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Mommy behind the business: Melissa Budding (BabyCarryWorkout)
Posted on November 22, 2013.
Many women arrive properly during pregnancy and want to get their old figure back and gain weight quickly after giving birth. Unfortunately, many gyms do not have childcare. So you have to be creative to exercise when you’re still tied to your little one. A smart mom from Zimbabwe has set up a new concept in the Netherlands: BabyCarryWorkout, where you exercise, with your baby in a sling. Introducing: Melissa Budding.
Can you tell something about yourself and your company?
I am Melissa Budding, born and raised in Zimbabwe (Africa). I have been living in the Netherlands since end of 1994. I studied in Delft and also had various office jobs. I am married and have two children. The first (girl) is almost 6 years old and the second (boy) is 2 years old. My company name is Bereka, Concept is BabyCarryWorkout, and Mbereko Brand
What was your motivation for starting your own business?
When I became pregnant, my husband started freelancing and I decided to be home for our child. I wasn’t even planning to become an entrepreneur until I became a mother. I am inspired by my own roots, my mother and the whole community then back home, my life experience. I automatically breastfeed and carry my baby as people do in Africa. I received a lot of positive response on the street and also from Dutch family, so I decided to teach others how it all works. Then I followed the necessary training to set it all up in the world. Also to be able to teach and certify professionals
What is the biggest challenge you have ever had?
The first time I was at a trade show without expectations, and suddenly my stand was full of people! And setting up of BabyCarryWorkout ..as an African business woman/
What do you like about running your own business?
The freedom. Get in touch with various types of people. Bringing people together with the same goals and vice versa. Introducing my new thoughts and sharing them.
Most important of all, the comfort that I experience when I share my culture and background with others. My children participate and I see my work as a part of parenting as I involve them both in my work.
The response and feedback from customers, but also from people I voluntarily help in this area. My husband’s support, moral, emotional and more.
You are a mother, wife and momtrepreneur. How do you combine work and private life? For example, what does your working day look like?
It not easy! And would like to explain this. It doesn’t always work, but I always try to find balance. I don’t like black and white agreements with my own family, it feels so business ike. We release each other a bit, but we try to do something fun together every month. The children lead us. They have the first priority. I also provide free time for myself so that I can recharge for a while so that I can look positively at my own family again, otherwise its difficult to combine, I occasionally try to get help from family to look after every once in a while
As a producer of carriers and wraps I know little tricks with which I can function faster with my children and with which I can save space and time.
Where do you always go with your children in your own place of residence? What is your favorite playground, park or restaurant, for example? And why?
We regularly go to a gym, about 3 times a week, during BabyCarryWorkout. We go to the Stadsboederij, Het Haagse Forest, Farms Het Geertje, Library and often we travel a little further to find even nicer places. Why? We consciously choose a cozy child and environment-friendly environment etc
What have you learned about yourself since you launched your company?
That I am quite socially strong, and yet a go-getter.
If you could reverse your life, what would you have done differently?
I would have invited My parents on time to visit us here in Netherrlands. Unfortunately they are now deceased.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself between two continents, Africa and Europe.
Do you have tips for other mothers who would like to start their own business?
Believe in yourself
Take your time before you rush for something important or get to know people/
Be true to yourself and others even if you know truth hurts
Be objective and look beyond your nose
Never let your family down, because that is your home front.