Welcome to the first of our ‘Talk it up Tuesday’ posts. This is where we will highlight a FMNZ site member who either runs her own business alongside the farm or is involved in another type of small business beside the farm/lifestyle block.
Many thanks to Emma from The Wedding Bunch for being the first volunteer (ok, we had no volunteers, so I asked – com’n people …. volunteer!!) I hope people love reading about your passion and go and check you out.
I came up with a few questions as I’m a generally nosy person – thanks Emma for being willing to answer these …
What helped your decision to go into a business? My sister Lisa & I decided to train as florists after watching how hard it was for our Mum to get back into work after 20 years of being a stay-at-home Mum (and the rest!). We both had dreams of growing up to be just like her but wanted to have some way of bringing in an income from home if we needed to. We trained together at BOP Polytechnic in 2002 & then worked in florist shops and other retail until we both eventually got married and had kids. Between us, (so far) we have 5 kids. I have a 6 month old & Lisa has 4 children between 1 & 7 years old. We have been doing wedding flowers for family & friends for a few years and officially started The Wedding Bunch in December 2013.
What is the main focus of your business?
The main focus is wedding flowers which we do together. We have also found a market for table runners & bunting which I make & have just started to hire, and Lisa is in the process of designing and making wedding favors.
What do you enjoy most about your business?
We love the fact that we can do everything together. Family is really important to both of us and being able to do something we really love & be able to work together is really special. I think the fact that we love what we do makes for a great relationship with our customers
How do you overcome struggles within your business?
The support & encouragement of our family plays a huge part in our business and I don’t think we could have achieved what we have without them. We are very blessed to have husbands who stand behind us & help us see sense when things get a bit stressful.
If you could give advice to a fellow Farming mum in New Zealand (who wants to start up something herself) what would it be?
Try and find something that you are passionate about. If you are selling something, a business or a service, it helps to be excited about what you do.
So … so and have an nosy … Emma is wonderfully accessible
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Thanks again Emma for being the ‘guinea pig’ for this initial Talk it up Tuesday (you do all realize ‘pig’ stands for Pretty Intelligant Girl right?) ….
Till next week ladies! (Anneke)