Welcome to another of our interviews celebrating the incredible world of working mums! In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are investigating exactly what it’s like to juggle motherhood with running a business by speaking to those most in the know, a selection of amazing ladies balancing their working lives with family lives. Today’s interviewee Jo Lennon runs Mellie Green Organic and is currently developing her own Baby and Toddler Organic Fashion Label.
Tell us a little bit more about Mellie Green Organic when did you start, where are you based?
Mellie Green is an organic baby and toddler business, retailing the best in organic and sustainable clothing, gifts and toys. We’re based in the beautiful county of Northumberland and at the moment retail mainly online at melliegreenorganic.com
When I’m not running Mellie Green Organic I’m supporting other businesses with their marketing strategy through my other business Jo Lennon Marketing.
I’m a Mum to Annabel, four, and William, eleven who are both at school and I live with my husband Grant in Northumberland.
1. Tell us your story of discovering motherhood whilst running/setting up a business.
For me, my businesses were born and established while I was pregnant with my second child. I blame sleep deprivation for starting Mellie Green Organic, it seemed like a brilliant idea at 2am! Developing a business concept and researching ideas gave me something to do through the long hours of being awake and breastfeeding during the night, it gave me something to do to stay awake.
2. Did having children/planning to have children change your career aspirations and goals?
I don’t think it changed my aspirations, but it certainly changed how I wanted to achieve them. My mindset changed from climbing a career ladder in someone else’s business to wanting to have more control over how I spend my time.
3. During pregnancy how did you envisage raising children whilst running your business would be & how similar or different has it turned out to be?
I think so many people are lured into self-employment at the prospect of ‘being your own boss’ or having more free time – I can guarantee that more free time is not always the case! When you run your own business there are so many things to juggle and think about, the only person who is responsible for your success or failure is you, and that’s a huge responsibility when you’ve invested time and money into your venture.