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The first eight months of setting up Southwell-Kelly while simultaneously managing family life has been a whirlwind of challenges, triumphs, and self-discovery. As a woman, I’ve often found myself reflecting on this unique journey, and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and experiences, I’d welcome feedback from others who’ve been on a similar journey.


  1.  Balancing Act: Balancing the demands of a new business with family life has been a constant challenge. There are days when it feels like I’m juggling a dozen balls at once – from running the kids to their next after school club, making sure homework is done whilst meeting tight deadlines for clients. I’ve had to become a master of time management.
  2. The Guilt Factor: There’s no denying the guilt that creeps in from time to time. Am I neglecting my family? Am I dedicating enough time to Southwell-Kelly? It’s a tough battle, but I’ve come to understand that self-care and ‘me time’ is crucial. When I’m content and fulfilled, I can give my best to both my family and my business.
  3. Resilience: Setting up a business is not for the faint-hearted. There have been moments of self-doubt when I questioned my decision. But every challenge I’ve faced has made me stronger. There have been times when I’ve wondered whether I’d find the right candidate, others where I’ve felt like we’ve not had enough or had too much work. I’ve learned though by staying focused and working hard have the resources, motivation and contacts to get through.
  4. Support Network: My family’s support has been invaluable. From pitching in with the household jobs to providing emotional support, they’ve been my pillars. It’s also been essential to build a professional support network, connecting with fellow entrepreneurs who understand the unique challenges I face.
  5. Learning and Growth: The learning curve has been steep, but I’ve relished every moment of it. Starting a business has pushed me out of my comfort zone, forcing me to acquire new skills and knowledge. I’ve discovered strengths I never knew I had, such as writing this reflection.
  6. Role Model for the Family: Through this journey, I hope to be a role model for my family, especially my children. I want them to see that it’s possible to pursue one’s dreams while having a family, especially my girls. I want to instil in them the values of determination, hard work, and perseverance. #girlpower
  7. Celebrating Small Wins: In the midst of all the chaos, it’s crucial to celebrate small victories. Whether it’s landing a new client, reaching a sales milestone, or simply finding a way to make quality time for my family, these accomplishments keep me motivated. Target setting when I started Southwell-Kelly was invaluable and something I’d always advocate.
  8. Adaptability: The ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances has been vital. The business landscape is dynamic, there have been huge redundancies in parts of the tech industry which has been the landscape of Southwell-Kelly, we’ve need to be resourceful and reach new clients at these points. Life with my children is full of surprises. Flexibility and the willingness to pivot when necessary have been my allies.
  9. Mindfulness: Amid the hustle and bustle, I’ve learned the importance of being present in the moment. Whether I’m spending time with my family or working on my business, being mindful and fully engaged has helped me make the most of every situation.
  10. Setting Boundaries: Setting clear boundaries has been a crucial aspect of this journey. It’s essential to delineate work hours from family time to avoid burnout and ensure that neither aspect of my life suffers.

As I reflect on these first six months of setting up my own business while managing family life, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. It’s undoubtedly challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. I’ve learned that with determination, a strong support system, and a bit of self-care, it’s possible to navigate this intricate dance of entrepreneurship and family life as a woman. However, it’s now time to scale up to meet demand so any tips for the next phase or anything I’ve missed in this one would be gratefully received.