Mums Making it
If you’re planning a career change in 2013, you’ve probably considered working for yourself in some way — after all, if you’re the boss then you can organise your working hours around your children. It’s not an easy balancing act though, so we asked Kirstie Reynolds from KNR
Jewellery for her tips on being a mum AND a business owner.
Business: Personalised silver, fingerprint jewellery
Why did you decide to work for yourself?
It was quite natural for me as my parents had their own business. I set up in 1999 after travelling for a year post-university and ran the business part time for 8 years, alongside my day job as a teacher. When I was pregnant with our first son, Oliver (now nearly 4), my husband and I decided that the time was right for me to pursue my business dreams.
How did you choose what to do?
I followed my passions. My degree was in ceramics, during which I met someone using malleable silver, which is clay-like, but silver – I had to have a go and I got hooked! I started making jewellery collections and it was only natural to take Oliver’s impressions in silver when he arrived.