This week on my Parents in Business series I’m delighted to feature Jessica who created Super Mum Society, and I am super excited to be featuring this lovely lady and her business on the blog today.
Her story and her infectious attitude is enough to bring a smile to my face, and flip on its head all the negatives that parenting and motherhood can bring. So if you’re craving a happier motherhood, learning how to timeblock your day, and wanting to achieve a better outlook on life, read on. I promise you that this interview will leave you feeling uplifted…..
Tell me a little bit about you, your background, and your business?
I’m Felicity’s Mummy! That is my number one job title. But after that I’m also called Jessica the founder and face of Super Mum Society. Home is the far edges of south-west Greater London, in a community-based town called Teddington. I lovingly refer to it as the place city centre folk come to have babies. I love my life because I have spent a lot of time designing it myself, to my own rules and values. It wasn’t always like this.
In 2013 I was in a pretty dark place, but when my mum got sick everything changed. I love being a mum. Yes, it is super hard, but I have chosen to enjoy it and see it as a positive experience and I wanted to help other mums do that too. That’s a part of why I started Super Mum Society, resources for a better, easier, happier motherhood. We focus on helping mums to be the mums they want to be by letting go of negativity, standing strong in their own choices and realising that they are SUPER. We share skills and strategies that people think should just be natural but are actually very teachable and can make such a difference. Things like time management, organisation, decluttering, life infrastructure. What were your motivations for setting up your business?
How do you balance the business around family and childcare?
Time Blocking! It’s one of my favourite skills to teach. I work at odd times. Early mornings, evenings, lunch naps and 2 childcare slots. I get more done now in much less hours then I ever did in a full-time job. I set exactly what I am doing with my time for the coming week on a Sunday morning as part of my weekly review (you can set you own one up for free at www.supermumsociety.com/weeklyreview).
I really push myself during my work time to stay on track, so I can relax and stay focused when it is family time. We have a lot of structure to our family life which allows us to get the “life admin” and domestic side done quickly. We have family dinners 6 nights a week, 5 of these nights we both go back to work after small is in bed. If you currently have no structure it can be a hard slog setting it up and even feel a bit like you are going backwards to start with, but in the long term it is life-changing.
Since setting up your business what has been your biggest success to date?
It’s my every day, all the little bits. It’s a success because each day I am living the life I want. I have big and small goals along the way, but I measure my success by the journey. Super Mum Society now has a blog, podcast, YouTube channel, growing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest following, a physical product on sale, two more in final design stages, a workshop about to launch and we are planning our first retreat weekend. It seems like a lot when I write it down like that. I’ve loved it. Some days I get overwhelmed, because I’m only human. But I have a plan and I stick to it. Knowing what success is to me really helps, otherwise you can find yourself living someone else’s life and chasing down someone else’s vision of success.
What are your top tips for parents who are thinking about setting up their own business?
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: Christine Gouchault, Nano Spanish, and Hummy Mummies.