I’’m so excited to introduce you to Danni, the founder and brain child of Mama Tribe an online small business directory and networking resource for independent business set up or run by Mums.
In our interview Danni gives us an insight into what motivated her to start Mama Tribe and some of the key areas you should research and prepare yourself for before starting your own business.
What inspired you to start your own business.
Hi, I’m Danni and I launched Mama Tribe in March 2017. Basically, Mama Tribe is a directory of all the small businesses that you’ve maybe stumbled across, or small brands that you’ve maybe not seen before. I created a brand directory to help you find independent small brands that are either set up and run by Mamas, for Women or for families. So the categories include kids clothing, womenswear, accessories, interiors, gifts and more… It’s not a marketplace, as in I’m not a shop! MT is like an online shopping mall (sounds nicer than centre) so you can come on in, take a look around and find what you’re looking for or find something new! Then wander in to that shop to take a proper look around.
Then as I was creating this I realised I wanted to work with, support, promote and gather all of the Women in business offering business services that would help out these small brands. So I created a network directory. But it’s not just about business services, I’ve created categories listing events, groups, classes, workshops, stylists, therapists and more… It’s all about #gatheringthetribe
Keep your eyes on your road and don’t be influenced or effected by what others are doing or their journey.
If you want to support small businesses, Mum made brands, Women juggling business whilst raising their own little Tribe, then please head on over to the website and have a flick through the categories. It’s a fabulous resource.
I’ve been working over the last few months on improvements to the website and if you have a business you can now join up and login and create a profile (like a one page website) which is great for helping you reach your target audience, increase your reach and visibility!
So that’s just a little bit about what Mama Tribe is, does and why I started it… but it’s actually more than that. It’s a community, it’s a support network and it’s become a fabulous group of friends.
What does success mean to you.
Success to me is someone that has grafted hard, worked through the highs and lows to create their business, they have the stories and experience to back it up, because there is no success without an interesting back story!
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt from running your own business.
Keep your eyes on your road and don’t be influenced or effected by what others are doing or their journey. Stay unique and believe in what you want to achieve and how you are going to make it happen.
What top tips do you have for other mums that want to start a business.
Before you start out with a new business, figure out how much you can afford to invest financially, how much time you can afford to invest physically, work out how you are going to make it pay you and finally if it doesn’t work, how you are going to get out of it. Always have a get out plan, because not all great ideas work!
I wanted to work with, support, promote and gather all of the Women in business offering business services that would help out these small brands
What’s your favourite thing to do when you get some rare ‘me time’.
If I want to get out of the house on my own for a bit, then I’ll take my dog for a nice walk across the fields. It’s great to be able to get some head space, calm down and breath in the fresh air.
What’s next for 2019
I’ve got so much planned… next up I’ll be announcing the new team of Scouts and we have some Mama Tribe merchandise about to go on sales, so watch this space.
A huge thanks to Danni for her time and the best of luck with the launch of the new Mama Tribe merchandise i’m sure it will be a huge success. If you want to find out more look on www.mamatribe.uk
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