I asked Michelle a few questions about her business and how she manages to balance her work and life with 2 little ones...
1. What is your business? What do you do and how long have you been in business?
Little Ollie Handmade Crafts started just over a year ago, at the end of my maternity leave with my little boy Oliver. He is now almost 2 and now has a baby sister who was born in May.
2. Which is your favourite social media platform as a creative?
I have found Facebook has been better for my business reach and following. Although, personally I prefer Instagram. As an image based platform it is a great way to get my items seen.
3. Tell us how you manage to juggle employment, self-employment and motherhood?
I cut down my hours in my "real life job" when Oliver was born, so I work part time 3 days a week. I am lucky too that my employed job is a term time role so I have a week or two off roughly every 6 weeks or so. This will obviously get harder as the kids get older and they will be off school with me, but for now this is my time to catch up on orders. When I first started I would panic that I needed to get an order out within a week of it coming in as I assumed people wouldn't want to wait. But this just didn't work, I was getting really stressed and as I got more orders I realised that adding a turnaround time helped manage my time more effectively.
4. Tell us about your experience with Enterprising You?
I started Enterprising You very recently and I found it was great to take some time to step back and look at what was working well and what needed work. As I was late into my pregnancy, I have put it on hold while we welcomed our little girl into the world but hope to start up again soon and get some training in.
5. What's the future plan for Little Ollie Handmade Crafts? Do you think you will ever do it full time or will this always be a "side-hustle"?
My reason for starting Little Ollie Handmade Crafts was so I could bring visions to life and offer bespoke and personalised items that couldn't be found elsewhere, so this will continue as my focus. However I am currently expanding my items on sale to "set designs" so I have a range of gifts and home décor ready to go. Of course I would love this to be my full time/main job in the future, but for now while my children are small, I love my little side-hustle! The main feedback I get from my customers is that they love that fact I give a personal experience to each customer, and I wouldn't want to lose this as I grow.