Hello and welcome back to another week of Mama You Can, a series started to started to share inspirational stories of Mama’s who have changed career direction, started their own business or negotiated a more flexible role to fit in with family life.
This week we hear from Amanda who runs Bundle & Bunches which is an independent UK brand, selling handmade products for little ones. Amanda makes and sells the most gorgeous products so do check the website out after you’ve read her story!
I’ll hand over to Amanda to share her story…
Mama You Can: Amanda from Bundles & Bunches
I’m Amanda and I am the Mama and maker behind Bundles & Bunches. I only launched my business in May and am enjoying every minute of it! I have been a Mama for 5 years to two amazing children, and have lived in Singapore for nearly 4 of that. Before that I was working in mental health and studying Occupational Therapy.
I’ve always loved being creative but never really knew which direction to go in. My lovely mother in law gifted me a sewing machine and thats where this all started. I’ve always wanted to start a business but again struggled with what to do but when I started sewing everything just fell into place. With the encouragement and support of my husband, family and close friends, I was spurred on to just go for it! I was so excited to start something, something that I could put my attention to that meant I wasn’t ‘just’ Mama but I was Amanda. Discovering something I’m actually good at was a welcome feeling (I’m not being arrogant, believe me! I have a big issue with feeling like a failure so this is a big step for me!) After working hard to get things started and calling on the amazing creative skills of a close friend Jess (@defineadream) who photographed my products and set up my website, Bundles & Bunches was ready! We had an amazing launch day at The Medicine Garden’s Spring Fayre and it was a great success!
So things have been running for a few months now and I’ve met so many amazing people and other Mamas who also run businesses alongside their busy schedules looking after little ones. It’s a real inspiration and a wonderful community to be a part of. I’ve managed to launch new products and recently launched a partnership with A21, a non-profit organisation that’s really close to my heart. Their mission is to put an end to slavery in the 21st century and work hard to raise awareness and rescue those involved in human trafficking. Setting up Bundles & Bunches has not only given me a sense of identity away from being Mama but actually also reinforces being Mama and wanting to provide for my children and being the best version of myself for them. It has also given me a platform to be able to highlight areas such as social justice and I hope to do this more.
If you’re thinking of starting a business, go for it! Do the research, plan and prepare, get good people around you, use the creative skills of people you know, ask for help when you need it! Most importantly, don’t let fear of failure stop you. The journey isn’t always plain-sailing and there have been tough days but its a very fun adventure! A good friend and fellow business mama sent me a quote at the beginning of this journey, “better an oops than a what if”, and I think that sums it up perfectly.
Thanks so much to the lovely Amanda for sharing her story.
Mama You Can will be back next Thursday, until then why not read some of the other stories…
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