This week on my Parents in Business series I’m delighted to be featuring Sarah who set up the Hartbeeps North Kent franchise. Sarah set up the business after sadly suffering with postnatal depression following the birth of the second child and realised that she had to set up the classes to help and benefit other parents who may also be going through a tricky time after having children.
Since launching the business it has won the 3 Hoop Award which is a huge success when you’re juggling work, running a business and family life. It’s never easy, and this is a huge achievement for Sarah. Well done! If you want to find out more about Sarah’s business journey and how Hartbeeps could benefit you, read on…
Tell me a little bit about you, your background, and your business?
What were your motivations for setting up your business?
Shortly after the birth of my youngest son, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression. This was probably one of the most difficult times of my life. I knew I had to do something to get me through it. I had already attended Hartbeeps classes with my eldest and decided to go along again, travelling an hour and a half round trip just to feel safe and secure in the surroundings of somewhere familiar as there was nothing I could find similar near where I lived. The magic, the theatrics and seeing my little baby’s face light up seemed to instantly bring me out of a deep, dark hole. From that moment onwards, I knew that I had to show others how beneficial these classes were, not just for babies and toddlers but for parents too. I’ve since opened classes that are local to me that offer a welcoming and comfortable environment for all where no parent should ever feel alone. I often see parents start a term not knowing anyone and leave with a whole new friendship group. It’s truly wonderful to see.
Launching Hartbeeps North Kent and spreading that extra little bit of happiness to both parents and children was the best decision I ever made. I wouldn’t change it for the world
How do you balance the business around your family and childcare?
Since setting up your business what has been your biggest success to date?
What’s your top tip for anyone who is thinking about setting up their own business?
I would say trust your gut instinct. I was in such a vulnerable place when I attended Hartbeeps but it rescued me and now I absolutely love what I do. If you truly believe in your business, you will make it a true success.
Hartbeeps North Kent run baby and toddler classes in Dartford, New Ash Green and Cobham with more classes coming soon. To book a taster class, visit the website or follow Hartbeeps North Kent on Instagram and Facebook
If you like what you’re reading and would love to be part of my Parents in Business series just drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or have a nose at some of the other businesses I have featured in the series: Mosaico, Mockingbird Makes, and Wiio Ltd