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.
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”.
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.
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