For women debating how to do the childcare and work juggle when their maternity leave comes to an end, many are choosing to pick up a laptop and bring an idea to life from their kitchen tables, whether that’s freelancing, blogging or starting a new business.
According to the Office of National Statistics there was an increase of 373,000 women or ‘mumpreneurs’ registering as part-time or self-employed between 2001 and 2016; rising to 812,000 – the highest number since records began.
The availability and improved speed of Wifi has certainly fuelled the ability to work from anywhere, while the development of apps to help with business tasks such as invoicing, alongside social media to market your new venture, means that for more and more women it’s the best (and most affordable) option to tackle the juggle of work, personal fulfilment and increased childcare costs.
While working from your kitchen table or spare room means that you have no expensive office or nursery costs – there are downsides in work taking over your table, house and home life.
If you’re selling stock – where do you keep it? In your garage or wardrobe? It’s your most valuable asset so you need to know that it’s being stored safe and secure and that you can easily access it at any time. What about bulky equipment for events – where does that go?
South Cave-based Camp Cool, a camping and adventure company for children, has recently taken on a space at Store More as a solution to storing all its equipment and stock.
Co-founder Caroline Reid explained why the move to self-storage was essential, not only for business growth but peace of mind:
“We have a lot of bulky equipment and boxes of supplies which up until now we’ve been keeping in various rooms at our houses. However, this has meant we’ve been constantly move things around to make space for our families and has added extra clutter. It was taking more time to get things prepared and packaged away and led to more time being spent trying to store away the clutter. As soon as we decided to take a unit at Store More, we wish we’d done it sooner! Our houses feel like homes again, everything is organised in our unit and there’s added peace of mind that
nothing will get lost or damaged.”
“Not only does Store More provide us with a safe, clean, dry space, we can use their free van, which is a great thing for us as a small start-up company. We were really surprised by how cost effective it was to hire a space and the difference that it has made to our home and work life is incredible.”
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