I am a multi-passionate entrepreneur, girl boss and rebel at heart. I have just launched 'Bham', a biz that combines so many things that I’m passionate about: ethical fashion, the environment, positive mindset, women’s rights and supporting female survivors of violence.
Bham is all about empowering women. Our first product, Powerpants, is organic cotton underwear that empower the women who make them, the women who wear them, and the women who benefit from the proceeds (female survivors of violence in PNG).
Our goal is to create that pair of underpants that you keep taking from the laundry basket as soon as they are washed - because they are super comfy and make you feel good.
As we have just launched, we are focused on all of the acronyms!
CX (Customer Experience)
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
PR (Public Relations)
Mindset. Each pair of Powerpants is printed with a secret affirmation – a secret weapon for biz mums. Imagine your underpants telling you 'I’ve got this'.
I’m also vlogging my startup journey on YouTube and sharing my highs and lows on Insta @thefoundingsista. I think it’s important for other biz mums to see that they are not alone. The struggle is real!
Outsourcing. I am mum to three little ones and I’m also juggling a corporate job. I put a premium on my time so I always ask myself the following questions:
How long will it take me to solve this problem?
Is it something I will enjoy?
Will I use what I learn again?
What would it cost for an expert to solve this problem?
Is the problem worth solving?
A lot of the time it costs much less to outsource to an expert – and usually the results are better too.
What are your three favourite business tools and why?
In my corporate job, I’ve managed some big projects with tight timeframes and lots of stakeholders and complexities. It always helps to define what success looks like from the beginning, making sure there is buy-in from the team and that they understand how they contribute to success. Setting expectations is so important.
I love the quote 'Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn'. In my corporate job, I’ve had many failed sales proposals. Each time, I dust myself off, take time for reflection – and then document what I’d do differently if I had my time over. I also share my lessons with others. It makes me more accountable to do something with the lesson. I don’t want the pain without the gain.
Just keep doing what women do best. I just love seeing how women are supporting other women in business. The movement is growing.
Be kind to myself. I get to choose what success looks like, so I don’t set myself up for failure by setting expectations too high.
I prioritise ‘me time’. Getting some time near the ocean is magic.
Turn off notifications. When you have a lot to do, email and social media can be such a distraction.
My dad. He always has some words of wisdom to share when I need them.
'Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody'
And then just about anything Brene Brown has ever said …
I recommend to anyone who will listen – do yourself a favour and watch Brene Brown’s Netflix special. I also gave my BFF The Chimp Paradox to read. It has a really great way of explaining that inner mean girl that can hold us back.
... We’ve got this!”