What are my #Supermamas interviews about?
My weekly interviews are about mums, who have given up their professional life after becoming a parent and decided to do something completely different for living. In these interviews real women are telling me about their journey of becoming a mother how they have changed their way of thinking about work, pursuing dreams and making money.
I came up with this idea when I realised that I’m lucky to know so many wonderful women. I really am surrounded by #supermamas. Most of all: my own mama. She started an evening course at the university and she was reading law when she was pregnant with me. By the time I was in pre-school, she graduated summa cum laude and became a lawyer! And others too: friends, blogging buddies and creative business owners I have met lately. They are juggling it all: looking after the children, having a newly found profession, running a new business and inspiring us. Their stories are a real inspiration to everyone.
I truly believe when a child is born, a mother is born too. And so we change. We grow, learn and become stronger. We should embrace all these changes and use their power to nurture, create and find our passion. So these mums took risks, pushed themselves, overcame self consciousness, challenged themselves again and again until they found their very own path to balance. My Supermamas Interviews are about them.
#Supermamas Interview Series: Introducing Lesley from We Mean Business | London
Can you please introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Lesley Bambridge, founder of We Mean Business | London, we make big brand marketing accessible for startup budgets.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I used to want to be a journalist until I worked at Vogue during uni on a placement and it really was like The Devil Wears Prada!
What did you do before becoming a mum?
I was Marketing Manager for Lucozade.
Why did leave that job?
I left because I had always wanted to run my own business, and with the prospect of having kids I wanted to have a more flexible work life balance that I was in control of.
What do you do now?
I run a marketing consultancy business called We Mean Business | London. We are passionate about helping women and entrepreneurs and we make big brand marketing skills and techniques accessible for startup budgets.
What are you passionate about?
Supporting entrepreneurs as it takes a huge amount of passion, drive and resilience to run your own business. I’m also passionate about supporting women in business and continuing to see the increasing number of women led businesses increasing year on year.
Where do you find inspiration?
Did you learn to say no?
You have to learn to say no when you run your own business and even more so when you have children. It’s tough sometimes because you always want to do your best, but you have to put your needs first sometimes otherwise you won’t be use to anyone.
How did you overcome uncertainties and self doubt?
I went out and met a lot of founders and early stage startups when I was just starting out and these people have become friends as well as peers. Together we have a shoulder to lean on as we grow, and all help to support each other.
Did you have to convince your family about making the leap? Or did they support you from the very beginning?
My husband runs his own business and was hugely supportive and a big source of inspiration as well.
What’s your latest project?
Recently I’ve been working with new startup soft drink NIX&KIX and have launched a sideline project called Storyfied which is a Marketing platform for startups to share their brand and business story in their own words. We help to promote and publish it to our audience.
Name a thing (or two) you used to give a shit about – but not anymore:
Managing stakeholders was always something I felt held back the big businesses I worked for. Being your own boss means you just go out and do it, and I love that!
Fill in with the first word comes to your mind:
I believe in...love
My super power is...intuition
Being ethical means to me…caring about others
Right now I’m most excited about….the future
My dream job is…something I’m on my way to creating
The most important thing I can teach to my child is….to have courage and be kind