Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Mumpreneur - Carrie from Baby Swap or Shop

As the rise of the mumpreneur seems to be daily in the news we asked Carrie from Baby Swap or Shop what she is looking forward to in 2012 and whether she could share a few tips for other mums wanting to take the plunge into self-employment

What are you looking forward to in 2012?
I am looking forward to taking the website to a new level in terms of traffic as well as new features and the re-launch!

What are your goals?
To take our website to a high level and ultimately makes some money! I want to see BSOS become a household name...

What are the best things that have happened for you and your business in 2011?
Personally, and professionally - Got married in June and we have recruited staff and the website has gone a long way we have also launched a social media business - Picnic Media

What's your top tip to anyone thinking of starting a business in 2012?
Do your research, plan a strategy, don't expect an easy ride, work hard and hopefully be rewarded.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I would like to see BSOS being massive and possibly the introduction of Kids Swap or Shop and so on. I think taking the site from strength to strength, building a community of parents and making sure we offer a great place for parents to swap shop and communicate with each other.

What is the most important thing you've learnt this year - personally and professionally?
You can't take your foot off the gas!! You don't have time to be ill or go on holiday! ; ) (unless you have cover).

In the next month or so I will be dipping my feet into the world of self-employment as I open an online cloth nappy store as well as give free advice to parents online and help local parents try cloth nappies out within West Midlands. Wish me Luck!
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