Recently we spoke to Liz and Jane from BabyBatches on turning an idea into a business and what advice they would give new mums in choosing childcare.
Liz Williams and Jane Quinn are sisters. They traded careers as legal secretaries to go into business together to create a business and lifestyle that’s built around their families. Their business, BabyBatches was created three years ago after they found a gap in the market for stylish and quality baby hampers and gifts for new mums. Both Liz and Jane are mums and returned to part time work after they had their children, with help from the grandparents and childcare, but they had an idea they couldn’t shake.
Now this is the exciting bit. Hey, everyone has ideas, but not everyone does something about it. Liz and Jane found they we were on the receiving end of some very well meaning gifts when they had their babies but most of the baby hampers they received didn’t include quality clothing or toys for a new bub.” “They also had trouble finding good quality baby hamper companies when it came their turn to send newborn gifts and hampers to friends and colleagues.” They identified a problem, searched and sourced products and brands to find the right combinations for their baby hampers and then produced ranges for new bubs; baby girls, baby boys and twins as well as for Mums and Baby Showers. They developed a website to share their business with the world and haven’t looked back.
Their advice for new mums looking for daycare is to not just book your child into the first daycare facility you visit. They suggest doing it earlier rather than later and taking your time to search for the daycare facility that will suit your child. Jane was lucky to find a childcare with amazing green lawns that stretched for forever in Sydney’s inner west – as this suited her active boy and Liz was lucky to find a daycare around the corner from her house that had a park across the road for park visits and was brand new and had amazing staff for her little girl. They searched high and low to find the right childcare facility and had the added bonus of have “amazing parents” to help out as well.
So where do they see their business going? First Australia, then the world? It’s a little simpler than that “our ambition is very similar as we are sisters we love our families and we both want to see our children grow up and have a happy and healthy lifestyle”. “As for our business, we just want to see it grow and become a great company in which we can work around our family lifestyle”. Go girls!
So what’s their advice for mums wanting to start their own business? “Never give up.” “We have all felt like giving in at some things at some point or another but if you just hang in there – anything can happen!”
So next time you are thinking about a present for a friend or colleagues new bub check out BabyBatches and don’t forget to enter the draw below for a BabyBatches Beauty Box Hamper valued at $85.00.