I’m very happy to share my interview with Carrie Kwan, Founder of Mums & Co.
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My Interview with Carrie
1. Tell me about yourself?
I am one of three daughters born in Singapore, and raised in Australia, by a couple of hard-working, devoted Chinese parents. Today, I live in Sydney with my husband and two boys – Coen and Remy. I have a soft spot for enriching experiences, reformer pilates, things on platters, books and coffee.
2. Tell us about your self-employed business?
Mums & Co is a leading member-based online network committed to helping mums in business thrive. Like it takes a village to raise a child, Mums & Co is an online village that’s a safer, smarter way for her to grow her business.
Launched in June 2016, it offers tailored products and benefits for business mums, as well as perks they would not normally get access to. These include free or heavily discounted essential services like marketing, legal, insurance and accounting, an online site with useful business content as well as a platform to share knowledge.
Recognising that women are much stronger together, Mums & Co was created to bring women together where they can pool their collective smarts, network and negotiating power to tap into the resources needed to safer and successful.
3. How did you transition to working for yourself?
As a busy mum and small business owner (my first start-up, DailyAddict.com.au launched in 2008) myself I know how important it is for women in business to get the support that they need to succeed and grow. It’s incredibly inspiring to see so many women creating their own businesses at the same time balancing their responsibilities as mothers.
For me being both a businesswoman and raising my own children is incredibly important, and I know many other women feel the same way. I wanted to create a business and community that specifically focused on helping mums achieve their business ambitions.
4. What was your previous career?
5. Describe a typical day in your working life?
During working hours, it’s typically finding ways to better serve Mums & Co members. During family time, it’s typically filled with giggles, some negotiating with a one year old, three year old and cleaning up after everyone.
6. How many hours do you work per week on your business?
I’m lucky to find a lot of purpose in what I do and I have a wonderful, supportive partner. So, eek, about 50 hours recently. It’s been a little skewed as we’re gearing up for MPowered Conference, a full day event for business women to grow their skills, business, make connections and be inspired!
7. Do you supplement your income in any other ways?
We have some financial investments. I own another business. Lately I’ve been de-cluttering and selling stuff on FB marketplace!
8. How do you manage your family and working for yourself?
As my husband and I both work full time, the boys are in care three days a week and their grandparents care for them the other two. Coming from large families we have a wonderful extended support network to lean on. My husband is super supportive; he was primary carer a few months after the birth of our second after I took on that role for our first, and we equally share the household duties. He’s a big part of why I can pursue my career ambitions. Some weeks are tougher than others managing it all, but we get through it the best we can. It’s a joint commitment for us to make the best decisions for our young family.
9. What challenges did you face in setting up your business?
It’s not one single challenge but rather the tapestry of integrating business and family demands. The constant feeling of being pressed for time. I would love to be able to be ok with more domestic help.
10. What’s the best thing about working for yourself?
Equally being there for my family, and since I’m a learning junkie, the rather steep learning curve it affords.
11. What’s your best advice to another mum who is considering setting up her own business?
I would advise anyone starting a business to create a personal and professional network that they can lean on. One easy way to do this is to join a community of other like-minded mums like Mums & Co – it’s really powerful having the strength of community and a pool of knowledge and resources to draw on. It’s also a win-win as we can help each other with connections, and business mums tend to want to work with (or purchase from) other business mums too.
12. What’s next for you and your business?
The Mums & Co MPowered Conference – our marquee event and pitch competition being held at the ICC Sydney on 18 June!
We’re hosting an incredible conference day filled with the latest business growth strategies and knowledge, networking and a whole lot of inspiration. We’re giving every business-minded woman an opportunity to pitch their business ideas and learn vital pitching for capital skills at our pitch competition.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my interview with Carrie Kwan!