We are Debbie Breasley and Liz Gibson: we live just 2 a minute walk from each other and our daughters were born in the same hospital just 3 days apart, but we met through the Mush app! Debbie lives with partner, Matt, and Liz with her husband, Philip. Our happy and lively little girls are now 2 years old.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?
Debbie has an MBA in marketing and works in industry full time, Liz is a part-time teacher in a Prep School. We have set up Cozymum and Me alongside our current work roles, in the hope that it will take off and we will be able to make the transition to running our business full time in due course.
When did you launch?
Our first products went live on our website last month. We have more accessories arriving this month, and a clothing range in design, due to launch this Autumn.
How did you get started?
Whilst on maternity leave, we discussed our frustrations with maternity and nursing wear. We both, unsuccessfully, sought the holy grail that was an outfit that was practical and comfortable for being at home with a baby, but that also made us feel good about our post-partum bodies. The majority of affordable options felt a bit frumpy and not in keeping with our pre-pregnancy wardrobes, at all. So we found ourselves a wonderful designer through People per Hour, and went from there!
What’s your favourite thing about running your own business?
The creativity and knowing that it will make a difference to new Mums out there.
What’s the thing you least enjoy about running your own business
What has worked well about your business?
Using other flexible workers for skillsets that we don’t possess, or to help with time pressure – designers for clothing and packaging, website design help, social media advisors etc. It is great to know that we are supporting other individuals that work flexibly too.
What’s been your biggest business mistake? How did you deal with it?
We started out with a very naïve idea as to how much it would cost to start a business. So we have had to take a business loan, and have now started to put together everything that is needed to raise some additional funds to grow the business further through crowdfunding.
How do you fit in work with the family? Is your partner supportive of your business?
Cozymum and Me tends to mean working in the evenings. As we are both still employed, it is more about getting it up and running in order to allow for flexible working in due course. The goal is to be able to do school drop-off and pick-up once our little ones start school: that is the dream and the motivation.
Are you working towards a financial goal for your business?
We’d like to be in a position to launch new clothing ranges each and every season and for both of us to be able to afford to give up our existing jobs and work on Cozymum and Me full time!
Would you ever give up your business to do something else?
Not give up, but certainly branch out. We’d like to start a mentoring/coaching service for new Mums to encourage them to trust themselves, and to support Mums who want to return to work or start a new career, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it.
Have you had your ‘I’ve made it’ moment? Tell us about it. If not when do you think it will come
Not quite yet, but certainly taking our first orders through our website was one of the most exciting moments.
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