Mumpreneur Profile Peggy Melmoth
17 January 2012
Peggy Melmoth (39) lives on board a narrowboat with her husband, and daughters (aged two and four). She works from home as a writer, professional blogger and virtual assistant.
When did you launch?
Before I started my business I was a medical secretary and a self-employed hypnotherapist. My previous career had included bookkeeping, managing a music recording studio, working for Friends of the Earth and managing the administrative office for a neurosurgical operating theatre. I gave up hypnotherapy when my second daughter was born because I found that I was juggling too many things. Then in the summer of 2011 NHS cuts meant that I was offered a one-off payment if I voluntarily resigned. I had always wanted to be a writer, already had a successful personal blog and fifteen years of secretarial experience. I think that it was doing Erica and Antonia’s Become a Mumpreneur course that helped me to weave my experience and dreams together into a business idea!
I’m still very much at the start-up stage and looking for new clients. I write business blogs for a few people and do some admin as a virtual assistant. I’ve also been pitching to magazines and had some articles published. It’s exciting and rewarding being able to work from home and to write, which I love. It’s a challenge to find enough time for marketing and getting more clients though. I think that the things I have tried are working well, but my biggest challenge is time management, or finding the time to put all my ideas into action.
My biggest business mistake so far was not researching an appropiate price for a service I offered. I therefore did some work at a lower rate than I could really afford.
My children are in nursery while I work, and I also do some work in the evenings. My husband shares some of the childcare, nursery runs, and does the shopping and cooking so that we can get everything done!
I’m not working towards a specific financial goal, I just want to make a decent income, by continuing to work part time, flexibly, doing something I enjoy.
Would you ever give up your business to do something else?
It’s early days to say. I hope it’s all going to take off as I’ve always wanted to be a writer and am working on finishing a book too, a memoir about living aboard with young kids. I’d like to get regular writing work such as columns in canal magazines and Towpath Talk. I don’t know what my “I’ve made it” moment would be, but a big achievement would be to see my first book published and on the shelf in Waterstones. In five years time I’d like my main income to be from writing of some sort – or many sorts! I’d also like my personal blog www.narrowboatwife.blogspot.com
to bring in an income.
The uncertainty is scary, but writing and blogging is so rewarding!