Our "March of Inspiring Mums" interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous!
Today's interview is with Claire Bartlett, mum to one from Solihull. Having always worked in the financial service industry, Claire shares why she decided to "take the terrifying leap" of setting up her own business after becoming a mum and how she is now able to help other mums get back into employment too.
She also shares why it's important to enjoy the little things and hear your children giggle, whether it's joining them jumping in muddy puddles having trolley races!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I have worked in financial roles for over 15 years and always enjoyed them however when I had my daughter I couldn’t face going back into full time employment. This is where I took the terrifying leap into self-employment. It was one of the most nerve-wracking things I have ever done, so many what if’s, but my desire to be at home with my baby was stronger than the fear!! I haven’t looked back since.
The business has grown from strength to strength and now gives me the opportunity to help other Mums get back into employment and fit it around their families and I love it for that.
Helping others get an understanding of their businesses finances and take the fear away from self-assessments for people is so rewarding. Every day is so varied and each client is too, so you never know what each day will bring.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I once was asked to bake a cake for Kanye West while he was doing a concert here in Birmingham. I never got any feedback so I hope he liked it!!
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
- Always remember that at the end of the day family is most important
- Be organised! A good planner can literally save your sanity
- Outsource, whether it be at home or at work no matter how much we try we can not manage everything all of the time.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
That you know best. You will get all the help and advice you need but at the end of the day you and your instinct know what’s best for you and babe. Don’t let peer pressure (no matter how well intended) make you doubt that.
Colour can make a real difference to our mood - what’s your favourite colour? And how does it make you feel when you wear it?
Hmm this is a good question, I think perhaps blue’s and purple’s are my favourite colours to wear. They make me feel strong, empowered and beautiful.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
I love to do the little silly things, jump in muddy puddles, race round on shopping trolleys, anything to make ordinary tasks funny and to hear that little giggle it just melts my heart.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
Watch trashy telly... Love Island, Big Brother, I’m a celebrity – I love them all!
Thank you Claire for sharing your story and tips with us. It's so inspiring to hear how someone took the plunge to set up their own business as well as helping other mums.
At Halia Rose we are a big believer of a happy Mama means a happy family so I hope by sharing stories like Claire's it inspires you to follow your dreams and be the best version of yourself.
Claire is also one of the authors of the soon-to-be-released Mumpreneur on Fire 3. You can read her story in depth, alongside more than 20 other women in business. You can pre-order the book on Amazon.
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