Our "March of Inspiring Mums" interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous!
Our latest interview is with Rebecca Ware, from Redbourne in Hertfordshire. Read on to find out how she set out on the path of freelance, how she juggles two businesses and her 1 year old son! She runs her own online interior business as well as being a Visual Merchandising Consultant and Display Artist, which involves designing and dressing window displays, press days, dressing resorts for Christmas, creating bauble arches and many other exciting creative projects!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I started working at H&M whilst studying Art&Design at Oaklands college and realised I had a real love for Visual Merchandising. I’ve always been creative and love how VM partners creativity with tangible results. The idea is to create displays that look beautiful and aspirational but effectively drive more footfall and make my clients more money.
After leaving Oaklands College, I went on to London College of Fashion to study a degree in Fashion Retail Branding and Visual Merchandising and joined The White Company as a Visual Merchandiser after graduation. After 2 years I decided to become freelance to give me an opportunity to work with a wider range of brands and on a variation of projects. I set up Hertfordshire Creative in January 2016 after a year of freelancing and now have a number of regular clients and a team of highly skilled freelancers that join me on bigger projects.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I also run Evelle Home which is a print design studio. We sell bright, maximalist prints on cushions, fabrics and lampshades.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
I am still trying to figure out the best way to juggle it all but so far my number one tip would be to ask for help. We are very lucky to have all of my sons Grandparents within 15mins of us and they help us out massively.
- Try to create structure where you can, my Son goes to the same people on the same day each week. Since we have put this in place I feel a lot less stressed as I know I have those 2 days a week to focus solely on work.
- I have also stopped my work emails from coming through to my phone and only check these in the evening and on my 2 work days per week. Seeing an urgent email come through when you’re trying to spend quality time with your kids just puts you on edge!
- Plan in to meet friends and do things you would before having kids, this really helps to give you something to look forward to and always makes me feel refreshed.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Do what feels right for you. There really is no one size fits all perfect formula to parenting. Everyone has an opinion but you just have to go with your gut. Plus the hard phases don’t last forever. They will sleep through eventually and you’ll never even remember the hard bits. Take care of yourself because you can’t pour from an empty cup!!
When my Son was younger a Health Visitor said to me ‘You know your baby better than anyone, what do you think he needs?’ and that really made me feel so much calmer and more confident as a parent.
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?
I loveeee Emerald Green. I think it’s such a powerful, opulent colour that instantly makes me feel happy!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your son?
My son has just started walking so I am really enjoying taking him anywhere he can get out and have an explore! We go to the park, Willows Farm near St Albans or soft play.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I like getting in to London and having a wander around. It always makes me feel refreshed and inspired. I also love a long bath in the evening when I have the time and sometimes it’s just nice to sit and watch reality tv without being interrupted!
I've loved reading and sharing your story Rebecca and learning more about visual merchandising and your journey to running your own business. Thanks for sharing it with us - really inspiring!
Your tips are also so useful and I think your advice around crating a routine and structure is so useful...knowing where and what is happening, makes us all more efficient!
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