Since I became an entrepreneur, I have appeared in numerous magazine features, newspapers and TV interviews. Here is one of my favourite feature, in an Indonesian e-magazine back in 2014.
On 3rd Januay 2014, my year could not have started any better with an article featured about me being a Mumpreneur in Aquila-style magazine (Indonesia). I hope to continue to inspire many more small businesses and starts up in coaching and motivating them. Join our Mumpreneurs Network today on Facebook to stay connected.
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Keen to start your own business in 2014? Here are a few nuggets of inspiration from a succesful “mum-preneur”, shared to Afia R Fitriati.
Leza Parker is a mum of three children under the age of 10, the founder of four flourishing businesses – Bebebows.com, Spendless Cosmetics, The Leza Parker Network and The Baking Studio – as well as a business coach who delivers regular training programs.
Needless to say, busy is an understatement for the baby-faced mum and entrepreneur.
“My hectic schedule and flights sometimes take up a lot of time, and I do not really have much time to do anything else,” says Leza in my interview with her, adding that she carries around bananas in her bag to compensate for lunches or dinners that she often ends up missing.
“But as business is not only about work but also about a strong passion, it is always a pleasure to spend more hours doing what I love – in my own work and mentoring small businesses.”
Leza’s first business took off with baby steps – quite literally. Bebebows.com began one day when Leza’s second child was three months old and the young mother was determined to create a home-based business that would allow her to spend more time with her kids.
When Leza came up with an idea to sell girl accessories online, her family was sceptical. “They told me that this is nothing but a dream and no one would consider buying my hair accessories,” she wrote in one of her blog posts. “They are products China could copy, and giant companies have far more funds than I do that it makes sense to buy direct.”
Leza kicked off the business anyway. Within months, the tiny company with “no future” was supplying major retailers in Singapore and Malaysia, including Toys ‘R’ Us. Not one to rest on her laurels, Leza kicked off her second, third and fourth business venture.
“I remained focused in what I wanted to achieve, I made my directions clear and I was determined not to give up,” Leza shared.
Her most recent company, The Leza Parker Network, aims to groom small business owners with the skills and tools that they need to grow and prosper. The business is borne out of Leza’s belief that a strong support system and a good mentor is essential for a business’s growth.
“An idea is like a seed. It needs water and nutrients to grow to have a chance to thrive,” she said. Leza also shares her business tips and insights in her blog.
However, Leza underscores that when choosing the entrepreneurial route, one must be prepared for a “bumpy ride with lots of obstacles, bends and bumps”.
“But these challenges are not meant to break you, they are meant to groom you,” reminded Leza. “The most important thing is to believe in yourself.”
Leza’s business journey was recently documented in the book The Lady Boss, which features the success stories of 30 female business owners from Singapore and the surrounding region. But when I asked Leza what success meant to her, she answered, “Success is not measured by the achievements you attained, but by the many times you fell and got up again.”
In the end, Leza’s picture of success and achievement for her businesses and personal life involve the very people who have supported her along the way.
“I hope to achieve success by managing my business well, helping others grow their business and getting my children to be involved with my work at some point.”
She added, “I would like to see my children be successful doing what they are passionate about, even if it is not being self-employed.”
“I want to tell them to dare to dream, because dreams do come true.”