I met Rebecca Lawrence earlier this year through both Professional Parents and my social media/marketing business Zestee. Like me, she also juggles a few things alongside being a mum – Media Salt (marketing) and Bulimba Business (networking and supporting local business). Her children Inigo (7) and Emilia (5) are both in school and the family is based in Bulimba, Brisbane, Australia. She’s been in business around a year now, particularly enjoys social media, branding and event management and works around 30 hours a week.
How did you come to start your business?
To work around my children and balance motherhood with my creative/commercial interests
What did you do before becoming a mum?
Regional Marketing Manager for a UK listed company
How does this compare to life “after children”?
Any professional qualifications or training you’d like to mention?
BA hons in English and Classics
Do you find these still relevant now you’ve become a parent?
I can read a killer story!
Something unexpected about parenthood?
How tiring it is
Something unexpected about starting a business?
How much I enjoy working
Greatest wish for your children?
That they are happy and enjoy life.
Greatest wish for your business?
That I can earn enough money to be able to remain available to my children.
Proud moment recently?
Re-branded and launched a new website for www.westrecruitment.com.au
Being a school fete convenor and keeping business ticking along simultaneously.
Advice for others starting out in business?
Don’t run before you can walk. Keep it simple and don’t overstretch until you are confident you can manage.
I find everything on facebook!
What kind of work does your partner do?
If your partner supportive of your business?
Yes – but he’s keen to see results!
What’s your office like?
A fully fitted out ‘nook’ at the front of the house where I can see the kids from as I work, usually with my daughter’s favourite ballet recital playing on DVD behind me as she dances to every number.
A typical day?
My working day starts after drop off. I allow myself a coffee with a friend once a week after drop off but otherwise it’s straight home and get cracking.
What do you love about having your own business?
Being my own boss – although I drive myself pretty hard but I never have to worry about getting told off!
What’s a myth about being in business?
That you have more time to yourself/ freedom.
Your tip for family work balance?
Be organized and don’t take on more than you can manage
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Renee Veldman-Tentori, founder, Professional Parents