Mumpreneur Profile: Arianna of Ihelm Enterprises #mumsinbiz #mumpreneurs

 ariannahelm220714Your Name and Age:  Arianna Helm, 35 years old

I run a business called Ihelm Enterprises Limited where I offer bookkeeping, payroll, website hosting, website maintenance and bespoke programming.

Family:  I live with my husband of almost 12 years and our 7.5 year old daughter

What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?  Before I started Ihelm Enterprises Limited, I worked as an office manager in a company that set up Limited Companies.  This was my first “real” job after I graduated from college, and the first job I had ever had since moving to England.

10645224_10152903593744009_1308538627853429398_nWhen did you launch? May 2004

How did you get started?  I had been off work sick  with a long-term medical condition and had become unhappy with my work place and how they had treated me.  I resigned from the job and started Ihelm Enterprises Limited the same day.  In fact, I got my very first bookkeeping client the day I resigned from my employment.

What’s your favourite thing about running your own business?  Being able to attend my daughter’s school functions and be able to pick up and drop her off.

What’s the thing you least enjoy about running your own business?  Having to chase clients when they don’t pay their invoices.

How do you fit in work with the family? Is your partner supportive of your business?  I try and work only during the day while my daughter is at school or holiday club.  If I need to attend any appointments, or take my daughter to appointments or anything like that, I will make the hours up in the evening or the following day.  The business actually works quite well for us with fitting around things.  My husband is very supportive of my business and helps me out if, and when, he can.

Are you working towards a financial goal for your business?  I would like to see my wage double before the end of this year.

Would you ever give up your business to do something else?  I would never give up my business to do something else.  I will be running my business for as long as I possibly can!

Do you have an exit strategy?  I don’t have an exit strategy.  It actually makes me quite sad to think of ever having to give up my business.

Where do you hope to be in five years time?  In five years, I would love to have at least 1 employee, if not 2, and to have grown my business quite a bit so that I feel financially secure.

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