Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm Paula, an American living in the English countryside. Born and raised in Florida, my life took a fantastic turn when I took a chance on love. I'm married to a dashing Brit and empower mothers daily all while having a pretty cool toddler running around. I am truly living the good life.
What did you do before you went into your business?
Before I opened up Punky Moms UK, I was doing the odd project here and there to try and keep my mind creative whilst having a newborn.
What made you choose to create your own business?
I have been a member of the OG Punky Moms (punkymoms.com) for over a decade, when in my previous life I was a stepmother with absolutely no friends who had kids. At the time, it had happened so fast and I really had no idea what I was doing. Through the website, I was able to meet like-minded people around me who have ended up being my best friends. I even have matching tattoos with my closest crew in Florida. When I moved to the UK, and ultimately had a baby of my own, I knew Punky Moms had to really expand over here.
How long have you been running your business for?
We set up the Uk subgroup, Punky Moms UK, exactly a year ago.
Have you come across any sexist issues in owning your business?
A vast majority of our UK members are die hard feminists and I would be lying if I said we have not encountered many women over this past year that do not claim to be one. Whilst we are so busy trying to support and empower our fellow mamas, we have been shocked that there have been some that feel that they don’t need it.
It’s been surprising to see how much opposition we have had from moms and dads who think we are a misandrist group when those that know what Punky Moms stands for know that just isn’t true. We are a group of fierce and incredible women who focus on being inclusive, intersectional and most of all, a safe space for all self identified women.
I am constantly learning from our members every day.
What are your 3 pros and 3 cons of owning your own business?
Pros - Make my own schedule (toddler willing), being surrounded my inspirational
people everyday and the ability to not have to leave the house some days.
Cons - Not leaving the house for days, Self doubt, and Uncertainty when it comes to financial planning. ;)
What are the main things that drive your passion in relation to your business?
Our community. Having a FB group has been an amazing resource to knowing exactly what my customer wants, as I am seeing first hand the daily struggles they are dealing with. We post several times a week to our website and many of our articles are member submitted. It keeps me motivated to hear what these women have to say.
What’s your proudest moment in your business ownership so far?
In January we had a huge night out in Leeds and over 60 women from all over the country travelled for it. We literally had sleepovers with our best online mates. It was amazing and epic. We already have a date booked for Brighton and we plan on doing more all over the country!
Who inspires you in relation to your work?
My fellow modmin (moderators and admin) of the Facebook group. I have got to know these ladies very well over the course of the year. They have helped me daily and put so much of themselves into the group unapologetically.
What advice would you give anyone thinking of starting their own business?
Go for it. Always. No regrets.
Is there anything else you would like to talk about/add?
Honoured to be asked to be featured. Looking forward to seeing Warrior Women grow.
To join the group: www.facebook.com/groups/punkymomsUK
Photo credits from State Of Love & Trust https://stateofloveandtrust.co.uk/