A mum has revealed how she was forced to give up her job after giving birth to her second daughter.
With no part-time job available, she did something she never thought she would do and started her own business, kidspot reports.
Jade Wood, from Melbourne, Australia, quit her 50-hour-a-week job as a secondary school teacher to create the life she wanted with her family.
The 38-year-old gave birth to her second daughter, Piper, and knew she had to make the big decision to leave.
She said: “I knew it was not possible to continue my old career with the life I wanted for my family, so it gave me the sense to create a new one.
“It had to work, I had no choice. It was my motivation. »
So in 2017, when Piper was six months old, Jade came up with a design for a silicone teether, which was rare at the time.
Although she is a mother of two children under the age of three, Jade was able to prepare her first product – a shooting star teether.
It was the first product she sold on her website, Little Woods.
“I worked through breastfeeding, naps, and mostly at night until late,” said Jade, who worked in the room that was once Piper’s nursery.
The mum said she sacrificed many bedtimes in the first year of her product launch, but had no regrets.
With her husband working during the day, Jade missed a lot, but knew putting in the hours for her business would pay off.
Not only did Jade give up on a successful decade-long career, but she also put her family’s $20,000 savings on the line to start her business.
“I was confident in the idea and had positive market research to back it up, so I went for it.” Jade told Kidspot.
It may have taken a while for her business to get going, but Jade still remembers her first sale.
Her cousin was first and Jade was so proud that she didn’t want to spend the money remembering how far she had come.
Thanks to her children, Jade then had another idea for her next product launch.
“She (Piper) was frustrated with the fork I had, so I knew there had to be a way she could pick up bits of food more easily.”
It took two years to perfect the product to meet strict safety requirements.
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It is a uniquely shaped silicone utensil that has a spoon at one end and a thick, circle-shaped fork at the other.
“It works well because babies stab food randomly, and with this style, food gets stuck in the cavity between the teeth, making it easier for them to bring it to their mouths,” says Jade.
“And then they keep doing that until they can use a proper utensil when they get older.”
Although Jade took a lot of risk with her business, it paid off and in 2020 started earning over $20,000 a month in online sales and through bulk orders to stores.
Now her business has branched out and sells a range of silicone tableware and accessories.
“It was such a great feeling after doing so much work that the products resonated with parents,” she says proudly.
Jade’s favorite part? Was everything done in the time that she chose to work around her family, who worked no more than 20 hours a week until five-year-old Piper joined her eight-year-old sister Eliza at school this year.
“When I can go to my child’s assembly or pick him up from school when he’s sick, those are the times when I feel lucky to be able to do what I do.”