Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Online Business Mummy - an interview.

Today I am doing another interview in my series of interviews with mums. 
I'm talking to Kirsty, wife, mum of two (Alfie and Evie) and business owner. Kirsty runs an online business called Pear Blossoms which sells gorgeous vintage kids toys and homewares. 

Tell us about your online business, what products do you sell?
Pear Blossoms sells everything you could ever want for your little ones. From Vintage inspired homewares to toys, accessories and themed party supplies. Our best selling item is definately the insulated lunch bags. They are made from recycled plastic bottles so not only are they super handy they also save the planet! (well sort of!)


How did you come up with the name/idea for your business? What inspired you?
My gorgeous family is the inspiration behind the name! Pears being our last name. Tom and myself have always called Alfie and Evie our "little pear blossoms"!


How long has Pear Blossoms been up and running?
Since October last year, 2010.

Have you always worked in this field? Or was it something different you created after having children?
After the arrival of my son Alfie I became obsessed with creating a space that he loved retreating back to. I loved collecting unique things for him but found it increasingly difficult to find what it was I was looking for at a price that suited a modest family budget. That is what prompted the idea, I wanted things that my children would love. Things that were not only unique but also helped them get creative and build their little imaginations!


What hours do you work? Do you have a set schedule?
I usually work of an evening, after dinner (of course). My husband puts the kids to bed which he enjoys as that is his time with them at the end of the day. Then I make myself a nice cup of tea and retreat to the office to work on my orders, latest specials or my new website!!! (hint hint)

Is there a time that is more productive?
Definately of an evening as there are no distractions.

How do you juggle running a business with the life of wife and mum and still have time for yourself?
It can be really hard sometimes, especially if the kids have a lot on or they are sick. I just make sure I put aside work time each day and stick to it, life is one big juggling act but I wouldn't change it for the world :) My reward a few times a week is to grab a coffee (and a friend) and go for a long walk along Manly beach front, it clears my head and recharges my batteries. Then it is back to housework, washing etc ahhhhhhhhh

What are your dreams for Pear Blossoms?
Dreams... oh where to start! I want to keep searching for unique, inspiring and affordable products to add to the ever growing Pear Blossoms family.
an insulated lunch bag

Number one tip for other mums trying to balance an online business and a family?
Balance is the key! Always differentiate between your work and your family time. They can't overlap and when you're spending time with your family, enjoy every minute. It's just way too precious xx

Thanks so much for talking to us Kirsty, it is always wonderful to hear other women talk about their lives and business. I think we are all in the same boat in trying to balance everything in our lives. Please go and check out Pear Blossoms website and they also have a facebook page. They have soooo many fabulous things!

Have a gorgeous day!
Simone xx

2 comments:

  1. What a great interview!! I am heading off to check out here cute shop:)

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  2. Thanks for the interview, going to pop by the shop now! Melissa x

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