Spark mums bossing it again!

This is the second post in our series of blogs on the amazing mums who come along to my sessions who are bossing it in the self employed world and either running their own businesses or freelancing in the most amazing way... meet Rachel, mum to super lovely Fred and owner of The Garden Room, a beautiful hair dressing salon in West Bridgford.

So, tell us about yourself?

My real name is Sarah, but some people call me Rachel! It’s like my nickname and a long hairdressing related story – ask me when I see you! I’m 31, married to Joe who is a teacher and Mummy to our amazing Frederick, age 1. We live in West Bridgford and we all love cake.

Motherhood; that’s an adventure isn’t it! Tell us what has surprised you most about becoming a mum?

I was so naive entering Motherhood, I’d say I was shocked rather than surprised!

I had read so much throughout my pregnancy, which in all honesty was a breeze (sorry!), but I was so unprepared for actually having the baby, that I spent the first few weeks in tears every day and contemplating how I would ever lead a normal life again. That coupled with a rough birth meant a very overwhelming introduction to being a Mum.

Fast forward a year and I couldn’t be any happier!

The surprise was how much I’ve been able to do in the past year. I went back to work after 3 months and managed to handle setting up my own business, alongside working and being a new Mum, all things that require major brain power! It’s like Motherhood ignited something else in me, a desire to prove myself and ultimately make decisions that would make for a better life for me and my family in the long run, despite the hard work that doing all that faced.

Tell us all about your business then?

I’ve been hairdressing for 13 years and been self-employed for the last 9, working in salons across Derby and Nottingham. I now work from my studio, The Garden Room; which is a lovely, contemporary salon space we created by converting the garage at our home.

I have a preference for working with colour and creating wearable and versatile looks for my clients, using the best products on the market. I love my job and get lots of satisfaction out of making people happy and giving a personal feel to the service I offer.