Like many women who start their own business I was pushed into taking the leap due to personal circumstances. My husband and I were returning to the UK after a couple of years working in Dubai, but we weren't alone! I had a big 34-week pregnancy bump who turned out to be the wonderful Annalise!
At that time my ideal job would have been a part time teaching job. I LOVED teaching and I was very good at it too (in 2009 3 of my GCSE German students ranked in the top ten in the world!) But there was a massive problem....part time teaching jobs are like hen's teeth and
So I had to create my own perfect job and became a typical "mumpreneur". Initially I viewed Lingotot as a stop-gap until the children went to school, but was delighted (and continue to be delighted) that it has grown into something I love even more than being a languages teacher. And better still I get to help other women start their own Lingotot children's language franchise and achieve the holy grail of flexible, family-friendly working.
And now my lovely Lingotot is a finalist in the national Mumpreneur Awards as well as the Women into the Network’s for the Best Small Business Award and Businesswoman of the Year title in the Living North Awards. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for this accidental businesswoman!
You can read more about Lingotot's Business Growth and the awards in the Evening Chronicle.