Could you work full time with hubby? Or mum? A brave move some might say but one that often creates the most beautiful businesses!
Did you know some of the most successful businesses in the world are family run; such as Nike, Volkswagen and Samsung. There’s something very special about a family partnership, making a joint dream a reality and working together to make it a success.
Here we speak to some of our very own family businesses and hear how it works for them...
“A pure accidental hobby, but it soon became apparent to myself that I could turn it into a small business. My husband John, had always been supportive and it wasn't until last year, when the festive season was creeping upon us that I realised I needed help. It's hard work been self employed, John was suddenly spending more time with Purepallets. And so ' the family business ' was born. It wasn't something we discussed it just seemed a natural progression. It's hard work and scary both been self employed but are both driven by the need to work for ourselves and provide for our son Fin and extended family.
It's difficult to turn off at times as we talk live breath Purepallets but this is getting better now we have a larger separate workshop away from our family home. We can all have tea together and we can be flexible when it comes to holidays. It's all very little things, but as a family it's the little things that make the bigger differences. Finley has shown an interest in becoming the third member of Purepallets, so watch this space Purepallets&son might be the future”
Connies Kitchen Table
Rachel named her business Connie's Kitchen Table after her Gran, as each Sunday they would gather around her table to drink tea, chatter, craft and most importantly eat cake! Rachel’s Mum has always been a talented artist, but has never had the confidence to sell her work..... so Rachel encouraged her to add a few of her beautiful watercolour hares to Connie's, and it's grown from there.
“Nap time crafting has now become a 'thing', where mum rushes over to my house and my kitchen table gets covered with paper, paint, glue and all sorts! It's lovely to have such a wonderful and talented colleague (who has the added benefit of volunteering to babysit frequently too!).”
Made By Nanny
The wonderful Made By Nanny; are also a mother-daughter team. Their business was inspired after one of Judy’s daughters had her first children, and turned Mum into Nanny. It soon became apparent that 'Made By Nanny' could actually become a business possibility, and not just a little family joke made when another knitted or handmade item appeared from Mum's sewing room.
“Working as a family business of course has it's challenges but for us it definitely makes us a stronger team. You don't have to hold back even if its the silliest idea, you can say what you think without offending anyone and midnight sewing sessions in your pjs are absolutely part of the norm! I think it also helps that we both have very clear sides to the business that we can work on. Mum is by far the skilled hands-on one with the knitting and sewing, and I love being behind the scenes handling the photography, styling, website and social media pages. “
Nanny/Mum now has three grandchildren ( two pictured below ), all girls, and as a family business, everything we do has them in mind - whether they'd wear it, are comfortable in it and if it works as a children's item. We have our little testers right there and we'd never make or sell something that we're not comfortable putting them in first.
Ruby & Wonder
One of our newest sellers Ruby and Wonder, also have a fantastic family partnership; “It all really started with a few home projects, one being a £20 pine table which we upcycled and sold for a lovely profit. We then started to dream about having a crafty type business together.
After researching lots of different crafts and dismissing them we stumbled across silversmithing. Straight away we knew it was for us. With Waynes metal smithing skills as a car body repairer and restorer it was a perfect fit.
The pros are definitely the combination of our skills, I have been self employed for nearly 20 years, Im also an internet nerd so that has really helped with the business and marketing side of things. Wayne's huge knowledge of metal smithing has been essential in the success of Ruby and Wonder. He has taught me so much. He is also very patient with his very impatient wife!
Wayne is a totally perfectionist and that has been hard for me at times to deal with when he hands me back a ring and tells me it needs more work! Although it has meant our jewellery goes out faultless!
I now make most of the jewellery and am about to give up my 'other' career as a beauty therapist and give Ruby and Wonder my full attention. Very daunting and exciting all at the same time.
I do know that Wayne will be there to support me constantly and to take over the bending and cutting when my hands tire.”