Word of the Week: Venture

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It is Word of the Week time, and the word that sums up my last seven days is ‘venture’.

Some of you may be aware that I made the life-changing decision to not return to my job as a cardiac nurse following the end of my second (and final) maternity leave.  I was due to return to work in a couple of weeks, resuming life at a large London hospital five days a week, 9am-5pm.  The thought of leaving the kids for that significant chunk of the week was causing me an incredible amount of anxiety and sadness.  Anxious about how they would cope without me, and sadness at missing so much of their lives.  The solution was actually quite simple: resign.

There are a growing number of women who give up employment to look after their children, but go on to turn their skills to growing a business from home.  These women are sometimes referred to as ‘mumpreneurs’, a term which I’m not certain I like.  Either way, these women are taking what can seem like a daunting and uncertain situation and turning it into something positive and productive.

Because I have given up paid employment, I decided that as well as working as a full-time mother, I would to turn my time at home into something more.  We essentially need two salaries in the long-term, but while I’m at home with the boys, I have begun the process of starting up my own little ‘project’.  (My good friend J has told me to ditch the term ‘project’, so a virtual slap on the wrist from her is deserved).

I’ve done a fair bit of work so far, and have already made a couple of schoolgirl blunders.  I won’t bore you with the details.  But I am at the stage where I can start to tell people about the details of what I’ve been up to.

I have mixed feelings about it all.  For the most part, I am incredibly excited about the work I’ve done so far.  I love my idea (but then again, I would!) and wish it had been around a couple of years ago when I needed it.  I’m also incredibly anxious about the reception I will get – or lack of, as the case may be.

Either way, I am currently embarking on a venture unlike anything I’ve previously embarked on.  I do not have the safety net of an employer, steady salary and pension.  I’m risking our money, my time and my pride for something that I have no way of predicting the success of.  And it is strangely thrilling.

Oh, and if you do happen to be curious enough about said venture, then please have a peek at www.chicksnurserylist.com and as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Another link up with Jocelyn at http://www.thereadingresidence.com for #WotW.

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24 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Venture

  1. Ooh that is exciting! Fingers crossed for you that it will take off and be very successful! I thought your venture might be something a bit medical but I guess you’ll always have your medical training later on in the children’s lives if you want to go back to that. #WotW

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    1. Thanks so much! No, I think I need a mental break from healthcare. The passion for that has somewhat dwindled… It is very much something I can fall back on in a few years if things don’t work out and also once the kids are in school. I am bricking it about my website, but in a good way – just thrilled with the prospect of my very own ‘project’ (must stop using that word).

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      1. Well presumably you have done your homework and are addressing an area where you, as a mum, feel there is a lack in the Kingston area. The main thing is just spread the word locally – you probably have this covered but posters and flyers at softplays/coffee shops and the like?

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  2. Good look on your new venture! I think it fills a gap in the market. Ofsted ratings are all very well but quite often parents have a different opinion entirely. To be able to get the view from the ground, so to speak, will be invaluable.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Louisa. You are right about Ofsted. I feel the same – really wanted to hear what parents said about the nurseries I was looking at, but couldn’t find anything online. We shall see how things pan out…

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  3. Exciting times! I was the same as you, resigning so that I wouldn’t miss out on a moment with the kids, but then starting my own business. Yours looks like a great idea, and I wish you every success with it. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

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    1. So exciting, and so blooming scary too! I’m discovering that I’m a possible workaholic, which is something I’ve never had a problem with. Funny how you change when something really matters to you. Thanks for your feedback, and as always, thanks for having me on #WotW xx

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  4. Venture is a great word! Good luck. Here’s hoping you get to have the best of both worlds and have the precious family time and something that makes you some money! Helen

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  5. I remember those feelings when we started our business, thrilling and terrifying all in one! Good luck with your new venture I think its a fabulous idea, I know I would have found something like that really useful when my two were little 🙂

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Lou. The feeling of being so terrified and so thrilled simultaneously is very odd. Here’s hoping that other parents see the vision and find it just as useful as you and I would have found! x

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  6. What an exciting new venture. I think it is a brilliant idea and I would have found it really useful if something similar had been available in my area when I had to go back to work full-time at the end of my first maternity leave. I quite simply did not have any idea what to look for, where to look and how to know for sure the places I visited one after another would be suitable for Crevette. Well done, you! Mel #WotW

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    1. Thanks Mel – I felt the same. You’re always going to get a good sales pitch from the nursery managers when you visit, but how do you know what the parents really think about that nursery? To me it just seems crazy that there isn’t anything really well-known online for parents to view when they’re choosing nurseries. We’ll see how it pans out… Watch this space!

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  7. Wow, well done for taking the step. I gave up nursing to stay at home with my children and am still trying to work out what I can do from home. You are doing well, good luck with it all x

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  8. I want to find a job & yet im scared of the idea that ill be away fr my son.
    nice blog post =)

    #wotw

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    1. Thank you Merlinda – it is such a tough decision to make and we are so fortunate that we’re able to have me at home and my husband work. Good luck with your quest to find the right balance for you.

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