Meet the lovely Sue Burton, a working mum, who runs her successful business, the  Homebaked Gift Company, from her home in Twickenham. Not being a mum myself I thought it would be great to catch up with someone who knows all about it. So over a cup of coffee it was a delight to hear all about the joys of being a working mum.

Working Mum Sue Burton from the Homebaked Gift Company
Sue Burton, daughter and daughters friend


Hi Sue, so how did you get in baking and when did you become self employed?

I did a HND in hotel management & catering.  We had to do a 6 month placement in a Hotel which I ABSOLUTELY hated due to the anti-social hours and from that day I decided to become self-employed.


Why do you love being your own boss?

I just love being my own boss! I know I don’t get paid holidays, a pension or sick pay but the benefits far outweigh these. Of course there are a number of obvious benefits of working from home: You can spend more time with your children. You don’t have to commute. And you can stay in your pj’s ALL DAY!!!!

Is difficult to juggle being a working mum and raising a daughter?

When I became a mum I didn’t want to miss a moment of the precious life I had created.  And I can honestly say I haven’t. I’ve been to every concert, nativity, dance/gymnastic display, assembly. I even helped at my daughters junior school on a weekly basis. She’s all grown up now that she’s 12 but I still love the flexibility of working from home. Even when I get a last minute call from school saying “Mummy I’ve left my PE kit at home – can you bring it in”.
Working Mum Sue Burton from the Homebaked Gift Company shares her story

Can you describe your average working day?

My working day consists of cramming as much as I can into my daughters school hours. When she’s home, and during school holidays, she has my undivided attention. Then when she goes to bed I start again (luckily I am a night owl). This used to be fine when she was tucked up by 7pm but now it’s more like 9pm. I find I am doing less and less in the evenings. Though I usually spend this time packing orders which requires no mental activity and I can catch up on my favourite TV programs at the same time.


How to you keep your life balanced as a bakery business working mum?

I recently read an article that said to get a balanced life you need 3 psychological boxes.  One for your family. One for your work. And one for yourself. So my 2016/2017 New Year’s resolution was to have Fridays to myself. Which I now do and I love it. I try to combine exercise with doing something fun. For example, I take an hour to walk to the cinema, watch a film, then walk an hour back. All in time for school pick up. Or I meet up with friends for coffee, take my parents out for lunch and have a facial or a manicure.


And finally, do you have anything else you would like to add?

Being a mum & your own boss if FAB!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story Sue 🙂

If you would like to share your story and be an inspiration to other bakers just send me a short email and we will pop you on the blog.

Pia Cato

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