that are available.
Advice to others starting out in business?
Keep moving forward with your plans despite minor setbacks. We all have days when it is easier to go and “get a real job”. But be strong, persistent and determined to follow through. Ultimately, if you have a sound business strategy and plan you can make it work.
Some of your favourite resources?
What kind of work does your partner do?
Electrician & Accredited Solar Panel Installer. We have our own Electrical Contractor company; Nashcom Electrical, based in Caloundra, Australia.
Is he supportive of your business?
Yes, although some late nights can get him questioning what I am doing on the laptop!
A favourite Professional Parents business?
What’s your office like?
Extremely organized! A spot for everything. I don’t function well with a disorderly desk.
What do you love about being a Professional Parent?
Freedom! Being able to leave the office and play with the girls when they need me.
What’s a myth about being a working parent?
That you can do what you want, when you want. Although this is correct to a certain extent, you often have obligations or to do lists to complete that will assist your business growth. So although you can do what you want when you want, you ultimately do have to do it!
How do you juggle work with children in terms of childcare etc?
The youngest is with me full time. The eldest is at daycare 2 days per week between 10am and 3pm.
Please share what you’ve learnt about family work balance:
Do what feels right for you and your family. Everyone is different; we all run on different agendas and work better at certain times. Keep adjusting your routine until you get it “just right” for YOU! Take time out to recharge even if only 1 hour when you can. Using spare time to catch up means you are always catching up. Refresh and get more productive so you don’t need to.
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