7 months pregnant and jobless
Did I ever tell you about the time I was 7 months pregnant and jobless?
It was a few years ago and I was a single mum with no other income. I couldn’t afford to pay my mortgage and I had to move in with a (wonderful, kind and generous) friend.
What was supposed to be the happiest time of my life quickly turned into the scariest.
Now, I wasn’t a complete business novice, thankfully. I’d run a successful business before and knew this was my only option if I wanted to keep a roof over our heads and have the flexibility of being a working mum. So I set to work creating this business I’m working in right now.
It took a month to get my new website live and optimised for search. By the time my son (and my business) was five months old, I was on page one of Google and had my first client. I worked when he slept (my son that is, not my client). I barely slept myself.
I worked out how to bootstrap like a demon, well I needed to keep the income for us and couldn’t afford to invest in the business at that point. I scoured the internet for hacks that would make my life easier. My emotions were riding a roller coaster that I couldn’t get off. BUT I KEPT GOING. I had no other choice.
Three years on I have an amazing partner, we live in our dream home and I have a thriving business that brings in an income that gives us all we need. I feel like the luckiest girl alive. But it doesn’t come down to luck. It comes down to belief, focus, hard work and an attitude that won’t let me fail.
THIS helped me to bring my dream to life.
THIS is what I want to share with other small business owners and entrepreneurs.
THIS is why I created my Simply Smart Business Academy, my online hub that teaches small business owners everything they need to get results online, even when they’re bootstrapping, just like I was. But more on that later.
Originally published at gemmawent.co.uk on October 10, 2016.