It is an honour to have been chosen as Business Mum of the Month for July 2012 by Stacie and Laura for Networking Mummies Warwickshire. I have had a busy first half of the year for both my businesses, yes there are two, and also my husband’s business of which I am co-director is also starting to take off finally after a patient 3 years!
I soft launched my coaching and mentoring business One Step Consulting, in January this year after leaving my previous full time employment in May 2010. This business offers business consulting and coaching as well as personal coaching and mentoring and interim resources to cover holidays or busy periods. I have been slowly building up my coaching experience as part of an ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Certificate which I am currently finalising.
I had been working on the charity sector as a business coach and strategy manager for over 10 years and supporting services within a large national charity to have sustainable business plans and to develop their performance to meet the requirements of the national charity centre. I had alot of fun working with a variety of services from schools and nursing homes to print manufacturing and advice lines. My background was that I came from quality management and audit, so change management, business training, business processes, ISO 9000, customer complaint handling and so on.
I think most people know me with my creative hat on – as the “card lady”. This business has been running for around 10 years and the last 4 ½ of those I have been a Stampin Up demonstrator selling craft materials by party plan, running regular classes and one off whole day craft events. This year I have also upped the amount of handmade product I am selling from Cards (available direct or from the Open Door Cafe in Hampton Magna) to include some of my other passions such as fun old fashioned crafts like peg dolly kits, patchwork, upcycled trinkets as pincushions, cute cushion covers and more papercraft items such as mini photo albums, covered note books and card packs. My next event is the Ferncumbe Primary School Fete on 15th July at the Hatton Arms (Waterman Pub) weather permitting - where we will have a real life Olympic Torch and Torch bearer Jon Heald, who is one of the teachers at the school. The development of this business is to get selling online with some of the handmade items....
I have really enjoyed the Networking Mummies meetings – especially as hubby also works from home (Do I mention I am also a Director in his company and do his back office work....) so it can be a bit “24/7” so it’s nice to get time out come and chat to others and share contacts and information.
I am Mum to Cait who will be 7 next month but it doesn’t seem 2 minutes since she arrived early at 31 weeks and 3lb 9oz, and jumped a whole school year. She has been lucky as the whole of her life I have been able to work from home and do the school runs and be there after school. Being an older Mum who was told she could never have kids it really is precious to me to be able to do that – I never thought I would have the opportunity! There isn’t alot of spare time round here but mostly I craft even then, but also like to grow some veggies and garden, make cupcakes and dens in said garden when it’s not raining.
facebook: Rachel Booth or business pages The Creative Stamper and
Twitter: @onestepconsulting and @stampingurl
Linked in Rachel Booth – I keep this to my professional profile and One Step Consulting
Photo take by Kirsty Fairweather