I’d love to introduce Zahra Shafeeq – total dynamo, mum to two cheeky boys and co-founder of Mothers Joint and Coin Spur.
What inspired you to start your business venture?
After the birth of our first son in 2011, I realised how my priorities had changed and started revolving around him. A baby had opened a whole new world of people to us that I wasn’t aware of before I had a child. I began following mummy blogs and made friends with a few business mums. One thing led to another and I realised how tough mums have it while trying to make some money working around their bubs. I realised that I wanted to work in the same niche too so together with my husband who is a business consultant, we came up with the concept of sharing inspiration between mums who juggle parenting and running a business thus www.mothersjoint.com was born. From all the interaction we had with bloggers we sensed the need for a second platform that connected small businesses and budding bloggers and developed www.coinpur.com which is a place where budding bloggers can sell their services starting from $10 upwards to small businesses who market on a small budget.
What do you love about what you do?
I love how I can work from home and still be there for my boys. Every morning, when I have a cuddle with them in bed, I love how our mornings are not rushed like my friends’ with kids who have no option but to get the entire family ready and out before 7, so they can head to work. I also love how many beautiful mums I am getting to know through my work. I am normally shy and keep to myself but because this is my job, I push myself to connect with other business mums like me and at the end of the day I am happy I have made new friends.
What challenges have you faced along the way?
I never knew websites could be tough work. Though Shaf my husband takes care of web development with our team, it has taken us over 20 months to get just our beta sites out and running. We have put in all our savings so there are days when work has seemed to progress very slowly and it has frustrated us.
What learnings would you like to share with other mums who are also juggling motherhood and a career/biz?
I’d like to say that some days, it’s ok if your house is a mess and there is lots of work to do. The kids won’t remain kids for too long. Take the time to make memories with them. With hard work comes success, so remain positive. Someday soon will be your day.
How do you find the joy in the juggle?
I try to work when the kids are asleep or when my husband takes them out for a play in the evenings. I try and spend the rest of the day with them. Being around them and the flexibility I have that comes with working from home keeps me going.
In what ways do you ensure your own self-care and prevent burnout?
Every month, our family tries to get away from work for one whole day. We just pack our stuff and head out somewhere for the day. It helps refresh me and keep me motivated until the next break comes along.
In what ways do you maintain your connection with your partner if you have one?
We make sure we have family dinners and just my partner and I have a movie night every Wednesday after the kids are put to bed.
How supportive have your friends and family been; and how important has that been for you and your success?
My family has been very supportive. They stay overseas but they visit us often and when my mum and dad are here, they take care of everything at home, so I can catch up on work.
What would you like the future to hold for you and/or your business?
I would like the business to be running well and for us to be able to have enough money saved up so we don’t have to worry much about monthly bills and be able to take family holidays more often.
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