On Saturday one of our lawyers Sarah Batterbury, who is also co-founder of Busylizzy, an award winning family club, spoke on the topic of ‘Making work work for you’ at the Work & Family Show. In front of attendees of the Baby Show and Work & Family Show, Sarah was interviewed by Saska Greville, Deputy Editor, Red Magazine about how she successfully “merges” work and family commitments.
Sarah talked about how whilst on maternity leave, she was drawn to the flexibility of Halebury’s business model which enabled her to continue with her career as a lawyer but also gave her the time and opportunity to launch Busylizzy with a friend. Many in the audience were impressed by Sarah’s entrepreneurial spirit and had questions about how to go about setting up their own business. Sarah gave her three top tips as:
1. Flexibility is key to running a business – also don’t be afraid to change tack if something is not working for you
2. Do relevant market research before launching your business and listen to what your potential customers are telling you, but realise you cannot please all of the people all of the time and don’t ignore what your gut instinct is telling you
3. Learn to say no to anything which does not fit in with the life you want to create for yourself and your family – it is a great skill which does wonders for freeing up your time to concentrate on what you want to do!
When asked how she fits it all in, Sarah’s response was that the working day should not be viewed as the traditional 9-5 model. Work can be successfully completed whenever and from wherever suits you and your family.
Sarah commented: “I was delighted to be asked to speak at the very first Work & Family Show – the topics I covered seemed to really hit a chord with the audience. I hope in the future this Show will be the starting point for many parents looking to go back to work after having a baby – there was so much information and help available for working parents.”