Updated: Mar 15
In this weekly blog series we aim to highlight fantastic creative people who we either work with or admire every week! This week its Bridget Daley founder of Parents in Biz.
Hi, my name is Bridget Daley, and I’m the founder of Parents in Biz and the Editor of the Parents in Business Magazine.
I have over 10 years’ experience of being in business I’m no stranger to wearing multiple hats while juggling family and business life. The Parents in Biz platform exists to support and empower parents to manage the tightrope of growing a business and having harmony at home.
1. What led you to start up your business?
When my partner and I were running our second business a women's e-commerce business, I was working full time on the business while he was employed full time.
I was faced with challenges I had never encountered before, it was lonely working from home on my own, and the events I attend back then for mums and women in business were cliquish, and I did not feel like I fitted in.
This fuelled my desire to set up something to support parents, something that was diverse and inclusive mums, dads whatever stages in the business journey they were at.
I came up with the concept in 2015, and the website went live in 2017.
2. What were the biggest obstacles to starting up?
I was already running 2 businesses, and at the time my children were aged 23,20,18,12 and 5 it was a real juggling act.
At that point, my biggest obstacle was TIME!
Once I start something, I don’t like to give up, and I see it through to the end.
3. What do you love about your business?
I absolutely love every aspect of Parents in Biz! I love the 1-2-1 work I do with parents.
I enjoy supporting parents who are business owners; it gives me joy that I have created a platform that promotes small business owners.
I have interviewed over 100 parents, and each story is inspiring. I really enjoy hearing about how parents came up with their business ideas and the challenges that they have overcome.
When I launched the Parents in Business Magazine last year, I was unsure how the audience would receive it.
Parents love it, and I love when I receive emails and messages from people who have discovered the magazine and let me know that they have found it useful and enjoy reading it.
I also love that I can use my experience and skills in what I do every day.
4. Who would be your dream client?
Good questions and kind of difficult to answer but parents who are running a business and those that want to start a business.
But in saying that I have worked with women who are not parents, I have a diverse skill set and if someone needs my help or support and I can help I do.
5. Where would you like to take your business ultimately?
I want to host more events and workshops, but I would like to grow the Parents in Biz global audience.
The magazine has a small international audience, and I would love to expand on that.
I’m also launching more services to support parents in growing and getting more exposure for their business.
6. Where have you received the most support along your journey?
My partner is now self-employed, which is excellent cause we support each other and cheer each other on.
My family and close friends are a great support.
7. Would you consider going back to employment for someone else now?
No, I would not I’m 100% committed to Parents in Biz and the parents I work with.
I love the flexibility and freedom I have.
8. What do you consider the key skills a small business person must have?
Grit, determination, resilience’s, persistence and patience.
It’s so easy to give up and feel overwhelmed when your business is not going the way you would like.
Always remember your “WHY” when you encounter moments like this.
9. Have you been influenced by any business books or blogs recently?
Unfortunately, since of late, I don’t get much time to read, but I love listening to audio books.
Business is personal by Penny Power, and You are a badass at making money by Jen Sincero have influenced me lately.
10. What would your top tips be to anyone considering starting their own business?
Build a support network of people who believe in you and what you want to do.
When you start out in business, your support network will be there to support you on the low days they will be there to cheer you on when you have wins.
Celebrate your wins no matter how small!
Believe in yourself and be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. The more you step out of your comfort zone and network, your confidence will grow.
11. Do you think networking is important for your business?
Yes, networking builds your network; you never know who you are going to meet.
I have made some good business friends via networking. Many of the collaborations I have been part of was via networking.
Thank you so much for sharing your story Bridget! If you'd like to get in touch with Bridget here are her contact details:
To contact Bridget
Parents in Biz https://www.parentsinbiz.co.uk/
Don't miss reading more in the 'Have you Met?' series
Interview 18- Maddy Carrick
Interview 17 Anja David
Interview 16 -Bridget Daley
Interview 15 -Karen Arthur
Interview 14 -Rebecca Trowbridge
Interview 13 -Angélina Jandolo
Interview 12 -Kelly Harris
Interview 11 -Sara Dalrymple
Interview 10 -Ciarán O'Fathaigh
Interview 9 -Elizabeth Knights Trench
Interview 8 -Aba Edwards-Idun
Interview 7 -Roxsanne Slatford
Interview 6 -Lara Pearce
Interview 5 -Ashanti Jason
Interview 4- Shannon Reed
Interview 3 -Claire Connor
Interview 2 -Becca Teers
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