This is my story

I started Organise Works in May 2014. My second child had been born earlier that year and I was looking for a little escape from baby rearing. Initially I offered remote services and worked for a few small local businesses but this soon grew and alongside freelancing I studied marketing and continued my bookkeeping studies.

During my first year of work, the father of my children and I also separated which meant that work became even more important.  I was determined to have a source of income that worked around my family.

The first few years were really a struggle, especially as I had to use various childcare providers to cover the hours I needed and ensure holiday periods were covered.  This coupled with a toddler who didn’t sleep well meant that it often didn’t feel worth it!  In 2016 I made significant changes to reduce stress for myself and my family.  I now only use one childminder who is brilliant and so flexible and I stopped working with one client who was causing a huge amount of stress!  This really helped me get a better balance with work and family life.

I am so pleased that I stuck at this even on the days when it didn’t feel worth it.  It has meant a lot of sacrifices and I don’t take much time off but my work now works for me!

Things have changed somewhat since the early days.  I now work full time and have employed another local mother.  I have clients across various industries and still continue to study (currently doing my accountancy exams with AAT).

We work primarily with small businesses, who are mainly creatives across all aspects of digital marketing and we offer finance services such as budgeting and bookkeeping.

In a nutshell

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“During my first year of work, the father of my children and I also separated which meant that work became even more important.  I was determined to have a source of income that worked around my family.”

What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?

Make sure you get the basics right in the beginning. Keep a neat set of accounts and form good habits at the very start! It will make life less stressful down the line.

How do you get clients?

I think when you are passionate about what you do, it translates into sales.  I meet people and talk about what I do and often get referrals!

Who inspires you?

I am very fortunate to work with a variety of strong, passionate women. We all support each other with our goals and it makes the whole journey seem less difficult.

If you could go back and do anything differently what would it be?

I had one very difficult client who I kept on because the money was regular but it caused me a huge amount of stress.  I wish I had walked away a long time before and had faith that it would be fine!

What plans have you got for your business going forward?

Next step is office space! Whilst I love the flexibility of working from home, my ultimate aim is to work with a team of like-minded women and need the space to accommodate that!

What is the best thing about working for yourself?

The freedom!  I work hours to suit me and my family.  When the kids are ill or have an inset day, I can catch up on work in the evenings.  It means I get the best of both worlds – I am a working mum but am available as my family needs.