Welcome to another week! I’m thrilled to be starting a fresh week by featuring another fabulous Design Diva. This time, it’s the turn of the lovely Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn. I first met Fritha last year, at a workshop where we were talking about our creative journeys, and was inspired by her style, her shop and her following. Read on to find out more!
What’s your name? Fritha Strickland
How many children and old are they? One two year old named Wilf
What is the name of your business? Tigerlilly Quinn
What is your business and when did you start it?
Tigerlilly Quinn is an online boutique of jewellery, stationery and home items. I’ve been running for only seven months!
What was the inspiration behind your business?
I’ve always wanted to have my own bricks and mortar boutique for as long as I can remember but in this financial climate its a real risk. Add to that a two year old and online was the only way to go really, in fact this has been a blessing, via my blog and social media it is already far more sucsessful than I ever anticipated and going from strength to strength.
Can you share 3 positive aspects about being a business mum?
Having a child made me open to more opportunities than I ever had before. I may never have had the confidence to do something like this prior to motherhood.
Without being on maternity leave I may have never left me job to peruse my own business but realising how much I wanted to stay at home with my son gave me the push I needed!
Becoming a mum means you join this club of amazing women, I’ve only ever found other mums supportive and I’m always in awe of other business mums (and mums in general!).
How do you keep motivated?
I’m generally quite a ‘do-er’ but being mum makes any time alone very precious. I’ve certainly learnt to make use of any child free time. I’m always looking to learn and improve my business so I’d say a bit of healthy competition is my motivation!
Would you change anything you’ve done in building and developing your business?
I would have gotten a bit more account savvy from the start maybe (admin is not my strong point)
What tips would you give anyone wanting to start their own business?
Social media is key! The majority of my sales come from twitter, IG, Pinterest and Facebook. I would also recommended setting up a blog. People are far more likely to buy from someone they feel they know so let them know about you!
Thank you for sharing your journey with us Fritha, it’s wonderful to know that there are no downsides to running a business alongside the family, from your perspective.
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